Tom Cruise: Inside His Life

Movie star, Scientologist, dad, fiancé: Get to know the War of the Worlds star. By Emily Fromm with Jess Cagle

EARLY PROMISE

Despite his learning difficulties, Cruise (in a 1980 yearbook photo from Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey) enjoyed school. "I went out for athletics – baseball, wrestling, soccer, football, hockey, you name it – and really blew off a lot of steam there," he says. The turning point that made him want to be an actor: "My senior year in New Jersey, I got the part of Nathan Detroit in the school's production of Guys and Dolls."