Tom Cruise is an American film actor and producer. He has been nominated for threeAcademy Awards and he has won three Golden Globe Awards.
Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of Mary Lee (née Pfeiffer), a special education teacher, and Thomas Cruise Mapother III (died 1984), an electrical engineer. Cruise's surname originates from his great-grandfather, Thomas Cruise O'Mara, who was adopted by aWelsh immigrant and renamed "Thomas Cruise Mapother Cruise is of German, Irish, and English ancestry.] Cruise grew up in near poverty in a Catholic family dominated by an abusive father he described as a merchant of chaos. He was beaten by his father, who Cruise described as a bully and coward.
He was the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you. It was a great lesson in my life how he’d lull you in, make you feel safe and then, bang! For me, it was like, 'There's something wrong with this guy. Don't trust him. Be careful around him.
In 1990, 1991 and 1997, People magazine rated him among the 50 most beautiful people in the world. In 1995, Empire magazine ranked him among the 100 sexiest stars in film history. Two years later, it ranked him among the top 5 film stars of all time. In 2002 and 2003, he was rated by Premiere among the top 20 in its annual Power 100 list.
In 2006, Premiere ranked Cruise as Hollywood's most powerful actor, as Cruise came in at number 13 on the magazine's 2006 Power List, being the highest ranked actor. The same year, Forbesmagazine ranked him as the world's most powerful celebrity.
In August 2006, "a USA Today/Gallup poll in which half of those surveyed registered an unfavorable opinion of the actor" was cited as a reason in addition to unacceptable behavior for Paramount's non-renewal of their production contract with Cruise. In addition, Marketing Evaluations reports that Cruise's Q score (which is a measure of the popularity of celebrities), had fallen 40 percent. It was also revealed that Cruise is the celebrity people would least like as their best friend. October 10, 2006 was declared Tom Cruise Day in Japan; the Japan Memorial Day Association said that he was awarded with a special day because he has made more trips to Japan than any other Hollywood star.