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Thomas Mapother III

Facts of Thomas Mapother III

Full NameThomas Mapother III
First NameThomas
Last NameMapother III
Professionelectrical engineer
Birth CountryUnited States
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
No Of Children4
Date of BirthOctober 13,1934
Age89 years

Thomas Mapother III was an electrical engineer by profession. But he is popularly known for his son Tom Cruise, King lof Hollywood.

Tom Cruise, an iconic figure in Hollywood 

Born on July 3, 1962, with the debut movie “Endless Love” in 1981, he has eventually become one of the biggest movie stars of all time, ripping 36 awards with 43 movies until date. 

He is an iconic figure with his movies raking over two hundred and fifty million dollars, even the bad ones.

His path to Scientology 

Scientology, a church founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard, helps the person to go through a state of being clear emotionally and makes able enough to shed the things that are holding back. 

Back in the 70s and 80s, Tom was diagnosed with Dyslexia to which he grew up thinking that something was wrong with him, making him hard to digest. 

When he got into the Church, he was cured, which pulled him emotionally very quickly into the church and their teaching. 

He says that Scientology allows people to find out for themselves what they want. His first wife, Roger, was the one who introduced him to Scientology and helped him become the student. 

Cruise has devoted much of his powerful influence and substantial wealth to the church of Scientology, a controversial religious philosophy based on the teaching of Hubbard.

Cruise described his father, a merchant of chaos

Mission Impossible Star Cruise did not get along with his father growing up because of his abusive behavior and called him “bully.” 

He later described him as a merchant of chaos who beat his children. 

His behavior, whose color would change like a chameleon, made Cruise to think not to trust him and to get care from him. 

Thomas could not be the best dad for his children.

An unhappy married life

Thomas was married to Cruise’s mother, Mary Lee Pfeiffer. They were living an unhappy married life, so it could not last long. They finally got divorced in 1974.

His wife lost her life at the age of 80

His wife was an amateur actress and a teacher. They were living in Ottawa, Canada, when they got divorced. 

After her divorce, she moved to The States with her kids away from him. Tom was close to his mom as she helped him achieve his dream. 

Later, she re-married to Jack South when Cruise was 16. At the age of 80, she passed away in her sleep, and the cause of death was a long illness.

Thomas Mapother III's son, Tom Cruise, with his mother and stepdad.
Thomas Mapother III's son, Tom Cruise, with his mother and stepdad. Source: Pinterest

Cause of death

Thomas was born on October 13, 1934. He took his last breath in 1984 as he had a dreadful disease, Cancer. He last saw his son on his death bed. 

As per Tom, seeing him in pain made him realize what a lonely life he was living, and was sad to hear his demise in his late 40s

Tom was just 22 years when his father left the world.

Thomas Mapother III with his family.
Thomas Mapother III with his family. Source:

Blessed with altogether four children 

The couple was blessed with four children altogether. 

His only son is Tom Cruise, and the next three are his daughters Lee Ann Mapother, Marian Mapother, and Cass Mapother.

Monica Barbaro reveals forgetting her own name when she first met Tom Cruise

Tom and Monica stopped by James Corden’s show to talk about their movie “Top Gun: Maverick,” where Barbaro recalled her first meeting with Cruise and how she forgot her own name while introducing herself to Cruise

When Corden asked Barbaro what it was like meeting Cruise for the first time, she said she didn’t think she was nervous until the day when they were going to observe Cruise flying an F-18 for the first time. 

They were standing in the hallway being cool, and as Cruise walked in the hallway, she suddenly could not feel her legs.

Cruise shook her hands, looking deep into her eyes, and she just forgot her name, she recalled.

We all know that Cruise has possessed a pilot’s license since 1994. During the show, he also mentioned several licenses he possesses. 

According to him, he has airplanes, commercial licenses, jets, a bunch of different airplanes, motorcycles, parachutes, boats, a mechanic’s license, and a scuba diving license. 

The Top Gun actors went through several extreme training before filming the movie. 

There were four and a half months of training that was necessary because if they didn’t go through the required training, it wouldn’t look good, and second thing is that they could put themselves in danger. 

They had the greatest fighter pilots working with them. They worked with the navy to learn how to shoot practically. 

All the actors had to be accustomed to the fundamentals and the mechanics of flight and g-forces. 

There is a probability of g-force-induced lack of consciousness if they do not undergo intense g-force training and learn to manage blood flow. 

Along with the g-force training, the actors also learned drills which included ejecting over water. 

They were put through the challenging underwater program. They had to pass the naval aviator over water survival training course. 

They had to escape out of the cockpit and shoot into the water. 

According to Miles Teller, the worst thing is the exercise called dunker, where they are strapped into a chair and blindfolded, after which they are put underwater and flipped upside down. 

And once they got through it, they felt like they were worthy of doing flying, he added. 

After the actors’ physical abilities tests, they started flying in the actual aircraft. 

Still, at first, they started out in single-engine airplanes to build their spatial awareness inside the aircraft and then in L-39s for aerobatic training before jumping into the F-18. 

The actors also learned how to operate cameras and how to direct themselves in the jets.

Net Worth 

Thomas is no more with us. However, his son, who spent his childhood in poverty, is now one of the highest-paid actor in the world. 

His net worth as per 2020 is given below:

 Net Worth 
Tom Cruise $570 million 


  1. He passed away at the age of 49.

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Updated On Sat Jan 14 2023 Published On Wed Sep 16 2020 By shaumya

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