EDGE OF TOMORROW
TOM CRUISE (Cage) 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 eight billion dollars worldwide-an
incomparable accomplishment. Seventeen of Cruise's films have grossed more than
$100 million in the United States alone, and 20 have grossed over $200 million
Since he first appeared on screen in the 1981 films "Endless Love" and
"Taps," Cruise's versatility has been evidenced by the varied films and roles he
chooses. He has made 37 films, had a producing role on 18, and 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 and Adam Shankman.
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" opened to critical acclaim in December
2011 and went on to gross close to 700 million dollars, making it the biggest
box office success of Cruise's career. Combined, the "Mission: Impossible"
franchise has brought in more than two billion dollars worldwide since Cruise
conceived the idea for the films and began producing them, also starring in all
four films as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt.
Most recently, Cruise starred in Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," based on the
director's original graphic novel; in Christopher McQuarrie's suspense thriller
"Jack Reacher," based on the Lee Child book One Shot, from his hugely successful
about a former military policeman-turned-drifter; and in Shankman's adaptation
of the hit stage musical "Rock of Ages."
In 2010, Cruise starred with Cameron Diaz in the romantic action-comedy
"Knight and Day." Two years earlier, Cruise portrayed German officer Colonel
Claus von Stauffenberg in the critically acclaimed worldwide hit "Valkyrie," an
historical thriller about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler during
World War II, which grossed $200 million globally, making it one of the top five
WWII-themed films of all time. 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
praise from critics and audiences, as well as his seventh Golden Globe Award
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
Oscar nomination for "Magnolia." He also garnered three Golden Globe Awards,
including Best Actor wins for "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Jerry Maguire,"
and one for Best Supporting Actor for "Magnolia," as well as nominations for his
roles in "Risky Business," "A Few Good Men," and "The Last Samurai." In
addition, Cruise has earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen
Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of
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 also been honored with tributes ranging from Harvard's Hasty
Pudding Man of the Year Award, to the John Huston Award from the Artists Rights
Foundation, and the American Cinematheque Award for Distinguished Achievement in
While continuing to explore new artistic challenges, Cruise has used his
professional success as a vehicle for positive change, 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 Humanitarian Award. In June of 2012, he received
the Entertainment Icon
Award from the Friars Club for his outstanding accomplishments in the
entertainment industry and in the humanities. He is the fourth person to receive
this honor after Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
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