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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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