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Tom Cruise
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Cruise at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013.
Born
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

July 3, 1962 (1962-07-03) (age 57)
Occupation Actor, producer, writer
Years active 1981–present
Spouse(s)
Children 3
Website TomCruise.com

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (/ˈtɒməs ˈkrz ˈmpɒθər/; born July 3, 1962), widely known as Tom Cruise, is an American film actor and producer. He has starred in many movies, including War of the Worlds and Jerry Maguire. As of 2012 Cruise is Hollywood's highest-paid actor.

His first movie was Endless Love. His first leading role was in the movie Risky Business. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. These were for the same movies: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Jerry Maguire (1996), Magnolia (1999).

Early life

Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York. He is the son of Mary Lee (nee Pfeiffer), a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III (died 1984), an electrical engineer. Cruise has three sisters, Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass. Cruise's surname originates from his great-grandfather, born Thomas Cruise O'Mara, who was renamed "Thomas Cruise Mapother" (Mapother is a Welsh surname). Cruise is of Irish, German and English ancestry. One of his paternal great-great-great-grandfathers, Patrick Russell Cruise, was born in North County Dublin, in 1799; he married Teresa Johnson in Warrenstown House, County Meath, in 1825. They left Ireland for America that same year and settled in New York.

Personal life

He is a Scientologist. He is also famous for jumping up on the couch on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Cruise has an adopted daughter and adopted son with his second wife Nicole Kidman. He has a daughter Suri (born April 2006), by Katie Holmes. He and Holmes married in November 2006 and separated in 2012.

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