->''"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 [[BadassDriver driving]], [[BadassBiker motorcycling]], [[ClimbingTheCliffsOfInsanity climbing]], [[AirAidedAcrobatics acrobatics]] and [[LeParkour running]]. And [[TheCastShowoff he does the majority of these stunts himself]], not relying [[NoStuntDouble on stunt doubles]] for them. ''[[http://tomcruiserunning.tumblr.com/ 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 high profile marriages (To Creator/NicoleKidman and Creator/KatieHolmes) that slowly fall 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 [[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:
* ''Film/{{Taps}}'' - Cadet Capt. David Shawn
* ''Film/RiskyBusiness'' - Joel Goodson
* ''Film/{{Legend}}'' - Jack (O' The Green)
* ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' - Brian Flanagan
* ''Film/TopGun'' - Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
* ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' - Vincent Lauria
* ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly'' - Ron Kovic (Ironically, he was actually Born on the Third of July.)
* ''Film/RainMan'' - Charlie Babbitt
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' - Lt. Daniel Kaffee
* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire'' - Lestat de Lioncourt
* ''[[Film/MissionImpossible Mission: Impossible]]'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Film/JerryMaguire'' - Jerry Maguire
* ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' - Frank T.J. Mackey
* ''Film/VanillaSky'' - David Aames
* ''Film/EyesWideShut'' - Dr. William "Bill" Harford
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Film/MinorityReport'' - John Anderton
* ''Film/TheLastSamurai'' - Nathan Algren
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'' - Vincent
* ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'' - Ray Ferrier
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' - Les Grossman ([[PlayingAgainstType Yup, that's him]])
* ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' - Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
* ''Film/KnightAndDay'' - Roy Miller
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Theatre/RockOfAges'' - Stacee Jaxx
* ''Film/JackReacher'' - Jack Reacher
* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'' - Jack Harper
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'' - William Cage (a LiveActionAdaptation of ''LightNovel/AllYouNeedIsKill'')
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' - Ethan Hunt
* ''Franchise/SentouYouseiYukikaze'' - (Unknown, currently in production)