Tom Hanks Biography

Tom Hanks, an American actor and filmmaker was born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. He is the son to Janet Marylyn Frager who was a hospital worker and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook.

Hanks’s parents divorced when he was 5 years old, and he was raised, along with his older brother and sister, by his father, a chef named Amos.

After graduating in 1974, Hanks attended junior college in Hayward, California. He decided to pursue acting after reading and watching a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh (1946), and transferred into the theater program at California State University in Sacramento.

In 1977, Hanks was recruited to take part in the summer session of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood Ohio. Over the next three years, Hanks spent his summers acting in various productions of Shakespeare’s plays and his winters working backstage at a community theater company in Sacramento. He won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in 1978, for his portrayal of Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Tom Hanks Movie Career

Tom Hanks decided to pursue acting after reading and watching a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh and transferred into the theater program at California State University in Sacramento.Hanks was recruited to take part in the summer session of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood Ohio and over the next three years, Hanks spent his summers acting in various productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Tom moved to New York City. Many rounds of auditions later, he landed a small part in the 1980 slasher film He Knows You’re Alone.Hanks landed the lead role in the film Splash which was directed by Howard.The film went on to become a surprise box office success, grossing more than $69 million.

In 1988, he was finally cast in a star-making role in director Penny Marshall’s Big, playing a 13-year-old boy transplanted overnight into the body of a 35-year-old man. His performance charmed both critics and audiences, and earned him his first Academy Award nomination for best actor.

Over the next several years, however, his projects failed to match the critical or commercial success of that film.In 1993, Tom Hanks emerged with two huge hits: Sleepless in Seattle, a romantic comedy and Philadelphia where Hanks played a lawyer fired from his high-paying firm because he has AIDS.

Later in 1994 Tom Hanks landed a role in the blockbuster Forrest Gump which grossed a worldwide total of over $600 million at the box office.Hanks next big hit wa in the highly anticipated film The Da Vinci Code, based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown. The film was released May 19, 2006, in the U.S. and grossed over US$750 million worldwide.

Tom Hanks went on to perform voice-over work for the acclaimed TV miniseries The Pacific in 2010, the animated Toy Story 3 in 2010 and later starring in such films as Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in 2011 and Cloud Atlas in 2012.

Hanks starred as airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s Sully, which was released in September 2016. He next reprised his role as Robert Langdon in Inferno in 2016, and co-starred alongside Emma Watson in the 2017 science fiction drama The Circle.

Tom Hanks Wife

Tom Hanks met his first wife, actress and producer Samantha Lewes whose real name is Susan Dillingham, while he was in college. They were married in 1978 and had two children, Colin and Elizabeth, before divorcing in 1987.In 1988, he married actress Rita Wilson, with whom he co-starred in Volunteers. Hanks and Wilson have two children, Chester and Truman.

Tom Hanks Children

Tom Hanks and his first wife actress and producer Samantha Lewes have two kids and also he and Wilson have two children, Chester and Truman.

Tom Hanks Networth

His high profile roles in many successful Hollywood films have earned him quite a fortune of $350 million.

Tom Hanks Politics And Activism

Hanks supports same-sex marriage, environmental causes, and alternative fuels. He has donated to many Democratic politicians, and during the 2008 United States presidential election uploaded a video to his MySpace account endorsing Barack Obama. He also narrated a 2012 documentary, The Road We’ve Traveled, created by Obama for America. In 2016, Hanks endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Hanks was outspoken about his opposition to the 2008 Proposition 8, an amendment to the California constitution that defined marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. Hanks and others raised over US$44 million to campaign against the proposition, in contrast to the supporters’ $39 million, but Proposition 8 passed with 52% of the vote. It was overruled in June 2013, when the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the district court’s ruling, enabling Governor Jerry Brown to order same-sex marriage officiations to resume. While premiering a TV series in January 2009, Hanks called supporters of Proposition 8 “un-American” and criticized the LDS Church members, who were major proponents of the bill, for their views on marriage and role in supporting the bill. About a week later, he apologized for the remark, saying that nothing is more American than voting one’s conscience.

A proponent of environmentalism, Hanks is an investor in electric vehicles and owns a Toyota RAV4 EV and the first production AC Propulsion eBox. He was a lessee of an EV1 before it was recalled, as chronicled in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? He was on the waiting list for an Aptera 2 Series.

Hanks serves as campaign chair of the Hidden Heroes Campaign of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The stated mission of the campaign is to inspire a national movement to more effectively support military and veteran caregivers.

Tom Hanks Movies

Forrest Gump (1994)
(Comedy, Romance, Drama)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
(Drama, War)

The Green Mile (1999)
(Mystery, Fantasy, Drama, Crime)

Toy Story (1995)
(Family, Animation, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy)

Catch Me If You Can (2002)
(Drama, Crime, Biography)

Toy Story 3 (2010)
(Animation, Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy, Family)

Cast Away (2000)
(Adventure, Romance, Drama)

Toy Story 2 (1999)
(Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family)

Tom Hanks Awards

Tom Hanks has been nominated for numerous awards during his career. He won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia, as well as a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People’s Choice Award for Best Actor for his role in Forrest Gump.In 2004, he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor and, in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor.

He is also recognized for being a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs (in the footsteps of John Huston, Arthur Rubinstein, Luciano Pavarotti, and more than 2500 other celebrities who were ‘castaways’ (guests on the show) since 1942) on May 8, 2016, giving a 45-minute interview with insights into his personal life and career.

Tom Hanks Legacy And Impact

Hanks is believed to be amiable and congenial to his fans. He has frequently been referred to as “America’s Dad”. In 2013, when he was starring in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy on Broadway, he had crowds of 300 fans waiting for a glimpse of him after every performance. This is the highest number of expectant fans post-show of any Broadway performance.

Hanks is ranked as the third highest all-time box office star in North America, with a total gross of over $4.5 billion at the North American box office, an average of $100.8 million per film. Worldwide, his films have grossed over $9.0 billion. Asteroid 12818 Tom Hanks is named after him.

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