How old was Tom Cruise in Risky Business?

Tom Cruise has been a cinematic star for nearly four decades.

Allow that to soak in for a moment. In his annus mirabilis of 1983, he appeared fully formed from Reagan's America's collective id.

That image fueled later triumphs such as Top Gun and Cocktail, but Cruise cleverly compounded it, first in films.

That image drove following successes like Top Gun and Cocktail, but Cruise expertly compounded it, first in cinema and then in real life.

Cruise debuted as an actor in the early 1980s, with prominent roles in the comedy picture Risky Business and the action blockbuster Top Gun.

Cruise earned only $75,000 for Risky Business, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

In 1986, Tom Cruise was only 24 years old when he acted in the legendary film Top Gun.

His breakout role was in the coming-of-age comedy Risky Business, for which Cruise received his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

There are few bigger celebrities in Hollywood than Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.