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Tom Cruise is an American actor born in 1962 in Syracuse, New York. Cruise initially became known for his roles in the movies Endless Love, Taps, and The Outsiders, In 1983, he landed his first starring role in the film Risky Business. He also appeared in movies such as Top Gun, The Color of Money, Rain Man, Cocktail, The Last Samurai, the Mission Impossible movie series, and A Few Good Men. Some of Cruise’s accolades include three Golden Globe Awards, three MTV Movie Awards, and two People’s Choice Awards. He has three children and was formerly married to actresses Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes

26 Aug, 2015

Top Gun 2 possible

Makes Statement

At the Mission: Impossible premiere, Cruise says it would be fun to do Top Gun 2.

It’s tricky to figure out. If I can figure it out, if all of us can figure it out, it’d be fun to do. I’d like to fly those jets again, but we’ve got to do all the jets practical — no CGI on the jets … If we can figure all that out, and the Department of Defense will allow us to do it, that would be fun. There is an amazing role for Maverick in the movie, and there is no Top Gun without Maverick.

28 Jul, 2015

Lip Sync Battle

TV Appearance

Cruise participates in a Lip Sync Battle against Fallon, on the Tonight Show. Cruise lip syncs The Weeknd’s Can’t Feel My Face and Meatloaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light, ending his performance with a 360 degree turn. Fallon sings the Rolling Stones, Undercover of the Night and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. When Cruise appears to reprise his Risky Business movesFallon says:

Please do not do that. That would not be fair!

26 Jul, 2015

Comments on Cruise plane stunt


mission26f-4-webPegg and the film’s director, McQuarrie talk about Cruise’s plane stunt in Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation. In the stunt Cruise, as superspy Ethan Hunt, runs along the wing of an Airbus A400 military transport aircraft, then leaps to a side door on the fuselage and hangs on while the aircraft takes off. Pegg:

When you see the movie, you know he survived because he’s been doing press for it and there’s been no national mourning. But when you’re actually on the ground and watching him on the plane, there’s a whole other degree of terror because you don’t know how it will turn out.

McQuarrie says Cruise’s safety and harness were rigorously tested and that the actor had to wear special contact lenses to keep the wind shear from blasting out his eyeballs.

We were never thinking about, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to fall. We were thinking about the rock that was going to kill him on takeoff or the bird strike that was going to kill him or the unexpected acceleration that was going to kill him. Even the tiniest grain is going to get sucked through the propellers and fired back right at Tom. And in one case a piece of debris hit him in the chest and the only thing that was there to absorb it was the safety harness. It was so tiny, it was like a grain of salt, but he said it felt like a bullet was hitting him in the chest. Now if a larger rock hit him in the chest or smaller debris hit him in the face, then the show’s over.

Stunt coordinator:

We could have certainly done (a version of the stunt) with a green screen and giant fans. The studio probably would have been happier. But don’t ever mention the words ‘green screen’ around Tom Cruise.

21 Apr, 2015

Describes plane stunt


In a surprise visit to CinemaCon at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Cruise talks about the experience of hanging on to the side of an Airbus A400, attached by a thin cable, for a major stunt in Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation.

I was actually scared shitless…I was in a harness, on my side, that was kind of loose so you can see the vibration of my body against the plane. I was thinking about edits [and suddenly, the wind ] takes my feet off the wing. [On the second take] I got hit by just a little particle. I literally thought it broke my ribs.

In all the scene took a whole day of shooting and eight takes.

I want to put the audience on the edge of their seats.  it gives the audience a different feeling when [the stunt] is practical.

19 Aug, 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge


Cruise and McQuarrie join the fight against ALS by enduring the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS research.  They were nominated by Hugh Jackman and since many of the cast members were not there, they also take on their challenges so as to not miss the 24 hour deadline. As a result they are doused with eight buckets of ice water. Cruise:

Chris and I are also making donations on behalf of our cast and crew that were lucky enough not to be here tonight.

12 Aug, 2014

Mission Impossible 5 production starts

Cruise plays Ethan Hawke in this thriller, directed by Christopher MacQuarrie. The production teams are already in Morocco preparing the locations for this fifth episode, to be shot in Marrakesh, Rabat and Casablanca. No plot has been released as of yet. Co-stars will include Jeremy Renner and Rebecca Ferguson.

28 May, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

Cruise plays Major William Cage in this action sci-fi directed by Doug Liman. An alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Cage  is a Public Realtions officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, he finds himself thrown into a time loop-forcing him to live out the same combat over and over. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. Each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Co-starring Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, and Bill Paxton.

I kept saying to the stunt guys, ‘I need to spin around and figure out how to maneuver that suit. The thing weighed anywhere from 85 to 125 lbs. when I had full armor on it.

8 Nov, 2013

Admits Church was factor in divorce

During a deposition for his lawsuit against Bauer Media, Cruise admits his involvement with the Church led to his divorce from Holmes. When asked if she ever claimed it was due to his religion or because she wanted to protect their daughter from Scientology, he responded:

Did she say that? That was one of the assertions, yes.

Cruise also admits their daughter, Suri, is no longer a Scientologist.

10 Apr, 2013


Cruise plays Jack Harper in this sci-fi drama directed by Joseph Kosinski. An alien race has destroyed the planet by blowing up the moon, and while humanity ultimately won the war, the Pyrrhic victory has left Jack and his girlfriend Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) as isolated survivors commissioned to maintain the drones in order to protect the fusion reactors that are carrying energy to a space station. Kosinski:

There was no script, that’s kind of the amazing thing.  I showed the ashcan [to Tom Cruise], which is kind of like a little eight page preview…So we had a meeting out at his hanger and I pitched him the story—there was no script yet—and based on the pitch he signed on. That was the first time I had met him, but he was really enthusiastic and we just hit it off immediately as to what the film was really about.  I got a call from his agent right after the meeting saying, “No, seriously, normally it doesn’t work this way.  Normally there’s a script and there’s a process and everything, but he’s on board a hundred percent.”

20 Dec, 2012

Jack Reacher

Cruise produces and stars as Jack Reacher in this action thriller directed by Don Granger, Gary Levinsohn, and Paula Wagner, based on Lee’s Child’s books. Barr’s request piques Reacher’s curiosity since he knows Barr committed cold-blooded murders during the war, but escaped on a technicality. With the help of Barr’s lawyer Helen, Reacher’s hunt for answers puts him in the crosshairs of dangerous assassin and his boss. Co-starring Werner Herzog and Rosamund Pike. Child says:

Cruise is a character actor. He really gets into a role. He can understand the role. He can project the vibe. But the only real answer is go see the movie. I guarantee you will come out of it and you will think, ‘What was I worried about?’

9 Jul, 2012

Divorce settlement

Holmes and Cruise reach a divorce settlement. Cruise main condition was that he wanted to retain contact with Suri. Although the full financials details of their divorce are never publicly disclosed, Holmes reportedly collects about $400,000 annually from Cruise in child support for their Suri. The payments will continue until Suri turns 18 and ultimately amount to $4.8 million. Holmes does not receive any direct spousal support, per their prenuptual agreement. Holmes is granted sole custody of Suri.

This case has been settled and the agreement has been signed.  We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.

29 Jun, 2012

Holmes, Cruise divorce

Holmes and Cruise decide to divorce after five years of marriage. Cruise admits his surprise that Holmes files for divorce five days before his 50th birthday.

To be 50 and to have experiences and to think you have a grip on everything, and then it hits you — this is it, what life can do to you. Life is a tragicomedy. You need to have a sense of humor.

Holmes attorney Jonathan Wolfe:

This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.

13 Jun, 2012

Rock of Ages

Cruise plays Stacee Jaxx in this musical directed by Adam Shankman. Jaxx is brought in to save and help revive a club that is in danger of being closed down due to lack of funds along with being the target of a crusade from the Mayor’s wife, Patricia.  Co-starring Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta Jones and Paul Giamatti.

[The character is] a slave to rock and roll. When he’s onstage, he gives it everything. Off it, he’s looking for soulful moments in odd ways, and that’s where the comedy comes in.

15 Dec, 2011

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in this thriller, directed by Brad Bird. After an escape from a Russian prison, Ethan Hunt is immediately offered another mission.  Hunt and other IMF agents head to the Kremlin to discover the identity of a terrorist code-named Cobalt.  The mission does not go as planned and the team is forced to abort, but on their way out the door, the Kremlin explodes, and the IMF takes the blame.  Co-starring Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, and Simon Pegg.

I like to work with people that I like hanging out with, that I admire, that are really smart and talented and we can, you know, problem-solve together. That’s what it’s about. I love J.J. To work with him again on this – that’s why I did it. That’s why I brought it to him, I said, ‘Let’s do this together, we’ll have some fun.

13 Jul, 2011

Tom Cruise interview

Seacrest interviews Cruise during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about his role in the film Rock Of Ages. 

I’ve never done a musical, and I’m having a blast. Learning a lot. I’ve always loved music. There’s nothing like trying to do something yourself to give you an even greater appreciation for what this art form is. Its fantastic. I love this character, and working with Adam and the cast, and everyone there is just outstanding across the board.

16 Jun, 2010

Knight and Day

Cruise plays Roy Miller, a secret agent, in this romantic comedy, directed by James Mangold. June Havens finds her everyday life tangled with Miller’s who has realized he isn’t supposed to survive his latest mission. As their campaign to stay alive stretches across the globe, they soon learn that all they can count on is each other. Co-starring Cameron Diaz and Peter Sarsgaard.

It requires a tremendous amount of skill. You have comedy, drama and action and it’s very dynamic so it’s actually four times the workload. Action movies are difficult and this has everything I love in movies. We did everything we could to make it non-stop, unpredictable fun.

26 Dec, 2008


In this WWII drama, directed by Bryan Singer, Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg who is severely wounded in Africa and returns home to Nazi Germany. Stauffenberg becomes the lead conspirator in the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler and implement Operation Valkyrie, a plan to implement a shadow government in the event of the Nazi Führer’s death.

There’s been a few things written about this film before — just a couple [Ironic laugh]. So many times, the internet has accelerated this ‘drama’ out there, and there’s a perception out there versus what we’re doing artistically. Even when our friends have seen the film they say, ‘Oh!? [Epiphany] This is a suspense thriller?!’ [Incredulous laugh] What’d you think we were making?? So many times in my career, people have said, ‘Why are you doing that?’ … Top GunBorn on the Fourth of July, or Rain Man … I’ve always chosen things I thought would be challenging, but wanted to entertain an audience.

9 Nov, 2007

Lions for Lambs

In this drama directed by Robert Redford, Cruise plays a Republican senator debating with a liberal and stubborn journalist during an interview where he proposes a military strategy to help the US armed forces in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, other events including the Taliban nearing special forces, and the relationship between a political science professor and student, simultaneouly affect each other. Co-starring Redford, Meryl Streep, Michael Peña, Andrew Garfield, and Peter Berg. Source:

Meryl [Streep] and Bob [Redford] can’t stand Tom. In London, Tom kept trying to push himself into interviews. Bob said, ‘No.’ Tom wouldn’t listen. Meryl has done almost nothing for the movie. She wants nothing to do with him.

18 Nov, 2006

Holmes, Cruise marry


tom_cruise4180Cruise and Holmes get married after dating for 19 months. The couple exchange vows in front of 150 guests at the Odescalchi Castle in Lake Bracciano, Italy. Holmes wears an off-the-shoulder Armani gown with an ivory silk train draped in Valenciennes lace and Swarovski beaded crystal embroidery, along with an ivory tulle floor-length veil and ivory silk shoes. Cruise wears Armani with a navy blue tuxedo from the Giorgio Armani collection. The jacket label reads, “Giorgio Armani for Tom Cruise.”  Their rings are white gold Cartier with diamonds.

I’m totally in love. He’s amazing, he’s kind, he’s generous. He made me laugh like I’ve never laughed. I feel like he’s made my life.

5 May, 2006

Mission Impossible III

Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in this thriller, directed by J.J. Abrams. Hunt has to stop a villain who possesses a deadly virus that causes death 24 hours after exposure. Hunt is engaged to a  nurse named Julia, who thinks he is a highway traffic control engineer. But once she is captured, Ethan must put himself in jeopardy and release the “Rabbit’s Foot” to the villain. Co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Michelle Monaghan.

 I really wanted this one to be more personal. When I started Mission: Impossible, I had never done sequels. But with this, there’s always the potential of a new adventure to go on. I’m fascinated by this genre. And when J.J. Abrams came on board, I was so excited, because I had seen his work before. Here’s this filmmaker who also loves this genre, knows it better than anyone, and has this incredibly unique voice. He can tell a story in the way of the great pulps of the Twenties and Thirties. Very tight, layered, relevant and resonant, but not pretentious.

18 Apr, 2006

Suri Cruise born in Los Angeles


tomCruise and Holmes welcome daughter Suri Cruise into the world. She weighs 7 lbs 7 ounces at birth and is 20 inches long and is born at a Los Angeles hospital. Source:

She has lots and lots of dark hair and big, blue eyes. She’s going to be a beautiful baby.

29 Jun, 2005

War of the Worlds

Cruise plays Ray Ferrier, a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father in this adaptation of H.G Wells science-fiction novel, directed by Stephen Spielberg. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son, Robbie, and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down, followed by an alien invasion. Co-starring Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto and Tim Robbins.

It describes the feeling about life all over the world. We live in a world in which we are able to communicate very quickly in many different ways, and yet we find communicating more difficult than ever. When in fact we need communication more urgently than ever, because the enemies that threaten us are universal: drugs, illiteracy and crime. We have to fight against them together. The film is a metaphor for that battle.

6 Aug, 2004


Film Appearance

Cruise plays Vincent, a hit man, in this thriller directed by Michael Mann.  The night before a trial, he hijacks a cab and its driver, Max, played by Jamie Foxx, to drive him around Los Angeles so he can kill the witnesses and prosecutor per his contract. Co-starring Jada Pinkett-Smith and Mark Ruffalo.

It was different. I always look for a challenge and something that’s different. This definitely had every element and promise of being that. I wanted to work with Michael Mann and these guys, Jada and Jamie. It was very challenging, really challenging.

5 Dec, 2003

The Last Samurai

Cruise plays disillusioned and alcoholic Civil War veteran, Captain Nathan Algren, who accepts an assignment to go to Japan and train the Imperial army.  The army is called into battle before they are ready and Algren is captured by samurai who take him back to their village as a prisoner.  Once there he is allowed to roam freely and, over time, begins to integrate into their society and learn the way of the samurai.  After learning of a coming attack, Algren takes up arms to help his captures and fight off the Imperial army in a valiant battle. Also starring Ken Watanabe. Directed by Ed Zwick.

For me as a man, philosophically, when you talk about honor and integrity, that’s the way I want to live my life. It moved me. And also I’m just fascinated with their culture and this gave me the opportunity to explore it and to honor the things that I love most about their culture. And to work with Ed Zwick; it’s a very ambitious film. How can you say no to that?

21 Jun, 2002

Minority Report

Tom Cruise stars as John Anderton, a Washington, D.C. detective in this sci-fi thriller set in 2054. Anderton works for “Precrime,” a special unit of the police department that arrests murderers before they have committed crime. When Anderton discovers that he has been identified as the future killer of a man he’s never met, he is forced to become a fugitive from his own colleagues as he tries to uncover the the victim-to-be’s identity. When he kidnaps Agatha (Samantha Morton), one of the precogs, he begins to formulate a theory about a possible frame-up from within his own department. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Co-starring Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, and Neal McDonough.

I thought when I read it and then read the short story it had great potential–very cinematic. I thought, “Oh, man I’d love to see what [he’d do] with this. What would this world be like? What will he create with that?” It was a film that for a director was very challenging. You’re creating this world, and yet it has great characters for an actor, for performance…it’s not a walk-in-the-park kind of film to make. Spielberg knows how to tell a story. It was his choice to [set] it in 2054 and make it so that people could identify with it–not this removed world, but relevant to our lives. You can see how the guy can just really tell a story.

14 Dec, 2001

Vanilla Sky

Tom Cruise stars as David Ames, a womanizing playboy who falls in love with his best friend’s girlfriend Sofia. Before that relationship can begin, however, David is coaxed into a car driven by an ex-lover, Julie, who turns out to be suicidal. Driving her car off a bridge, Julie kills herself and horribly disfigures David. Reconstructive surgery and the loving support of Sofia seem to reverse David’s luck, but eerie incidents are soon making him question the reality of his existence and his control over his life, even while he is suspected of complicity in Julie’s death. Co-starring Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.

As a thriller, [Sky] has all of Cameron Crowe’s ideas in it, and the questions and the things that I find interesting. You can have that ride, the pop culture ride, but underneath there’s some things you can walk away with and a film that you might want to see before dinner so you can sit down and talk about it.

7 Jul, 2000

Mission Impossible II

Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in this thriller, directed by John Woo. Hunt is an operative for the top-secret government agency IMF. Fellow agent Sean Ambrose steals a virus named Chimera that could rapidly wipe out the world’s population. Ambrose’s plan is to sell Chimera to the highest bidder in exchange for shares of stock in the winner’s company. Hunt is assigned to recruit the help of Ambrose’s former lover Nyah Nordoff-Hall, who left Ambrose broken-hearted. Once he meets and spends a night with Nyah, however, Ethan is smitten, and now must both capture Ambrose and keep Nyah alive. Co-stars Dougray Scott and Thandie Newton. Director John Woo on Cruise doing his own stunts:

To establish that he is a real person. He enjoy life, enjoy the nature, he has dreams, he has passion, just like any young man in the world. So, that’s why he Tom Cruise like to do every shot by himself.

7 Jan, 2000


Cruise plays Frank Mackey, in this drama directed by Paul Thomas Anderson about the estranged son of Earl Partridge, a television producer who, stricken by cancer, lies on his deathbed. His young wife, Linda, is desolate with grief and guilt, and has trouble coping with her impending loss. His nurse, Phil Parma, seeks to fulfill his employer’s dying wish and reunite him with Frank. Co-starring Jason Robards, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly. Anderson:

Tom? He is God, man! He’s one of the most special people. He’s great; I swear he’s a director’s dream. So composed, so ready for work, so passionate and so creative. I can’t say enough good stuff about the guy.

16 Jul, 1999

Eyes Wide Shut

Cruise plays Dr. Bill Hartford in this erotic thriller by Stanley Kubrick.  When Dr. Hartford discovers his wife’s sexual fantasies, he sets out on a quest to quench his own desires.  He finds himself skirting the edges of an elite secret society that wishes to remain that way. After many close calls, and disturbing situations he finally abandons his quest and confesses himself to his wife.  Co-starring Nicole Kidman as Alice Hartford and Sydney Pollack and LeeLee Sobieski

People thought that making the film was the beginning of the end of my marriage, but I don’t really think it was. Tom and I were close then, and it was very much the three of us. Onscreen, the husband and wife are at odds, and Stanley wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality. That was Stanley: He used the movie as provocation, pretending it was our sex life — which we weren’t oblivious to, but obviously it wasn’t us. We both decided to dedicate ourselves to a great filmmaker and artist.

6 Dec, 1996

Jerry Maguire

Cruise plays Jerry Maguire, and ambitious sports agent in this light comedy drama directed by Cameron Crowe. After writing a manifesto about how agents should treat their clients Maguire is fired from his agency. His assistant Dorothy, played by Renee Zellwegger, comes with him. He takes on Rod Tidwell, a football player who is very unhappy with his contract, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. Cruise tries to get him placed on a major team while a romance with Dorothy blossoms.

I like watching sports, but I’m not interested in making a movie about sports. You could have taken this guy and put him in any field. I like the people in it. I like the relationship with the girl. There are so many levels to this.

11 Nov, 1994

Interview with the Vampire

Cruise plays Lestat de Lioncourt, in the film adaptation of the Anne Rice novel. Lestat is an ancient vampire in a tale told to a modern day reporter Daniel Malloy by one of his “children,” Louis.  He tells Malloy of how it came to be that Lestat would change him.  Based in colonial Louisiana, the tale goes on to tell of a young plague victim named Claudia whom he also turns.  The trio travels to Europe to seek out more of their own kind and find far more than they bargained for.  Co-starring Brad Pitt as Louis, Kirsten Dunst as Claudia, Christian Slater as Daniel Malloy and Antonio Banderas as head-vampire Armand. Anne Rice comments on the casting of Pitt and Cruise.

…the worst crime in the name of casting since ‘Bonfire of the Vanities,’…   casting Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer…

30 Jun, 1993

The Firm

Cruise plays Mitch McDeer in a film adaptation of John Grisham’s novel, The Firm, directed by Sydney Pollack. Mitch accepts a once in a lifetime opportunity at a law agency called The Firm. Soon, he is approached by the FBI, who have connected the agency to the mob. Mitch cooperates with the FBI, while maintaining his position at The Firm. Co-starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Gene Hackman.

11 Dec, 1992

A Few Good Men

Cruise plays Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an order from a commanding officer. Kaffee takes a risk by calling Col. Nathan R. Jessep, played by Jack Nicholson, to the stand in an effort to uncover the conspiracy. Co-starring Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Kevin Pollak, James Marshall, J. T. Walsh and Kiefer Sutherland. Nicholson:

He will out-everything you. He will outwork you, outthink you, outstunt you and outnice you. If you’re an athletic, 25-year-old production assistant, he will outsprint you in front of the entire crew.

A Few Good Men

Cruise is Lieutenant Daniel Kaffe in the courtroom drama, A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner. Two U.S. Marines receive a court martial for the death of a fellow Marine. However, the accused claim they were acting under orders. The Lieutenant defends the accused as their lawyer. Co-stars include Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore.

I couldn’t wait to play that courtroom scene in A Few Good Men with Jack Nicholson. I’d been thinking about it for months. And it was like, here it is, man, I’m going to enjoy every moment of this…People came from all around just to watch us play that scene. They were showing up along the edges! So many people. And when the scene ended the first time, there was applause. Everyone around, applauding. God, it was exciting. It was electric.

22 May, 1992

Far and Away

Cruise plays Irishman Joseph Donnelly in this turn of the century love story directed by Ron Howard, also starring his wife, Nicole Kidman, as his traveling companion Shannon Christie.  The plot takes viewers from the events in Ireland that lead up to the couple’s fateful trip to America. The two get to know and love each other as they face crime, poverty, jealousy and bad luck on their way to stake their claim in the Oklahoma Land Run of 1893. Kidman:

Finally when I got to work with him I learned that he works from this level of fun.  He’s always got people laughing.

7 Jun, 1990

Days of Thunder

Cruise plays Cole Trickle, an up and coming NASCAR racer in this car racing drama directed by Tony Scott. Trickle wants to win the Indianapolis 500 but faces obstacles, including lack of a proper car. A twist of fate allows him the opportunity to compete at the top level. The character of Cole is largely based off of real race car driver, Dale Earnhardt. Co-starring Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid and Cary Elwes.

The characters are really well developed and it reaches all different levels of what I feel of American culture…To me, racing, there’s something very heroic about the drivers. Almost like modern day gladiators.

5 Jan, 1990

Born on the Fourth of July

Cruise plays Vietnam vet, Ron Kovic, in this autobiographical drama by Oliver Stone. The film follows Ron from his decision to enter the Marines through the war until he is injured and paralyzed from the chest down. After a lengthy stay in the deplorable conditions of the VA hospital, he returns home to find that nothing is the same, or even as it seems to be.  He struggles with physical, emotional and mental changes for years before finally coming to grips with his life and the world around him.

For me I wanted Ron to be happy. I wanted to be sure that he felt good about it and also Oliver felt that way.

16 Dec, 1988

Rain Man

Cruise plays  Charlie Babbitt a selfish yuppie in this drama directed by Barry Levinson. Charlie discovers that his father has left his estate to his other son, an autistic savant named Raymond, played by Dustin Hoffman. In an attempt to get his hands on the money, Charlie removes Raymond from the institution he lives in and tries to care for him alone. During their cross-country road-trip Charlie realizes that Raymond has miraculous mathematical abilities and exploits them for his own personal gain.  Also co-satrring Valeria Golino as Charlie’s girlfriend, Gerald R. Molen, and Bonnie Hunt.  Cruise on Charlie’s character:

He is a spiritual or emotional autistic for most of the story who finally learns to care for someone other than himself. In the course of this change, there’s another change: ”At the beginning, there’s this anger that Charlie carries with him against this man [ his father ] who wanted a perfect son and for whom nothing was ever good enough. But [ the film ] ends in his finally taking responsibility for a lot of the anger in that relationship.

29 Jul, 1988


Cruise plays Brian Flanagan in the romantic drama Cocktail, based on the book of the same name by Heywood Gould. Flanagan leaves the Army to move to New York. When he realizes he has no experience for his dream job, he pursues a business degree. For work, he picks up bartending. His boss Douglas Coughlin (Bryan Brown) teaches him the secrets of the bar trade such as performing bartending tricks, like spinning, twirling and juggling bottle, and they become the most famous bartenders in town, which leads him to travel to Jamaica and fall in love. Co-starring Elizabeth Shue. Bar Olympics champion John Bandy:

Tom was a regular guy and we got along really well. He’s ambidextrous, which made him a quick learner. I remember Tom and Bryan had a bet to see who would break more things as we practiced. But it was hard to score because one of them would drop something and it would bounce down the bar and smash a lot of stuff.

17 Oct, 1986

The Color of Money

Cruise plays Vincent in this pool hustler drama directed by Martin Scorsese. Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman), now retired for years, feels that Vincent could become an excellent pool player if only he wasn’t so wild. He proposes a partnership to Vincent and his girl-friend Carmen: he will teach Vincent all he personally knows about pool hustling for a 60% share of all his winnings. The trio hits the road direction Atlantic City. Co-starring John Torturro, Helen Shaver and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

Then Marty [Scorsese] called me and said he wanted me to read the script for The Color of Money. He wanted to know what I thought of it. And I was thinking, “He wants to know what I think of it. What does that mean?” [laughs] I read it and thought, “There’s a role in here for me. Holy shit. This thing is great.

16 May, 1986

Top Gun

Cruise plays Lieutenant and fighter pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in this drama, directed by Jerry Bruckheimer, about a team of Navy pilots at the Miramar training facility. Maverick is continually battling for supremacy among the other Top Gun pilots and reprimanded for his recklessness. He also begins and affair with one of the instructors, played by Kelly McGillis. After an accident kills Goose, his co-pilot, Maverick has to reassess his attitudes.  Co-starring Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Val Kilmer and and Meg Ryan. Bruckheimer:

We sent him down to El Centro, and he jumped in the back of that jet and just had the ride of his life.  At the time, he had shoulder-length hair, and [the Navy pilots] said, ‘We’re going to take this hippie for a real ride,’ and they just blasted him through the air and did rolls and did all kinds of crazy stuff with him.  He got on the ground and walked over to a phone booth – we didn’t have cell phones in those days. He calls me up, he says, ‘I’m doing it.’ [Laughs] That was it.

18 Apr, 1986


In this fable directed by Ridley Scott, Cruise plays Jack, a forest dweller in a fairytale world. Jack lives without care, in love with his darling Lili, played by Mia Sara.  One day he shows Lili a pair of unicorns, and before he can warn her, she touches the stallion, setting off a chain of events that will plunge the world into a magic-induced darkness. As Jack tries to set things right, she is captured by the Lord of Darkness, played by Tim Curry. With Lili’s help, Jack is eventually able to complete his quest and set things back as they should be.

Legend was an interesting thing. I don’t know how Harrison Ford has done so many of those types of films. I mean, I did All The Right Moves, and I thought, “Okay, I’ve done the two extremes of high school life. I’ve done it.” In Legend, I’m this magical character, Jack O’ The Green. The sets were huge. Sometimes we would be working on a scene that might last 30 seconds in the film, but it took a week to shoot it. It’s stunning and gorgeous and poetic and most of the time I would be looking at a piece of black tape and having to imagine all of it. It was exciting, but it made me hungry to do a piece like Top Gun.

5 Aug, 1983

Risky Business

Cruise plays Joel Goodson, a privileged suburban teen whose parents go out of town and leave him in charge of the house and his meeting with an interviewer from Princeton.  When he calls a prostitute, played by Rebecca DeMornay,  Joel get far more trouble than he bargained for, but also finds the self confidence to deal with the interview.

Oh my God.  Rebecca had already been cast. They wanted to see the two of us together. I tested, and to make a short story long, we didn’t test that well. Paul just believed in me. I told him exactly what I was going to do. We talked about it for a long time and he trusted me.

25 Mar, 1983

The Outsiders

Cruise plays Steve Randle in this Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of the classic young adult novel written by S.E. Hinton. Set in 1965 Tulsa, the film tells the story of a group of teenage boys growing up poor on the wrong side of town.  The plot features romance, turf wars, danger and death as the friends learn what grown-up life is really about.  The cast includes Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Emilio Estevez, Leif Garrett, Diane Lane and Ralf Macchio.

20 Dec, 1981


Cruise plays Cadet Captain David Shawn in this drama directe by Howard Becker, centered around students at a military school. When the highest ranked cadet, Cadet Major Brian Moreland, learns of plans to close the school and sell the land to developers, Moreland and  Shawn, his hotheaded enforcer, take over the school, leading to tragedy.  Co-starring Timothy Hutton, George C. Scott and Sean Penn.

A lot of that character was my childhood. I wasn’t intense like that, but the character is just fear. That’s what he does when he’s afraid—he fights.

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