“Is Tom Cruise a pilot?”
Right after the release of the most talked about film, Top Gun: Maverick, the second part of Top Gun, this question is buzzing in the market. This is not the first time that Tom Cruise has been at the top of buzz.
This one of the most handsome actors has always been in the limelight for several things.
And performing most of the stunts by himself is one of them. Tom Cruise prefers to do most stunts all by himself. We have seen a lot of movies where there was no dummy, and Cruise doing all the stunts.
The latest one is doing a stunt at the top of “Burj Khalifa,” the world’s tallest building. He never feared getting hurt, and while doing the stunts, he got hurt several times.
But after the latest part of Top Gun, his fans are going crazy to know whether Tom can fly a plane, helicopter, and all.
Here, in this article, I’ll give you the answer. So. keep reading.
Is Tom Cruise A Pilot?
Yes, you might be surprised to know that Tom Cruise is actually a licensed pilot.
Honestly, I was not that surprised when I first got to know this new part of Tom Cruise. He has already surprised us a lot with his dangerous stunts.
In the year 1994, he obtained his flying license. So technically, he is licensed to pilot several aircraft. Tom Cruise flies private planes, fighter jets, and even commercial flights as well. He even has a license to pilot helicopters.
We all know the fact that Tom Cruise likes to do his stunts on his own. Maybe that’s why he couldn’t surprise us with this hot news that is buzzing in the market after the release of Top Gun: Maverick.
In action movies like Mission Impossible series and also Top Gun: Maverick, he has already shown his real and exceptional flying scenes. For the 6th film of the Mission Impossible franchise named Mission Impossible: Fallout, he took lessons to fly a helicopter.
All About Tom Cruise
I know the answer to the question, “Is Tom Cruise a pilot?” has made you more curious about this amazing action man. So, here, I am unfolding some more hidden sides and talents of his.
First, start with the basic things that most of his fans know.
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on 3rd July the year 1962 in Syracuse, obviously New York. Thomas Cruise Mapother III, his father was an electrical engineer, and Mary Lee was his mother, who was a special education teacher.
Tom Cruise had a really rough childhood cause he grew up in poverty, and he suffered from dyslexia as well. Due to this health condition, he was not able to write and read anything properly.
Due to this particular difficulty, Tom Cruise kept changing his school. And in 14 years, he had attended 15 schools. In priesthood and football, he pursued his career interests. But here also, he was kicked out due to his excessive drinking habit.
Later, he made the decision to pursue acting.
During those early days, he appeared in a few films as an extra. In the year, 1985, he was cast as a lead in the film Risky Business which was his actual breakthrough movie. After one year, in 1986, he starred in Top Gun.
This is the film that made him a big star.
After that, he appeared in the movie Rain Man alongside Dustin Hoffman and got critical acclaim.
After that, in the year, 1989 Cruise also starred in Oliver Stone’s Born. In that art piece, he played a real-life veteran Ron Kovic. In this film as well, he got significant praise along with a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Later, He also appeared in the movie Interview With The Vampire alongside Antonio Banderas and Brad Pitt. The film is based on a novel by Anne Rice of the same name.
After that, Tom Cruise got the role of Ethan Hunt, who is a super spy, and started the franchise Mission Impossible. Ethan is my personal favorite, to be honest. This is the movie that brought Tom Cruise the most popular and greatest role of all time.
He also tried his skills by playing a negative role in Collateral, the movie by Micheal Mann. He has played the role of the villain opposite Jamie Foxx. Tom Cruise also has collaborated with the legendary director Steven Spielberg and that too for 2 times.
Those movies are Minority Report, which was released in 2002, and the second one was War of The Worlds in 2005. In short, In his long acting career, Tom Cruise has proved himself as a versatile actor.
Tom Cruise And Top Gun Maverick
The first movie of Top Gun was released in the year 1986 and was critically acclaimed also loved by the viewers. The second part was supposed to be released earlier. But due to the global coronavirus pandemic, it was delayed for two years.
And finally, Top Gun: Maverick was released in May 2022. Just like the first one, there was also a huge craze for the second part as well. In his 59, he has also performed most of the stunts all by himself.
The first 4 days’ collection was around $160 million. It is actually great news not only for Tom Cruise but also for all his fans. In this film, we see Cruise flying fighter jets. And this is when the question “Is Tom Cruise a pilot?” started rendering in the market.
A lot of people searched on search engines.
Now we know that Tom Cruise can actually fly not only planes but also fighter jets and helicopters. Obviously, there are some restrictions. Still, in this movie, he has a pilot.
Now you not only get the answer to the question, “Is Tom Cruise a pilot?” but also get to know some interesting things about him. In case you wanna know anything further, leave your queries in the comment section, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Till then, enjoy the movie Top Gun: Maverick.
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