Tom Cruise: From Risky Business To Top Gun Maverick, A Look At His Iconic Roles And Achievements

By Robert J. Matthews

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Tom Cruise's acting career began in high school, leading to his film debut in "Endless Love" (1981), followed by supporting roles in movies like "Taps" (1981) and "The Outsiders" (1983).

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Risky Business" (1983) marked a major success for Cruise, portraying a high-school senior turning his home into a brothel and showcasing his dancing skills in an iconic scene.

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Cruise's star status was solidified with "Top Gun" (1986), the highest-grossing film of that year, where he played a navy jet pilot, displaying his charismatic charm and love for motorcycles.

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In 1986, Cruise starred alongside Paul Newman in "The Color of Money," and in 1988, he portrayed an autistic man's selfish brother in "Rain Man," showcasing his dramatic range.

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Cruise received his first Academy Award nomination for his role in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and won a Golden Globe for his performance.

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"Jerry Maguire" (1996) brought Cruise his second Oscar nomination, featuring iconic lines like "Show me the money!" and "You complete me."

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Cruise starred with Nicole Kidman in Stanley Kubrick's final film, "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), exploring marital fidelity and facing controversy due to explicit scenes.

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Throughout the 1990s, Cruise played diverse roles, including a navy lawyer in "A Few Good Men" (1992), a vampire in "Interview with the Vampire" (1994), and a secret agent in "Mission: Impossible" (1996).

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Cruise continued his success as an action star in the 2000s with films like "Vanilla Sky" (2001), "War of the Worlds" (2005), and the ongoing "Mission: Impossible" franchise.

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Named People's Sexiest Man Alive (1990) and honored as one of the "Most Beautiful People" (1997), Cruise, married to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes, remains a Hollywood legend known for his dedication and daring performances.

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