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Two-time Academy Award nominee TOM CRUISE (Dr
Two-time Academy Award nominee TOM CRUISE
(Dr. William Harford) is one of the most successful actors ever
in Hollywood, with 20 films to his credit, which have garnered
a total of 40 Academy Award nominations and have grossed over
$3 billion worldwide.
Cruise's first major role was in "Taps" (1981) for director
Harold Becker. From that springboard, Cruise leapt to stardom,
captivating audiences in the 1983 hit "Risky Business,"
for which he received his first Golden Globe Award nomination.
He went on to create one of the most popular characters of the
'80s with his portrayal of Maverick, the daring fighter pilot
in the top-grossing film of 1986, "Top Gun."
Building on these performances, Cruise has earned the accolades
of both critics and the public for his collaborations with many
of the entertainment profession's most distinguished filmmakers.
He starred with Paul Newman in Martin Scorsese's "The Color
of Money" (1986); opposite Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson's
Academy Award-winning film "Rain Man" (1988); for Academy
Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone in "Born on the
Fourth of July," for which Cruise received his first Acadmy
Award nomination (1989); with Nicole Kidman in the romantic adventure
"Far and Away" (1992) for director Ron Howard; opposite
Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" (1992) for director
Rob Reiner; in "The Firm" (1993) with Gene llackman
for director Sydney Pollack; and in "Interview with the Vampire"
(1994) with Brad Pitt for director Neil Jordan.
Cruise staffed in the summer 1996 blockbuster "Mission: Impossible"
for director Brian De Palma. Shot on location in London and Prague,
"Mission: Impossible" was the first project produced
by Cruise, along with partner Paula Wagner, under the banner of
their production company, Cruise/Wagner Productions. The company's
second film, the critically acclaimed "Without Limits,"
directed by Robert Towne, was released last year.
Most recently, Cruise starred as a sports agent in "Jerry
Maguire" (1996) for director Cameron Crowe, for which Cruise
received his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and
won the Golden Globe Award for best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.
Cruise's other film credits include "Endless Love,"
"The Outsiders," "Losin' It," "All the
Right Moves," "Legend," "Cocktail" and
"Days of Thunder."
In 1989, he received his first Academy Award nomination and won
a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ron Kovic
in "Born on the Fourth of July." In 1990, he received
the People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Actor. In
1991, he was the recipient of the coveted American Cinema Award
for Distinguished Achievement in Film. In 1993, he received his
third Golden Globe nomination, for his portrayal of Lieutenant
J. G. Daniel Kaffee in Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men,"
as well as the NATO/Sho West Meritorious Achievement Award and
the Actor of the Decade Award at the Chicago International Film
Festival. In 1994, he was honored as the Hasty Pudding Man of
the Year at Harvard
University and received his second People's Choice Award for Favorite
Motion Picture Actor. In 1996, Cruise was honored with the National
Board of Review's highest distinction, Best Actor of the Year,
and also was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor
in a Leading Role. He was also presented with the prestigiou
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