Why Famous: Started his career at age 19 in the 1981 film "Endless Love", and became a full-fledged movie star after starring as Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in "Top Gun". He is well known for his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in the "Mission: Impossible" film series.
He is also known for his support for the Church of Scientology and its affiliated social programs.
- 1987-05-09 Actor Tom Cruise (27) & actress Mimi Rogers (33), marry
- 2006-11-18 American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (44) weds actress Katie Holmes (27) at Odescalchi Castle, Bracciano, Italy
- 2012-06-29 Actress Katie Holmes (33) divorces American film actor and producer Tom Cruise (50) allegedly due to disagreement about their religious beliefs and the raising of their daughter Suri, after 5 years of marriage
- 1986-05-16 "Top Gun", directed by Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise premieres
- 1988-12-12 "Rainman" directed by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise premieres in New York (Best Picture 1989)
- 1990-01-20 47th Golden Globes: "Born on the Fouth of July", Tom Cruise, & Michelle Pfeiffer win
- 1990-05-06 Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in South Carolina
- 1994-03-08 20th People's Choice Awards: Tom Cruise & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Roseanne Arnold win (TV)
- 1997-03-24 69th Academy Awards: "The English Patient", Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand win