His religious and private life are getting too much attention that we almost forgot what a consistent actor Tom Cruise is. Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won three Golden Globe Awards. He started his career at age 19 in the 1981 film “Endless Love” and since then his career rapidly grew. Tom Cruise is the star of several box-office hits, including Risky Business, Top Gun, A Few Good Men, Eyes Wide Shut, The Firm and Jerry Maguire.
Here are the 13 interesting facts about his not so ordinary life.
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on Tuesday, July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York to Thomas Mapother III, an electrical engineer, and Mary Lee Pfeiffer who was a special education teacher. Cruise grew up in near poverty, and had a Catholic upbringing.
The family was dominated by his abusive father, whom Cruise has described as “a merchant of chaos.” He was beaten by his father, who Cruise has said was a bully and coward.