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Tom Hanks

Born Jul 9, 1956

Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks is known for his roles in Philadelphia and as the title character in Forrest Gump, roles which won him two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor. Hanks also appears in films like Big, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, Apollo 13, The Green Mile, and Toy Story as the voice of Woody.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Hanks.


1956 Birth Born on July 9, 1956.
1960 3 Years Old Hanks' parents divorced in 1960. … Read More
1965 8 Years Old In 1965, Amos Hanks married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. … Read More


1978 21 Years Old 1 More Event
During the same time, Hanks won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his 1978 performance as Proteus in Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of the few times he played a villain.
1979 22 Years Old In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City, where he made his film debut in the low-budget slasher film He Knows You're Alone (1980) and landed a starring role in the television movie Mazes and Monsters. … Read More
1982 25 Years Old Bosom Buddies and a guest appearance on a 1982 episode of Happy Days ("A Case of Revenge," in which he played a disgruntled former classmate of Fonzie) prompted director Ron Howard to contact Hanks. … Read More
1983 26 Years Old In 1983–84, Hanks made three guest appearances on Family Ties as Elyse Keaton's alcoholic brother, Ned Donnelly. … Read More


1988 - 1989 2 More Events
1993 37 Years Old 1 More Event
This "modern era" began in 1993 for Hanks, first with Sleepless in Seattle and then with Philadelphia. … Read More
1994 38 Years Old Hanks followed Philadelphia with the 1994 hit Forrest Gump which grossed a worldwide total of over $600 million at the box office. … Read More
1995 39 Years Old Hanks' next role—astronaut and commander Jim Lovell, in the 1995 film Apollo 13—reunited him with Ron Howard. … Read More


1996 - 2001 4 More Events
2002 46 Years Old At the age of 45, Hanks became the youngest-ever recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award on June 12, 2002.
2004 48 Years Old In 2004, he appeared in three films: The Coen brothers' The Ladykillers, another Spielberg film, The Terminal, and The Polar Express, a family film from Robert Zemeckis. … Read More
2005 49 Years Old In August 2005, Hanks was voted in as vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. … Read More


2006 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Hanks topped a 1,500-strong list of "most trusted celebrities" compiled by Forbes magazine. … Read More
…  Its April 11, 2007, announcement revealed that Hanks would reprise his role as Robert Langdon, and that he would reportedly receive the highest salary ever for an actor. … Read More
2008 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Hanks has made donations to many Democratic politicians and has been open about his support for same-sex marriage, environmental causes, and alternative fuels. Hanks made public his presidential candidate choice in the 2008 election, uploading a video to his MySpace account in which he announced his endorsement of Barack Obama. … Read More
2009 53 Years Old Hanks produced the Spike Jonze film Where The Wild Things Are, based on the children's book by Maurice Sendak in 2009.
2010 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, Hanks reprised his voice role of Woody in Toy Story 3, after he, Tim Allen, and John Ratzenberger were invited to a movie theater to see a complete story reel of the movie. … Read More
2011 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, he directed and starred opposite Julia Roberts in the title role in the romantic comedy Larry Crowne. … Read More
2012 56 Years Old In 2012, he voiced the character Cleveland Carr for a web series he created titled Electric City. … Read More
In 2013, Hanks starred in two critically acclaimed films—Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks—which each earned him praise, including nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for the former role. … Read More
2014 58 Years Old 1 More Event
As of 2014, Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.2 billion at U.S. and Canadian box offices and more than $8.4 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors in film history. … Read More
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