In 1996, he took on the title role in Jerry Maguire, for which he earned a Golden Globe and his second nomination for an Academy Award.
In 1999, Cruise costarred with Kidman in the erotic Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, and took a rare supporting role, as a motivational speaker, Frank T. Mackey, in Magnolia, for which he received another Golden Globe and nomination for an Academy Award.
For me, it was like, 'There's something wrong with this guy. Be careful around him.'" Cruise spent part of his childhood in Canada.
His family moved to Beacon Hill, Ottawa, in late 1971 so that Cruise's father could take a position as a defense consultant with the Canadian Armed Forces.
In 1996, Cruise appeared as superspy Ethan Hunt in the reboot of Mission: Impossible, which he produced.
It was a box office success, although it received criticism regarding the Jim Phelps character being a villain despite being a protagonist of the original television series.
Upon seeing the film however, she paid ,740 for a two-page ad in Daily Variety praising his performance and apologizing for her previous doubts about him.
In 2002, Cruise won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for Vanilla Sky.
In 2003, he won an AFI Movie of the Year Award for The Last Samurai and an Empire Award for Best Actor for Minority Report.
One of Cruise's paternal great-great-great-grandfathers, Patrick Russell Cruise, was born in north County Dublin in 1799; he married Teresa Johnson in County Meath, in 1825.
They left Ireland for the United States that same year and settled in New York.
In 2000, Cruise returned as Ethan Hunt in the second installment of the Mission Impossible films, releasing Mission: Impossible 2.