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Tom Cruise Turns 60: A Spotlight on the Journey of a Hollywood Icon

Over the course of four decades, the gifted star has dominated Hollywood's successive generations

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Khushant Runghe
Khushant Runghe
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UNITED STATES: Today is Tom Cruise’s 60th birthday, which would be the ideal opportunity to delve deeply into the journey of a famous Hollywood figure. No matter our age or whether we first saw him in the Mission Impossible series or Top Gun, there is no denying the talented star’s charm throughout time emerged as the essence of cinema history. 

Over the course of four decades, the gifted star has dominated Hollywood’s successive generations. With the release of his breakout movie, Risky Business, Cruise gained the title of Hollywood’s superstar, winning millions of hearts to this day.

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Tom Cruise’s Hollywood features emerge as a plethora of cinema icons

Belonging to a Catholic family, Cruise’s first choice at 14 was to practice being a priest. The American actor spoke to “XL Semanal” about his case of dyslexia and gave the Church of Scientology credit for helping him overcome his reading problem.

“I questioned if I was a regular person or an idiot. I experienced boredom, irritation, and worry when I tried to focus. I was practically illiterate when I left high school in 1980.” I asked why the system had failed, but nobody had a response for me. Finally, using L Ron Hubbard’s method, the late founder of Scientology, I was able to read flawlessly as an adult, he continued.

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Early in the 1980s, the Maverick actor made his Hollywood debut with the film Endless Love (1981). Even though Cruise played a minor role, his adventure continued. Risky Business (1983) was his next big break, which might be considered his career-defining film and brought in $63 million in revenue on a $6.2 million budget. The 1986 film Top Gun directed by Tony Scott, launched his career as a Hollywood superstar. The action film, which made $357.3 million in revenue, became a smash hit and helped establish Cruise as a Hollywood icon among youth.

Despite three times Oscar nominations, Tom Cruise never bagged an Academy Award

Born on the Fourth of July (1983) starred Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic, a real-life paralysed Vietnam War veteran. His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor as well as his first Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Later, he received Oscar nominations for films such as Magnolia and Jerry Maguire. Despite several Academy Award nominations, Cruise has never won an Oscar.

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In 1996, Cruise launched his action-packed identity as Ethan Hunt, a superspy in the Mission: Impossible reboot. Six Mission: Impossible films have been released to date, with the latest edition titled Dead Reckoning Part One being the most anticipated. The actor is also known for his critical stunt work in the film series, and he was injured while filming a stunt for Mission: Impossible Fallout.

For Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Tom Cruise collaborated with iconic director Stanley Kubrick. Unfortunately, Kubrick died of a heart attack at his home in Hertfordshire, north of London.  

Tom Cruise was almost considered Marvel’s famed character

Iron Man without Robert Downey Jr. is unimaginable, but Tom Cruise was considered for the renowned Marvel role in earlier works. But he turned it down, saying, “As it was lining up, it just didn’t feel like it was going to work.” The rest is history, as Robert Downey Jr. was eventually cast in the role.

Earlier rumour was also circulating regarding Cruise’s appearance as Iron Man in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. As word of the leak spread, several theories surfaced on Reddit. According to the rumours, the actor was meant to play Superior Iron Mans. It’s a sinister, brutalised and morally dubious version of Iron Man. He also possesses one of the most potent sets of Iron Man armour, the Endo-Sym suit. Even though the movie doesn’t feature any of Iron Man’s variations, Tom Cruise’s Iron Man remains one of the most desired characters among MCU fans. 

On May 9, 1987, Cruise married the actress Mimi Rogers. On February 4, 1990, they got divorced. On the set of their movie Days of Thunder, Cruise met Nicole Kidman, who would later become his second wife. On December 24, 1990, the pair decided to get married; however, they later divorced in 2001. Actress Katie Holmes and Cruise started dating in April 2005. The media nicknamed Cruise and Holmes TomKat on April 27 of that year. But unfortunately, they separated in 2012.

Tom Cruise’s Top Gun Maverick recently surpassed the $1 billion milestones at the global box office. This demonstrates that Cruise has maintained his charisma in Hollywood while preserving an essential element of film culture.

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