Meet the birth family of Tom Cruise; one of Hollywood’s most celebrated
Tom Cruise remains one of the best things to have happened to Hollywood till date; he was even ranked as the world’s most powerful celebrity in 2006. The actor and filmmaker started out in 1981 with Endless Love and since then continued to star in a good number of critically and commercially successful films.
Date of Birth: July 3, 1962
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
No one would have thought that the deeply religious Cruise will end up as the award-winning Jerry Maguire (1996) cast. He struggled with dyslexia as a kid and this made academic success really difficult. He was an athletic champion and even considered a career in professional wrestling before a knee injury made him changed his mind.
Tom Cruise went as far as enrolling in a Franciscan seminary because he had always dreamt of becoming a priest. He quit after a year then gradually started discovering his love for the stage and a career was born. Read on as we bring juicy details concerning the birth family of the Magnolia (1999) actor.
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Mary Lee Pfeiffer (mother)
Date of Birth: September 22, 1936
Date of Death: February 2017 (aged 80)
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Mary was not lucky with her first marriage as her husband was a “bully” and this made her work extra hard to hold her home together. In 1974, Tom’s mother left his dad and went on to remarry a man called John ‘Jack’ South in 1978. They raised her children together until 2012 when they got divorced. John later passed away in 2015 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It was evident that the former special education teacher was close to her legendary son as she was seen at the premieres of most of his movies; the proud mother has on several occasions been referred to as the rock in her son’s life. She died in her sleep February 2017 after battling a long illness.
John ‘Jack’ McLeod South (step-father)
Date of Birth: 1926
Date of Death: July 25, 2015 (aged 89)
He was World War II veteran and Tom remember him as “wise and smart man”.
Thomas Mapother III (father)
Date of Birth: October 15, 1934
Date of Death: January 9, 1984 (aged 49)
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Thomas was an electrical engineer but mostly known as the abusive father who is referred to as a “merchant of chaos” by the famous Ethan Hunt from the Mission: Impossible (1996 – present) movie series. What he had with his children can’t really be called a relationship and things remained that way till he died in 1984 from cancer.
Lee Ann DeVette (nee Mapother) (elder sister from same parents)
Date of Birth: July 24, 1959
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Lee Ann is the oldest Mapother child and like their mother, she is also a devout Scientologist. In 2004, she worked as her brother’s publicist and has been involved in his production company ever since. Mapother was married to Stephen Burnett.
Cass Mapother (elder sister from same parents)
Year of Birth: 1961
Cass is another sister to the Mapother siblings and she bears, like the rest of her sisters a striking resemblance to the Hollywood star. She is an owner of a restaurant Cass’ Cafe in New Jersey.
Marian Henry (nee Mapother) (younger sister from same parents)
Year of Birth: 1964
Marian is the youngest sister to the most celebrated scientologist. She works in real estate and has a son Cal.
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Tom Cruise Talks About His Father
April 3, 2006 / 2:09 PM EDT / CBS/AP
Tom Cruise is talking about what has long been known to be a sore subject.
In an interview with Parade magazine, the 43-year-old actor looks back on two difficult aspects of his early years: his father and bullies at school.
Cruise says his father, Thomas Cruise Mapother III, "was a bully and a coward... the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you. It was a great lesson in my life - how he'd lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang!"
"For me," Cruise told Parade, it was like, "'There's something wrong with this guy. Don't trust him. Be careful around him.' There's that anxiety."
The 5'7" star of the upcoming film, "Mission: Impossible III," also says he was harassed by his classmates while he was growing up.
"So many times the big bully comes up, pushes me," he recalled. "Your heart's pounding, you sweat, and you feel like you're going to vomit ... I don't like bullies."
When Cruise was 12, his mother, Mary Lee, left his father and took Cruise and his sister, Lee Anne, with her, the magazine says. His parents divorced in 1974.
Cruise says he reunited with his father ten years later, when Mapother was "in the hospital dying of cancer, and he would only meet me on the basis that I didn't ask him anything about the past."
"When I saw him in pain, I thought, 'Wow, what a lonely life,"' Cruise says. "He was in his late 40s. It was sad."
Cruise has made a point of staying close to others in his immediate family, including his mother, and one of his three sisters, Lee Anne DeVette, is publicist for both Cruise and his 27-year-old fiancée, Katie Holmes.
Holmes is in the final stages of pregnancy with a baby whose gender has not been revealed – although she and Cruise very likely know the answer to that one. It was widely reported months ago that the excited expectant dad bought an ultrasound machine so he and Holmes could take as many photos as they wanted – at home.
The baby is the first for Holmes and a third child for Cruise, who has two other children from the over ten years that he was married to actress Nicole Kidman.
They split up nearly five years ago but that doesn't mean Cruise is out of the picture when it comes to the kids.
He's on call as dad and four years ago, caught the attention of the evening gown set when he ducked out early from the Academy Awards ceremony, headed home for his turn with the children.
Cruise is similarly focused on the impending arrival of the new baby and recently told interviewers in Germany that he had two pilots standing by, ready to fly him home, if Holmes happened to go into labor.
The two are engaged but haven't yet tied the knot.
They plan to marry this year, Cruise said, in an interview with the German tabloid Bild, after the opening and the promotions for his latest movie, "Mission Impossible III."
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Tom Cruise Parents: What Does The Star Remember About Them?
The richest and most famous people on the planet can buy a lot of things, which are not affordable for others – chic clothes, classy cars and luxury mansions. But there is something, which they cannot buy – this is the eternal life of their parents. In February 2017, Tom Cruise's mother died peacefully, while sleeping. This was a huge loss for the famous actor, because he considered his mother as the person, who had contributed to his success in the cinema industry.
To commemorate the woman, who gave the world an actor, which played in "Rain Man", "Eyes Wide Shut", "The Last Samurai" and many other films, let's remember what we know about her, as well as about the father and the stepfather of Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise Mother Was A Warm Woman
The actor Tom Cruise doesn’t like to tell about his early years. He considers his childhood as “abusive”. Nevertheless Tom has never told the single bad thing about his mother. On the contrary, he has always stressed the fact, that his mother used to be a warm pleasant woman, who encouraged him to start acting and supported his beginnings.
Mary Lee Pfeiffer was born on the 22 nd of September, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her living as a special education teacher. She married Thomas Cruise Mapother III, being quite young, and the couple started their family life in Syracuse, New York.
They gave a birth to four children – one son and three daughters. The name of their son is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, mostly known as the award-winning actor Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise suffered from dyslexia, that’s why he was a troubled student for most of his teachers. In addition, his upper teeth looked unattractive. But Mary Lee has always supported her son and believed that one day her too short depressed child would become successful.
As Tom later told, it was his mother, who advised him to try acting. Cruise starred in a school play “Guys and Dolls” and Mary Lee noticed how talented her son was. She took the boy to acting classes and encouraged to cooperate with local theater groups.
Soon Tom Cruise opened up to his mother that he planned to make career of an actor. “He wanted to give show business a try!” Mary Lee said. She wholeheartedly agreed to send her son to New York, as she felt, he had a chance to become a star.
During the whole Tom Cruise life, his mother has always stood behind his back. That’s why her death has become a shock for a popular actor. Nevertheless, Mary Lee Pfeiffer departure can hardly be called “unexpected”. She had health issues during the last 8 years, that’s why she had been rarely seen in public during the long time.
In 2016 Mary Lee was photographed in Clearwater, Florida, sitting in a wheelchair and being supported by two nurses. In winter, 2017 she passed away at night before she woke up.
Mary Lee Pfeiffer South used to be the last Tom Cruise living parent. His father and stepfather died much earlier.
Tom Cruise Father Was A Coward
Thomas Cruise Mapother III has played an important part in Tom Cruise fate – he gave him life. Probably, that was the only thing he did for his son.
Tom Cruise has never made a secret from the fact, that his early years were awful – and it was mostly due to his father.
Mapother III was born on the 15th of October, 1934. He made the ends meet, working as an electrical engineer. Thomas drank too much, and his strong addiction to alcohol made a bad worker from him. He lost his job quite often – and then found another one in the neighboring city. He moved his wife and children from one place to another, and each such removal was a challenge for Tom. The boy was very shy, and he was dyslexic too. It was hard for him to adjust to his classmates. When finally he did it – his father changed the job again.
Thomas Sr. was quite abusive too. He could become angry and kick his son without any reason. That’s why Tom has always felt anxiety, staying near his dad. He was afraid of him. Once Tom Cruise told in his interview, that “his father was a coward”.
When Tom Cruise turned 12, his parents separated. The actor hadn’t seen his father for years. But Cruise Jr forgot about his old grudge, when he had known about his father’s illness.
In 1984 Thomas Cruise Mapother III passed away from cancer. He taught his son, how important it was to be a good parent. Tom Cruise felt sorry for his dad, who had spent a lot of time alone and was so miserable during the last days of his life.
Tom Cruise Stepfather Was a Smart Man
Having divorced, Mary Lee Pfeiffer took her son Tom Cruise and her daughter Lee Anne to Louisville, Kentucky. The family lived in a small house and was very poor, nevertheless Tom felt quite happy. He described his mother as a strong and prideful person, who had never complained about her life. She took three jobs to earn her living and provide her children for food and clothes.
As Tom Cruise neighbor said, the future star was ready to take any job too to support his mother. There was no bad job for him – he waited tables, cleaned premises and tried other kinds of odd jobs.
Around that time Tom Cruise fell in love with acting. He finally settled at one place and enjoyed his life. But one day everything had changed again.
Mary Lee took home a pleasant middle-aged man. It was Joseph South, World War II veteran. It was noticeable, that he was desperately in love with Mary Lee. Soon he proposed her and moved to her house. Tom Cruise told that he considered his stepfather as a smart and kind man. He respected him. Joseph loved Mary Lee desperately and it made him to love her children too. He cared about Tom Cruise before he had turned into a celebrity.
Joseph as well as Mary Lee, supported Tom’s idea to move to New York and start career of an actor. Together with his wife, he gave him $850 to begin life at a new place.
South separated from Mary Lee and her son Tom Cruise in 2003, because he refused to share their passion to Scientology. Seven years later Mary and Joseph divorced officially. In 2015 Tom Cruise stepfather passed away from pulmonary disease. Several weeks before his death he gave an interview, where told, that neither Mary nor Tom came to see him and support during the last days of his life.
Currently Tom Cruise has no living parents. But he remembers all their lessons and tries to be a good father for his three children.
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Actor Tom Cruise is the star of several box-office hits, including Risky Business , A Few Good Men , The Firm , Jerry Maguire , and the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Who Is Tom Cruise?
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, better known as Tom Cruise, was born on July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York, to Mary and Thomas Mapother. Cruise's mother was an amateur actress and schoolteacher, and his father was an electrical engineer. His family moved around a great deal when Cruise was a child to accommodate his father's career.
Cruise's parents divorced when he was 11, and the children moved with their mother to Louisville, Kentucky, and then to Glen Ridge, New Jersey, after she remarried. Like his mother and three sisters, Cruise suffered from dyslexia, which made academic success difficult for him. He excelled in athletics, however, and considered pursuing a career in professional wrestling until a knee injury sidelined him during high school.
At age 14, Cruise enrolled in a Franciscan seminary with thoughts of becoming a priest, but he left after a year. When he was 16, a teacher encouraged him to participate in the school's production of the musical Guys and Dolls . After Cruise won the lead of Nathan Detroit, he found himself surprisingly at home on the stage, and a career was born.
'Taps,' 'The Outsiders'
Cruise set a 10-year deadline for himself in which to build an acting career. He left school and moved to New York City, struggling through audition after audition before landing an appearance in 1981's Endless Love , starring Brooke Shields. Around this same time, he snagged a small role in the military school drama Taps (1981), co-starring Sean Penn .
His role in Taps was upgraded after director Harold Becker saw Cruise's potential, and his performance caught the attention of a number of critics and filmmakers. In 1983, Cruise appeared in Francis Ford Coppola 's The Outsiders , which also starred Emilio Estevez , Matt Dillon and Rob Lowe —all prominent members of a group of young actors the entertainment press dubbed the "Brat Pack." The film was not well received, but it allowed Cruise to work with an acclaimed director on a high-profile project.
His next film, Risky Business (1983), grossed $65 million. It also made Cruise a highly recognizable actor — thanks in no small part to a memorable scene of the young star dancing in his underwear.
In 1986, after a two-year hiatus, the budding actor released the big-budget fantasy film Legend , which did poorly at the box office. That same year, however, Cruise's A-list status was confirmed with the release of Top Gun , which co-starred Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Meg Ryan . The testosterone-fueled action-romance, set against the backdrop of an elite naval flight school, became the highest-grossing film of 1986.
'The Color of Money,' 'Rain Man' and 'Born on the Fourth of July'
Cruise followed the tremendous success of Top Gun with a string of both critically acclaimed and commercially successful films. He first starred in The Color of Money (1986) with co-star Paul Newman , and then went on to work with Dustin Hoffman on Rain Man (1988). Cruise's next role, as Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in the biopic Born on the Fourth of July (1989), earned him an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
'A Few Good Men,' 'The Firm' and 'Interview with a Vampire'
In 1992, Cruise proved once more that he could hold his own opposite a screen legend when he co-starred with Jack Nicholson in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men . The film grossed more than $15 million its first weekend and earned Cruise a Golden Globe nomination. He continued to demonstrate his success as a leading man with The Firm (1993) and Interview with a Vampire (1994), which co-starred Brad Pitt.
'Mission: Impossible,' 'Jerry McGuire'
Next, Cruise hit the big screen with two huge hits—the $64 million blockbuster Mission: Impossible (1996), which the star also produced, and the highly acclaimed Jerry McGuire (1996), directed by Cameron Crowe. For the latter, Cruise earned a second Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe for Best Actor.
'Eyes Wide Shut,' 'Magnolia'
Cruise and then-wife Kidman spent much of 1997 and 1998 in England shooting Eyes Wide Shut , an erotic thriller that would be director Stanley Kubrick 's final film. The movie came out in the summer of 1999 to mixed reviews, but that year Cruise enjoyed greater success with the release of Magnolia . His performance as a self-confident sex guru in the ensemble film earned him another Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
'Vanilla Sky,' 'The Last Samurai'
Cruise then starred in the long-awaited smash hit Mission: Impossible 2 in 2000, alongside Anthony Hopkins , Thandie Newton and Ving Rhames. In 2002, he starred in Vanilla Sky , his second collaboration with Crowe, as well as Steven Spielberg 's Minority Report . The following year, Cruise traveled to Australia to shoot the $100 million war epic The Last Samurai, which earned him another Golden Globe nomination.
'War of the Worlds'
Cruise proved he remained a top draw by starring in the Spielberg-directed remake of the science-fiction classic War of the Worlds (2005), which grossed more than $230 million at the box office.
His next effort, Mission: Impossible 3 (2006), also scored well with audiences. However, Cruise was faced with a professional setback in August when Paramount Pictures ended its 14-year relationship with the actor. The company's chairman cited Cruise's erratic behavior and controversial views as the reason for the split, though industry experts noted that Paramount more likely ended the partnership over Cruise's high earnings from the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Cruise quickly rebounded and on November 2, 2006, he announced his new partnership with film executive Paula Wagner and the United Artists film studio. Their first production as a team, the political drama Lions for Lambs (2007), proved a commercial disappointment despite a strong cast that included Meryl Streep and Robert Redford .
Taking a break from weighty material, Cruise delighted audiences with his performance in the comedy Tropic Thunder (2008). Despite his relatively small role in a movie that featured Robert Downey Jr. and Ben Stiller , Cruise stood out by obscuring his trademark good looks to play a balding, obese movie studio executive.
'Valkyrie,' 'Rock of Ages'
In December 2008, Cruise released his second project through United Artists. The film, Valkyrie , was a World War II drama about a plot to assassinate German leader Adolf Hitler . Cruise starred as a German army officer who became involved in the conspiracy.
Cruise returned to one of his most popular franchises in 2011 with Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol . Breaking into new territory, he then starred in the 2012 musical Rock of Ages . Although Cruise received some positive reviews for his performance as a rock star, the movie failed to attract much of an audience.
'Jack Reacher,' 'Edge of Tomorrow'
Returning to his mainstream action roots, Cruise starred in the 2012 crime drama Jack Reacher , based on a book by Lee Child. He then headlined a pair of science-fiction adventures, Oblivion (2013) and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Showing no signs of slowing down, the veteran actor in 2015 delivered his usual high-energy performance for the fifth installment of his blockbuster franchise, Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation .
Latest Movies and Familiar Franchises
In 2016, Cruise reprised the role of Jack Reacher for Never Go Back . He then headlined a reboot of The Mummy (2017), which performed respectably at the box office but was savaged by critics, before earning better reviews later that year for the crime thriller American Made .
2018 brought a return to familiar territory for Cruise, who starred in Mission Impossible —Fallout that summer. Prior to its release, he tweeted a photo to mark day 1 of production on the long-awaited sequel Top Gun: Maverick , scheduled for a June 2020 release.
Scientology and Personal Life
Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987. It was through Rogers that the actor became a student of Scientology, the religion founded by writer L. Ron Hubbard. Cruise credited the church with curing his dyslexia, and he soon became one of its leading proponents. However, while his spiritual life flourished, his marriage to Rogers ended in 1990. That same year, Cruise made the racecar drama Days of Thunder alongside Kidman. Though the movie was unpopular among critics and fans alike, the two lead actors had real chemistry. On Christmas Eve 1990, after a brief courtship, Cruise and Kidman married in Telluride, Colorado.
Divorce from Kidman
For much of the 1990s, Cruise and Kidman found themselves fiercely defending the happiness and legitimacy of their marriage. They filed two different lawsuits against tabloid publications for stories they considered libelous. In each case, the couple received a published retraction and apology, along with a large monetary settlement which they donated to charity. The couple has two children, Isabella and Connor.
On February 5, 2001, Cruise and Kidman announced their separation after 11 years of marriage. The couple cited the difficulties involved with two acting careers and the amount of time spent apart while working. Following the divorce, Cruise briefly dated his Vanilla Sky co-star Penelope Cruz , followed by a much-publicized relationship with actress Katie Holmes. A month after his ties to Holmes became public, Cruise professed his love for the actress in a now-famous appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, during which he jumped on Winfrey's sofa, shouting "Yes!"
Marriage to Katie Holmes
In June 2005, after a two-month courtship, Cruise proposed to Holmes in a restaurant at the top of the Eiffel tower. In October, they announced that they were expecting their first child together. The hasty proposal and surprise pregnancy quickly became tabloid gossip. But Cruise made even bigger headlines that year as an outspoken advocate for Scientology. He openly criticized former co-star Brooke Shields for using anti-depressants during her recovery from postpartum depression. He also denounced psychiatry and modern medicine, claiming Scientology held the key to true healing. Cruise's statements led to a heated argument with news anchor Matt Lauer on The Today Show in June 2005, for which Cruise later apologized.
In 2006, Cruise and Holmes welcomed daughter Suri into the world. That year, they were married in an Italian castle, with celebrities Will Smith , Jada Pinkett Smith , Jennifer Lopez and Victoria and David Beckham among those in attendance. However, the storybook romance wouldn't last, and in June 2012, the couple announced their separation.
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The American actor and filmmaker, Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962 to Mary Lee and Thomas Cruise Mapother III. He began his acting career with film Endless Love in 1981 and gained his first lead role in 1983 film Risky Business. Tom gained wider international fame in 1986 with film Top Gun and has went on to become one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood. Throughout his career, Tom Cruise has starred in numerous critically and commercially successful films such as The Color of Money, Rain Man, Magnolia, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Jack Reacher, Knight and Day, A Few Good Man, Vanilla Sky, Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow and Mission Impossible film series. In his personal life, Tom Cruise has been married three times so far, first with Mimi Rogers, second with Nicole Kidman and third with Katie Holmes, all of which ended with a divorce. He also has three children, two of which are adopted and one biological.
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Complete Name: Thomas Cruise
Date of Birth: July 3, 1962
Birth Place: Syracuse, New York, United States
Occupation: Actor, Filmmaker
Father Name: Thomas Mapother III
Mother Name: Mary Lee Pfeiffer
Siblings: Lee Ann Mapother, Cass Mapother, Marian Mapother
Spouse: Katie Holmes (m. 2006–2012), Nicole Kidman (m. 1990–2001), Mimi Rogers (m. 1987–1990)
Children: Suri Cruise, Isabella Jane Cruise, Connor Cruise
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Tom Cruise is an American actor, producer, and filmmaker best known for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the ‘Mission: Impossible film series. He is regarded as one of the biggest movie stars in the United States and was the highest-paid actor in Hollywood in 2012.
Tom Cruise Age
Cruise is 60 years old as of July 2022. He was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse, on July 3, 1962, in New York the United States of America.
Tom Cruise Nationality
He is an American national and citizen by birth. Tom was born in New York, United State of America. She is of mixed ethnicity/heritage/ancestry of German American, British American, and Irish American.
Tom Cruise Height
Tom stands at a height of 5’7″ (170 cm).
Tom Cruise Family – Parents – Father
In Syracuse, New York, he was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, the son of Mary Lee and Thomas Cruise Mapother III. His father was an electrical engineer, and his mother taught special education. He has three younger sisters.
Tom Cruise Wife – Married
In May 1987, Tom Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers. Cruise was introduced to Scientology by Rogers, and he went on to become an outspoken supporter of the Church of Scientology. Their marriage, on the other hand, ended in February 1990. He married actress Nicole Kidman in December 1990. The couple adopted two children, but their marriage also failed. On November 18, 2006, he married Katie Holmes for the third time. They have a child together. On June 29, 2012, after five and a half years of marriage, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise. He had relationships with Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi in addition to his three marriages.
Tom Cruise Career
He abandoned his plans to become a priest in his late teens and instead pursued a career as an actor. As a 19-year-old, he moved to New York and landed a small role in the 1981 film ‘Endless Love.’ In 1983, he played Joel Goodson in the romantic comedy ‘Risky Business.’ The film was a box office success, and Tom Cruise, with his chocolate-boy good looks, became the heartthrob of millions of American girls. He played Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, a young naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, in the action drama film ‘Top Gun.’ This film was also a huge success, solidifying his status as a superstar.
His success continued into the late 1980s, with films such as ‘The Color of Money (1986), ‘Cocktail’ (1988), ‘Rain Man (1988), and ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ (1988). (1989). In the early 1990s, he frequently appeared on screen alongside actress Nicole Kidman, whom he married in 1990. In films such as ‘Days of Thunder (1990) and ‘Far and Away,’ the real-life couple co-starred as lovers (1992). In 1996, he achieved unprecedented success as Ethan Hunt in the action spy film ‘Mission: Impossible.’ The plot revolves around agent Hunt and his mission to find the mole who has been framing him for the murders of his entire team. The film was a box office smash, spawning several sequels.
Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, he remained a highly bankable and popular star, appearing in films such as ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (1999), ‘Vanilla Sky’ (2001), ‘Minority Report’ (2002), ‘The Last Samurai’ (2003), ‘Collateral’ (2004), ‘War of the Worlds (2005), and ‘Lions for Lambs’ (2007). His most recent films include ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Jack Reacher,’ ‘Oblivion,’ and ‘Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Tom Cruise starred in the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise, ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation,’ in 2015. He returned to the role in the sixth installment of the franchise, ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout,’ in 2018. He appeared in the horror film ‘The Mummy’ in 2017. The film was a remake of the 1932 film of the same name starring Boris Karloff.
Tom Cruise Net Worth
Cruise has an estimated net worth of 600 million dollars.
Tom Cruise Movies
1. Rain Man (1988) 2. A Few Good Men (1992) 3. Edge of Tomorrow (2014) 4. Collateral (2004) 5. The Last Samurai (2003) 6. Minority Report (2002) 7. Jerry Maguire (1996) 8. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) 9. Mission: Impossible (1996) 10. Magnolia (1999)
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Tom Cruise’s Kids: Everything To Know About His Mysterious Relationships With Connor, Isabella & Suri
Tom Cruise may be the biggest movie star, but he's also a family man! We've got all the details on Tom Cruise's relationships with his son Connor and daughters Isabella and Suri.
- Tom Cruise remains one of Hollywood’s biggest box office draws since his breakthrough in 1983’s ‘Risky Business’
- The actor has been married to three high-profile actresses: Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes
- He has three children, including a teenage daughter he was last photographed with in 2012
Tom Cruise is an iconic actor, but more importantly, he’s a father. The Top Gun star, who has been married three times , shares two adopted kids — Connor Cruise and Isabella ‘Bella’ Cruise — with his ex-wife, Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman . He also has one biological child, a daughter named Suri with his other ex-wife, Katie Holmes .
Tom lives an extremely private life, despite being a major movie star. While he may hit the occasional red carpet if he has a movie premiering, the actor is rarely photographed anywhere else, or with his kids. Though, he does have a relationship with all three. Want to know more? Learn more about Tom’s family dynamic with his son and two daughters below.
Tom and Nicole adopted Connor and Isabella during their decade-long marriage in the ’90s. Isabella, who was born on December 22, 1992, took a page out of her father’s book by adopting a lifestyle away from the spotlight, however, she recently resurfaced on her Instagram with a selfie on August 25, and fans went wild. The new photo came four months after she last shared a photo of her face online, so her followers were elated to see her sharing a new picture of herself.
The London-based artist owns a company with the title of her namesake, “Bella Kidman Cruise,” which sells phone cases, tote bags, and more. As far as her personal life is concerned, Bella married Max Parker , an IT consultant, in an intimate ceremony in London in September of 2015. Neither Bella’s nor Max’s parents attended, which led to speculation that she was estranged from her parents. Though, that was later proven not to be the case .
“Of course [we talk], they’re my parents. Anyone who says otherwise is full of sh-t,” Isabella told Daily Mail in March of 2016. When asked if it was hard not to have Tom walk Isabella down the aisle to give her away, Max admitted, “Yeah. It is what it is.” Isabella also has a good relationship with her mother, whose last name is included in her company’s name. And, she’s close with her brother, Connor, which is evidenced by various social media posts.
Isabella caused a slight stir in July 2021 when she and brother Connor both posted a selfie – a rare thing from these private kids – on the same day. Bella’s selfie was taken during the Euro Championship when England took on Denmark. “My face during extra time. Fingers crossed,” she captioned the shot. It clearly worked, as England prevailed. Earlier in the year, Bella posted another selfie – a black and white photo advertising prints in her shop. When Isabella shared a snap in September 2021 , fans thought she looked amazing.
Just like his sister, Connor, who was born on January 17, 1995, also enjoys living a private life. Though, he was very much in the spotlight in the past. Connor briefly followed in his parents’ footsteps and starred in two films — 2008’s Seven Pounds and 2012’s Red Dawn remake. The well-accomplished DJ eventually pursued his passion for deep-sea fishing, though, and now spends a lot of time in Clearwater, Florida, as seen on his Instagram page. Connor is very close with his sister, which was further proven by a cute throwback photo he shared to his Instagram in August 2019.
Connor appears to be quite close with his dad, too, as the two were most recently spotted together in October 2019. The father and son bonded over the actor’s love for helicopters, according to People — which reported that Tom took Connor on a chopper in London to show him “some aviation basics.” In 2012, Connor tweeted a black and white baby photo of himself, along with Isabella, in the arms of Tom.
Connor had a busy 2021. While on a fishing trip in Costa Rica in February, Connor showed off a catch that was almost bigger than him. “ Yellowfin were chewing today ,” he captioned the shot. He became an “ influencer ” in March of that year, launching the @connorsmeatshack IG account with his friend, Kim Joyce . The BBQ-themed account featured Connor’s love of grilling, and the man knows his way around a “rolled cap of ribeye and some lobstah tails,” as he put it . When the summer months rolled around, Connor decided to shave off his hair. “ New face, who dis? ” he captioned a June 8 IG story.
While on an August 2022 fishing trip with friends, Connor showed off his catch – a massive fish he hauled in from the ocean. In his most recent post, Connor revealed that he and his fishing buddies donated a large portion of their catch — “108 pounds of grouper” to be exact — to a charity. “I know it was tough to fit that in the truck but glad the fish was able to go and help those in need of it!!,” he wrote. Overall, Connor is enjoying a life of fishing, grilling, and living in the great outdoors.
Following his 2001 divorce from Nicole, Tom went on to marry Katie Holmes in 2006. They welcomed their only biological child, a daughter named Suri, that same year on April 18. Suri made her magazine debut on the October 2006 cover of Vanity Fair with her then-married parents. The accompanying photoshoot showed the family smiling while cuddled up together. Unfortunately, the trio didn’t have a happily ever after. Tom and Katie eventually divorced in 2012, and the actor has rarely been seen out with his daughter since the split. Believe it or not, one of their last photographs together was at Disneyland on January 25, 2012.
Tom’s relationship with Suri is a tumultuous one , multiple sources have expressed to HollywoodLife . “As challenging as things have become for him and his daughter, he still loves her,” an insider told us in April 2019. “Tom never intended to be estranged from his daughter when he decided to have a family with Katie, and he looks forward to repairing their relationship one day,” the source said. Tom and Katie have never spoken publicly about his estranged relationship with Suri. And it’s unclear when the actor and his now teenage daughter last saw one another. Suri resides with her mother in New York City, where she attends school.
While Tom and Suri’s relationship has remained strained, she has continued to have a positive connection with her mother. Suri and Katie are often seen together on the streets of New York City. In 2021, a 15-year-old Suri started venturing out into the Big Apple on her own . Even with the newfound teenage freedom, it doesn’t appear Suri has an Instagram account at this time.
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Tom Cruise may keep quiet about his kids, but the “Top Gun: Maverick” actor is a father of three.
The Golden Globe winner became a parent while married to Nicole Kidman from 1990 to 2001.
After struggling to conceive, the former couple adopted daughter Isabella and son Connor in 1992 and 1995, respectively.
Amid their divorce, the “Big Little Lies” alum suffered an ectopic pregnancy . After splitting from Cruise and moving on with Keith Urban , Kidman later welcomed daughters Sunday and Faith via surrogate.
As for Cruise, he moved on with Katie Holmes in 2005. The duo welcomed their daughter, Suri, in April 2006, seven months before tying the knot in Italy.
Holmes filed for divorce from the Oscar nominee in June 2012, and their divorce was settled the following month. Keep scrolling to meet Cruise’s kids.
Isabella Jane Cruise
Kidman and Cruise adopted Isabella shortly after she was born in 1992, and their daughter has followed in the “Mission: Impossible” star’s Scientologist footsteps.
In a March 2019 newsletter for the organization, Isabella thanked her dad “for everything.”
Although Kidman keeps quiet about her relationship with Isabella, she did speak about her adult children in a November 2018 Who interview .
“They are adults,” the Emmy winner said of Isabella and Connor at the time. “They are able to make their own decisions.
“ They have made choices to be Scientologists and as a mother, it’s my job to love them,” she continued.
“I know 150 percent that I would give up my life for my children because it’s what my purpose is.”
Connor Anthony Kidman Cruise
Connor was also raised in the Church of Scientology after being adopted in 1995.
Cruise and Kidman’s adult son is active on social media and has documented his fishing trips, his new buzzcut hairstyle and more.
Over the years, Connor and his dad have been photographed on rare outings.
The duo watched basketball games together in Connor’s younger years, and have more recently been spotted boarding a helicopter and hanging out on the “Jack Reacher” set.
Holmes gave birth to Suri in 2006 and has maintained a close bond with her daughter.
The “Dawson’s Creek” alum told Town & Country in 2017 that she provides the little one with a “stable and innocent” childhood .
Cruise, however, still has “no part” of his youngest child’s life , a source exclusively told Page Six in March 2022.
In a 2012 defamation lawsuit against Bauer Media, the “Jerry Maguire” star said he didn’t see Suri for three months after his and Holmes’ breakup.
“Listen, when there is a divorce … things change,” Cruise said. “It’s not an ideal situation.”
Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini has asserted that Cruise “can’t be connected” to Suri because Holmes is considered a “suppressive person” or “enemy” in the religion.
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Meet Tom Cruise's Three Kids
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Much of Tom Cruise's private life is shielded by his status as a high-ranking Scientologist, but fans know that he has been married a total of three times and is the father of three children. His two eldest, Isabella and Connor, were adopted by him and his then-wife, Nicole Kidman, during the course of their decade-long marriage. The couple, who met on the set of "Days of Thunder," was married shortly after the movie came out in 1990 and began to build their family (per StyleCaster ). Kidman and Cruise raised the children together until their divorce in 2001.
Cruise, who has dated several high-profile women — including actress Penélope Cruz and pop star Cher — would eventually date "Dawson's Creek" star Katie Holmes and share his rabid enthusiasm for her on " The Oprah Winfrey Show ." The star famously jumped up and down on the sofa next to Winfrey in an ecstatic display that was destined to be endlessly parodied. Finally settling next to Winfrey, he declared, "I'm in love. I'm in love and it's one of those things where it's like, you know, you wanna be cool. I was like, 'Yeah, I like her, you know. She's cool.' That's not me. That's not how I feel." TomKat, as they were referred to by the media, married in 2006 and had daughter Suri together before Holmes reportedly blindsided Cruise with divorce proceedings in 2012. The actor's relationships with all of his children are complicated, to say the least.
Bella is an artist who sells her work online
Isabella Jane Cruise — or Bella Kidman Cruise , as she is currently known — was born on Dec. 22, 1992 in Miami, Florida. The Daily Mail reported that she was the third child of a fellow Scientologist who was married with two children but unable to support another. After making a connection with the superstar couple through the church, Bella was adopted by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman , who would divorce by the time she was 8 years old.
In a 1999 interview, Cruise talked about what his children might do in the future. "I don't know if Bella will be an actress. Right now, she says she wants to be a bear when she grows up. Connor wants to be a pilot, and I've been taking him up with me in my plane since his second birthday" (via the Daily Mail).
Both children have largely stayed out of the limelight, particularly since becoming adults. Bella, who is nearly 30 years old as of this writing, is an artist who has an Instagram account dedicated primarily to her creative pursuits. Recently, she made a rare public appearance hosted by rocker Courtney Love to celebrate 30 years since the release of Hole's album, "Pretty On The Inside." Bella was photographed next to a piece of her own artwork that was on display at the event. On her website , she sells tote bags, T-shirts, pins, and prints of her original work.
Bella lives a modest lifestyle in England with her husband
"She's very mysterious. I don't know why she's chosen Croydon, poor child," is how one of her neighbors characterized the very private life of Bella Kidman Cruise since she moved to the U.K. city in 2017 (per the Mirror UK ). Despite having parents who are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Kidman Cruise lives a quiet and unassuming life (reportedly without their financial support) in the London suburb with her husband, Max Parker, an IT consultant. "Bella lives just outside London. You know, she really feels more English. We lived there for 'Eyes Wide Shut,' 'Mission Impossible,' and 'The Portrait of a Lady,'" Nicole Kidman told Vanity Fair in 2019. "They both had English accents when they were little."
Kidman Cruise and Parker married in September 2015 in a ceremony that wasn't attended by the groom's or the bride's parents. "We didn't go, but we knew all about it. We stayed away; we didn't want the media circus," Parker's mother told the Daily Mail when asked why she and her husband weren't present at the event. As for the bride's mother, who was in London at the time of the nuptials, Kidman Cruise told the outlet that their relationship was fine despite her absence. Tom Cruise's no-show was blamed on his work schedule.
Parker, who takes public transportation to work, said shortly after their marriage, "I'm still a regular guy." Regarding her husband, Kidman Cruise said, "I'm very lucky."
Bella reportedly has a tumultuous relationship with her mom
Despite Bella Kidman Cruise's recent inclusion of her mother's last name into her own name, and her recently liking some of her mom's Instagram posts, the status of their relationship is still largely a mystery. Shortly after her marriage to Max Parker, Kidman Cruise told the Daily Mail , "Of course [we talk], they're my parents. ... Anyone who says otherwise is full of s**t." Life & Style also reported that the rift between the two was on the mend as of 2018, when a source told them, "Nicole is thrilled that Bella has paid tribute to her by naming her clothing line BKC. She's supportive of Bella's career move and really excited for her!"
RadarOnline , however, reported as recently as 2019 that Kidman's relationships with her eldest children suffered when they chose to follow their father into Scientology. "They have made choices to be Scientologists. It's our job as a parent to always offer unconditional love," said the Oscar-winning actress. In her book, "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology," actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini describes an interaction that occurred in 2006 between her and Kidman Cruise after Tom Cruise's marriage to Katie Holmes. Remini says she asked Kidman Cruise if she had seen her mother lately and was told that, "Our mother is a f*****g SP," which in Scientology speak means "suppressive person," someone the church demands be cut from the member's life (per Vogue ).
Bella and Connor are still dedicated Scientologists and are close with their dad
In 2010, Nicole Kidman spoke about her eldest children to Hello! Magazine (via Vogue ), saying "they live with Tom, which was their choice. I'd love them to live with us, but what can you do?" With their father as the custodial parent, both children deepened their ties to his controversial religion and are active members of the church.
The Underground Bunker , which reports regularly on Scientology's inner workings, published a 2019 email featuring Bella Kidman Cruise's own words. She said, in part, "We all need to do this. It's hard work. It's a lot of effort. It's a few meltdowns and running to the bathroom to have a mini episode, but it is worth everything because you will get through. This is a gift to yourself and so many others." According to a former member, the email likely indicates that Kidman Cruise is now a qualified auditor in the organization. According to the Scientology website , the goal of auditing is to "restore beingness and ability."
"Like Tom, they've become Scientology royalty," a source recently told OK! Magazine of the two children. Connor Cruise also lives a very private life and has reportedly been punished by the organization in the past for partaking in forbidden activities, like drinking and vaping. Currently, he resides in Clearwater, Florida, home of the church's global headquarters. According to a former member, he is being groomed to become a "perfect Scientologist" (per RadarOnline ).
Connor tried his hand at acting and being a DJ
Young Connor Cruise pursued a few different career paths before settling into his current culinary-related interests (per Hollywood Life ). As a child, he acted in a couple of films, including "Seven Pounds," which starred Will Smith, and the 2012 remake of "Red Dawn." He also honed and demonstrated his DJ skills at various events over the next several years, including appearances at the Electric Festival in Aruba, where he can be seen performing in front of a huge audience . As one insider put it, "Spinning records made him feel like part of the crowd without giving away too much of himself, but now his focus is on food" (per OK! Magazine ).
During his stint as a DJ, Cruise also performed at events like Electric Adventure Beach Weekend in New Jersey, a Verse Us event in Miami, and international gigs in Australia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. He has regularly promoted his upcoming appearances on his Instagram account , but recent posts seem to indicate that his interests have shifted.
Connor's romantic life is a mystery
Though much of Connor Cruise's romantic life remains steeped in mystery, he reportedly dated a woman named Phylicia Bugna in 2017, who was billed as his first serious girlfriend (per Woman's Day ). A source told the outlet at the time, "Tom and Nicole aren't thrilled about Phylicia's sexy pics on social media or her patchy driving record, but they trust Connor's judgment. Despite his club-hopping and smoking habit, he has a good head on his shoulders." The pair was said to have shared a mutual love of fishing and enjoyed several dates that incorporated the activity.
Since then, it has been speculated that Cruise married a woman by the name of Sylvia Zanchi in 2019. Zanchi, whose presence on the internet and social media is virtually nonexistent, is said to be a second-generation Scientologist who moved from Bergamo, Italy to Florida, where she met Connor. According to Magzter.com , the couple was seen together quite often at the church-owned Sandcastle Hotel, where Connor lived at one point. One local resident even reported having seen an engagement ring on Zanchi's finger.
Connor is passionate about deep-sea fishing
Though Connor Cruise reportedly still has a passion for music, his Instagram feed is currently focused on his love of deep-sea fishing. "Connor lives in Clearwater, which is the church's main hub. He still DJs, but he has really become a big fishing guy. He's content with living a quieter life," a source recently revealed to Page Six .
Indeed, a scroll through Cruise's grid shows him posing with a huge variety of deep-sea catches, including a grouper, a yellowfin, and an amberjack, to name just a few. Recently, he posted about enjoying a birthday trip to Costa Rica, where he did some fishing with friends and marked the occasion by holding up a huge yellowfin tuna (via " Today "). His posts also indicate that he participates in various fishing competitions. Cruise receives a lot of flak in the comments for his chosen hobby, but one recent post highlights his team's performance and its subsequent donation of 300 pounds of fresh fish to an organization that works to combat food insecurity.
Tom Cruise's son has become a food influencer
Connor Cruise has recently expanded his social media presence to showcase his love of all things meat-related. The aspiring food influencer announced on his original Instagram account that he was launching a second account dedicated to his love of grilling. "After many friends telling me, I have finally decided to start a food IG @connorsmeatshack with my bestie @kimj526. Give it a follow if you like backyard steaks, bourbon, chicken, or really whatever we are feeling like that day," he posted.
Cruise began posting on @connorsmeatshack in 2021. The content consists largely of close-ups and short videos of him in what appears to be a backyard location cooking on a Traeger pellet grill, a black charcoal Weber grill, and a large black griddle (per Hollywood Life ). One video shows Cruise cooking a ribeye steak over charcoal with a caption that says, "Internal temp is dealers [sic] choice, but we aim for 120-122 post rest! (Don't you DARE say well done!)."
Suri Cruise is estranged from her father
Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes in November 2006 after what appeared to be a whirlwind romance. Suri Cruise, who was born in April of that same year, attended her parents' wedding along with her siblings, Bella Kidman Cruise and Connor Cruise. Of his biological daughter's birth, Cruise said to Deborah Roberts on "20/20" that "it was everything that we wanted it to be ... it was spiritual. It was powerful. It was indescribable. What words can you use? It's still something that I'm processing and keep reliving" (per Sportskeeda.com ).
Like Cruise's two prior marriages, however, this one would fail as well, when Holmes reportedly blindsided him with her plan to divorce him in order to protect their daughter from Scientology (per Yahoo! ). Though Cruise denied that his daughter needed such protection, he hasn't been photographed with her since they went to Disneyland together a decade ago. An insider recently told Hollywood Life that "[he] thinks about her all the time ... Tom never intended to be estranged from his daughter when he decided to have a family with Katie, and looks forward to repairing the relationship one day." A source told Us Magazine in 2018 that Cruise could see Suri, as he was given visitation rights for up to 10 days a month, but that "he chooses not to because she is not a Scientologist."
Suri seems to be following in her parents' footsteps
By all accounts, Suri Cruise has led a fairly insulated life since her parents' split. That said, she seems to be brimming with talent — at least when it comes to singing. Mom Katie Holmes recently tapped her teenage daughter to sing "Blue Moon" for the soundtrack of her film, "Alone Together," which she wrote, directed, and stars in. Cruise's version of the classic song plays over the opening credits and is clear evidence that she has some pipes.
"I always want the highest level of talent," Holmes told Yahoo! Entertainment (via Sportskeeda ). "So I asked her! She's very, very talented. She said she would do it and she recorded it, and I let her do her thing. That's the way I direct in general: It's like, 'This is what I think we all want — go do your thing.'"
Cruise also lent her vocal stylings to another film helmed by Holmes called "Rare Objects," which will be released in December 2022. It remains to be seen whether Cruise will follow her parents into acting, but if her rendition of the Rodgers and Hart ballad is any indication of her talent, fans won't be surprised if she excels there as well. Until then, Holmes says, "She's a 16-year-old kid doing high school" (per ABC News ).
Suri has always been a fashionista
"My biggest goal has always been to nurture her into her individuality, to make sure she is 100% herself and strong, confident, and able," Katie Holmes told InStyle in 2020 (per Style ) of her daughter, Suri Cruise . "She came out very strong — she's always been a strong personality." Already considered a style icon, Cruise has inspired several fan accounts dedicated to her fashion choices. In 2013, Us Magazine credited the then 6-year-old for influencing several looks worn by none other than Catherine, Princess of Wales.
As a child, Cruise was known to sport fancy dresses with full skirts in bold colors and patterns. She was often seen wearing headbands or bows and carrying accessories ranging from purses to stuffed animals to dolls. The value of her wardrobe at that time (per SheKnows ) was a staggering $3.2 million. As she became a tween, Hola! pointed out that she had adopted a version of her mom's style. Having recently turned 16, the teenager is often seen on the streets of New York rocking everything from a strapless sundress and vintage bag to jeans and a T-shirt.
Suri used to have relationships with her siblings
While Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' marriage was still intact, Tom Cruise's three children were occasionally seen together at events with their father and Holmes. Even just prior to their split in 2012, Suri and her half-brother Connor were photographed together in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as their father prepared to shoot his film, "Oblivion." That outing, however, appears to be one of the last times that Suri spent with either of her elder siblings.
Despite the fact that there is no real evidence to support an ongoing relationship between the sisters, an Australian tabloid called "New Idea" recently reported that Suri desperately wished to reunite with Bella Cruise Kidman (via Mickey.com ). They quoted a source as saying, "Suri talks endlessly about wanting to move to London when she's 18. Katie suspects that while Suri would never admit this for fear of hurting her, she actually wants to go over there to reunite with Bella. ... It makes sense that Suri is curious to get to know Bella again. Katie would never stop her. She doesn't have anything against Bella."
Suri's life is very different without the influence of Scientology
The early years of Suri Cruise's life included being photographed regularly by the paparazzi whenever she was out with her famous parents, but that all changed after her mom, Katie Holmes, divorced her father, Tom Cruise , and they went to live a more private life in New York (per Style ).
Apparently alarmed at what Scientology had in store for her daughter as she grew older, Holmes sprung the divorce on Cruise. The two were said to be at odds over Suri's imminent attendance at the New Village Leadership Academy, which was founded by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith (per the Independent ). The school, which claimed to be secular, was, according to ex-teachers, exactly the opposite. "There's no question about it, the New Village Leadership Academy was a Scientology school," said Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal, who taught there from 2008 to 2010 (per The U.S. Sun ).
Since their move to New York, it has been reported that Holmes enrolled her daughter in Avenues The World School, where she wears a school uniform and is afforded no special treatment despite her family's status. According to E! News , the school offers a well-rounded curriculum that includes language immersion and courses in humanities, literacy, math, sciences, arts, and physical education.
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All About His Parents - Fascinating Facts About Tom Cruise
With such a successful career and three actor cousins, you’d think it was something in his blood that compelled Cruise to become an actor. But, his parent’s occupations were as far away from that as one could imagine. His father, Thomas Mapother III, was born in 1934 and was an electrical engineer.
His mother, Mary Lee Pfeiffer, who was born in 1936, was a special education teacher displaying her passion for education and supporting students with unique learning needs. It’s fascinating to see how Cruise’s path diverged from his parents’ professional choices, highlighting the individuality and diverse influences shaping one’s journey.
Cruz & Cruise
While the two were never married, Cruise had a high-profile relationship with his "Vanilla Sky" C0-star, Penélope Cruz. When the two met, Cruise was actually still married to Kidman. Cruz and Cruise fell in love and spent time together from 2001 to 2004. The relationship collapsed under the pressures of Tom's religion and his ex-wife and children, who did not get along with Penélope.
While their romance may have ended, Cruise and Cruz have maintained a level of respect and professionalism towards each other. They have occasionally reunited onscreen for collaborative projects and have spoken positively about their time together, acknowledging the fond memories and the impact they had on each other's lives.
The 2002 Academy Awards
In 2002, Cruise was chosen to open the Academy Awards. He fulfilled his duties all right but took off after his part was done. Why? Well, just like any other father, Cruise had to be with his kids. Turns out that the day of the Academy Awards was also the day it was Tom's turn to look after the children.
He watched the rest of the ceremony on TV, like the rest of us. This relatable gesture showcased Cruise's devotion to his family amidst the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. He knows when to bring himself down to earth (or he really needed a night out of the limelight).
No Action for Tom
If you stop and think about some of your favorite celebrities, especially those who are a part of big franchises — you'll most likely remember you've seen their image in a video game. Maybe you even own an action figure of them. But there's a very slim chance that you would own anything that looks like Cruise or that you've ever seen his face in a video game.
Why is that? Well, it's because he refuses to give his likeness to be used in video games or for action figures! By maintaining this level of control over his image, Cruise preserves a sense of exclusivity and enigma, emphasizing his focus on his craft rather than commercial endorsements. It adds to the enigmatic allure that surrounds the iconic actor.
If you were ever curious about what has turned Tom into the wonderful actor he is, there's a great chance we have the answer. Cruise attended an acting school called the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. While there, he had the honor of learning from some of the best ones, including the legendary Sanford Meisner, whose innovative techniques emphasized emotional authenticity and truthful performances.
Additionally, Cruise benefitted from the mentorship of Phil Gushee, a renowned acting coach who further honed his craft. The guidance and wisdom imparted by these influential figures undoubtedly contributed to shaping Cruise's exceptional talent and success in the world of acting.
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That said, Tom Cruise is willing to show his emotional side during interviews. He jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch during an infamous 2005 interview and snapped at Matt Lauer during a contentious chat on Today. Cruise's 2009 appearance on The View is less known than these aforementioned examples, but it showed a side of the actor that was mournful and extremely supportive of one of his superstar peers, John Travolta .
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"It's horrific. It's just horrific. Here's a man who... both of them [are] doting parents and just wonderful people. John just adored him, both of his children..."
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Cruise continued to struggle throughout the interview, but he did his best to refute Joy Behar's claims that Scientology members are told not to visit the hospital to deal with health problems. "That's just not true... It's actually the opposite." He also went on to recall interacting with Jett Travolta when he was a child:
"I remember Jett when he was born... I saw him when he was, I guess, a few months old and... It’s something that I don’t have the words for."
Cruise is known for his articulate interviews, and his ability to boil his feelings down into succinct phrases. The appearance on The View remains one of the few times in which the actor genuinely seemed unsure of what to say, and how to go about discussing such a tragic event in the life of another Oscar-nominated performer.
Tom Cruise And John Travolta Had A Controversial Relationship Before Jett Travolta's Death
Fans were quick to point out that Tom Cruise's interview was complicated by the fact that he and John Travolta have reportedly disliked each other for decades. Both men have been the most high-profile members of the Church of Scientology since the 1980s, yet they are rarely seen together, and have never appeared together in a film or television show.
Part of the tension stems from the favoritism that Cruise receives within the Church, according to former Scientology bodyguard Brendan Tighe. He told Daily Mail that the two actors do not enjoy each other's company , despite promoting the same religious cause in the media:
"It's no secret that Cruise and Travolta despised each other. Travolta wasn't invited to Cruise's wedding with Katie Holmes, it told me everything... [Travolta] does not recognize Cruise as a superior in any way..."
Tighe also told the outlet that Travolta was the most revered member of the Church before Cruise joined, and that he felt slighted when the latter was given the prestigious Freedom Medal of Valor from Scientology leader David Miscavige in 2008. Tighe elaborated on the fallout:
"When Cruise got that medal, Travolta was so p***ed off. [Travolta] was told by Miscavige that he was the most dedicated Scientologist and had introduced more members than anyone. So it was like getting his title stripped. He was jealous."
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Despite Tighe's inflammatory comments, neither Cruise nor Travolta have spoken in depth about their relationship. Cruise's praise of Travolta and Travolta's late wife, Kelly Preston, on The View, is one of the few times the actors have talked about each other.
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Jett Travolta was born in 1992, and according to The Sun, he was on the autism spectrum. He dealt with consistent health problems, and his death in 2009 was attributed to a seizure he had while taking a bath. It was a devastating loss for John Travolta and his family, and one that the actor feared he wouldn't be able to process.
The thing that helped Travolta work through his grief, according to Us Weekly, was the Church of Scientology :
"It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life. The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it... The church never left our sides for two years. I don’t know if I would have made it through without their support."
Travolta turning to Scientology to help him through a devastating familial loss is something that Tom Cruise has vouched for on several occasions. Cruise, who joined the Church shortly after the death of his father, Thomas Mapother III, in 1984, told ITV that the religion has helped him through countless hardships in his life:
"It's something that has helped me incredibly in my life; I've been a Scientologist for over 30 years. It's something, you know, without it, I wouldn't be where I am. So it's a beautiful religion. I'm incredibly proud."
While Cruise and Travolta do not appear to be friends, they are cordial with each other in the public eye, and it appears as though the former was genuinely saddened by the death of the latter's son.
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John Travolta posted a tribute to Jett Travolta on what would have been his 30th birthday in 2022. The Instagram post included a photo of the two and a caption that read:
"My dearest Jetty, I miss you more than words can say. I think about you everyday. Happy Birthday. Love, your Dad."
Tom Cruise’s $400,000-a-Year Support: What Lies Ahead for Suri Cruise
Suri cruise, now 17 years old still no meeting with tom cruise likelihood of going to hollywood.
Tom Cruise’s daughter, Suri Cruise , was recently spotted freely strolling the streets of New York.
Her modest attire and the small food she held in her hand perfectly captured the simplicity of a 17-year-old girl.
Now a young lady, Suri Cruise has grown up from a little girl. How is she doing these days?
According to Page Six, Suri Cruise made her stage debut in high school with a drama, The Addams Family: A New Musical, by playing Morticia Addams.
One audience member expressed their admiration through the media, saying, “She was amazing.”
On stage, Suri thanked her teacher, friends who shared the stage with her, and the production team instead of mentioning her parents’ names.
It shows that she is not following the typical path of a “Nepo baby.”
Suri has been in the spotlight since birth, thanks to her famous parents, spending her childhood with paparazzi following her every move.
Her baby pictures are so well-known that people still see Suri as a baby.
As the daughter of a world-renowned actor, her family has had paparazzi around them since birth.
Perhaps due to her parents, the name Suri Cruise has received explosive attention from the public.
However, about six years after Suri was born, in 2012, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorced, and Suri ended up living only with her mother, Katie Holmes.
Since Katie Holmes won custody, it seems that Tom Cruise has been supporting Suri with child support payments.
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According to a news outlet, SheKnows, Tom Cruise’s child support payments are over $33,000 a month, which is $400,000 annually.
This was one of the main demands during Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ divorce proceedings; Tom should pay them monthly until Suri’s 18th birthday on April 18, 2024. It is reported that he would also cover Suri’s college tuition fees.
After her parents’ divorce, Suri reportedly hasn’t been able to meet her father, Tom Cruise.
Tom Cruise is known to have avoided meeting his daughter due to religious reasons.
In 2018, there were reports by media that Suri had sent heartfelt letters, phone calls, and voice messages to Tom Cruise, pleading for him to come home.
In response, Tom Cruise told the media that he would prepare to meet his daughter, but a proper meeting with her father has not yet occurred.
Suri was often seen in photos with her mother, Katie Holmes. A picture of them wearing jeans went viral, and their model-like figures became a hot topic.
Suri, who has inherited her mother’s long arms and legs, caught people’s attention with her maturity compared to her younger days.
Inheriting the DNA of her Hollywood parents, Suri shows a passion for acting.
She attended acting school and took acting lessons from her mother after school, showing determination.
In 2022, she sang one of the OSTs of a movie that Katie directed, wrote, and starred in, and in April of last year, she also sang the OST for “Rare Objects” of Amazon Prime.
Suri, who was once a pretty baby in our memories, graduated from high school this June and is already preparing for college next year.
She plans to study fashion in New York City. We are excited to see how Suri will grow as a fashion designer.
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