As we promised you yesterday, the TomCruise.com team continues our countdown to the December 21, 2011, premiere of ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ with our new series of cast bios. Tom reprises his role as IMF agent ‘Ethan Hunt’ for the fourth installment of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ film series and is joined by Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kappor and Léa Seydoux. We will be profiling the all-star cast over the next few weeks and we are very excited to kick off the series with Tom’s official biography!
Tom Cruise has achieved extraordinary success as an actor, producer, and philanthropist in a career spanning over three decades. He is a three-time Academy Award® nominee and three-time Golden Globe Award winner whose films have earned in excess of eight billion dollars worldwide—an incomparable accomplishment. Fifteen of Cruise’s films have grossed over one hundred million dollars in the United States alone and twenty-two have hit that milestone internationally.
Since he first appeared on screen in the films “Endless Love” and “Taps” in 1981, Cruise’s versatility is evidenced by the varied films, and roles he chooses. He has made 34 films, had a producing role on 17 and worked with a remarkable list of acclaimed film directors, including Harold Becker, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Brickman, 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, John Woo, Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, J.J. Abrams, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Bryan Singer, James Mangold, Brad Bird and most recently Adam Shankman.
This December he will star in “Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol” the fourth film in the franchise that has grossed over two billion dollars worldwide since Cruise conceived the idea for the films and began producing them at Paramount while starring as the legendary spy Ethan Hunt. Cruise produced this latest installment with J.J. Abrams and Brad Bird directed.
Next Cruise will be seen in the film version of the hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” opening in June, 2012. He is currently shooting the thriller “One Shot” based on the Lee Child book series about a former military policeman-turned-drifter that Chris McQuarrie wrote and will direct. Cruise will then film Joe Kosinski’s “Oblivion.”
In 2010, Cruise starred with Cameron Diaz in the romantic-action-comedy “Knight & Day.” Two years earlier, Cruise played German officer Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in the critically acclaimed and worldwide hit “Valkyrie”, the historical thriller about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler during World War II. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film grossed $200 million world-wide making it the 5th highest grossing WWII film, of all time. Cruise also appeared in Ben Stiller’s comedy smash “Tropic Thunder” as the hip hopping foul-mouthed Hollywood movie mogul Les Grossman. This performance, based on a character he created earned him critical acclaim and 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 a Best Support Actor nomination for “Magnolia”. He also garnered two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire”, as well as Best Supporting Actor for “Magnolia”, and nominations for his roles in “Risky Business”, “A Few Good Men”, “The Last Samurai” and “Tropic Thunder.” Cruise has also earned acting nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, the Chicago Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review.
Cruise has 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 as well as The American Cinematheque Award for Distinguished Achievement in Film.
While continuing to explore new artistic challenges, Cruise has used his professional success as a vehicle for positive change to become an international advocate, activist and philanthropist in the fields of health, education, and human rights.
‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Vladimir Mashkov, Josh Holloway, Anil Kapoor and Léa Seydoux. Directed by Brad Bird, the film will be released nationwide on December 21, 2011!
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