Tom Hanks
Actor
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks is known for his roles as Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia and as the title character in Forrest Gump, roles which won him two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor. Hanks is also known for his Oscar nominated roles in Big, Saving Private Ryan and Cast Away.
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This Is What The Oscars Looked Like In 1987
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Tom Hanks' first book, 'Uncommon Type,' will arrive in October
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It seems as if Tom Hanks has been in just about everything — and soon he can be in your library too. The two-time Oscar winner has a book of fiction coming out in October. Titled “Uncommon Type: Some Stories,” the book features 17 stories that each involve a different variety of typewriter, Hanks’...
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Bride finds her lost 147-year-old wedding dress with the help of the internet
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Never underestimate the power of the internet. After a dry cleaning business lost newlywed Tess Newall's 147-year-old wedding dress, she turned to the only place she knew she could get help: Facebook. SEE ALSO: Bride perfectly trolls her groom in a ridiculous T-Rex costume For her June 2016 wedding, Newall wore a beautiful gown her great-grandmother made more than a century ago in 1870. The newlywed later dropped her dress off at Kleen Cleaners in Edinburg, UK for a dry clean. The store, after falling into liquidation, left Newall absolutely devastated when they told her they had lost her dress.  "I have just found out that the dry cleaners have lost my much loved wedding dress," she wrote in a public Facebook post, "It was made by my Great Great Granny in 1870 (I altered the top) and I wore it in June 2016." "Kleen Cleaners in Edinburgh used to be the best but recently fell into crooked hands and have gone into liquidation," she said, "It seems that the dress was taken to be sold so i ...
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Tom Hanks Called Colin Hanks Fat but in a Loving Way
Yahoo News - 21 days
On Thursday’s Conan, Colin Hanks shared a story about his dad, Tom Hanks, telling him he got a little too tubby. Colin Hanks said, “I went and shot a movie with Peter Jackson called “King Kong” down in New Zealand and I really got into the Hobbit lifestyle when I was down there. A lot of mutton and beer, zero time at the gym, and I got really tubby.”
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Polish fans buy Tom Hanks iconic 'toddler' car
Reuters.com - 23 days
WARSAW (Reuters) - Residents of a city in southern Poland have bought U.S. Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks an iconic communist era "toddler" car after he shared a photograph of himself with the automobile on social media last year.
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What in the World: Polish City to Give Tom Hanks the Car That Put It on the Auto Map
NYTimes - 30 days
The Maluch, built in Bielsko-Biala from the early 1970s to 2000, has developed a following that apparently includes at least one prominent fan.
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Polish town that once made tiny Fiats offers Tom Hanks one
Yahoo News - about 1 month
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Tom Hanks fan in southern Poland says her town that once produced small Fiat cars is offering one to the actor.
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JLo, Tom Hanks walk People's Choice red carpet
Reuters.com - about 1 month
Jennifer Lopez and Tom Hanks were among the Hollywood stars on the red carpet at the People's Choice Awards 2017. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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70,000 Birds Killed To Clear New York City Flight Paths
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Nearly 70,000 birds have been killed in a bid to make flight paths safer for New York City-area planes since 2009 — but it doesn’t appear to have reduced bird strikes. The slaughter was triggered by the accident eight years ago that forced hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to land in the Hudson River after his plane engines sucked up several geese. According to statistics compiled by The Associated Press, after the killings, bird strikes by planes taking off or landing at New York’s LaGuardia and New Jersey’s Newark airports actually increased. The airports tallied 158 strikes per year in the five years before the Hudson River accident and an average of 299 per year in the six years after it — even though tens of thousands of gulls, starlings, geese and other birds were killed after the emergency river landing.  At Kennedy Airport, which routinely killed birds before Sullenberger’s crash because it’s on a major migration route, the number of reported strikes has also i ...
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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Bridge of Spies’ and ‘Money Monster’
NYTimes - about 1 month
Tom Hanks plays an American lawyer defending a Soviet mole in “Bridge of Spies.” And George Clooney joins Julia Roberts in “Money Monster.”
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Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Makes Paris Jackson Want To 'Vomit'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The controversy over casting Joseph Fiennes to portray Michael Jackson for an upcoming comedy show continues. The trailer for the episode “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon” of the British TV show “Urban Myths,” which features Fiennes as Jackson, dropped Wednesday ― and the blowback has been excruciating.  For context, this is what Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson looks like: A Michael Jackson podcast called “The MJ Cast” sent out a call to arms to boycott the upcoming show and asked Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, for her thoughts. Boycott culturally insensitive #UrbanMyths & contact @SkyArts Director @PEdgarJones (philip.edgar-jones@sky.uk). J. ✊ #AngerIntoAction pic.twitter.com/cs5ClRaVl1 — The MJCast (@TheMJCast) January 10, 2017 @ParisJackson Thoughts on this portrayal of Michael? So many fans r sickened by it. Able to hit this original tweet up with a RT? J. https://t.co/mt2BNjdlo8 — The MJCast (@TheMJCast) Januar ...
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Chance the Rapper thinks he was the best dressed at Obama's last White House party
Yahoo News - about 2 months
If you thought that President Barack Obama was the best dressed at his own final White House party, you might want to double-check with Chance the Rapper. He gave himself that title, according to his late-night Instagram story. In the video, the 23-year-old Chicago native shared who else deserved awards at the star-studded party.  Best looking, Chance says, belongs to jazz musician Esperanza Spalding. He also threw a couple of awards toward Dave Chappelle: strongest handshake and best compliment. Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Michelle Obama also won themselves a bit of Chance's praise.  "Just know it was historic, it was black and it was beautiful," he said. "Best party ever — tonight." Sounds like it.  iPhone commercial or foreign indie film? Apple gets artsy with new ad. Drone picks up delightful footage of a gray whale and her calf 'Mad Max: Fury Road' facts that'll have you racing to watch it again Terrifying bull shark attack makes 'Jaws' look playful
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Hanks
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 59
    In 2016, Hanks endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
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    Hanks starred as airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood's Sully, which was released in September 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He will reprise his role as Robert Langdon in Inferno, and co-star alongside Emma Watson in the science fiction drama The Circle.
    In April 2016, Hanks starred as Alan Clay in the comedy-drama A Hologram for the King, an adaptation of the 2012 novel of the same name.
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  • 2015
    Age 58
    In March 2015, Hanks appeared in the Carly Rae Jepsen music video for "I Really Like You", lip-syncing most of the song's lyrics as he goes through his daily routine.
    More Details Hide Details His next film was the Steven Spielberg-directed historical drama Bridge of Spies, in which he played lawyer James B. Donovan who negotiated for the release of pilot Francis Gary Powers by the Soviet Union in exchange for KGB spy Rudolf Abel. It was released in October 2015 to a positive reception.
  • 2014
    Age 57
    In 2014, Hanks' short story "Alan Bean Plus Four" was published in the October 27 issue of The New Yorker.
    More Details Hide Details Revolving around four friends who make a voyage to the moon, the short story is titled after the Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean. Slate magazine's Katy Waldman found Hanks' first published short story "mediocre", writing that "Hanks' shopworn ideas about technology might have yet sung if they hadn't been wrapped in too-clever lit mag-ese". In an interview with The New Yorker, Hanks said he has always been fascinated by space. He told the magazine that he built plastic models of rockets when he was a child and watched live broadcasts of space missions back in the 1960s.
  • 2013
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In Captain Phillips, he starred as Captain Richard Phillips with Barkhad Abdi, which was based on the Maersk Alabama hijacking. In Saving Mr. Banks, co-starring Emma Thompson and directed by John Lee Hancock, he played Walt Disney, being the first actor to portray Disney in a mainstream film. That same year, Hanks made his Broadway debut, starring in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.
  • 2012
    Age 55
    In 2012, he voiced the character Cleveland Carr for a web series he created titled Electric City.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred in the Wachowskis-directed film adaptation of the novel of the same name, Cloud Atlas and was executive producer of the miniseries Game Change.
  • 2011
    Age 54
    Also in 2011, he starred in the drama film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
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    In 2011, he directed and starred opposite Julia Roberts in the title role in the romantic comedy Larry Crowne.
    More Details Hide Details The movie received poor reviews, with only 35% of the 175 Rotten Tomatoes reviews giving it high ratings.
  • 2010
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film went on to become the first animated film to gross a worldwide total of over $1 billion as well as the highest grossing animated film at the time. He also was executive producer of the miniseries, The Pacific.
  • 2009
    Age 52
    Hanks produced the Spike Jonze film Where The Wild Things Are, based on the children's book by Maurice Sendak in 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also narrated a 2012 documentary, The Road We've Traveled, created by Obama for America.
  • 2007
    Age 50
    The film opened on December 21, 2007, and Hanks received a Golden Globe nomination.
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    In 2007, Hanks starred in Mike Nichols's film Charlie Wilson's War (written by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin) in which he played Democratic Texas Congressman Charles Wilson.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following day he made his 10th appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live, impersonating himself for the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 49
    Later in 2006, Hanks produced the British film Starter for Ten, a comedy based on working-class students attempting to win on University Challenge.
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    In 2006, Hanks topped a 1,500-strong list of "most trusted celebrities" compiled by Forbes magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Hanks next appeared in a cameo role as himself in The Simpsons Movie, in which he appeared in an advertisement claiming that the U.S. government has lost its credibility and is hence buying some of his. He also made an appearance in the credits, expressing a desire to be left alone when he is out in public.
  • 2005
    Age 48
    In August 2005, Hanks was voted in as vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    More Details Hide Details Hanks next starred 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. He followed the film with Ken Burns's 2007 documentary The War. For the documentary, Hanks did voice work, reading excerpts from World War II-era columns by Al McIntosh.
  • 2004
    Age 47
    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 Zemeckis for which Hanks played multiple motion capture roles.
    More Details Hide Details In a USA Weekend interview, Hanks discussed how he chooses projects: "Since A League of Their Own, it can't be just another movie for me. It has to get me going somehow... There has to be some all-encompassing desire or feeling about wanting to do that particular movie. I'd like to assume that I'm willing to go down any avenue in order to do it right".
  • 2002
    Age 45
    At the age of 45, Hanks became the youngest-ever recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award on June 12, 2002.
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  • 2001
    Age 44
    In 2001, Hanks helped direct and produce the Emmy-Award winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the September 11 television special America: A Tribute to Heroes and the documentary Rescued From the Closet. He then teamed up with American Beauty director Sam Mendes for the adaptation of Max Allan Collins's and Richard Piers Rayner's graphic novel Road to Perdition, in which he played an anti-hero role as a hitman on the run with his son. That same year, Hanks collaborated once again with director Spielberg, starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the hit crime comedy Catch Me If You Can, based on the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. The same year, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson produced the hit movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In August 2007, he along with co-producers Rita Wilson and Gary Goetzman, and writer and star Nia Vardalos, initiated a legal action against the production company Gold Circle Films for their share of profits from the movie.
  • 1999
    Age 42
    In 1999, Hanks starred in an adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Green Mile.
    More Details Hide Details He also returned as the voice of Woody in Toy Story 2, the sequel to Toy Story. The following year, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of a marooned FedEx systems analyst in Robert Zemeckis's Cast Away.
  • 1998
    Age 41
    In 1998, Hanks' next project was no less expensive.
    More Details Hide Details For Saving Private Ryan, he teamed up with Steven Spielberg to make a film about a search through war-torn France after D-Day to bring back a soldier. It earned the praise and respect of the film community, critics, and the general public. It was labeled one of the finest war films ever made and earned Spielberg his second Academy Award for direction, and Hanks another Best Actor nomination. Later that year, Hanks re-teamed with his Sleepless in Seattle co-star Meg Ryan for You've Got Mail, a remake of 1940's The Shop Around the Corner.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 39
    Hanks made his directing debut with his 1996 film That Thing You Do! about a 1960s pop group, also playing the role of a music producer.
    More Details Hide Details Hanks and producer Gary Goetzman went on to create Playtone, a record and film production company named after the record company in the film. Hanks then executive produced, co-wrote, and co-directed the HBO docudrama From the Earth to the Moon. The 12-part series chronicled the space program from its inception, through the familiar flights of Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, to the personal feelings surrounding the reality of moon landings. The Emmy Award-winning project was, at US$68 million, one of the most expensive ventures undertaken for television.
  • 1995
    Age 38
    Hanks' next role—astronaut and commander Jim Lovell, in the 1995 film Apollo 13—reunited him with Ron Howard.
    More Details Hide Details Critics generally applauded the film and the performances of the entire cast, which included actors Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, and Kathleen Quinlan. The movie also earned nine Academy Award nominations, winning two. Later that year, Hanks starred in Disney/Pixar's computer-animated hit film Toy Story, as the voice of Sheriff Woody.
  • 1994
    Age 37
    Hanks followed Philadelphia with the 1994 hit Forrest Gump which grossed a worldwide total of over $600 million at the box office.
    More Details Hide Details Hanks remarked: "When I read the script for Gump, I saw it as one of those kind of grand, hopeful movies that the audience can go to and feel... some hope for their lot and their position in life... I got that from the movies a hundred million times when I was a kid. I still do." Hanks won his second Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Forrest Gump, becoming only the second actor to have accomplished the feat of winning consecutive Best Actor Oscars. (Spencer Tracy was the first, winning in 1937–38. Hanks and Tracy were the same age at the time they received their Academy Awards: 37 for the first and 38 for the second.)
  • 1993
    Age 36
    Hanks won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details During his acceptance speech, he revealed that his high school drama teacher Rawley Farnsworth and former classmate John Gilkerson, two people with whom he was close, were gay.
    This "modern era" began in 1993 for Hanks, first with Sleepless in Seattle and then with Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details The former was a blockbuster success about a widower who finds true love over the radio airwaves. Richard Schickel of TIME called his performance "charming," and most critics agreed that Hanks' portrayal ensured him a place among the premier romantic-comedy stars of his generation. In Philadelphia, he played a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his firm for discrimination. Hanks lost 35 pounds and thinned his hair in order to appear sickly for the role. In a review for People, Leah Rozen stated, "Above all, credit for Philadelphias success belongs to Hanks, who makes sure that he plays a character, not a saint. He is flat-out terrific, giving a deeply felt, carefully nuanced performance that deserves an Oscar."
  • 1989
    Age 32
    In the last, he portrayed a greedy Wall Street figure who gets enmeshed in a hit-and-run accident. 1989's Turner & Hooch was Hanks' only financially successful film of the period.
    More Details Hide Details Hanks climbed back to the top again with his portrayal of a washed-up baseball legend turned manager in A League of Their Own (1992). Hanks has stated that his acting in earlier roles was not great, but that he subsequently improved. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hanks noted his "modern era of moviemaking... because enough self-discovery has gone on... My work has become less pretentiously fake and over the top".
  • 1988
    Age 31
    In 1988, Hanks married actress Rita Wilson, with whom he costarred in the film Volunteers.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons. The elder, Chester Marlon "Chet" Hanks, had a minor role as a student in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and released a rap single in 2011. Their younger son, Truman Theodore, was born in 1995. On October 7, 2013, on The Late Show with David Letterman, Hanks announced that he has Type 2 diabetes. Before marrying Rita Wilson, Hanks converted to the Greek Orthodox Church, the religion of Wilson and her family. Hanks said, "I must say that when I go to church—and I do go to church—I ponder the mystery. I meditate on the 'why?' of 'why people are as they are' and 'why bad things happen to good people,' and 'why good things happen to bad people' … The mystery is what I think is, almost, the grand unifying theory of all mankind."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 26
    In 1983–84, Hanks made three guest appearances on Family Ties as Elyse Keaton's alcoholic brother, Ned Donnelly.
    More Details Hide Details With Nothing in Common (1986) – a story of a young man alienated from his father (played by Jackie Gleason) – Hanks began to extend himself from comedic roles to dramatic roles. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine Hanks commented on his experience: "It changed my desires about working in movies. Part of it was the nature of the material, what we were trying to say. But besides that, it focused on people's relationships. The story was about a guy and his father, unlike, say, The Money Pit, where the story is really about a guy and his house." After a few more flops and a moderate success with the comedy Dragnet, Hanks' stature in the film industry rose. The broad success of the fantasy comedy Big (1988) established Hanks as a major Hollywood talent, both as a box office draw and within the industry as an actor. For his performance in the film, Hanks earned his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Big was followed later that year by Punchline, in which he and Sally Field co-starred as struggling comedians.
  • 1982
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Howard was working on the film Splash (1984), a romantic comedy fantasy about a mermaid who falls in love with a human. At first, Howard considered Hanks for the role of the main character's wisecracking brother, a role that eventually went to John Candy. Instead, Hanks landed the lead role in Splash, which went on to become a surprise box office hit, grossing more than US$69 million. He also had a sizable hit with the sex comedy Bachelor Party, also in 1984.
  • 1979
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Early that year, he was cast in the lead, Callimaco, in the Riverside Shakespeare Company's production of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Mandrake, directed by Daniel Southern. As a high-profile Off Off Broadway showcase, the production helped Tom land an agent, Joe Ohla, with the J. Michael Bloom Agency. The following year, Hanks landed one of the lead roles, that of character Kip Wilson, on the ABC television pilot of Bosom Buddies. He and Peter Scolari played a pair of young advertising men forced to dress as women so they could live in an inexpensive all-female hotel. Hanks had previously partnered with Scolari on the 1970s game show Make Me Laugh. After landing the role, Hanks moved to Los Angeles. Bosom Buddies ran for two seasons, and, although the ratings were never strong, television critics gave the program high marks. "The first day I saw him on the set," co-producer Ian Praiser told Rolling Stone, "I thought, 'Too bad he won't be in television for long.' I knew he'd be a movie star in two years." However, although Praiser knew it, he was not able to convince Hanks. "The television show had come out of nowhere," Hanks' best friend Tom Lizzio told Rolling Stone. "Then out of nowhere it got canceled. He figured he'd be back to pulling ropes and hanging lights in a theater."
  • 1978
    Age 21
    Hanks was married to American actress Samantha Lewes from 1978 until they divorced in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Together, the couple had two children: son Colin Hanks (born 1977) and daughter Elizabeth Hanks (born 1982).
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 8
    In 1965, his father married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent.
    More Details Hide Details Frances had three children, two of whom lived with Hanks during his high school years. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California. Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and transferred to California State University, Sacramento, two years later. Hanks told New York magazine in 1986, "Acting classes looked like the best place for a guy who liked to make a lot of noise and be rather flamboyant. I spent a lot of time going to plays. I wouldn't take dates with me. I'd just drive to a theater, buy myself a ticket, sit in the seat and read the program, and then get into the play completely. I spent a lot of time like that, seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams, Ibsen, and all that."
  • 1960
    Age 3
    Hanks' parents divorced in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details The family's three oldest children, Sandra (later Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer), Larry (Lawrence M. Hanks, PhD, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign) and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, Jim, who also became an actor and filmmaker, remained with their mother in Red Bluff, California. In his childhood, his family moved often. By the age of ten, Hanks had lived in ten different houses. While Hanks' family religious history was Catholic and Mormon, he has characterized himself as being a "Bible-toting evangelical" for several years as a teenager. In school, Hanks was unpopular with students and teachers alike, later telling Rolling Stone magazine, "I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who'd yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn't get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible."
  • 1956
    Born
    Born on July 9, 1956.
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