[ John Travolta ] VS [ Tom Cruise ]

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John Travolta Tom Cruise
Born (1954-02-18) February 18, 1954 (age 67)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 59)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
singer
Actor
producer
Years active 1972–present 1981–present
Spouse(s) Kelly Preston (m. 1991; died 2020)
Mimi Rogers (m. 1987; div. 1990)

Nicole Kidman (m. 1990; div. 2001)

Katie Holmes (m. 2006; div. 2012)

Children 3 3
Website travolta.com tomcruise.com
Discography

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Year Album US
1974 Over Here! (musical)
1976 John Travolta 39
1977 Can't Let You Go 66
1978 Travolta Fever 161
Grease (soundtrack) 1
1983 Two of a Kind (soundtrack) 26
1986 The Road to Freedom (collaboration)
1996 Let Her In: The Best of John Travolta
2003 The Collection
2007 Hairspray (soundtrack)
2012 This Christmas (with Olivia Newton-John) 81

Year Title US Billboard US Cash Box US Record World US AC CAN CAN AC UK
1974 "Dream Drummin'"
1975 "Easy Evil"
"Can't Let You Go"
1976 "You Set My Dreams to Music"
"Goodnight Mr. Moon"
"Rainbows"
"Settle Down"
"Moonlight Lady"
"Right Time of the Night"
"Big Trouble"
"What Would They Say"
"Back Doors Crying"
"Let Her In" 10 5 16 7 12
"Whenever I'm Away from You" 38 62 61
"Slow Dancin'"
"It Had to Be You"
"I Don't Know What I Like About You Baby"
1977 "All Strung Out on You" 34 28 30
"Baby, I Could Be So Good at Lovin' You"
"Razzamatazz"
1978 "You're the One That I Want" (with Olivia Newton-John) 1 3 2 1
"Summer Nights" (with Olivia Newton-John) 5 3 3 1
"Sandy" 2
"Greased Lightnin'" 47 45 11
1980 "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
1983 "Take a Chance" (with Olivia Newton-John)
1997 "Two Sleepy People" (with Carly Simon)
2008 "I Thought I Lost You" (with Miley Cyrus)

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Awards and nominations

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Academy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1978 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor Nominated
1995 Pulp Fiction

BAFTA Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated

Golden Globe Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1978 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
1979 Grease
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1996 Get Shorty Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Won
1999 Primary Colors Nominated
2008 Hairspray Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2017 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Primetime Emmy Award
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Outstanding Limited Series Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
2021 Die Hart Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1996 Get Shorty Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 Hairspray

American Comedy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1996 Get Shorty Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Won

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1997 Phenomenon Favorite Actor - Drama Won
1998 Face/Off Favorite Actor – Action/Adventure
1999 A Civil Action Favorite Actor - Drama Nominated
2000 The General's Daughter Favorite Actor - Suspense

Chicago Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1994 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Nominated

Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2008 Hairspray Best Acting Ensemble Won

Critics' Choice Television Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Limited Series Nominated

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Nominated

David di Donatello Award
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Foreign Actor Won

Golden Raspberry Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1984 Staying Alive Worst Actor Nominated
Two of a Kind Nominated
1986 Perfect Nominated
1992 Shout Worst Supporting Actor Nominated
2001 Battlefield Earth and Lucky Numbers Worst Actor Won
Battlefield Earth Worst Picture Won
Worst Screen Couple Won
2002 Domestic Disturbance Worst Actor Nominated
Swordfish Nominated
2005 Battlefield Earth Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years Won
2010 Worst Picture of the Decade Won
Worst Actor of the Decade Nominated
Old Dogs Worst Actor Nominated
2019 Gotti Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Nominated
2020 The Fanatic and Trading Paint Worst Actor Won
The Fanatic Worst Screen Combo Nominated

Grammy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1978 Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Album of the Year Nominated

Hollywood Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2007 Hairspray Ensemble of the Year Won
Supporting Actor of the Year

London Critics Circle
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Actor of the Year Won

International Indian Film Academy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2014 N/A Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1994 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Won

MTV Movie Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Dance Sequence (shared with Uma Thurman) Won
Best Male Performance Nominated
Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Samuel L. Jackson)
1996 Broken Arrow Best Villain
Best Fight (shared with Christian Slater)
1997 Phenomenon Best Male Performance
Best Kiss (shared with Kyra Sedgwick)
1998 Face/Off Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Nicolas Cage) Won
Best Male Performance Nominated
Best Villain (shared with Nicolas Cage)

National Board of Review
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1977 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor Won

National Society of Film Critics
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1977 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor 3rd Place
1995 Pulp Fiction

New York Film Critics Circle
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1977 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor 3rd Place

Palm Springs International Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2008 Hairspray Ensemble Cast Award Won

Satellite Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1999 The Thin Red Line Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble Won

Saturn Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1997 Face/Off Best Actor Won

Southeastern Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1996 Get Shorty Best Actor Won

Stockholm International Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1994 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Won

TV Land Award
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Won

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Academy Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1990 Best Actor Born on the Fourth of July Nominated
1997 Jerry Maguire Nominated
2000 Best Supporting Actor Magnolia Nominated

British Academy Film Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1991 Best Actor in a Leading Role Born on the Fourth of July Nominated

Golden Globe Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1984 Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Risky Business Nominated
1990 Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Born on the Fourth of July Won
1993 A Few Good Men Nominated
1997 Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Jerry Maguire Won
2000 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Magnolia Won
2004 Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama The Last Samurai Nominated
2009 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Tropic Thunder Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1997 Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role Jerry Maguire Nominated
2000 Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role Magnolia Nominated
Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

American Cinema Awards
Year Category Work Result
1991 Distinguished Achievement in Film Won

Britannia Awards
Year Category Work Result
2005 Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award Excellence in Film Won

Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Year Category Work Result
1997 Best Actor Jerry Maguire Nominated
2005 Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts Won
2015 Best Actor in an Action Movie Edge of Tomorrow Nominated
2016 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Nominated

David di Donatello Awards
Year Category Work Result
1990 Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) Born on the Fourth of July Nominated
2005 Special David Won

Empire Awards
Year Category Work Result
2003 For Best Actor Minority Report Won
2005 Collateral Nominated
2014 Legend Award Won

Golden Raspberry Awards
Year Category Work Result
1989 Worst Actor Cocktail Nominated
1995 Worst Screen Couple Interview with the Vampire Won
2001 Worst Remake or Sequel Mission: Impossible 2 Nominated
2006 Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Oprah Winfrey's couch, the Eiffel Tower, and "Tom's baby" Won
Tom Cruise and his anti-psychiatry rant Nominated
Worst Actor War of the Worlds Nominated
2018 The Mummy Won

Hasty Pudding Theatricals Awards
Year Category Work Result
1994 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Won

MTV Movie Awards
Year Category Work Result
1993 Best On-Screen Duo Far and Away Nominated
Most Desirable Male A Few Good Men Nominated
Best Male Performance Nominated
1994 Most Desirable Male The Firm Nominated
Best Male Performance Nominated
1995 Best Villain Interview with the Vampire Nominated
Best On-Screen Duo Nominated
Most Desirable Male Nominated
1997 Best Male Performance Jerry Maguire Won
2001 Mission: Impossible 2 Won
2004 The Last Samurai Nominated
2005 Generation Award Won
Best Villain Collateral Nominated
2012 Best Fight Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Nominated
Best Gut-Wrenching Performance Nominated

MTV Movie Awards – Mexico
Year Category Work Result
2004 Funniest American in Japan (Gringo/a más Gracioso en Japón) The Last Samurai Won

MTV TRL Awards
Year Category Work Result
2003 Biggest Friggin Star to Ever Appear on TRL Award Won

National Movie Awards
Year Category Work Result
2010 Screen Icon Won

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
Year Category Work Result
1997 Favorite Movie Actor Mission: Impossible Nominated
2001 Mission: Impossible 2 Nominated
Wannabe Award Won
2012 Favorite Butt Kicker Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Nominated

People's Choice Awards
Year Category Work Result
1987 Favorite Motion Picture Actor Nominated
1990 Won
1994 Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Actor Won
2005 Favorite Male Movie Star Nominated
2017 Favorite Movie Icon Nominated
2018 Male Movie Star of 2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Nominated
Action Movie Star of 2018 Nominated

Producers Guild of America Awards
Year Category Work Result
1997 Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures Mission: Impossible Won
2004 Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures The Last Samurai Nominated

Rembrandt Award
Year Category Work Result
2012 Best International Actor (Beste Buitenlandse Acteur) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Nominated

Satellite Awards
Year Category Work Result
1997 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical Jerry Maguire Won
2000 Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama Magnolia Nominated
2004 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama The Last Samurai Nominated

Saturn Awards
Year Category Work Result
1995 Best Actor Interview with the Vampire Nominated
2002 Vanilla Sky Won
2003 Minority Report Nominated
2004 The Last Samurai Nominated
2005 Collateral Nominated
2006 War of the Worlds Nominated
2007 Mission: Impossible III Nominated
2009 Valkyrie Nominated
2012 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Nominated
2015 Edge of Tomorrow Nominated
2019 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Nominated

Scientology
Year Category Work Result
2004 Freedom Medal of Valor Won

ShoBreast Convention
Year Category Work Result
1987 Special Award Box Office Star of the Year Won

Teen Choice Awards
Year Category Work Result
2000 Choice Movie Actor Mission: Impossible 2 Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Wipeout Nominated
2005 Choice Movie Villain Collateral Nominated
Choice Movie Actor – Drama Nominated
2006 Choice Movie Actor – Action Mission: Impossible III Nominated
2012 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Nominated
2013 Choice Movie Actor – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Oblivion Nominated
2014 Choice Movie Actor – Action Edge of Tomorrow Nominated

Walk of Fame
Year Category Work Result
1986 Star on the Walk of Fame Won

Yoga Awards
Year Category Work Result
1994 Worst Foreign Actor The Firm Won

Filmography/Television

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Film
Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Devil's Rain Danny
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Tod Lubitch
Carrie Billy Nolan
1977 Saturday Night Fever Anthony "Tony" Manero
1978 Grease Daniel "Danny" Zuko
Moment by Moment Strip Harrison
1980 Urban Cowboy Buford 'Bud' Una Davis
1981 Blow Out Jack Terry
1983 Staying Alive Anthony "Tony" Manero
Two of a Kind Zack Melon
1985 Perfect Adam Lawrence
1989 The Experts Travis
Look Who's Talking James Ubriacco
1990 Look Who's Talking Too
1991 Shout Jack Cabe
Eyes of an Angel Bobby
1993 Look Who's Talking Now James Ubriacco
1994 Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega
1995 Get Shorty Chili Palmer
White Man's Burden Louis Pinnock
1996 Michael Michael
Phenomenon George Malley
Orientation: A Scientology Information Film Himself Short film
Broken Arrow Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins
1997 Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Himself Documentary film
Mad City Sam Baily
Face/Off Sean Archer / Castor Troy
She's So Lovely Joey Giamonti Also executive producer
1998 A Civil Action Jan Schlichtmann
The Thin Red Line Brigadier General Quintard
Junket Whore Himself Documentary film
Primary Colors Governor Jack Stanton
1999 The General's Daughter Warr. Officer Paul Brenner
Our Friend, Martin Mr. Langon Voice
2000 Battlefield Earth Terl Also producer
Lucky Numbers Russ Richards
Welcome to Hollywood Himself Cameo;
Mockumentary
2001 Domestic Disturbance Frank Morrison
Swordfish Gabriel Shear
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Himself as "Austinpussy" Goldmember Cameo
2003 Basic Tom Hardy
2004 Ladder 49 Captain Mike Kennedy
A Love Song for Bobby Long Bobby Long
The Punisher Howard Saint
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D James Benson "Jim" Irwin Voice;
Documentary film
Be Cool Chili Palmer
2006 Lonely Hearts Elmer C. Robinson
2007 Wild Hogs Woody Stevens
Hairspray Edna Turnblad
2008 Bolt Bolt Voice
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Ryder
Old Dogs Charlie Reed
2010 From Paris with Love Charlie Wax
2012 Savages Dennis Cain
2013 Killing Season Emil Kovac
2014 The Forger Ray Cutter
2015 Life on the Line Beau Ginner
Criminal Activities Eddie Also executive producer
2016 In a Valley of Violence Marshal Clyde Martin
I Am Wrath Stanley Hill
2018 Gotti John Gotti Also executive producer
Speed Kills Ben Aronoff
2019 Trading Paint Sam Munroe
The Poison Rose Carson Phillips
The Fanatic Moose
TBA Paradise City The kingpin Post-production

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Emergency! Chuck Benson Episode: "Kids"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Episode: "A Piece of God"
1973 The Rookies Eddie Halley Episode: " Frozen Smoke"
1974 Medical Center Danny Episode: "Saturday's Child"
1975 The Tenth Level John Television film
1975–1979 Welcome Back, Kotter Vincent "Vinnie" Barbarino 79 episodes
1976 Mr. T and Tina Vinnie Barbarino Episode: "Pilot"
1987 Basements: The Dumb Waiter Ben Television film
The Grand Knockout Tournament Himself Television special
1991 Chains of Gold Scott Barnes Television film; also writer
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Himself (cameo) Television film
1994 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "John Travolta/Seal"
2005 Fat Actress Himself Episode: "Big Butts"
2014 Kirstie Mickey Episode: "Mickey & Maddie"
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Robert Shapiro 10 episodes; also producer
2020 Die Hart Ron Wilcox 10 episodes

Music video
Year Title Role Notes
2019 3 to Tango Pitbull

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Year Title Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Actor Producer Writer Role
1981 Endless Love Yes No No Billy
Taps Yes No No David Shawn
1983 The Outsiders Yes No No Steve Randle
Losin' It Yes No No Woody
Risky Business Yes No No Joel Goodson
All the Right Moves Yes No No Stefan Djordjevic
1985 Legend Yes No No Jack
1986 Top Gun Yes No No Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
The Color of Money Yes No No Vincent Lauria
1988 Cocktail Yes No No Brian Flanagan
Rain Man Yes No No Charlie Babbitt
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Yes No No Ron Kovic
1990 Days of Thunder Yes No Yes Cole Trickle Credited as "Story by"
1992 Far and Away Yes No No Joseph Donelly
A Few Good Men Yes No No Lt. Daniel Kaffee
1993 The Firm Yes No No Mitch McDeere
1994 Interview with the Vampire Yes No No Lestat de Lioncourt
1996 Mission: Impossible Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt
Jerry Maguire Yes No No Jerry Maguire
1998 Without Limits No Yes No N/A
1999 Eyes Wide Shut Yes No No Bill Harford
Magnolia Yes No No Frank T.J. Mackey
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt
2001 Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Yes No No Himself Also narrator
The Others No Yes No N/A Executive producer
Vanilla Sky Yes Yes No David Aames
2002 Space Station 3D Yes No No Narrator
Minority Report Yes No No John Anderton
Austin Powers in Goldmember Yes No No Himself as Austin Powers Cameo uncredited
Narc No Yes No N/A Executive producer
2003 Shattered Glass No Yes No N/A Executive producer
The Last Samurai Yes Yes No Nathan Algren
2004 Collateral Yes No No Vincent
2005 War of the Worlds Yes No No Ray Ferrier
Elizabethtown No Yes No N/A
2006 Ask the Dust No Yes No N/A
Mission: Impossible III Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt
2007 Lions for Lambs Yes No No Senator Jasper Irving
2008 Tropic Thunder Yes No No Les Grossman
Valkyrie Yes No No Claus von Stauffenberg
2010 Knight and Day Yes No No Roy Miller/Matthew Knight
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt
2012 Rock of Ages Yes No No Stacee Jaxx Also credited as singer on the film's soundtrack
Jack Reacher Yes Yes No Jack Reacher
2013 Oblivion Yes No No Jack Harper
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Yes No No Maj. William Cage
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Yes Yes No Jack Reacher
2017 The Mummy Yes No No Nick Morton
American Made Yes No No Barry Seal
2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt
2022 Top Gun: Maverick Films that have not yet been released Yes Yes No Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell Completed
2023 Mission: Impossible 7 Films that have not yet been released Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt Completed
2024 Mission: Impossible 8 Films that have not yet been released Yes Yes No Ethan Hunt Filming
2024 Luna ParkFilms that have not yet been released Yes No No In development

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1993 Fallen Angels Episode: "The Frightening Frammis" (director)
2010 Top Gear Himself Guest
2012 The Graham Norton Show (TV series UK) Himself Guest - 31st December 2012 (New Years Eve special)
2013 The Graham Norton Show (TV series UK) Himself Guest - 5th April 2013
2014 The Graham Norton Show (TV series UK) Himself Guest - 30th May 2014
2016 The Graham Norton Show (TV series UK) Himself Guest - 21st October 2016
2017 The Graham Norton Show (TV series UK) Himself Guest - 2nd June 2017
2017 The Late Late Show with James Corden (TV series USA) Himself Guest - 7th June 2017
2018 The Graham Norton Show (TV series UK) Himself Guest - 26th January 2018
2021 The Graham Norton Show (TV series UK) Himself Guest - 16th April 2021

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