Thomas "Tom" Cruise (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV) 1962 - Tom Cruise, one of the biggest movie stars of modern times, was born into a Catholic home. Cruise was raised as a practicing Catholic. He attended a Franciscan minor seminary for an unknown amount of time during his high school years, while considering the priesthood. Went instead into an acting career. Left his Catholicism behind at some point, and became, through his first wife's influence, a follower of the Scientology sect.