Ron Hubbard's learning method of "Study Technology".

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He attended eight elementary schools and three high schools, not counting a short stint in Cincinnati's St. He took preliminary classes there that could have led to the Catholic priesthood, but abandoned those plans after one semester. Cruise was on his high school wrestling team, but when he was sidelined from athletics with a knee injury, he auditioned for the lead in his high school's production of Guys and Dolls, and got the role.

With the opening night applause ringing in his ears, he decided to pursue acting as his career.

I'd glean information from them and I'd use that... "Everything fell into place" when Cruise was converted to Scientology, at the urging of his then-wife Mimi Rogers.

"Many people had tried to teach me, but no-one had taught me how to learn or how to study", until he used L.

He usually wears "elevator shoes" and works with diminutive actresses to hide his height.

As a boy, his family moved often, and Cruise called more than a dozen cities home.

He made his film debut at 19, with a small role in one of Franco Zeffirelli's worst films, Endless Love (1981).

He received good notices for his performance as a belligerent cadet in Taps (1981), and appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders.

After graduating from high school, Cruise moved to New York City, where he worked as a bus-boy and took drama classes in the evening.