than a charade to give the Spanish actress an opening into American films.
Cruise?s first work in films came at the age of 19 in Endless Love by Franco Zefirelli, in which he hadn?t acquired the elegant good-looks he would have later. His appearance was marred by deformed buck teeth and a somewhat chubby build. Popularity would come two years later under the direction of Francis Ford Coppola in The Outsiders, a story about a gang of boys and their rivalries with kids from richer families. With Tom in this film were a group of actors who would go on over time to, like him, become big stars: Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, and Ralph Macchio.
Soon after, Cruise starred in Risky Business, an amusing comedy in which a youth ends up converting his family home into a bordello to raise some fast cash he needs when his parents leave him alone at home while they go on vacation. In one scene, Tom appears in his underwear doing an erotic dance, making him into a teen heartthrob.
Born on the Fourth of July
With Spain?s own Antonio Banderas came the screen version of the famous novel by Ann Rice, Interview with a Vampire, one of the best movies ever made about vampires. In this film, Cruise and Brad Pitt appear together in the most famous homosexual-oriented vampire scene in the history of cinema.
Tom Cruise went on to become a highly-respected, time-honored actor and films came his way of the caliber of The Color of Money, which he appeared in alongside Paul Newman and received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Then, there was Rain Man, with Dustin Hoffman, a tender odyssey between two brothers, one of which is autistic. Then, soon after that, Cruise starred in Born on the 4th of July, a drama about an invalid Vietnam War veteran, directed by Cruise?s friend Oliver Stone, and which the actor plying the ex-soldier was once again nominated for an Oscar. In Magnolia, an epic production by Paul Thomas Anderson and appearing with other top-ranked celebrities Julianne Moore and
William H. Macy, Cruise masterfully plays a preacher, earning him another Oscar nomination.
Apart from these productions of quality and prestige, Tom Cruise has a parallel career in blockbuster-hit popular films. To list only a few here, these include Mission Impossible, Minority Report, The Last Samurai, Days of Thunder, and Jerry McGuire, for which Cruise was once again nominated for an Oscar.
Knight and day
Thomas Cruise Mapother III is a decent actor, sharply criticized by some. He?s a complicated man despite his on-the-surface simplicity ? a leader of the Church of Scientology, a sex symbol, but above all, a very well brought up gentleman who generously dedicates hours and hours to public appearances, signing autographs, and posing in photos with many thousands of his fans.