Tom Cruise is a global cultural icon who has made an immeasurable impact on cinema by creating some of the most memorable characters of all time in legendary films such as "Top Gun," "Jerry Maguire," "Risky Business," "Minority Report," "Interview with the Vampire," "A Few Good Men," "The Firm," "Rain Man," "Collateral," "The Last Samurai," "Edge of Tomorrow," "The Color of Money," and the “Mission: Impossible” series, among many others.
A consummate filmmaker involved in all aspects of film production, Cruise’s versatility is evidenced by the films and roles he chooses. He has made 41 films, had a producing role on many of them and worked with a remarkable list of celebrated film directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Martin Scorsese, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Sydney Pollack, Neil Jordan, Brian de Palma, Cameron Crowe, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ed Zwick, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Robert Redford, Brad Bird, Doug Liman and Chris McQuarrie.
Having achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades, Cruise is a three-time Academy Award® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner whose films have earned eight billion dollars in worldwide box office — an incomparable accomplishment. 17 of Cruise’s films have grossed more than 100 million in the United States alone, and a record 22 have grossed over 200 million globally.
"Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation" released in July 2015 was one of the biggest hits of Cruise’s career, grossing nearly 700 million dollars worldwide. Combined, the "Mission: Impossible" franchise has brought in nearly 2.8 billion dollars since Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them, also starring as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt. Cruise is currently in production on three films: "American Made," working again with Doug Liman; "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" based on the most recent Jack Reacher novel which will reunite him with Ed Zwick; and “The Mummy,” which is targeting a June 2017 release.
Cruise’s last few films include "Edge of Tomorrow" which opened to massive critical acclaim, "Oblivion" and the suspense thriller "Jack Reacher," which earned 218 million worldwide. Prior to that, Cruise’s films included an appearance in Ben Stiller’s comedy smash "Tropic Thunder," as the foul-mouthed Hollywood movie mogul Les Grossman. This performance, based on a character Cruise created, earned him praise from critics and audiences, as well as his seventh Golden Globe Award nomination.
Cruise received Academy Award® nominations for Best Actor for "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Jerry Maguire," in addition to a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nomination for "Magnolia." He also garnered three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Actor wins for "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Jerry Maguire," and one for Best Supporting Actor for "Magnolia," as well as nominations for his roles in "Risky Business," "A Few Good Men," and "The Last Samurai." In addition, Cruise has earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild®, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review.
Cruise has also been honored with tributes ranging from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award, to the John Huston Award from the Artists Rights Foundation, and the American Cinematheque Award for Distinguished Achievement in Film. In addition to his artistic contributions, Cruise has used his professional success as a vehicle for positive change, becoming an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health, education and human rights. He has been honored by the Mentor-LA organization for his work on behalf of the children of Los Angeles and around the world, and in May 2011, he received the Simon Wiesenthal Humanitarian Award. In June of 2012, he received the Entertainment Icon Award from the Friars Club for his outstanding accomplishments in the entertainment industry and in the humanities. He is the fourth person to receive this honor after Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra. Empire Magazine awarded Cruise the Legend of our Lifetime Award in 2014.