Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52

Updated: July 03, 2014 10:51 IST

Tom Cruise, star of blockbusters like Top Gun, Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire, can still give actors half his age a run for their money as he turns a year older. He recently received rave reviews for his performance in Edge Of Tomorrow and is now busy shooting for the fifth installment of Mission: Impossible and the movie Go Like Hell.

Here's a pictorial look at his journey as he turns a year older.

Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom Cruise, star of blockbusters like Top Gun, Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire, can still give actors half his age a run for their money as he turns a year older. He recently received rave reviews for his performance in Edge Of Tomorrow and is now busy shooting for the fifth installment of Mission: Impossible and the movie Go Like Hell.

Here's a pictorial look at his journey as he turns a year older.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York. His mother was a special education teacher and his father an electrical engineer. His parents separated when he was just twelve.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In school, Tom was very active in sports. He played floor hockey and once even chipped his front tooth. Apart from sports, Tom also was involved in drama, under the tutelage of George Steinburg. The first play he participated in was called IT.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In high school Tom played football, but he was thrown out from the squad after getting caught drinking beer before a game.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987, but their relationship didn't last long. They got divorced in 1990 but not before Mimi introduced Tom to Scientology.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom met actress Nicole Kidman on the sets of the film Days Of Thunder and the couple married in December 1990.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Nicole and Tom had adopted two children, Isabella Jane and Connor Antony. The couple were divorced in 2001 when Nicole was three months pregnant.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2005, Tom began dating actress Katie Holmes and proposed to her at the top of Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2006, Katie gave birth to their daughter Suri Cruise.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
The same year, Katie and Tom got married at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom and Katie were married for five-and-a- half years until Katie filed for divorce on June 30, 2012 in New York citing 'irreconciliable differences'. She admitted that life with the actor made her feel like a 'robot'. By all accounts, Tom didn't see it coming.

Ahead: His Hollywood Journey
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom began his movie career in 1981 with the film Endless Love in which he played a supporting role.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
The next year, Tom featured in a movie called Taps, which also starred Sean Penn. The film followed a group of military school students who decide to take over their school in order to save it from closing.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 1983, Tom Cruise was part of an ensemble cast for the film The Outsiders that also starred Matt Damon and Patrick Swayze among others. The same year, Tom tried his hand at comedy in Losin' It, also starring Shelley Long. In his next movie All the Right Moves, Tom played the role of a football player who seeks a college football scholarship to escape his economically depressed town.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
1983's Risky Business, co-starring Rebecca De Mornay as a call girl, launched Tom Cruise to stardom. A scene featuring Tom clad in a shirt, underwear and socks dancing to the song Old Time Rock And Roll is considered a cult classic. He received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the film.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom's first superhit movie was Top Gun (1986) in which he played Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, a young Naval aviator on board the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom Cruise received a Worst Actor (Razzies) nomination for his role in the film Cocktail, which released in 1988.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 1988, Tom teamed up with Dustin Hoffman for the critically acclaimed film Rain Man.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 1989, Tom appeared as Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic in Oliver Stone's acclaimed Born On The Fourth Of July. He won the Golden Globe for Best Actor and was nominated for an Oscar.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
His next films, Days Of Thunder (1990) and Far And Away (1992) both starred second wife Nicole Kidman.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 1992, Tom worked with the legendary Jack Nicholson in the film A Few Good Men. Tom was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as a naval lawyer.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 1993, more success came Tom's way with the film The Firm, co-starring Gene Hackman, Ed Harris and Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
One of the defining films of Tom Cruise's career was Mission: Impossible, which released in 1996. The film has since been developed into a franchise starring Tom as secret agent Ethan Hunt.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 1996, Tom Cruise won a second Golden Globe for his performance as the eponymous sports agent in Jerry McGuire opposite Renee Zellweger. He was also nominated for an Oscar for his role.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
1999's Magnolia won Tom a third Golden Globe, this time for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as an estranged son. He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom entered the year 2000 with the second and most popular of the Mission: Impossible films, co-starring Thandie Newton and Dougray Scott.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2001, Tom acted opposite rumoured real-life girlfriend Penelope Cruz in Vanilla Sky.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2002, Tom Cruise created waves with the sci-fi film Minority Report.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2003, Tom Cruise acted in the period drama The Last Samurai, receiving a Golden Globe nomination.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2005, Tom received a Razzie nomination for sci-fi movie, War Of The Worlds, an adaptation of H G Wells' classic novel co-starring Dakota Fanning.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
This was also the year Tom famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey's couch declaring his love for Katie Holmes.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2006, Tom was back as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible III. Although the film grossed over $400 million in worldwide sales, it still remains the least successful of the series though it did receive positive reviews from critics.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
In 2007, Tom appeared with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in Lions For Lambs, directed by Robert Redford.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Next, Tom starred in Valkyrie (2008), based on the real life plot by a group of German officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II. Tom's casting caused controversy in Germany because of his belief in Scientology, a religion viewed with suspicion by Germans.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, featuring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg, released in 2011 and did fairly well at the box office.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages, which released in 2012, was a box office disaster. However, Tom's performance as rock star Stacee Jaxx was singled out for praise. Jack Reacher, which released the same year, also bombed at the box office.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, released in 2013. The movie received mixed reviews but did well at the box office.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom Cruise's Edge Of Tomorrow, which released last month, did average business at the box office, though the actor's performance was appreciated by critics and audiences alike.
Tom Cruise: Top Gun at 52
Tom Cruise is currently busy shooting for Mission Impossible: V and Go Like Hell. Top Gun 2 is also on the cards, producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed recently.

Here's wishing Tom Cruise a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.

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