Tom Cruise Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Career Highlights, Awards, Relationships and Personal Life

Published Date   04th Sep. 2017, 21:23 pm  Update Date: March 26th, 2019  02:35 pm
Tom Cruise Net Worth, Early Life, Education, Career Highlights, Awards, Relationships and Personal Life
Quick Info
Birth Name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $470 million

American actor and producer, Tom Cruise net worth increased as he became the three times Golden Globe Award winner and became the well-recognized actor for his role as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible.


Born as Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, Tom Cruise has won Golden Globe Award thrice and Academy Award nomination thrice. Starting the career at the age of 19, Tom Cruise net worth rose with his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible film series. He turned into the Hollywood’s highest-paid actor in 2012 as his 16 films grossed $100 million in the US and 23 films grossed $200 million worldwide.

Early Life and Education

Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962 in Syracuse, New York as the son of Mary Lee and Thomas Cruise Mapother III. His mother was a special education teacher while his father was an electrical engineer, both from Kentucky. He grew up with three sisters: Lee Anne, Marian and Cass. Cruise is an American and has English, German and Irish ancestry.

Cruise spent his childhood days in near poverty. His family was dominated by his father, who even used to beat him. He spent a part of his early days in Canada as his family moved to Ottawa in late 1971. The relocated there so that his father could work at the Canadian Armed Forces.

Tom Cruise attended Robert Hopkins Public School until grade 5 where he was involved in drama. Later, he went to Henry Munro Middle School in Ottawa. Soon, his mother returned to the US with him and his sisters leaving his father who died of cancer in 1984.

Returning back the States, Cruise attended Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he got church scholarship and studied to become a Catholic priest. However, he developed interest in acting. He used to play football for varsity team as linebreaker. But, the varsity cut him out of the team after catching him drink beer before match.

Acting Career Highlights

Tom Cruise net worth started to rise with his appearance in a brief role in 1981 film Endless Love. In the next film, Taps, he got a major supporting role. During the same timeline, he appeared in All the Right Moves, The Outsiders and Risky Business.

However, Tom Cruise net worth grew with his role in Top Gun (1986) as he established his career through this film as superstar. The Color of Money was his next film where he paired with Paul Newman. In 1988, Tom Cruise earned Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor in Cocktail. However, his performance in Rain Man as real-life paralyzed Vietnam War veteran earned him a number of awards.

Soon he appeared Days of Thunder (1990) and Far and Away (1992), both with Nicole Kidman. Tom Cruise net worth heightened with his appearance as spy Ethan Hunt in 1996 film Mission: Impossible. He himself had produced the film which became a box office success.

Similarly, his title role in Jerry Maguire in 1996 earned him a wide fame and awards. He reunited with Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut and Magnolia.

In 2000, he returned as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 2 which grossed $547 million worldwide becoming a box office success. His other movies like Vanilla Sky (2001) and Minority Report (2002) were critical and commercial success.

Cruise’s another film War of the Worlds (2005) grossed US$591.1 million worldwide becoming his another highest grossing film. Besides, he returned to the role Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible III, which again became box office success grossing $400 million. Similarly, Cruise’s Tropic Thunder became another box office success after failure of Lions for Lambs.

In 2010, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol released which received the highest acclamation and became box office success. Tom Cruise net worth elevated as the movie became his career’s biggest commercial success then.

His another box office success was One Shot (2012) which also received positive reviews. Oblivion is another success that gained mixed reviews and grossed over $285 million worldwide. Therefore, by 2015, Tom Cruise net worth had hiked to unexpected height as his movies had already made $8.2 million.

Cruise’s recently appeared in The Mummy (2017).

Working as a Producer

He formed Cruise/Wagner Production in 1993 with Paula Wagner. Since then, the company has produced a number of films including the successful Mission: Impossible (1996). Cruise has also produce for Without Limits, MI 2, The Others, Vanilla Sky and many other films.

Awards and Nomination

Tom Cruise net worth rose as he won the Kansas City Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor through the film Rain Man.  Similarly, 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. The same movie earned him the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in addition to People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Actor. It even earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor in Leading Role.

Tom Cruise net worth accelerated as he won Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for each of the movies, Jerry Maguire and Eyes Wide Shut. Similarly, he won an MTV Movie Award as Best Male Performance for Mission: Impossible 2. For The Last Samurai, Cruise earned a Golden Globe nomination as best actor.

Furthermore, he won People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Movie Star, and the MTV Generation Award in 2005 for War of the Worlds. For Tropic Thunder, Cruise bagged a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Valkyrie.

Apart from gaining a number of awards for his work in films, Tom Cruise net worth also rose with awards he received for his philanthropic actions. He is the recipient of humanitarian award from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre and Museum of Tolerance. He received the award in 2011 for his work as dedicated philanthropist.

Relationships and Marriages

The actor has married and divorced thrice. He first married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987 for three years before their divorce in 1990. It was Rogers who introduced Cruise to the Church of Scientology.

His second marriage was with actress Nicole Kidman in December 1990. The couple adopted 2 children, Isabella and Connor Antony. In 2001, Cruise filed for divorce, unknown to the fact that Kidman was pregnant. Kidman, later, endured miscarriage. Before she married Keith Urban, she expressed her intense love for Cruise.

Tom Cruise later got in romantic relationships with Penelope Cruz until 2004. Later, he had a brief relationship with British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi.

In April 2005, he started dating actress Katie Holmes whom he married in November 2006 in Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy. Before marriage Cruise had expressed his love to Katie Holmes on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The couple has a daughter, Suri, born in April 2006. They underwent Scientology ceremony for their wedding which many stars attended. In 2012, Holmes filed for divorce and successfully got one after few days of filing.

Scientology and Personal Life

Cruise is a strong supporter of Church of Scientology. His first wife, Mimi Rogers, introduced him to Scientology in 1990. He says Scientology has helped him overcome dyslexia which he had in his early days. Additionally, he is a huge advocate of the Church’s social programs.

Salary and Net Worth

One of the most successful and established actors of Hollywood, Tom Cruise net worth is $470 million. He has garnered this huge fortune through his award winning performances.

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