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Tom Hanks is a popular American actor and is one of the highest paid all-time box office stars

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BirthdayJuly 9, 1956
NationalityAmerican
FamousAcademy Award Winning Actor, College Dropouts, Humanitarian, Democrats, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors
IdeologiesDemocrats
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesRita Wilson, Samantha Lewes
SiblingsJim Hanks, Larry Hanks, Sandra Hanks
Known asThomas Jeffrey Hanks
Childrens Elizabeth Ann Hanks
Universities
  • Concord
Birth PlaceConcord, California, U.S.
ReligionBorn-Again Christian
Height183cm
GenderMale
FatherAmos Mefford Hanks
MotherJanet Marylyn Frager
Net Worth$396 Million as of May 20,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inConcord, California, U.S.
Famous asAcademy Award Winning Actor
Socials

// Famous Academy Award Winning Actor

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Who is Tom Hanks?

Tom Hanks is a popular American actor and is one of the highest paid all-time box office stars. He stole the limelight through his performance in ‘Splash’, a romantic comedy directed by Ron Howard. With his role as Robert Langdon in the movies ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels & Demons’, he earned widespread commercial success as one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. His charm and upbeat attitude earned him instant stardom and he was also frequently being compared to the likes of Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, and Gary Cooper—all of whom were Hollywood legends. He has established himself not only as an actor, but also as a writer and director with films like ‘That Thing You Do!’ and ‘Larry Crowne’. He has produced many films and documentaries like ‘From the Earth to the Moon’, ‘Band of Brothers’, and ‘The Pacific’. He is a man who shows interest in worldly activities, is an active humanitarian and has also boldly voiced his opinions on same-sex marriages. As an environmentalist, he realizes the need for alternative fuels for which he has expressed his interest to invest a handsome sum of money to promote electric vehicles. His original intention of becoming an astronaut has made him a fervent supporter of NASA’s manned space program.

// Famous Humanitarian

Childhood & Early Life

Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, to Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook and Janet Marylyn, a hospital worker, in Concord, California. His siblings are Sandra, Larry, and Jim.

His parents divorced in 1960. Tom, Sandra, and Larry were raised by his father while Jim, his youngest brother was brought up by his mother.

As a young boy, he had to cope with the continuous change in places, before his father finally settled in Oakland.

He completed high school at Skyline High School, Oakland and graduated from the institute in 1974.

He enrolled at Chabot College in Hayward, California, but he switched to California State University, Sacramento to pursue acting.

He quit his studies in 1977, accepting an internship offer from the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio.

Career

In 1978, his performance as ‘Proteus’ in Shakespeare’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ won him the Best Actor award in the Cleveland Critics Circle.

From 1978 to 1980, he acted in various summer productions of Shakespeare’s plays and in winters, he worked for a theater company in Sacramento.

In 1979, he moved to New York with the dream of performing in Broadway. In 1980, he made his onscreen debut in the low-budget horror movie, ‘He Knows You're Alone’.

The same year, he got a chance to perform in the television sitcom ‘Bosom Buddies’ which earned him critical acclaim.

In 1982, his guest appearance on the TV episode of ‘Happy Days’, impressed co-actor Ron Howard who invited him to star in the supporting role in ‘Splash’, a comic film in 1984 that became a great hit.

His performance as a 13-year-old boy trapped in the body of a 35-year-old man in Penny Marshall’s ‘Big’ (1988), was lauded and he soon began appearing in blockbuster hits.

His notable performance in ‘Punchline’ which released in 1988, won him a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.

His major breakthrough came in 1993, when he played the role an attorney with AIDS in Jonathan Demme’s film, ‘Philadelphia’. He reduced 37 pounds for the film and his performance won him an Oscar and an MTV Movie Award.

In 1994, he played lead role in the movie ‘Forrest Gump’, an epic romantic-comedy-drama, based on the eponymous novel by Winston Groom. He won the Academy Award for his role in the movie.

In 1998, he teamed up with Steven Spielberg for the first time and performed a challenging role in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ that got him his fourth nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

In 2001, he caught attention of the public when he was cast in ‘Band of Brothers, a HBO mini-series and in ‘A Tribute to Heroes’.

In 2004, he appeared in a number of films including Coen Brothers' ‘The Ladykillers’, Spielberg’s ‘The Terminal’ and Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Polar Express’.

In 2006, he teamed up with Ron Howard and played the role of Robert Langdon in the film, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, an adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel of the same name.

He co-produced ‘The Great Buck Howard’ (2008), where his son Colin Hanks co-starred with him.

In 2009, he played the role of the famed Robert Langdon once again in ‘Angels and Demons’, a sequel to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ that catapulted him to fame.

He was the executive producer of the 2012 film ‘Game Change’ which is about the 2008 presidential campaign.

Major Works

The 1999 animated film, ‘Toy Story 2’, where Hanks lent his voice for the character, Woody, the leader of the cowboy dolls, became a box-office hit making a record-breaking box-office sale of $80.8 million.

‘Apollo 13’ a film that deals with the lunar mission, released in 2002 in the IMAX format became a huge success earning $500 million at the box office.

‘The Da Vinci Code’ filmed in 2006, based on the best-seller written by Dan Brown, earned over $750 million at the box-office.

Awards & Achievements

He won two Academy Awards consecutively in 1994 and 1995 for his outstanding performance in the films ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘Forrest Gump’.

In 2002, he was the recipient of American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, presented by Steven Spielberg. He became the youngest recipient of this prestigious honour.

He was inducted into the United States Army Rangers Hall of Fame in 2006.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1978, he married Samantha Lewes, an actress and producer. They were divorced in 1987. The couple has two children, Colin and Elizabeth.

He married Rita Wilson in 1988, an actress with whom he worked in the film ‘Volunteers’. The couple has two sons, Chester and Truman.

An asteroid “12818 tomhanks” is named after him.

Trivia

This actor who has played the role of Robert Langdon in one of the films has been voted as the ‘most trusted person in US’ as per a poll published in Reader’s Digest.

This Hollywood actor loves to collect typewriters and has 80 of them in his collection.

This famous Hollywood actor is a distant relative of President Abraham Lincoln.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Tom Hanks awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1995Best Actor in a Leading RoleForrest Gump (1994)
1994Best Actor in a Leading RolePhiladelphia (1993)

Golden Globe Awards

2001Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaCast Away (2000)
1995Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaForrest Gump (1994)
1994Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaPhiladelphia (1993)
1989Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalBig (1988)

Primetime Emmy Awards

2015Outstanding Limited SeriesOlive Kitteridge (2014)
2012Outstanding Miniseries or MovieGame Change (2012)
2010Outstanding MiniseriesThe Pacific (2010)
2008Outstanding MiniseriesJohn Adams (2008)
2002Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialBand of Brothers (2001)
2002Outstanding MiniseriesBand of Brothers (2001)
1998Outstanding MiniseriesFrom the Earth to the Moon (1998)

MTV Movie & TV Awards

1994Best Male PerformancePhiladelphia (1993)

People's Choice Awards

2017Favorite Dramatic Movie ActorWinner
2004Favorite All-Time EntertainerWinner
2002Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
2002Favorite Motion Picture Star in a DramaWinner
1999Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1996Favorite Motion Picture ActorWinner
1996Favorite Actor in a Dramatic Motion PictureWinner
1995Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture ActorWinner

Tom Hanks biography timelines

  • // 9th Jul 1956
    Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, to Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook and Janet Marylyn, a hospital worker, in Concord, California. His siblings are Sandra, Larry, and Jim.
  • // 1960
    His parents divorced in 1960. Tom, Sandra, and Larry were raised by his father while Jim, his youngest brother was brought up by his mother.
  • // 1974
    He completed high school at Skyline High School, Oakland and graduated from the institute in 1974.
  • // 1977
    He quit his studies in 1977, accepting an internship offer from the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, his performance as ‘Proteus’ in Shakespeare’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ won him the Best Actor award in the Cleveland Critics Circle.
  • // 1978 To 1980
    From 1978 to 1980, he acted in various summer productions of Shakespeare’s plays and in winters, he worked for a theater company in Sacramento.
  • // 1978 To 1987
    In 1978, he married Samantha Lewes, an actress and producer. They were divorced in 1987. The couple has two children, Colin and Elizabeth.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, he moved to New York with the dream of performing in Broadway. In 1980, he made his onscreen debut in the low-budget horror movie, ‘He Knows You're Alone’.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, his guest appearance on the TV episode of ‘Happy Days’, impressed co-actor Ron Howard who invited him to star in the supporting role in ‘Splash’, a comic film in 1984 that became a great hit.
  • // 1988
    His notable performance in ‘Punchline’ which released in 1988, won him a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award.
  • // 1988
    He married Rita Wilson in 1988, an actress with whom he worked in the film ‘Volunteers’. The couple has two sons, Chester and Truman.
  • // 1993
    His major breakthrough came in 1993, when he played the role an attorney with AIDS in Jonathan Demme’s film, ‘Philadelphia’. He reduced 37 pounds for the film and his performance won him an Oscar and an MTV Movie Award.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he played lead role in the movie ‘Forrest Gump’, an epic romantic-comedy-drama, based on the eponymous novel by Winston Groom. He won the Academy Award for his role in the movie.
  • // 1994 To 1995
    He won two Academy Awards consecutively in 1994 and 1995 for his outstanding performance in the films ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘Forrest Gump’.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he teamed up with Steven Spielberg for the first time and performed a challenging role in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ that got him his fourth nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
  • // 1999
    The 1999 animated film, ‘Toy Story 2’, where Hanks lent his voice for the character, Woody, the leader of the cowboy dolls, became a box-office hit making a record-breaking box-office sale of $80.8 million.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, he caught attention of the public when he was cast in ‘Band of Brothers, a HBO mini-series and in ‘A Tribute to Heroes’.
  • // 2002
    ‘Apollo 13’ a film that deals with the lunar mission, released in 2002 in the IMAX format became a huge success earning $500 million at the box office.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he was the recipient of American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, presented by Steven Spielberg. He became the youngest recipient of this prestigious honour.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, he appeared in a number of films including Coen Brothers' ‘The Ladykillers’, Spielberg’s ‘The Terminal’ and Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Polar Express’.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he teamed up with Ron Howard and played the role of Robert Langdon in the film, ‘The Da Vinci Code’, an adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel of the same name.
  • // 2006
    ‘The Da Vinci Code’ filmed in 2006, based on the best-seller written by Dan Brown, earned over $750 million at the box-office.
  • // 2006
    He was inducted into the United States Army Rangers Hall of Fame in 2006.
  • // 2008
    He co-produced ‘The Great Buck Howard’ (2008), where his son Colin Hanks co-starred with him.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he played the role of the famed Robert Langdon once again in ‘Angels and Demons’, a sequel to ‘The Da Vinci Code’ that catapulted him to fame.
  • // 2012
    He was the executive producer of the 2012 film ‘Game Change’ which is about the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Tom Hanks's FAQ

  • What is Tom Hanks birthday?

    Tom Hanks was born at 1956-07-09

  • Where is Tom Hanks's birth place?

    Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California, U.S.

  • What is Tom Hanks nationalities?

    Tom Hanks's nationalities is American

  • What is Tom Hanks ideologies?

    Tom Hanks's ideologies is Democrats

  • Who is Tom Hanks spouses?

    Tom Hanks's spouses is Rita Wilson, Samantha Lewes

  • Who is Tom Hanks siblings?

    Tom Hanks's siblings is Jim Hanks, Larry Hanks, Sandra Hanks

  • Who is Tom Hanks childrens?

    Tom Hanks's childrens is Elizabeth Ann Hanks

  • What was Tom Hanks universities?

    Tom Hanks studied at Concord

  • What is Tom Hanks's religion?

    Tom Hanks's religion is Born-Again Christian

  • How tall is Tom Hanks?

    Tom Hanks's height is 183

  • Who is Tom Hanks's father?

    Tom Hanks's father is Amos Mefford Hanks

  • Who is Tom Hanks's mother?

    Tom Hanks's mother is Janet Marylyn Frager

  • What is Tom Hanks's sun sign?

    Tom Hanks is Cancer

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    Tom Hanks is famouse as Academy Award Winning Actor

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