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.
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.
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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 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.