Doesn't it feel like it was only yesterday that up-and-coming actor Tom Cruise was dancing in his socks and underwear in "Risky Business"? Now the A-list movie star is turning 50, with decades of critically acclaimed movies under his belt.
We may all remember that infamous boxer scene, but it was actually 1981’s “Taps” -- the Syracuse, New York native's second film -- that gave Cruise his big break, leading him on a road to superstardom. Cruise has dominated the box office since with films like "Top Gun" and "Jerry Maguire." The actor most recently took on the role of wild rocker, Stacee Jaxx, in the movie adaptation of the 1980s Broadway rock musical "Rock of Ages." Fans got a chance to see the star flex his singing muscles, while showing off his rock-hard physique, in the remake; the actor worked with vocal coach Ron Anderson, who has worked previously with Axl Rose, for the role.
The Wall Street Journal reported Cruise had this to say about singing in the movie:
"Adam Shankman, the director, asked me if I could carry a tune," Cruise said. "I said, 'We’ll see, won’t we? This is either going to work or it’s going to be dreadful.'"
But whether or not he can hold a note is the least of the star’s worries. Last month Katie Holmes, Cruise’s third wife, announced she wanted a divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” after five years of marriage. The two have a 6-year-old daughter, Suri. Cruise was married previously to actresses Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman. Kidman and Cruise have two adopted children together.
Yet in the wake of his divorce, Cruise may have some good news in front of him: there are rumors of a "Top Gun 2" circulating. Cruise fans may get to see the actor revive some of his biggest roles.
Check out our slideshow for some of Cruise’s career highlights. If your need for speed has you flying through the star's career bests, you can also take a look at 50 of Cruise's most memorable movie quotes.
Tom Cruise attends The Friars Club and Friars Foundation Honor of Tom Cruise in 2012.
Nice moves! Tom Cruise dancing to "Old Time Rock and Roll" in the infamous scene from the 1983 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086200/" target="_hplink">Risky Business</a>."
Cruise starred opposite actor Val Kilmer in the 1986 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099/" target="_hplink">Top Gun</a>."
Cruise at The Friars Club and Friars Foundation Honor of Tom Cruise in 2012.
Cruise with "Rock of Ages" co-star Alec Baldwin in 2012.
Tom Cruise on the red carpet for the European premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" in 2011.
Cruise in the 1983 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086066/" target="_hplink">The Outsiders</a>" directed by Francis Ford Coppola based on the novel by S.E. Hinton.
Cruise starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the 1988 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095953/" target="_hplink">Rain Man</a>."
'Interview With A Vampire'
Based on the novel by Anne Rice, Cruise plays the role of vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in the 1994 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110148/" target="_hplink">Interview With A Vampire</a>."
"Show me the money!" Tom Cruise with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Renée Zellweger in the 1996 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116695/" target="_hplink">Jerry Maguire</a>."
'Rock Of Ages'
Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in the 2012 film "Rock of Ages."
'Rock Of Ages'
Alec Baldwin as Dennis Dupree, left, and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in the film "Rock of Ages."
'Rock Of Ages'
Based on the Broadway music and 80's rock music, Cruise plays rock star Stacee Jaxx in the 2012 film "Rock of Ages."