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Biography for Tom Hanks

Birth name

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks


6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini biography

Born in California, Tom Hanks grew up in what he calls a 'fractured' family. His parents were pioneers in the development of marriage dissolution law in that state, and Tom moved around a lot, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism, just a confused childhood. He had no acting experience in college, and in fact credits the fact that he couldn't get cast in a college play with actually starting his career - he went downtown, auditioned for a community theater play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started. He met his second wife, actress on the set of the movie (1985) - they have two children and Tom has another son and daughter by his first wife. In 1996 he made his first step behind the camera, directing as well as starring and writing the film (1996).

IMDb mini-biography by


Spouse |

( - present) 2 children

Samantha Lewes | ( - 1987) (divorced) 2 children

Trade mark

Playing conflicted regular guys


Is a frequent guest host on (1975).

Received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the U. S. Navy's highest civilian honor, on Veterans Day 1999 for his work in the movie (1998).

Entertainment Weekly chose him as the only actor worthy of $20 million.

Dislocated his shoulder when he fell through a rotting floor in building in Germany while scouting locations with for prospective HBO series, (2001) (mini). [Fall 1999]

Rumored to be excutive producer on a new Fox show, (2000). [1999]

First to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since for (1937) and (1938).

Ranked #17 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Attended Skyline high school, Oakland, California.

Attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.

Attended California State University, Sacramento.

Voted best actor by the readers of the "US Magazine" in 1995.

Brother of .

After a one-shot guest appearance on (1974), producer asked him to read for a secondary part in (1984), and he got the lead instead.

Children, with Lewes, (b. 1977) and (b. 1982).

Married first wife Samantha Lewes (real name: Susan Dillingham) two months after their son, Colin, was born.

Hanks cited the help of a nearby ice cream shop which helped him gain 30 pounds for his role in (1992).

Received emergency treatment for serious staph infection in leg in summer, 1999 after returning from overseas location shoot.

Was asked to play the title role in (1996).

Born at 11:17 AM

His Oscar acceptance speech for 1993's (1993) led to the plot of the movie (1997). Hanks thanked a gay teacher in his speech.

Has another brother who is a professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Received American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, presented by fellow Oscar-winner on 12 June 2002 in Los Angeles. The youngest ever recipient.

Has also credited , former co-star of (1981), as being another of his most important early inspirations.

Returned to Skyline High School, his old school in Oakland, CA, to dedicate a renovated theater named for Rawley T. Farnsworth, the retired drama teacher he thanked in his "Philadelphia" Oscar speech. Oakland Tribune reports Hanks donated about 1/4 of the $465,000 cost of the project. Then he led audience of some 1000 people in chorus of "There's No Business Like Show Business". (3 June 2002)

According to (Captain Picard), he is a huge Trekkie and the first time the two met, Star Trek was the only thing he wanted to talk about. Hanks was actually the original choice to play Zefram Cochrane in (1996), and desperately wanted to play the role, but had to back out due to his earlier commitment to (1996).

Is a member of the International Thespian Society (a group supporting theatre for high school students internationally).

Children with : Chester Marlon (b. 4 August 1990) and Truman Theodore (b. 26 December 1995).

, whom Hanks played in (1995), is actually left-handed, but Hanks refused to write with his left hand for the movie.

Tom Hanks is a fourth cousin, four generations removed from Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Their common ancestors were William and Sarah Hanks, who were great-great-great grandparents of the former president.

Ranked #13 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #15 in 2002.

Is a diehard Cleveland Indians baseball team fan.

Ranked #1 on Star TV's Top Ten Box Office stars of the 1990s (2003)

Lost 30 lbs. for his role in (1993).

Gained, then lost 50+ lbs. for his role in (2000).

Is a fan of English Premier League soccer team Aston Villa.

Has been referred to by many as "the modern ".

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 205-206. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

His heroic Oscar-winning gay character Andrew Beckett in the 1993 film (1993) was ranked #49 on the Amerian Film Institute's heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.

He was voted the 26th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

His three favourite bands/artists are , Patrick Rondat and Alabama Thunderpussy.

His first wife, Samantha Lewes, died of cancer.

Had made three films with director , all of which are tied to Europe. (1998) revolved around his character and his infantry seeking out a missing private in Europe. (2002) involved his character tracking down in France and in (2004), his character was from the fictional eastern European country of Krakohzia.

Shortly before the release of Columbia Pictures' (2001), he was one of several actors speaking out against the use of "synthespians" (computer-generated actors) in the place of flesh-and-blood humans. Nevertheless, he took the lead role in the computer-animated film (2004), a film highly-publicized for its use of new (and expensive) technique of digital actors.

In 1994 - 2004 period, he is the most nominated performer nominated for an Academy Award (4 times, along , , , and ) and is the most winner (2 times).

Was considered for the role of Peter Banning (Peter Pan) in (1991).

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his roles in the films (2004) (Referred to as "Bi-Polar Express" on the ballot), (2004) and (2004). He did not receive a nomination however.

Has been good friends with since youth.

When he once worked as a hotel bellman, some of the celebrity guests whose bags he carried included, , , and

He was voted the 28th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Appears uncredited as a member of the Mountie choir for "The Lumberjack Song" in (2003) (TV)

He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.

In three of his movies, he has had a scene where he is stranded at sea: (1984), (1990), and (2000).

Has worked with two actors who played . In (1993), he worked with , who played Hughes in (1980) for director . His cast mate in (2002) was , who played Hughes in (2004) for .

He and actress have been co-stars in three movies as love interests: (1993), (1990) and (1998).

Shares his birthday with , , , , and .

Ancestors of his from England, many of whom eventually settled in America, sharing the name "Hanks" can be traced back several centuries.

Attended John Swett Elementary School (Oakland, California)

Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch) [2001-]

Personal quotes

"It's just as hard...staying happily married as it is doing movies."

"I've made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good."

On the CGI used in The Polar Express: "It's the same stuff they used in that 4th Lord Of The Rings Movie. Or was it the 19th Lord Of The Rings Movie? You know, the one where Boldo and Jingy travel across the bridge? I don't know, I don't know their names. When I watch Lord Of The Rings I just think 'someone got their finger stuck on the word processor for too long'".


(2000) | $20,000,000

(1999) | $20,000,000

(1999) | $5,000,000

(1998) | $20,000,000

(1998) | $40,000,000+ (gross and profit participations)

(1995) | $50,000

(1994) | $70,000,000 (gross and profit participations)

(1990) | $5,000,000

(1984) | $70,000

(1980) | $800

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

The success of this college dropout is based on his breezy, spontaneous acting style, best exemplified in his triumphant, Oscar-nominated performance as a man who behaves like a young boy in Penny Marshall's (1988). This thin, curly-haired brunet actually made his film debut in the slasher thriller eight years earlier, but didn't hit the big time until he accepted the role of reluctant cross-dresser Kip Wilson in the TV sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (1980-82). The show's success led to his being cast in the raucous (1984), a witless but lighthearted comedy that launched him as a screen star.

Hanks' choices of projects haven't always been wise ones, but he has established himself as one of the brightest and most likable personalities in contempo- rary movies. In such vehicles as (1984), as a man who falls for a mer- maid, and (1989), as a cop with a dog for a partner, he has proved to be a major box-office draw as well. He also starred as a harried homeowner in (1986), Jackie Gleason's long-suffering son in (1986), a hip detective in (1987), a failed stand-up comic in (1988), a nervous suburbanite in (1989), and a terminally ill human sacrifice in (1990).

Hanks was badly miscast as yuppie investment banker Sherman McCoy in the ill-fated adaptation of (1990), but he was hardly responsible for the mess. In 1992 he gained weight to take on an unlikely character part as a boozy baseball manager/has-been in A League of Their Own and scored a great success, which was topped by his endearing performance as a wistful widower in the smash hit (1993) and a daring change of pace as a lawyer afflicted with AIDS in (1993), which won him an Oscar. He also made his directing debut in 1993 with episodes of the film-noirish TV series "Fallen Angels" and "A League of Their Own." Hanks cemented his superstardom with a sly comic portrayal of a slowwitted but fast-running innocent in the blockbuster (1994); it earned him a second Best Actor Oscar. He followed this with (1995, as astronaut Jim Lovell). His wife is actress Rita Wilson, with whom he starred in (1985); she contributed a hilarious scene to