->''"Tom Cruise is an amazing actor and generous co-worker whose personal life we, as a society, know far too much about."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/MichaelNyqvist Mikael Nyqvist]]'''

->''"Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise crazy\\
Just be glad it's him, not you...\\
If you had Tom Cruise's trouble\\
You might be Tom Cruise crazy, too.\\
You'd flash your big white shiny smile,\\
And buy expensive shoes,\\
But you'd be the only man on Earth who couldn't enjoy Tom Cruise."''
-->-- '''Music/JonathanCoulton''', "Tom Cruise Crazy"

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (pronounced /ˈtɒməs ˈkruːz ˈmeɪpɒθər/; born July 3, 1962), better known by his screen name of Tom Cruise, is an American actor and film producer. Forbes magazine ranked him as the world's most powerful celebrity in 2006. During his career he has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. His first leading role was in ''Film/RiskyBusiness'', and since then he is known for playing cocky, charismatic heroes, although sometimes stepping outside [[PlayingAgainstType his comfort zone]]. He's famous for [[DoingItForTheArt his dedication to the job]], every film has him either [[BadassDriver driving]], [[BadassBiker motorcycling]], [[ImprobablePilotingSkills flying]], [[ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity climbing]], [[AirAidedAcrobatics acrobatics]] and [[BigHeroicRun running]]. And [[TheCastShowoff he does the majority of these stunts himself]], not relying [[NoStuntDouble on stunt doubles]] for them. ''[[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNjnCSy9QXRJsiWWFg7QnhNZUZbWZ_k89 Especially]]'' his running, which happens in nearly every movie.

Every few years he attracts some attention through some ''unusual'' antics that puts him into the tabloids, such as his outspoken adherence to the Church of Scientology; and his high profile marriage to Creator/NicoleKidman, high profile relationship with Creator/PenelopeCruz, and high profile marriage to Creator/KatieHolmes, which all slowly fell apart. He is generally very friendly, but his intensity leads to some MemeticMutation moments in interviews that takes time to dissipate. Including jumping on Oprah's couch telling her how much he loves Katie Holmes.

[[BunnyEarsLawyer Despite all the crazy]], Cruise is considered [[SugarWiki/HeReallyCanAct a genuinely good - sometimes even great - actor]] with some great films and powerful performances under his belt. He has remained an A-list actor since the 80's, starting around the time of ''Film/TopGun''. He opened the 2002 Oscars -- just months after 9/11 -- and gave a memorably appropriate and heartwarming opening speech as well, called "A Little Bit of Magic".

Finally, [[OlderThanTheyLook even in his 50's]], he remains Hollywood's preeminent {{Bishonen}}.
!! Notable for:
* ''Literature/EndlessLove'' (1981) as Billy
* ''Film/{{Taps}}'' (1981) as Cadet Capt. David Shawn
* ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' (1983) as Steve Randle
* ''Film/RiskyBusiness'' (1983) as Joel Goodson
* ''Film/{{Legend|1985}}'' (1985) as Jack (O' The Green)
* ''Film/TopGun'' (1986) as Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
* ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' (1986) as Vincent Lauria
* ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' (1988) as Brian Flanagan
* ''Film/RainMan'' (1988) as Charlie Babbitt
* ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly'' (1989) as Ron Kovic (Ironically, he was actually Born on the Third of July.)
* ''Film/DaysOfThunder'' (1990) as Cole Trickle
* ''Film/FarAndAway'' (1992) as Joseph Donnelly
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' (1992) as Lt. Daniel Kaffee
* ''Film/TheFirm'' (1993) as Mitch [=McDeere=]
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' (1994) as Lestat de Lioncourt
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' (1996 present) as Ethan Hunt
** ''Film/MissionImpossible'' (1996)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' (2000)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' (2006)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' (2011)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' (2015)
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleFallout'' (2018)
* ''Film/JerryMaguire'' (1996) as Jerry Maguire
* ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' (1999) as Frank T.J. Mackey
* ''Film/EyesWideShut'' (1999) as Dr. William "Bill" Harford
* ''Film/VanillaSky'' (2001) as David Aames
* ''Film/MinorityReport'' (2002) as John Anderton
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' (2003) as Nathan Algren
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' (2004) as Vincent
* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' (2005) as Ray Ferrier
* ''Film/LionsForLambs'' (2007) as Senator Jasper Irving
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' (2008) as Les Grossman ([[PlayingAgainstType Yup, that's him]])
* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' (2008) as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
* ''Film/KnightAndDay'' (2010) as Roy Miller
* ''Theatre/RockOfAges'' (2012) as Stacee Jaxx
* ''Literature/JackReacher'' (2012 present) as Jack Reacher
** ''Film/JackReacher'' (2012)
** ''Film/JackReacherNeverGoBack'' (2016)
* ''Film/{{Oblivion|2013}}'' (2013) as Jack Harper
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' (2014) as William Cage (a LiveActionAdaptation of ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'')
* ''Film/{{The Mummy|2017}}'' (2017) as Nick Morton
* ''Film/{{American Made}}'' (2017) as Barry Seal
* ''Top Gun 2: Maverick'' (TBA)
* ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'' (unknown, currently in production)
!! Tropes associated with him:
* ActionHero: Especially in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'', which made his character a standard of a modern super spy. ''Film/JackReacher'' practically cements it.
* AdamWesting: Most of his roles are handsome and playboys, which gets into this trope, so it's very difficult to get rid of the idea that such characters are an ActorAllusion.
* BigHeroicRun: Famous for his on-camera sprinting ability; seems to work its way into [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Q2MgdMskQ most of his movies]], regardless of the genre.
* {{Bishonen}}: A very vivid example of Hollywood handsome, with his now-characteristic perfect megawatt grin. Wasn't always that way; he started off with ''very'' wonky teeth.
* ChickMagnet: Natch. Often extends to his characters, of course.
* HeightAngst: He is famously rather short in stature, somewhere in the vicinity of 170 cm, so many serious or romantic scenes in his works are filmed so that he was at least on a par with his LoveInterest.
* LargeHam: Averted with his characters. Although he definitely corresponds to this trope in real life, most of his characters have a more restrained personality.
* MoneyDearBoy: He reportedly said that this was his main reason for doing the 80s sex comedy ''Losin' It''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Despite being in his mid-fifties, he still looks like an attractive man in the region of 30, which in turn attracts a lot of HollywoodOld and DawsonCasting roles.
* PlayingAgainstType: The roles of the cynical AntiVillain Lestat in ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' and {{Jerkass}} movie studio executive in ''Film/TropicThunder''.
* TroubledButCute: His roles at the beginning of his career.