Tom Cruise first discovered his passion and talent for acting in high school. After a knee injury prevented him from pursuing a career in wrestling, he turned his talent to the stage.
Giving himself a goal of 10 years to pursue an acting career, Cruise left school and moved to New York. It was his roles in smaller productions like Taps and The Outsiders that originally caught the attention of filmmakers and critics. However it wasn’t until his breakthrough role in Risky Business (1983) that he became a highly recognized actor.
Tom’s career continued to grow with performances in Top Gun and Rain Man. It was his performance in Born on the Fourth of July however that earned him his first Golden Globe for Best Actor.
It was around this time that Tom married his first wife Mimi Rogers in 1987. It was also through Mimi that Cruise was first introduced to Scientology. Although he still practices Scientology to this day, his marriage with Mimi ended shortly after in 1990.
In that same year the race car drama Days of Thunder was made featuring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Although the film was unanimously unpopular, it was the start of a romance between the two stars. Cruise quickly fell in love with Kidman and that same year they were married. The couple also went on to adopt two children together.
During the next decade Tom was apart of multiple successful films including the start of his most popular franchise Mission Impossible. He also starred in films such as The Firm, A Few Good Men, Interview With a Vampire and Magnolia. The Last Samurai, filmed in Australia nominated him for a Golden Globe as well.
Eventually the constant travel and time spent apart was too much for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and the couple divorced in 2001 after 11 years of marriage.
Over the next few years Tom went on to play roles in films like Vanilla Sky as well as Minority Report. A few years later he would fall for his third wife Katie Holmes who he proposed to after 2 months of dating. Soon after the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together. Suri was born in April 2006 and they married later that year in November.
After about five and a half years of marriage Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise. Allegedly to protect Suri from Tom’s ever growing devotion to Scientology.
Even though Cruise’s personal life has had its ups and downs he has continued to produce and act in movies. Most recently continuing his Mission Impossible franchise along with starring in The Mummy, American Made, and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
After 36 years of acting and producing movies Tom Cruise has definitely earned his spot in the top net worth of actors.