Tom Cruise

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Quotes (20)

  • Tom: (claiming Scientology fixed his dyslexia) I asked myself if I was normal or an idiot. I would try to concentrate but I felt anxiety, frustration, boredom. When I graduated from high school in 1980 I was functionally illiterate. Nobody gave me a solution and I wanted to know why the system had failed. Finally, as an adult I learned to read perfectly through the method of L. Ron Hubbard.

  • Tom: (revealing his plans to have a large family with wife Katie) I want 10 children. I love kids. But I feel really fortunate to have the teenagers and a two-and-a-half-year-old. It's a great dynamic. My own father wasn't there much for me and I want to be a different dad to my kids. My family is the most important thing in my life.

  • Tom: (promising to stop talking about Scientology) I've been a Scientologist for 25 years but I think there is a time and a place for it because things can get misunderstood and twisted. When people are tuning in to hear about my movie, that's what I'm here to talk about.

  • Tom: I knew I wanted to marry Kate when I met her. When she told me she had dreamed of marrying me as a little girl, I said I wouldn't want to disappoint her. At one point, I thought she was going to ask me to marry her first and I put her off by changing the subject. I wanted to ask her.

  • Tom: (On Paul Newman's death) His life will forever inspire me. The world has lost an icon; I have lost an idol.

  • Tom: (On US talk show host Matt Lauer in 2008) Believe it or not, Matt and I are best friends; we do everything together.

  • Tom: Of course [I believe in aliens]. Are you so arrogant as to believe we are alone in this universe?

  • Tom: I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can't do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I'm going to do something, I go all the way.

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Trivia (32)

  • During a promotional tour for his film Valkyrie, Tom upset many Brazilians in a press conference by speaking Spanish instead of the national language, Portuguese.

  • In December 2008 Tom chose to promote his film Valkyrie, over attending the premiere of his son Connor's screen debut in Seven Pounds.

  • Tom has appeared in a campaign along with other stars to encourage young voters to vote for the 2008 elections.

  • Tom has been nominated for 3 SAG Awards. In 1997 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a 'Male Actor in a Leading Role' for Jerry Maguire. In 2000, he was nominated for 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role' and 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast' in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Magnolia.

  • Tom has been nominated for 7 Golden Globes. In 1984, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Risky Business. In 1990, he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for Born on the Fourth of July. In 1993, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for A Few Good Men. In 1997, he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Jerry Maguire. In 2000 he won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Magnolia. In 2004, he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for The Last Samurai.

  • Tom has been nominated for 3 Oscars. In 1990, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Born on the Fourth of July. In 1997, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Jerry Maguire. In 2000, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Magnolia.

  • According to Forbes, for each dollar Tom got paid, his movies averaged $11 of gross income, December 2007. He was listed at #8 in Forbes magazine's 'Celebrity 100 of 2007' list.

  • Tom owns a stake in studio United Artist with business partner Paula Wagner and MGM.

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