Tom Cruise has been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for over 40 years. With hits like Top Gun, Mission Impossible, and Jerry Maguire, Cruise has become renowned for his charm and action stunt work on screen. Even as he enters his 60s, Cruise remains as busy as ever, regularly filming exciting new projects. He balances action blockbusters with thought-provoking dramas, while continuing his famous death-defying stunts. Cruise also remains committed to his faith and passionate about spreading Scientology’s message. Here is an overview of everything the iconic actor has going on today.
Born in 1962, Cruise’s career took off in the early 1980s with major hits like Risky Business and Top Gun that cemented him as a magnetic A-list star. He became renowned for his intensity on-screen and high energy. Films like Rain Man, Jerry Maguire and the Mission: Impossible franchise made him one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors.
Cruise generates headlines not just for his films, but his controversial outspoken views on psychiatry and advocacy for Scientology. He also performs his own stunts, earning a reputation as a fearless star willing to dangle from airplanes and climb skyscraper exteriors.
Even as he enters his 60s, Cruise’s drive and ambition shows no signs of fading as he continues taking on monumental film projects.
Cruise always has multiple action blockbusters and dramas in production to sustain his unprecedented run as a box office juggernaut. Some upcoming projects include:
- Top Gun: Maverick – Reprising his beloved pilot role that launches theaters in 2022.
- Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Seventh and eighth entries in the Mission franchise shooting back-to-back.
- Luna Park – Sci-fi thriller set on the moon from Director Doug Liman.
- Les Grossman – Comedic spin-off film about his vulgar Tropic Thunder character.
At nearly 60 years old, Cruise sustains a taxing production pace few stars could match. He insists on creative control over every film project he stars in.
Cruise remains drawn to compelling stories across a variety of genres that allow him to showcase his technical skills.
Top Gun: Maverick
Reprising Pete “Maverick” Mitchell over 30 years later, this legacy sequel earned critical acclaim and is Cruise’s biggest domestic hit to date.
This underrated 2013 sci-fi film featured Cruise as the last repairmen stationed on an apocalyptic Earth. It ultimately earned back nearly triple its budget worldwide.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The sixth Mission film earned some of Cruise’s best reviews for its incredible stunts and tense action. Itbecame the most profitable entry in the long-running franchise.
Cruise can clearly still anchor major blockbuster movies that earn both critical and commercial acclaim.
Cruise’s insistence on performing practical stunts has become legendary. He takes pride in pushing his physical limits for exciting sequences.
For Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Cruise actually jumped from a plane at 25,000 feet, breaking a world record for highest skydive on film.
In Rogue Nation, Cruise clung to an exterior of a military cargo plane as it took off, completing the stunt eight times.
For Ghost Protocol, Cruise scaled the exterior of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, at 2,722 feet the tallest building in the world. This became another iconic Cruise stunt.
Cruise’s authentic daredevil approach earns respect from audiences and adds real tension on screen.
In his personal life, Cruise remains devoted to Scientology and advocating on behalf of the controversial religion.
Cruise has been married three times, most recently to actress Katie Holmes from 2006-2012. He remains unmarried but regularly makes headlines regarding possible relationships.
Cruise has reached one of the highest levels within the Church of Scientology and is considered their most prominent member and spokesperson. However, the religion remains divisive.
Estate and Wealth
With a fortune estimated at $600 million, Cruise owns lavish properties like a Colorado ranch and Beverly Hills mansion. He has access to Scientology leader David Miscavige’s luxury vehicles.
At 60, Cruise seems content being single and devoting more time to his faith and lavish lifestyle.
What’s Next for Cruise?
Cruise shows no signs of slowing down or retiring from the limelight anytime soon. He clearly remains hungry to continue entertaining audiences on the biggest scale possible.
Mission: Impossible 7 & 8
These two epic installments filming back-to-back will take Cruise’s Ethan Hunt into new globe-trotting adventures and even bigger stunts likely into his 60s.
Top Gun 3 Potential
On the heels of Top Gun: Maverick’s mammoth success, Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have expressed interest in completing the story with a second legacy sequel.
More Passion Projects
Look for Cruise to act in and produce more personal films like sports drama American Made outside his franchise work that matches his interests.
So even after 40 years on top, Tom Cruise remains committed to movie stardom and proving himself as the most daring action star in film. His rare longevity shows no signs of fading anytime soon.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tom Cruise
What is Tom Cruise best known for?
Tom Cruise is known for blockbuster films like Top Gun, Rain Man, Jerry Maguire, and the Mission: Impossible series. He is renowned for performing his own stunts and high energy on-screen.
How old is Tom Cruise?
Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962. He is currently 60 years old as of 2022.
Where is Tom Cruise from originally?
Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York but later relocated to New Jersey and then Canada early in his life. His family moved frequently when he was a child.
Is Tom Cruise a pilot in real life?
Yes, inspired by Top Gun, Cruise earned his pilot’s license in 1994. He owns several private planes and uses his skills to perform stunts for films.
How much is Tom Cruise worth?
According to estimates, Tom Cruise has a net worth of approximately $600 million, making him one of the richest actors in Hollywood.
Is Tom Cruise in a relationship?
Cruise is currently single. He was formerly married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. He remains a high-profile member of the Church of Scientology.
Who are Tom Cruise’s children?
Cruise has three children – two adopted children with Nicole Kidman named Bella and Connor, and a biological daughter named Suri with ex-wife Katie Holmes.
What was Tom Cruise’s big breakout role?
Cruise’s star-making role came with the 1983 film Risky Business, where he played a teen who runs a brothel out of his home while his parents are away.
Does Tom Cruise do his own stunts?
Yes, Cruise is renowned for insisting on doing all of his own stunts and action sequences even into his late 50s, including dangerous sequences like HALO jumps.
How many Mission Impossible movies are there?
As of 2022 there are six Mission: Impossible films already released, with a seventh and eighth movie currently filming back-to-back.
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