New Jersey regularly receives a lot of negative commentary for various reasons. Some is earned. Some of it is completely undeserved.

There are many firsts and many big ideas that have a direct New Jersey angle to them.

Consider this. The movie: “Top Gun: Maverick” is the # 1 most watched movie in the world for 2022.

According to Box Office Mojo, Top Gun: Maverick ended the year with a worldwide box office total of $1.48 billion, making it the top movie of 2022 and one of the highest grossing movies of all-time.

Top Gun: Maverick was made by and stars Tom Cruise in the lead role.

What you may not know is that Tom Cruise is a graduate of Glen Ridge High School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

Last year, we wrote an article about Cruise, including his real name:

Thomas C. Maypother, IV

His middle name is Cruise, which is his Mother’s maiden name.

If you missed our previous coverage, here is a link:

Read More: World’s Most Famous Actor Graduated High School in New Jersey

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say, the Tom Cruise is the most famous actor in the world.

Getty Images for Paramount Pictures
Getty Images for Paramount Pictures

The fact that Cruise is a graduate of a New Jersey high school is a fun fact and it serves as another example of a memorable person or event with a direct New Jersey connection.

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Cruise films have grossed more than $4 billion in North America and more than $11 billion worldwide.

This makes Tom Cruise one of the highest-grossing box office stars of all time.

Cruise's parents are from Louisville, Kentucky. He is of English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Cruise has three sisters: Lee Anne, Marian, and Cass. A cousin, William Mapother, is also an actor and has worked with Cruise in five movies.

SOURCE: Tom Cruise Wikipedia & Box Office MoJo.

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