Tom Cruise was once superintendent of NYC townhouse now on sale for $15 million

Robert Downey, Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker also lived in the building while they were dating in the 1980s.

Actors often work regular jobs before their big break, including A-listers like Tom Cruise.

Before he landed his role in "Taps" in 1981, Fox News Digital confirmed that Cruise lived in and was the superintendent for a building on the Upper West Side of New York City which is now on the market for $14,995,000.

Located at 50 West 86th St., the building has five stories and hosts eight units, plus commercial space and a pool. It’s also just steps away from Central Park and the Museum of Natural History, with the MET across the park.

According to the building’s listing, it maintains many original features from its construction in 1907, such as a limestone entrance with ornate carvings, including detailed lion figures, and the original balustrades.


Closeup of Tom Cruise smiling
Before his big break, Tom Cruise worked as a building superintendent at a building that is now on sale for almost $15 million. (Rocket K/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures / Getty Images)
The eight units all feature high ceilings, fireplaces and either a balcony or terrace outdoor space.
Exterior facade of New York City townhouse
The townhouse — known as the "Good Luck Manhattan Mansion," thanks to some famous prior residents — was built in 1907. (MW Studio for Brown Harris Stevens / Fox News)
photo of a New York City terrace
\The building offers eight units, all with outdoor balconies or terraces. (MW Studio for Brown Harris Stevens / Fox News)
Interior shot of New York City apartment
The units boast high ceilings and exposed brick fireplaces. (MW Studio for Brown Harris Stevens / Fox News)
Rex Gonsalves of Brown Harris Stevens holds the listing for the Renaissance Revival building, known as the "Good Luck Manhattan Mansion," due to its celebrity-studded past.

A New York real estate blog called Active Rain shared some insider details about Cruise's time there.  

Mitchell J Hall claims on the blog that he lived in the building at the same time as Cruise, who rented a studio above his for $300 a month and took out the trash and vacuumed the halls to help pay his rent before landing his role in "Taps."
Tom Cruise waving
A former tenant of the building and real estate agent claims Cruise lived in the studio above him for $300 a month and did chores around the building like taking out the trash and vacuuming, not long before getting his breakout role in "Taps" in 1981 (James Gourley/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures / Getty Images)


Representatives for the realtor also confirmed some other famous names who passed through the building’s doors.

In the 1980s, Robert Downey, Jr. lived in the then newly-built penthouse with his girlfriend at the time, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Earlier, in the 1960s and '70s, the home was owned by King Curtis, Aretha Franklin’s musical director and bandleader.

Interior penthouse at a New York City building
The townhouse previously was a single family home, but now has eight units, a commercial space and a swimming pool.  (MW Studio for Brown Harris Stevens / Fox News)

Curtis also worked with Andy Williams, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole, and it has been noted, according to the real estate agent’s representatives, that Curtis worked with John Lennon on his "Imagine" album in the first floor pool area of the townhouse, which Curtis used as a soundstage for the acoustics. 

The band director was sadly stabbed in front of the building in 1971 and later died at Roosevelt Hospital. His funeral was attended by such musicians as Franklin and Stevie Wonder, and Rev. Jesse Jackson administered services. 

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