TOM CRUISE (Jack) has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades. He is a three-time Academy Award nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner whose films have earned in excess of $8 billion worldwide -- an incomparable accomplishment. Seventeen of Cruise's films have grossed more than $100 million in the United States alone and 19 have grossed more than $200 million globally.
Since he first appeared on screen in the films Endless Love and Taps in 1981, Cruise's versatility has been evidenced by the varied films and roles he chooses. He has starred in 37 films, 17 of which he produced. He has worked with a remarkable list of acclaimed film directors, including Harold Becker, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Brickman, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Brian de Palma, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, John Woo, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Bryan Singer, James Mangold, Brad Bird, Adam Shankman, Christopher McQuarrie, Joseph Kosinski and Doug Liman.
Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol opened in December 2011 to critical acclaim and grossed nearly $700 million worldwide, making it the biggest box-office success of Cruise's career. The franchise has brought in more than $2 billion globally since Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them at Paramount while starring as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt. Brad Bird directed the fourth film, which Cruise produced with J.J. Abrams.
Most recently, Cruise starred in Christopher McQuarrie's suspense thriller, Jack Reacher, based on the Lee Child book "One Shot." The film has grossed more than $200 million worldwide so far. He is currently shooting the sci-fi action film All You Need Is Kill, directed by Doug Liman, to be released in March 2014.
In the summer of 2012, Cruise received critical acclaim as rock star Stacee Jaxx in the film musical Rock of Ages. In 2010, Cruise starred with Cameron Diaz in the romantic-action-comedy Knight and Day, which followed the 2008 release of Valkyrie. Cruise played German officer Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in the historical thriller about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Both films grossed more than $200 million worldwide. Directed by Bryan Singer, Valkyrie is the fifth highest grossing WWII film of all time. In 2008, Cruise also appeared in Ben Stiller's comedy smash Tropic Thunder as the hip-hopping, foul-mouthed Hollywood movie mogul Les Grossman. This performance, based on a character he created, earned him critical acclaim and his seventh Golden Globe Award nomination.
Cruise received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, in addition to a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Magnolia. He also garnered two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for Born on the Fourth of July and Jerry Maguire, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Magnolia, and nominations for his roles in Risky Business, A Few Good Men, The Last Samurai and Tropic Thunder. Cruise has also earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review.
His list of memorable credits also includes such diverse films as Collateral, Minority Report, Interview With the Vampire, The Firm, Rain Man, The Color of Money and Top Gun.
Cruise has been honored with tributes ranging from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award to the John Huston Award for Artists Rights as well as the American Cinematheque Award for Distinguished Achievement in Film.
While continuing to explore new artistic challenges, Cruise has used his professional success as a vehicle for positive change by becoming an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health, education and human rights. He has been honored by the Mentor LA organization for his work on behalf of the children of Los Angeles and around the world and in May 2011, he received the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Humanitarian Award. In June 2012, he received the Entertainment Icon Award from the Friars Club. He is the fourth person to receive this honor, after Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
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