As an enduring international superstar in films such as Top Gun and Mission Impossible, Cruise has lived with dyslexia ever since he was diagnosed as a child. Previously, the National Mentor Association honored him for his work helping others with dyslexia. Cruise spent his childhood trying to hide his dyslexia from his classmates. Diagnosed at age seven, Cruise describes his younger self as functionally illiterate.
He could barely read in high school or in his first papers. Tom Cruise is an inspiration to anyone dealing with dyslexia, serving as living proof that you can overcome your disability and achieve your dreams. Whether it was to avoid going home or simply to vent, Tom Cruise participated in as many after-school activities as possible. No one who has seen Top Gun, Jerry Maguire, The Last Samurai or Mission Impossible would believe that Tom Cruise has trouble reading.