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Tom Cruise, the star of Mission: Impossible, Top Gun and Risky Business, is known for being a daredevil on the screen. But his off-screen life has actually been just as action-packed, too. In fact, with a past that includes everything from saving a woman’s life to being able to hold his breath for six and a half minutes, Cruise could be classed as a real life action hero.

Image: Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures
Image: Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures

20. Japan has given him a very special honor

Arguably, there’s no actor in the whole of Hollywood as famous in Japan as Tom Cruise. But why is he so popular? Well, it could be down to the fact that Cruise has traveled to Japan more than any other actor in tinsel town. In fact, he is so popular there that the nation has now declared October 10 as “Tom Cruise Day.”

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Image: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

19. He was once on his way to priesthood

A world where Cruise isn’t hanging off the side of a building or dangling from a plane? It sounds impossible, but it could have been a reality. Yes, a young Cruise was raised in a strict Catholic household and before he turned to acting, he wanted to become a priest. He even studied at a seminary on a scholarship, but he was apparently expelled for thieving alcohol.

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