Since landing his first role in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 drama Endless Love, Tom Cruise has been one of Hollywood’s most entertaining and recognizable stars. From his breakout performance in the coming of age comedy Risky Business to his portrayal of Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible film franchise, Tom Cruise’s filmography includes some of the most memorable films of the last 40 years, but for whatever reason, its the actors devotion to Scientology and his unforgettable couch-jumping meltdown on Oprah back in 2005 that always come to mind first. Here are 8 lesser-known and more flattering facts about the iconic movie star. Enjoy!
8. He Has His Own Holiday In Japan
On October 10, 2006, the Japan Memorial Day Association announced that October 10th would be forever be known as “Tom Cruise Day,” to celebrate and honor the American actor on the basis that he’d visited the country of Japan more than any other Hollywood actor at the time and always shown a strong love and appreciation for his Japanese fans.
Tom Cruise was the first actor to receive this honor.Source: Screenshot via Paramount Pictures