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.
Tom has three sisters: Marian, Lee Anne and Cass.
Tom does most things with his left hand except for writing, which he usually does with his right hand.
In March 2007 it was revealed that Tom would star in a World War II thriller about a plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler The movie, Valkyrie (2008), is based on a real-life plot hatched by German generals to kill Hitler during World War II.
Tom was ranked #1 on Entertainment Tonight's Hot List of 2006. He moved down to #14 in 2007.
Tom has been voted the 'Hollywood star Americans least want to see on the big screen'. 34 per cent of those quizzed said they would "avoid" seeing anything featuring him. Angelina Jolie was next, on 18 per cent. Mel Gibson scored 15 per cent in the Gallup survey, reported by Editor and Publisher.
Tom is mentioned in Bowling for Soup 's song "High School Never Ends." He is also poked fun at in Jonathan Coulton's song "Tom Cruise Crazy."
Tom's wedding to Katie Holmes was a compromised wedding between Catholicism and Scientologly. Go-karts and motocross bikes were provided to entertain the younger guests at Tom and Katie's wedding, while Andrea Bocelli serenaded the newlyweds and guests with a Occhi Di Fata, meaning 'eyes of a fairy'.
Tom has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6912 Hollywood Blvd.
Despite famously wearing braces to correct the alignment of his teeth in the early 2000s, Tom's upper teeth are not centered; one of his two front teeth is positioned right in the middle of his face, a fact verifiable from many photographs.
Some movie roles that Tom Cruise has reportedly turned down include blockbusters such as Alexander, Footloose, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Enemy of the State, and Cold Mountain.
Tom has never allowed his image to be used in video games or action figures.
Tom has been named the 2006 world's No. 1 star, according to Forbes annual Celebrity 100 power list, which ranks the famous based on earnings and buzz. Tom is the only celebrity to have topped the list twice. He was also No. 1 in 2001.
Tom and Katie Holmes announced that Katie was pregnant with Tom's baby, disappointing her parents at the time that the couple were not yet married. Tom later proposed atop the Eiffel Tower. Their daughter's name is Suri and they reportedly want her to have old-fashioned, mid-western values.
Tom fell victim to an episode of South Park that explicitly made fun of Scientology. It alluded to Tom's possible homosexuality when he locked himself inside a closet after Stan told him that he was a decent actor, but "not as great as the guy who played Napoleon Dynamite." All the other characters, including fellow Scientologist John Travolta, R&B singer R. Kelly, and ex-wife Nicole Kidman, pleaded with him to "come out of the closet." It happened in South Park episode 137 entitled Trapped in the Closet.
Tom has been diagnosed as having ADHD.
Tom was voted People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' in 1990.
Tom took up acting after he lost his place on the high school wrestling team due to an injured knee.
Tom earned his pilot's license in Toronto, Canada in 1994. He owns a WWII P-51 Mustang and Pitts Special S-2B stunt plane.
Tom dated actress Penélope Cruz from 2001 to January 2004.
At age 14, when he was still Catholic, Tom enrolled in seminary school to become a priest. He dropped out after one year.
Tom was married to actress Mimi Rogers from 5/9/87 to 2/4/90. His second wife was actress Nicole Kidman from 12/24/90 to 8/8/01. Together, they adopted two children named Isabella and Connor. As of January 2009, Tom is currently married to actress Katie Holmes of Dawson's Creek fame.
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.
Tom: I've been...chased by paparazzi, and they run lights, and they chase you and harass you the whole time. It happens all over the world, and it has certainly gotten worse. You don't know what it's like being chased by them. It is harassment under the guise of, you know, 'We are the press, we are entitled.' When people are having a private moment, they should be allowed to have a private moment.
Tom: Have you ever gotten the feeling that you aren't completely embarassed yet, but you glimpse tomorrow's embarrassment?
Tom: (on his famous walkie talkings to fans on mobile phones at premieres) It's great fun to chat to people's friends and family members on the phone. I just say "Hello, how are you?" but most of the time they don't believe it's me. So sometimes they hang up on me.
Tom: I think the U.S. is terrifying and it saddens me. You only have to look at the state of affairs in America. I do worry about my children. As a parent you are always concerned. I just want them to be in a place where they are going to be strong enough to be able to make the right choices. Unfortunately we're in a position where people are so irresponsible that human life holds so little value to them.
Tom: Nothing ends nicely; that's why it ends.
Tom: I didn't become an actor to have power, but it just happens that I have it and so I have a lot of opportunities.
Tom: (telling Rolling Stone magazine) If they don't like Scientology, f*** you. Really. F*** you.
Tom: I believe in life. I know that life comes in at your heart and it doesn't matter if you're an actor, a filmmaker or a gentleman on the street, it comes at you. What Scientology gives me is the tools to deal with that, to better enjoy my life and to be able to contribute more.
Tom: Awards are wonderful. I've been nominated many times and I've won many awards. But my journey is not towards that. If it happens it will be a blast. If it doesn't, it's still been a blast.
Tom: The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own checks, be responsible.
Tom: (on his relationship with Katie Holmes) Who cares what other people say? There are some people who just don't like to see other people happy!
Tom: There's this huge industry, this machine, pushing us to hurry up and put our kids on drugs. Well, you know what I say to that machine? I say 'screw you.' Controversy doesn't bother me, because I know what I'm saying is right.