"Tom Cruise is Tom Cruise crazy Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
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."
(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 Risky Business
, and since then he has become well known for playing heroic characters, although several of his most memorable turns have been villainous roles
, such as the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with the Vampire
, Vincent in Collateral
, and recently foul-mouthed studio boss Les Grossman
, which provides the page caption.
More recently he has been known for his... unusual
antics, such as jumping on the couch on Oprah
. Cruise is also known for his controversial support of and adherence to the Church of Scientology
, both of which have contributed to his status as a Butt Monkey
of modern Pop Culture (...at least until Charlie Sheen
went bananas), and which cause many people to forget his very real and quite considerable acting talents.
Also, he's a Real Life
, and a lot of his more memorable scenes have been him showing off
his lack of a stunt double
running.Despite all the crazy
, Cruise is a genuinely good - sometimes even great - actor
with some great films under his belt. He was pretty much the top movie star in the world for a good fifteen to twenty years, starting around the time of Top Gun
. 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".
There are some indications that he may be in the process of a Career Resurrection
, thanks to the very positive reception to his performances in Tropic Thunder
, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
, Oblivion (2013)
, and Edge of Tomorrow
Finally, even at age 52
, he remains Hollywood's preeminent Bishōnen