10 Pieces Of Proof That Tom Cruise Is A Nice Guy

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Born in Syracuse, New York 54 years ago, Tom Cruise is one of the most iconic faces that have appeared on the big screen during the past three decades.

You might remember him as Maverick from Top Gun, Ethan Hunt from Mission: Impossible, Jerry Maguire or Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee from A Few Good Men. He also played the lead in Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick’s last ever film, released in 1999, and real-life Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic in Born on the 4th of July.

Despite the on-screen success, Cruise’s life was not all smooth sailing. Between childhood struggles and failed marriages to Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes, as well as some critically and financially failed projects, the Golden Globe actor has had his own share of misfortune along the way.

But Cruise was never deterred. When life struck him, he would usually respond with grace and kindness. Check out these heartwarming stories from his life.

1. An Actual Hero Of The Streets

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In 1998, the Chicago Tribune reported Cruise had chased robbers after he saw someone being robbed of their jewelry. He and his bodyguards chased down the attackers and saved the day.

2. An Altruist

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When Cruise once saw a woman get hit by a car, he followed her to the hospital to make sure she was all right. When he found out she had a broken leg, bruised ribs, and no insurance, the actor paid for the entire treatment himself.

3. Richie Rich

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The Richest estimates Cruise’s net worth at $480 million. He is also listed third on their 100 richest actors list.

4. A Family Who Moved A Lot

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Cruise attended 15 schools in 14 years during his childhood. For a while, his family lived in Canada and before he got interested in acting he was entertaining an ambition of becoming a Catholic priest.

5. Bullied Kid

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Cruise always being the new kid in town – made him susceptible to getting bullied. Although he has a tiny build, he quickly learned he had to stand up for himself. At home, he also didn’t have it easy: he was often bullied by his abusive father who passed away in 1984.

6. An Inspiration Of A Mother

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Cruise’s mother, Mary Lee, left her husband who worked in Canada and took Tom and his three sisters back to the United States. He learned a lot from his mother, who worked incredibly hard to make ends meet as a single parent. Tom took odd jobs to help support the family.

7. Dyslexia Struggle

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All through his childhood, Cruise struggled with an inability to comprehend what he was reading. When he got his first acting job at the age of 19, he realized that his condition might keep him from pursuing his dreams since he couldn’t learn his lines. That’s when he shifted his focus to becoming a visual learner while reading, creating mental images along the way.

8. Anne Rice’s $7,000 Apology

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Anne wrote the book Interview with a Vampire, which became the basis for an eponymous movie with Cruise in the leading role. The author paid $7,740 for an ad in the Daily Variety to apologize for some comments in which she expressed doubt about the filmmakers’ choice to cast him. Although initially, she was quite candid about the fact that she did not want him near the adaptation, Rice changed her mind once she saw the movie and wanted the world to know!

9. Japan’s Tom Cruise Day

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In Japan, the 6th of October is Tom Cruise Day. The star has visited the country on many occasions and the land of the rising sun just adores him.

10. No Fear Of Stunts

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Cruise has done his own stunts in almost every film he has been involved in, even when it meant hanging from a flying airplane. Take a bow, Jackie Chan.

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