10 Surprising Facts We Bet You Didn’t Know About Tom Cruise
With three Golden Globes, but not yet an Oscar, despite three nominations, to his name, the charming Tom Cruise, is the first actor to act in five successive movies in the history of Hollywood. Known for his firm belief in “Scientology,” though raised as a Catholic, he is the only actor in the world’s history to have topped the Forbes list of most powerful people twice. Here are some of the interesting facts about him:
- In 2008, he portrayed as German Colonel who was instrumental in the conspiracy to assassinate Adolf Hitler during World War II in the film “Valkriye” which was a huge box office hit grossing $200 million worldwide, making it one of the top five WWII Themed films of all time.
- In June 2006, he was ranked at #1 in the Forbes’ annual list of the “World’s Hundred Most Powerful Stars.” In 2012, he was the Top Most Paid Actor in Hollywood, with more than 20 of his movies grossing over $200 dollars worldwide.
- In May 2011, he was honored with a “Simon Wiesenthal humanitarian award” from Mentor – LA organization for his efforts in the favor of Los Angeles kids worldwide.
- In June 2016, he received the “Entertainment Icon Award” from Friars Club, the organization has given out the award only three times in its 108-year history and this foundation chairman Joseph Zappala expressed his gratitude to Cruise stating his humanitarian efforts and his achievements in cinema and the arts.
- In 1986 he combined with the church of Scientology, well-known for prevention of psychiatry and the psychoactive drugs and he was also associated to encourage and promote various social welfare programs of Scientology.
- For his advancement in Scientology, he received “Scientology Freedom Medal of Valor” from Scientology leader David Miscavige in 2004. He co-founded and boosted contributions for Downtown Medical to offer New York City 9/11 rescue workers with detoxification therapy.
- In the year 1996, Cruise admitted a woman involved in a car accident in the hospital and donated $7,000 for the emergency room bill, as she didn’t own insurance. In 1998, he rescued a woman being harassed in London, driving away the attackers with his security guards.
- He assisted to hike the demand of Ray-Ban sunglasses by 2,000 percent after the opening of his movie “Risky Business” and his recognizable outlook starring the sunglasses in that movie.
- He was trained and performed a role in an activity titled IT in Ottawa, Canada. The virtuoso’s at Disney used Cruise as their inspiration for Aladdin and was more eye-catchy for females especially, so the appearance was changed later.
- The Cruise was chosen as People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1990. In 1995, “Empire magazine” rated him among the 100 sexiest stars in film history. In 1997, they ranked him as the top 5 film stars of all time.