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Tom Cruise Was A Pinning Machine In High School! Old Photos Show The Actor On His Wrestling Team!

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Long before Tom Cruise developed an insatiable need for speed and began saving the world from seemingly impossible missions, he was just your typical high school teenager!

But there was one skill he had in his younger years that prove he's been an action movie star in the making for decades now!

Old pictures have recently surfaced showing Tom on his high school wrestling team, and according to one of his teammates, he was pretty darn good!

At a young age, the actor and his family were uprooted from their home in Louisville and moved to New Jersey where he attended Glen Ridge High School, and according to his team captain TJ, wrestling helped him cope with his new environment:

"He had times where he was struggling to be accepted. With wrestling, you made your own mark at school, he certainly felt like that. It wasn’t a popularity contest, but we both were looking to make our own mark."

Although Tom isn't the tallest guy, TJ says he never let his small stature get in the way and compensated by getting in great shape!

He goes on to say:

"He didn’t start until later than all the other wrestlers. He’s not a big guy, he was about 5ft 5in and 130lbs. To be a wrestler you had to be in great shape and physically strong."

In addition to helping him fit in and get into great shape, TJ also says wrestling indirectly steered Tom into acting!

While he was recovering from an injury, Tom was sidelined and decided to audition for the school's production of Guys and Dolls, and the rest is history!

We never really pegged the Mission Impossible actor as a wrestler, but it's not too surprising when you consider he's been in more action movies than we can count!

[Image via Jeff Rayner/Coleman-Rayner.]

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4 comments to “Tom Cruise Was A Pinning Machine In High School! Old Photos Show The Actor On His Wrestling Team!”

  1. kikikiwi says – reply to this


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    Thanks Perez! My favorite Tome Cruz urban legend is the one about the gay wrestling sex with a prostitute.. lolz!!!!!! flashback!

  2. Michael says – reply to this


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    haha awesome i worked in bloomfield at an insurance co andthe owners sun in law when to glen ridge high which is just mins. from glen ridge high… im gay and my bosses son inlawy used to say how they used to beat up on Tom being he was the new kid. take in mine thats a snooty area with some bitchy kinda oldschool italian peeps. i even talked to other guys that went there , that were "freinds" with Tom treated him the same way made me sad.. so i think thats why tom joined the wrestling team to show those fu&%*kers he was and could be short but strong abe beat there assses.. love me someTommyCruise i got to tell by ex bosses son in awy off saying look where Tom is Now bitches

  3. st pooch says – reply to this


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    jeez… just look at those shoulders… it's no joke….He was a killin' machine back then man…

  4. Ridger says – reply to this


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    Re: Michael – None of that is true. Glen Ridge isn't a historically italian town at all but it is a town full of assholes. Lets see the supporting documents about cruise being an excellent wrestler. I personally grew up in Glen Ridge and went to school with parents that were his classmates and say he was awful and quit the team to go to acting. He Hated glen ridge so much that he refuses to be associated with the town at all… yea sure he's laughing now but making up false stories simply to increase your ratings is crazier then jumping on Oprah's coach