Capital: € 509 million
Age: 57
Born: 07/03/1962
Country of origin: United States of America
Source of wealth: actor
Last updated: 2023

Short introduction

With keywords like Mission: Impossible, Top Gun or Scientology, everyone will ring the bell, because everyone knows Thomas “Tom” Cruise. The 57-year-old world-famous actor was born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York, America, and has an estimated net worth of approximately $ 570 million, or approximately € 509 million.

Early life

The American spent most of his childhood in Canada with German, Irish and English descent. Because of his dyslexia, he was teased by his classmates and grew up in rather poor conditions. He only learned to read properly in the 1980s after joining the Church of Scientology. According to his own testimony, he suffered from his father and his physical abuse, and the parents divorced later.

He was mainly interested in sports and acting. After suffering a knee injury and being retired from his wrestling team, he decided to become an actor instead of an athlete.


He attended a drama school in New York and met drama teacher Sanford Meisner, who promoted him from that point on. Thomas Cruise Mapother IV made his screen debut in 1981 at the age of 19. In “Endless Love” he played an extra role and had his first leading role in 1983 in the comedy “Loose Business”.

The major breakthrough of his career was achieved in 1986 by Tom Cruise’s film “Top Gun – They fear neither death nor the devil”, which brought in around $ 340 million worldwide and made Cruise the most successful actor of his time.

And while Cruise earned $ 75,000 on “Loose Businesses”, it was $ 2 million on Top Gun. Over the next few years, he strengthened and reinforced his reputation and status as a star that came almost overnight, with films such as “Rain Man”, which was nominated for eight Oscars, and “Cocktail”, which brought him around $ 3 million in 1988. For his film “Born on July 4th” he received his first Oscar nomination and a golden globe.

Career highlights

When he made a total of five films in a row between 1992 and 1996, he set a new record and played with “A Question of Honor”, “The Company”, “Interview with a Vampire”, “Jerry Maguire” and ” Mission: Impossible ”in the US over $ 100 million. No actor has succeeded so far.

The “Mission: Impossible” films in particular were a safe and good source of income not only for Cruise, but also for the Hollywood bosses.

“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”, the sixth part of the film series, grossed around $ 790 million. This is considered Tom Cruise’s greatest commercial success to date.

Famous quotes

  • “I’ve never done anything just for the money. If you only decide where you are best paid and the film is not successful, you will be left empty-handed. ”
  • “If you are successful in anything, there are always people who don’t allow you.”
  • “For humans, the greatest threat is humans themselves. I hope we don’t end up like Oblivion.”
  • “Life is too short for me to spend on the couch.”
  • “I feel the greed … the greed … for speed in me!” – Top gun

Amazing facts

Tom Cruise has worked his way up to become a timeless icon over the years, but there are things few people know about the world star.

So Disney was based on Tom Cruise to shape the character of Aladdin. This can be seen from the hair and facial features of the cartoon character.

In 1981, the sunglasses brand Ray-Ban was in trouble, in his films “Rain Man” and “Top Gun” Tom Cruise saved their sales by cleverly placing the product, namely on his face. The brand posted an increase in sales of over 40 percent in the release year of “Top Gun”.

Before Robert Downey Jr. was offered the role of Iron Man, Tom Cruise was asked first, but the latter declined.

When shooting underwater while filming Mission Impossible, Cruise held his breath for up to six minutes to ensure a cut-free scene. According to his own statement, he did this through a lot of training. He performed many stunts in his films himself.

When filming The Last Samurai, Cruise almost died when a mechanical horse malfunctioned. As a result, the blade of his film partner’s sword swung through the air too soon and was brought to a standstill just before Cruise’s neck.

Despite his incredible accomplishments, he has never won an Oscar.


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