After playing the role of a heroic naval pilot in the popular and financially successful 1986 film Top Gun, Cruise continued in this vein, playing a secret agent in a series of Mission: Impossible action films in the 1990s and 2000s. Cruise is also known for his support of and adherence to the Church of Scientology. Cruise finished the decade by portraying real-life paralyzed Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic in 1989′s Born on the Fourth of July, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture Actor, a nomination for BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Cruise’s first Best Actor Academy Award nomination. Upon seeing the film however, she paid $7,740 for a two-page ad in Daily Variety praising his performance and apologizing for her previous doubts about him. in 2003, he starred in the Edward Zwick’s historical drama The Last Samurai, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination as best actor. Nine of the ten films he starred in during the decade made over $100 million at the box office. This performance earned Cruise a Golden Globe nomination. Cruise’s role in the historical thriller Valkyrie released on December 25, 2008 to box office success.
Couples Watch: Katie Holmes Throws Tom Cruise a Surprise 49th Birthday Bash â€¢ Katie Holmes surprised Tom Cruise, who is in Florida filming Rock of Ages, with a surprise 49th birthday bash at Miami Beach’s SoHo Beach House. “Katie planned everything herself,” a source tells us. Cruise’s three kids – Suri, Connor and Isabella – were all there to celebrate, along with 40 close friends. The bash took place on the roof and inside the private venue, and guests enjoyed pasta, shrimp and other Italian dishes, in addition to chocolate birthday cake. “Katie has been very excited and actually did the RSVPs herself,” the source says. “She wanted to be sure everything was just right.” [link]