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Forecourt Ceremony held on Monday, June 28, 1993
Born: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, July 3, 1962, in Syracuse, New York
Age at the time of the ceremony: 29
Love him or hate him, Tom Cruise is a movie star. Headlining films since he was 21, Cruise has never worked anywhere except feature films. We are willing to bet that even if you are not crazy about the guy, that there are at least a couple of performances of his that you treasure.

Tom Cruise Mapother III, was, according to his son, Tom Cruise, an abusive man. Growing up without much money, the family moved to Ottawa, Canada in 1971, where young Tom began acting in the fourth grade. An agressive sportsman, Cruise had to relocate with his sisters to the U.S. after their parents divorced. Tom attended a string of schools, nearly always getting into minor trouble.

Director Franco Zeffirelli was looking for young unknowns to put in his film Endless Love (released in July, 1981) with Brooke Shields, and Cruise was on his way. 1983 became a big year for Cruise. In that year, director Francis Ford Coppola cast Cruise in the ensemble of The Outsiders (released in March, 1983), with Matt Dillon; director Paul Brickman had the good sense to have Cruise dance in a shirt and his underwear in Risky Business (released in August, 1983), with Rebecca De Mornay — it made him a star — and director Michael Chapman starred Cruise in All the Right Moves (released in October, 1983).

By now, directors were looking to get some of that million-dollar star wattage for their own films. First in line was director Ridley Scott, who put Cruise in Legend (released in December, 1985). The film kinda tanked, but has since been re-evaluated.

Top Gun (which played the Chinese in May, 1986), directed by Ridley's brother, Tony Scott, was such a whopping monster hit, that everyone wanted Cruise to be in their movie. Martin Scorsese brought Cruise in to play the lead in his sequel to The Hustler (released in September, 1961): The Color of Money (released in October, 1986), with Paul Newman.

A film which utilized Cruise's modern-day bombast effectively was Rain Man (released in December, 1988), with Dustin Hoffman, directed by Barry Levinson; while Born on the Fourth of July (released in December, 1989), directed by Oliver Stone, put Cruise's sincerity front and center.

Then — disaster. A rare misstep in Cruise's career came with Days of Thunder (which played the Chinese in June, 1990), with Nicole Kidman, the film was widely seen as an object lesson in how not to make a Tom Cruise movie.

Cruise fared much better in the military courtroom drama A Few Good Men (released in December, 1992), with Jack Nicholson, directed by Rob Reiner, and also in Cruise's visit to John Grisham land: The Firm (released in June, 1993), directed by Sydney Pollack. Fans were insensed when Cruise was cast by fiat as Lestat in the film of Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (released in November, 1994), with Brad Pitt, but Cruise turned in a very credible performance and won his detractors over.

A similar groan went up when Cruise was announced to play IMF Agent Ethan Hunt in the film of Mission: Impossible (which played the Chinese in May, 1996), with John Voight, directed by Brian De Palma, but Cruise won 'em over to such an extent that four sequels have been made with another in the works.

Jerry Maguire (released in December, 1996), with Cuba Gooding, Jr., directed by Cameron Crowe, is in many ways the character-defining Tom Cruise movie: an arrogant bastard becomes a mensch. Cruise more than holds Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (which played the Chinese in July, 1999), with Nicole Kidman, together. He fits in beautifully in the ensemble cast of Magnolia (released in December, 1999), directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Back in mega-movie-land, Cruise did Mission: Impossible II (which played the Chinese in May, 2000), directed by John Woo, then did Minority Report (released in June, 2002), directed by Steven Spielberg, and played the title role in the historical film The Last Samurai (which played the Chinese in December, 2003), with Ken Watanabe, directed by Edward Zwick, a flawed, but fascinating work.

More hits followed: War of the Worlds (which played the Chinese in June, 2005), directed by Steven Spielberg, followed by Mission: Impossible III (released in May, 2000), directed by J.J. Abrams. Cruise did an extended cameo as a studio exec in Tropic Thunder (released in August, 2008), with Robert Downey, Jr., directed by Ben Stiller, and returned in Mission: Imposible: Ghost Protocol (released in December, 2011).

Taking a break from action pictures, Cruise took part in the musical Rock of Ages (released in June 2012), then launched another action series: Jack Reacher (released in December, 2012). The dystopian sci-fi flick Edge of Tomorrow (which played the Chinese in June, 2014), was a quasi-hit, along with Tom's other action franchise, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (which played the Chinese in July, 2015).

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (which played the Chinese in October, 2016), directed by Edward Zwick, The Mummy (released in June, 2017), and American Made (released in September, 2017), round out what Cruise has been doing lately.
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Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Tom Cruise Forecourt ceremony, Monday, June 28, 1993. Tom Cruise gives the cameras a grin while signing his name in the cement.
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