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"Risky Business" (1983) Cruise's breakout role was a martyred cadet in 1981's "Taps," but it was this stylish comedy-drama that made him a star. What Brando did for T-shirts in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Cruise did for tighty-whities by singing Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll" in his underwear.(Credit: Warner Bros.)

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Tom Cruise's changing roles

Here's a look at some of the many, diverse roles that Tom Cruise has played in the movies.