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Tom Cruise Timeline

July 3rd, 1962: Born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV in Syracuse, N.Y to Mary Ann and Thomas Mapother.

1976: Enrolls in a seminary at age 14.

1977: Drops out of seminary and decides acting is his calling.

1983: Plays a teen pimp, Joel Goodsen, in Risky Business and receives his first Golden Globe nomination. Plays Steve Randle in The Outsiders.

1986: Plays Navy pilot Maverick in Top Gun.

May 9th, 1987: Marries Mimi Rogers.

1989: Stars in Oliver Stone's Born on The Fourth of July and receives his first Academy Award nomination. Wins first Golden Globe for Best Actor.

1990: Stars alongside Nicole Kidman in Days of Thunder.

February 4th, 1990: Divorces Mimi Rogers.

December 24th, 1990: Wearing jeans and no shoes, marries Nicole Kidman in Aspen, Colorado.

1993: Stars with Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men.

January 1993: He and Kidman adopt Isabella Jane.

1994: Plays Lestat in Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire with Brad Pitt.

1995: Empire magazine rates him among the 100 sexiest stars in history.

February 1995: He and Kidman adopt second child, Connor Anthony.

1996: Stars in Jerry Maguire and receives his second Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Wins a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. Plays Ethan Hunt in the hit action film Mission Impossible.

March 1996: Stops at a hit and run accident in Santa Monica, CA, rescuing aspiring Brazilian actress Heloisa Vinhas. Takes her to the hospital and pays her medical bills. At the London premiere of Mission Impossible he pulls two children out of the way of an onrushing crowd. While sailing near Capri, he saves people from a burning sailboat.

August 1996: Sues German Magazine Bunte for saying his sperm count is zero.

1997: Empire magazine rates him one of Top 5 movies stars of all time.

1998: He and Kidman sue London's Sunday Express for stating that their marriage was nothing more than a coverup for Cruise's supposed homosexuality, and that he is impotent.

1999: Stars in Magnolia and wins a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Stars alongside Nicole Kidman in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. Star Magazine claims Cruise and Kidman needed a sex counselor to help them with the sex scenes in Eyes Wide Shut. They sue Star. Star settles and prints a retraction.

2001: Divorces Nicole Kidman. Begins dating Vanilla Sky co-star Penelope Cruz.

May 2001: Files a 100 million lawsuit against gay pornstar Chad Slater who told celebrity magazine Actustar that he and Cruise had a homsexual affair.

2002: Begins wearing braces.

2003: Plays Captain Nathan Algren in The Last Samurai and is nominated for a Best Actor Golden Globe.

January 2004: Stops dating Penelope Cruz.

Late 2004: The International Association of Scientologists awards Cruise with the very first Freedom Medal of Valor.

June 19th, 2005: A man with a joke microphone squirts Cruise's face. He is not amused.

2005: Officially begins dating Katie Holmes. Stars in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.

May 2005: Cruise critizes Brooke Shields for using the drug Paxil.

June 17th, 2005: Proposes to Katie Holmes on top of the Eiffel Tower. She accepts. He also proposes she join Scientology. She accepts.

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