Tom Cruise

A look at the leading man’s blockbuster career and relationships.

Actor Tom Cruise arrives at the premiere of his sci-fi thriller 'Oblivion' on April 10, 2013 in Hollywood. Jason Merritt / Getty Images
Olga Kurylenko and Cruise attend the London premiere of "Oblivion" on April 4, 2013. Karwai Tang / Getty Images
Cruise plays Jack Harper, a veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources in "Oblivion." Universal Pictures
Cruise douses Jimmy Fallon with water during a skit on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in December 2012. NBC via Getty Images
Cruise arrives for the world premiere of "Jack Reacher" in Leicester Square in central London on Dec. 10, 2012. Toby Melville / Reuters
Cruise's drifter-investigator gets a little help from a retired Marine played by Robert Duvall in 2012's "Jack Reacher." Karen Ballard / AP
Cruise is now a bachelor, since wife Katie Holmes filed divorce papers on June 28, 2012. Here, the star attends a Friars Club dinner where he was presented with an award on June 12. Larry Busacca / Getty Images
Starring in the film version of "Rock of Ages," Cruise belts out a tune as Stacee Jaxx. Reports say he practiced singing five hours a day in order to prepare for the role. David James / AP
Cruise may be many things, but don't say he's afraid of heights. The actor did some of his own stunts for 2011's "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol." Here he hangs off the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. Paramount Pictures
Cruise greets Japanese fans upon his arrival at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Nov. 30, 2011. Cruise was promoting his new film "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol." Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP - Getty Images
Cruise and daughter Suri visit Schenley Plaza's carousel on Oct. 8, 2011 in Pittsburgh. James Devaney / WireImage
Cruise receives the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Annual National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 5, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Cruise is a longtime supporter of the Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance. Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Tom and Connor Cruise attend a game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 27, 2011 in Los Angeles. Noel Vasquez / Getty Images
Cruise and wife Katie Holmes arrive at The ReelzChannel World premiere of "The Kennedys" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on March 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif. John Sciulli / Getty Images
Jeremy Renner, Tom Cruise and actress Paula Patton pose for a picture after holding a press conference about "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" in Dubai on Oct. 29, 2010. - / AFP - Getty Images
Cruise and Cameron Diaz ride a motorcycle during shooting of "Knight & Day," in Seville, Spain, on Dec. 11, 2009. Javier Barbancho / Reuters
Cruise and daughter Suri, 3, visit Charles River Basin in Cambridge, Mass. on Oct. 10, 2009. James Devaney / WireImage
Cruise and his two oldest children, Connor Kidman-Cruise, second from right, and Isabella Kidman-Cruise, right, root for family friend David Beckham during a Los Angeles Galaxy soccer game in Carson, Calif., on July 19, 2009. Gabriel Bouys / AFP - Getty Images
Cruise and father-in-law Martin Joseph Holmes prepare to drive the car that was used in the film "Days of Thunder" at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 15, 2009. Rusty Jarrett / Getty Images for NASCAR
In 2008's "Valkyrie," Cruise stars as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, a Nazi officer who sets into motion a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. German officials were not always supportive of the actor shooting scenes in their country. United Artists
Cruise showed up to help roast TODAY co-host Matt Lauer, right, at the Friar's Club on Oct. 25, 2008, in New York. Cruise, who was famously roasted by bloggers and other pundits after a 2005 interview with Lauer in which he called the anchor "glib," had the house in stitches. NBC
Cruise, center, poses for the cameras with Brandon T. Jackson, far left, Jack Black, left, Bill Hader, rear, Ben Stiller, right, and Matthew McConaughey at the premiere of "Tropic Thunder" in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. Cruise received rave reviews for his hilarious turn as a studio executive in the flim. Matt Sayles / AP
Meryl Streep, left, and Cruise star in "Lions For Lambs," the first release from Cruise's United Artists studio. The film cost $35 million to make, but failed to break into the top three at the U.S. box office when it opened Nov. 9, 2007, with just $6.7 million. To date, the film has earned $14.9 million in the United States. David James / MGM via AP
Cruise brought wife Katie Holmes to the Bambi media prize awards in Dusseldorf, Germany, in November 2007. The actor was honored with the courage award for his portrayal of Col. Claus von Stauffenberg in "Valkyrie." Michael Gottschalk / AFP - Getty Images
Cruise and Holmes pose in their wedding attire at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle overlooking Lake Bracciano outside of Rome. AP
Cruise, with daughter Suri in tow, celebrated with Holmes in Rome on the eve of their Saturday, Nov. 17, 2006 wedding. Andrew Medichini / AP
Cruise returned again to the "Mission: Impossible" franchise in 2006 to star in "Mission: Impossible III" for Paramount Pictures. Sumner Redstone, whose company owns the studio, praised the film as "the best of the three movies" in the action series but still said the studio would sever its 14-year relationship with Cruise's film production company. Paramount Pictures
Holmes and Cruise show off her new engagement ring after Cruise popped the question in Paris. Speculation was surging over whether they were actually in love or if their public displays of affection were some kind of elaborate publicity stunt. Did Cruise's Eiffel Tower marriage proposal end the whispers? Not at all. Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters
It was during a pointed interview with NBC's Matt Lauer in June 2005 that many Cruise-watchers began wondering whether the star's Scientology beliefs might be hurting his public image. After Lauer questioned Cruise about those beliefs and his opposition to the use of antidepressants, the actor became visibly agitated. Virginia Sherwood / NBC via AP
In May 2005, Cruise appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and created a media storm when he declared his love for Katie Holmes. The actor jumped on the talk-show host's couch, pumped his fist and brought the young starlet out on stage. Prior to this, the actor had been rather close-mouthed about his private life. George Burns / AP
Tim Robbins, left, Cruise and Dakota Fanning try to escape aliens in Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds.” The film is a retelling of the classic H.G. Wells story about aliens invading Earth. Paramount Pictures
Cruise met actress Penelope Cruz on the set of Cameron Crowe’s 2001 film, “Vanilla Sky.” Though many thought their relationship was an attempt to gain publicity for the film, the two actors dated for almost three years before amicably splitting. Paramount Pictures
Cruise reprised his role as Ethan Hunt in “Mission: Impossible 2.” The actor reportedly scared director John Woo by insisting on doing his own stunts for the film. Getty Images / Getty Images
Cruise surprised audiences with his role as sexist motivational speaker Frank T.J. Mackey in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 film, “Magnolia.” The actor took a pay cut to do the film and received an Oscar nomination for his role. Peter Sorel / AFP - Getty Images
Stanley Kubrick’s final film was 1999’s “Eyes Wide Shut.” Cruise starred opposite then-wife Nicole Kidman as a disgruntled husband who tries to gain entry into a strange sexual gathering. The film was a box-office disappointment. Kidman and Cruise divorced in 2001. The couple has two adopted children. Warner Bros.
Cuba Gooding, Jr. won an Oscar for his role as Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s “Jerry Maguire.” Cruise, who was nominated for an Oscar, stars as a sports agent who romances Renee Zellweger while trying to keep his failing career afloat. TriStar Pictures
Cruise starred as Ethan Hunt in Brian DePalma’s big-screen adaptation of the classic TV show, “Mission: Impossible.” This classic scene is an homage to a similar scene in the 1964 film, “Topakai.” Paramount Pictures
Long before the "Twilight" books resurrected the undead vampire trend, Cruise, left and Brad Pitt, starred as vampires Lestat and Louis in 1994's "Interview With a Vampire," based on Anne Rice's novel. Everett Collection
Cruise starred opposite Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men," a courtroom drama in which Cruise’s feisty young attorney confronts Nicholson’s crusty Marine colonel. Sony Pictures
Cruise fell in love with co-star Nicole Kidman during the making of the auto racing film "Days of Thunder" in 1990. The couple wed in December of that year and were together for 10 years before separating and eventually divorcing. Paramount Pictures
In Oliver Stone's 1989 film, "Born on the Fourth of July," Cruise played Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, earning his first Oscar nomination for the emotional role. Everett Collection
Cruise left action behind when he starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in Barry Levinson’s 1988 film “Rain Man.” Hoffman won an Oscar for his role as an autistic savant who drives across the country with his brother. United Artists
Perhaps Cruise’s most popular role was as Lt. Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in the 1986 film “Top Gun” opposite Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis. The film tells the story of student fighter pilots who compete to be the best of their class. Paramount Pictures
Cruise and Mimi Rogers were married in 1987 and divorced in 1990. Rogers is known for her roles in films like “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Lost in Space.” She also introduced Cruise to Scientology, which became a major part of his life, although she herself later left the group. Lennox Mclendon / AP
Cruise's first major role came starring opposite Rebecca De Mornay in the 1983 film "Risky Business." When his parents leave town, Cruise’s Joel Goodson expresses his joy about having the house to himself by letting loose to Bob Seger’s "Old Time Rock and Roll." The sliding on wood floors in your underwear scene has been endlessly parodied, but no one did it like Cruise. Warner Bros.
Cruise played a minor role in 1983's "The Outsiders," taking a part alongside numerous actors who would go on to major stardom and many of whom would become part of the group dubbed the Brat Pack. Shown here from left are Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze and Cruise. Warner Bros.
Cruise first came to critics' attention in 1981's "Taps," as one of a group of military school students who take over their school in order to save it from closing and being sold for condominiums. Everett Collection