Tom Cruise defines the epic notion of a Hollywood superstar. No matter what you think of him apart from his professional entertainment career, it’s undeniable how powerful he has been and still is as an actor and Hollywood player. From his dozens of big box office hit films like, “Mission Impossible”, “Interview With The Vampire”, “Top Gun” and “Jerry Maguire” – opposite Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. – to his more quiet, dramatic movies like “Rain Man” or “Magnolia”, Cruise plays extreme to subtle without working up too much of an artistic sweat. In movies like “Tropic Thunder” and “Rock Of Ages”, he has also shown how wildly funny and impressively against type he can play.
Tom Cruise has an estimated net worth of $250 million dollars. His great wealth comes from his big Hollywood films – both as an A List actor and as a movie producer of many big budget flicks. Cruise has his own production company – Cruise/Wagner Productions – which he maintains with his former agent, Paula Wagner. Their first project together was “Mission Impossible” in 1996, directed by Brian DePalma (Carrie) and co-starring Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy) – superstar Angelina Jolie’s actor father.
Cruise leads an interesting personal life – to say the least – most notably for immense scrutiny of his Scientology beliefs. Indeed, while many a star holds their own deeply religious views or life philosophy, he and his Scientology comrades weather a criticism storm that’s truly unparalleled compared to others of his pop culture stature. When his marriage to Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge) broke up, the publicity storm was beyond intense. Their most notable film collaboration was Stanley Kubrick’s, “Eyes Wide Shut” – which would be the final movie from the cinematic master. Similarly, when Cruise’s next wife, Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek), became his 3rd ex wife – his first wife was Mimi Rogers (Lost In Space) – and tried to live privately, the media hopped on Scientology again, theorizing it may have helped the dissolution of his marriage to Kidman, who’s a Roman Catholic.
With an estimated net worth of $250 million dollars, Cruise boasts the financial resources and producing power to pick nearly any role or any entertainment project he desires. His last big outing, opposite Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy), was the post apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, “Oblivion” – based on a graphic novel. Before that, he played “Jack Reacher”, also based on British author Lee Child’s novel. Both films did great global box office. It appears that while Tom Cruise may have stumbled a few times at that tough profit point of Hollywood, he still possesses a silver screen appeal that mines gold and box office magic to draw audiences to the multi-plex worldwide.