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ABSTRACT I love knowing, learning famous people’s life. I love that they are humans like us but living a different life. That’s why I want to learn more about them. I always wanted to be famous when I grow up and I really want to know how their life is. That’s why I chose this topic.

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rical engineer. Cruise has three sisters, Lee Anne, homas Cruise, Marian, and Cass. Cruibest known as se’s surname originates Tom Cruise, is an from his great-grandfatAmerican film her, born Thomas Cruise actor and producer. He O’Mara, who was adophas been nominated for ted by a Welsh immigrant three Academy Awards and renamed “Thomas and has won three GolCruise Mapother”, Cruden Globe Awards. He ise is of German, Irish, started his career at age and English ancestry. He 19 in the 1981 film Taps. grew up in near poverty, His first leading role was and had a Catholic upbin Risky Business, relearinging. The family was sed in August 1983. Cruidominated by his abusive se became a full-fledged father, whom Cruise has movie star after starring described as “a merchant in Top Gun (1986). He is of chaos”. He was beawell known for his role as ten by his father, whom secret agent Ethan Hunt Cruise has said was a in the Mission: Imposbully and coward. He sible film series between was the kind of person 1996 and 2011. Cruise where, if something goes has starred in many Hollwrong, they kick you. It ywood blockbusters, incwas a great lesson in my luding Rain Man (1988), life—how he’d lull you A Few Good Men (1992), in, make you feel safe Jerry Maguire (1996), Vaand then, bang! For me, nilla Sky (2001), Minority it was like, ‘There’s soReport (2002), The Last mething wrong with this Samurai (2003), Collaguy. Don’t trust him. Be teral (2004), and War of careful around him.’ Cruthe Worlds (2005). As of ise’s family spent part of 2012, Cruise is Hollywohis childhood in Canada. od’s highest-paid actor. They moved to the OtCruise was born in Syratawa suburb of Beacon cuse, New York, the son Hill in late 1971 so that of Mary Lee, a special Cruise’s father could take education teacher, and a position as a defense Thomas Cruise Mapother consultant with the CaIII (died 1984), an electnadian Armed Forces.

There, Cruise attended the just opened Robert Hopkins Public School for much of grade four as well as grade five. It was while in grade four that Cruise first became involved in drama, under the tutelage of George Steinburg. Cruise and six other boys put on an improvised play to music called IT at the Carlton Elementary School drama festival. Drama organizer Val Wright, who was in the audience that night, reflected that “the movement and improvisation were excellent. It was a classic ensemble piece”. Cruise also enjoyed sports at the school including playing floor hockey, though he was known more for his aggression than his talent. For grade six Cruise went to Henry Munro Middle School. However, in the spring of that year Cruise’s mother left his father, taking Cruise and his sisters back to the US. His father died of cancer. He briefly attended a Franciscan seminary in Cincinnati on a church scholarship and aspired to become a Catholic priest. In his senior year, he played football for the

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and earned him a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Series (1990) and a Golden Globe Nomination (1990). Harris attenNEIL PATRICK HARRIS ded the same high school as Freddie Prinze Jr., La Neil Patrick Harris was Cueva High School in Alborn in Albuquerque, buquerque. Neil acted on New Mexico, on June stage in a few plays while 15, 1973. He grew up in there, one of which was Ruidoso, New Mexico, his senior play, Fiddler a small town 120 miles on the Roof (1971), in south of Albuquerque, which he portrayed Lazar where he first took up Wolf the butcher (1991). acting in the fourth graWhen “Doogie Howser, de. While tagging along with his older brother of M.D.” stopped production in 1993, Harris took 3 years, Harris won the up stage acting, which part of Toto in a school production of The Wizard he had always wanted of Oz (1939). His parents, to do. After a string of made-for-television moRon (a lawyer) and Sheila (a writer), moved the vies, Harris acted in his family to Albuquerque in first big screen roles in 1988, the same year that nine years, Starship TroHarris made his film de- opers (1997) with Casbut in two movies: Purp- per Van Dien and then The Proposition (1998). le People Eater (1988) and Clara’s Heart (1988), In July 1997, Harris accepted the role of Mark which starred Whoopi Cohen for the Los AnGoldberg. A year later, geles production of the when Neil was 16, he beloved musical, Rent landed the lead role in (2005). His performance Steven Bochco’s televiin “Rent” garnered him sion series about a teen prodigy doctor at a local a Drama-League Award in 1997. He continued hospital, “Doogie Howser, M.D.” (1989), which in the musical, to rave reviews, until January launched Harris into teen-heartthrob status. The 1998. He later reprised the role for six nights series lasted1989-1993

in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, in December 1998. In 1999, Harris returned to television in the short-lived sitcom “Stark Raving Mad” (1999), with Tony Shalhoub. He was also in the big-screen projects The Next Best Thing (2000) and Undercover Brother (2002), and he can be heard as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the newest animated “Spider-Man” (2003) series. Harris has continued his stage work, making his Broadway debut in 2001 in “Proof.” He has also appeared on stage in “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cabaret,” Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in Concert (2001) (TV), and, most recently, “Assassins.” In 2005, Harris returned to the small screen in a guest-starring role on “Numb3rs” (2005) and a starring role in the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” (2005). Neil played the title role in the web-exclusive musical comedy “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” (2008), widely downloaded via iTunes to become the #1 TV series for five straight weeks, despite not actu-

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harlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, Martin Sheen, at the time was an actor just breaking into the business with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen, was a former New York art student who had met Charlie’s father right after he had moved to Manhattan. Martin and Janet had three other children, Emilio Estevez, Renée Estevez, and Ramon Estevez, all of whom became actors. At a young age, Charlie took an interest in his father’s acting career. When he was nine, he was given a small part in his dad’s movie The Execution of Private Slovik (1974) (TV). In 1977, he was in the Philippines where his dad suffered a near-fatal heart attack on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979). While at Santa Monica High School, Charlie had two major interests: acting and baseball. Along with his friends, which included Rob Lowe and Sean Penn, he produced and starred in several amateur Super-8 films. On the Vikings baseball team, he was a star shortstop and pitcher. His lifetime record as a pitcher was 40-15. His interest and skill in baseball would later influence some of his movie roles. Unfortunately, his success on the baseball field did not translate to success in the classroom, as he struggled to keep his grades up. Just a few weeks before his scheduled graduation date, Charlie was expelled due to poor attendance and bad grades. After high school, Charlie aggressively pursued many acting roles. His first major role was as a high school student in the teen war film Red Dawn (1984). He followed this up with relatively small roles in TV movies and low-profile releases. His big break came in 1986 when he starred in Oliver Stone’s Oscar winning epic Platoon (1986). He drew rave reviews for his portrayal of a young soldier who is caught in the center of a moral crisis in Vietnam. The success of Platoon (1986) prompted Oli-

ver Stone to cast Charlie in his next movie Wall Street (1987) alongside his father and veteran actor Martin Sheen. The movie with its “Greed is Good” theme became an instant hit with viewers. Shortly after, Stone approached Charlie about the starring role in his next movie, Born on the Fourth of July (1989). When Tom Cruise eventually got the part, Sheen ended up hearing the news from his brother Emilio Estevez and not even getting as much as a call from Stone. This led to a fallout, and the two have not worked together since. The fallout with Stone, however, did nothing to hurt Charlie’s career in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, as he continued to establish himself as one of the top box office draws with a string of hits that included Young Guns (1988), Major League (1989), and Hot Shots! (1991). However, as the mid-’90s neared, his good fortune both personally and professionally, soon came to an end. Around this time, Charlie, who had already been to drug rehab, was beginning to develop a reputation as a hard-partying, womanizer. In 1995, the same year he was briefly married to model Donna Peele, he was called to testify at the trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss. At the trial, while under oath he admitted to spending nearly $50,000 on 27 of Fleiss’ $2,500-a-night prostitutes. His downward spiral continued the following year when his ex-girlfriend Brittany Ashland filed charges claiming that he physically abused her. He was later charged with misdemeanor battery to which he pleaded no contest and was given a year’s suspended sentence, two years’ probation and a $2,800 fine. He finally hit rock bottom in May 1998 when he was hospitalized in Thousand Oaks, California, following a near-fatal drug overdose. Later that month, he was ordered back to the drug rehab center, which he had previously left after one day. During this stretch, Charlie’s film career began to suffer as well. He starred in a series of box office flops that included The Arrival (1996) and Shadow Conspiracy (1997). However as the 1990s came to end, so did Charlie’s string of bad luck. In 2000, Charlie, now clean and sober, was chosen to replace Michael J. Fox on the ABC hit

sitcom “Spin City” (1996). Though his stint lasted only two seasons, Charlie’s performance caught the eye of CBS executives who in 2003 were looking for an established star to help carry their Monday night lineup of sitcoms that included “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996). The sitcom “Two and a Half Men” (2003) starred Charlie as a swinging, irresponsible womanizer whose life changes when his nephew suddenly appears on his doorstep. The show became a huge hit, breathing much needed life into Charlie’s fading career. Charlie’s personal life also appeared to be improving. In 2002, he married fellow actress Denise Richards, whom he first met while shooting the movie Good Advice (2001). In March 2004, they had a daughter, Sam, and it was announced shortly after that Denise was pregnant with the couple’s second child. By all reports, the couple seemed to be very happy together. However, like all of Charlie’s previous relationships, the stability did not last long. In March of 2005, Denise, who was six-months pregnant, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She gave birth to a second daughter, Lola, in June of that same year. Their divorce became final in late 2006.

GABRIEL MACHT Macht was born in The Bronx, New York, the son of Suzanne Victoria Pulier, a museum curator and archivist, and actor Stephen Macht. He has three siblings, Jesse, a musician (who appeared on The Next Great American Band), Ari Serbin, and Julie. The family moved to California when Gabriel was five years old. Following high school, he attended Carnegie Mellon College

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of Fine Arts, graduating in 1994. During his time at Carnegie Mellon, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Macht married Australian-born actress Jacinda Barrett in 2004. The couple had their first child, a girl, Satine Anais Geraldine Macht, born August 20, 2007 in Los Angeles. Macht is from a Jewish family. Macht was nominated for the Best Young Motion Picture Actor Award after playing his first role at age eight in the film Why Would I Lie? under the stage name Gabriel Swann. He has appeared in many film and television roles including A Love Song for Bobby Long, Because I Said So, The Recruit, and Archangel. For the 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines, Macht spent a week at sea filming on the flight deck, corridors, and hangar bay #3 of the USS Carl Vinson. Macht played the title role in Frank Miller’s 2008 adaptation of Will Eisner’s comic creation The Spirit. Although the film was a failure upon theatrical release, the film and Macht himself both gained a cult following. In July 2010,

it was announced that Macht had signed on to star in the new USA drama Suits, formerly known as A Legal Mind. On August 11, 2011, Suits was renewed for a second season of 16 episodes. On October 12, 2012, USA Network renewed Suits for a third season, to consist of 16 episodes.

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