Tom Cruise is one of the most talented and well-regarded actors of his time, and rightly so. Though the actor has been in the public eye for quite some time (especially due to his eccentric behavior surrounding Scientology), there are still some facts that most people do not know about him.
Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about Tom Cruise:
1. In high school, Cruise was known more for his athletic prowess than his acting ability. Once he injured his knee while wrestling, he decided to audition for the lead in the school production of Guys and Dolls, and the rest is history.
2. Tom Cruise was diagnosed with the learning disorder when he was just seven years old. He has since claimed that he overcame the disability with Scientology.
3. When Cruise was just 12 years old, he bought a motorcycle using money that he had saved up. He then proceeded to crash that motorcycle between two cars. Probably for the best.
4. Rather than take expensive dance classes, Cruise used Soul Train to transform himself into an excellent dancer. He memorized routines after he realized that women like a man who can dance.
5. Though he is now most well known for being a devout Scientologist, at one point Cruise actually wanted to be a catholic priest. He went so far as to spend an entire year in a seminary before he was kicked out. The reason he got kicked out? He stole some wine.
6. Cruise has been very adamant about the fact that he does not want any toys modeled after him. You will never see Cruise featured in video games, on action figures or as part of any other toys.
7. Each of His Wives Has Been 11 Years Younger Than the One Preceding. Though Cruise continues to age, it appears his wives are aging in reverse. His first wife, Mimi Rogers, was born in 1956. Nicole Kidman, his second wife, was born in 1967, and Katie Holmes was born in 1978.
8. He Was Also a Director. Cruise directed part of one episode of a tv show. The show was Fallen Angels, and the episode he helped direct aired in 1993.
9. He Was the Prototype for Aladdin. Disney artists had originally based Aladdin’s face on Michael J. Fox, but producers then decided Tom Cruise was more attractive to females, so the character was redesigned after him.
10. Cruise’s first movie was in 1981’s Endless Love, and his co-star was Brooke Shields. More than 20 years later, Cruise and Shields got into a public argument about Scientology and psychiatric drugs.