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Also Known As: Thomas J Hanks, Thomas Jeffrey Hanks Died:
Born: July 9, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Concord, California, USA Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, director, songwriter, sold peanuts at Oakland Coliseum, hotel bellboy

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Almost in spite of his inauspicious beginnings, actor and perennial nice guy Tom Hanks rose from the star of the cult comedy series "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82) to become a respected Academy Award-winning actor and Emmy-winning producer. Though it took almost a decade to rise from the depths, Hanks made his name with a touching performance in "Big" (1988), opening the doors to eventual back-to-back Oscar glory with "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994). He became one of Hollywood's most bankable stars with the romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and Ron Howard's harrowing drama "Apollo 13" (1995). Hanks also gave voice to the cowboy Woody in "Toy Story" (1995) and its two highly-successful sequels, before giving an Oscar-nominated turn in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). The actors' love of space exploration and World War II resulted in the production of a number of acclaimed cable miniseries such as "From Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). Not one to rest on his laurels, Hanks continued making quality work while challenging the everyman persona he had developed, taking on roles as an autocratic company man in "Cast Away" (2000)...

Almost in spite of his inauspicious beginnings, actor and perennial nice guy Tom Hanks rose from the star of the cult comedy series "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82) to become a respected Academy Award-winning actor and Emmy-winning producer. Though it took almost a decade to rise from the depths, Hanks made his name with a touching performance in "Big" (1988), opening the doors to eventual back-to-back Oscar glory with "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994). He became one of Hollywood's most bankable stars with the romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and Ron Howard's harrowing drama "Apollo 13" (1995). Hanks also gave voice to the cowboy Woody in "Toy Story" (1995) and its two highly-successful sequels, before giving an Oscar-nominated turn in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). The actors' love of space exploration and World War II resulted in the production of a number of acclaimed cable miniseries such as "From Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). Not one to rest on his laurels, Hanks continued making quality work while challenging the everyman persona he had developed, taking on roles as an autocratic company man in "Cast Away" (2000) and a mob hit man in "Road to Perdition" (2002), while making international blockbusters like "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), which reaffirmed his place as one of the most respected actors of the century.

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  That Thing You Do! (1996) Director
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 Ithaca (2015)
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 Killing Lincoln (2013)
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 Captain Phillips (2013)
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 Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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 Cloud Atlas (2012)
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 Larry Crowne (2011)
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 Toy Story 3 (2010)
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Spent three seasons performing with the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Ohio working with Vincent Dowling
1978:
Made professional debut as Grumio in "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Riverside Theater in Cleveland, OH
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Moved to New York
1980:
Film acting debut, "He Knows You're Alone"; reportedly paid only $800
1980:
Co-starred on the short-lived cult ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies"; played an advertising trainee who pretended to be a woman in order to live cheaply at a women-only hotel
1982:
First TV-movie, Rona Jaffe's "Mazes and Monsters" (CBS)
1982:
Made guest appearance on ABC's "Happy Days"; first met Ron Howard
1983:
Landed recurring role as Uncle Ned on the NBC sitcom "Family Ties"
1984:
Breakthrough leading role in a feature film, "Splash"; directed by Ron Howard
1986:
Offered a fine performance as a workaholic advertising executive who tries to reconcile with his ill father (Jackie Gleason) in "Nothing in Common"
1988:
Delivered a strong turn as a bitter stand-up comic in "Punchline"; co-starred opposite Sally Field
1988:
Earned first Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "Big"; directed by Penny Marshall
1990:
Starred as Sherman McCoy in Brian De Palma's ill-fated screen version of "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
1990:
First screen pairing with Meg Ryan (who had multiple roles) in the uneven comedy "Joe Versus the Volcano"
1992:
Rejuvenated career after a string of box-office disappointments playing the boozy baseball coach in "A League of Their Own"; second collaboration with Penny Marshall as director
1992:
TV directorial debut, "None But the Lonely Heart" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt" series
1992:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1993:
With Gary Goetzman, formed the production company Clavius Base
1993:
Directed and acted in "I'll Be Waiting," a segment of the Showtime series "Fallen Angels"
1993:
Portrayed a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his law firm for wrongful termination in "Philadelphia"; won Best Actor Oscar
1993:
Proved a fine romantic lead opposite Ryan in the Nora Ephron-directed "Sleepless in Seattle"
1994:
Received consecutive Best Actor Academy Award in "Forrest Gump" as a slow-witted Southerner who lives an extraordinary life; first collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis
1995:
Portrayed real-life astronaut James Lovell in "Apollo 13"; directed by Howard
1995:
Voiced the cowboy Woody in the computer-animated feature "Toy Story"
1996:
Feature screenwrting and directing debut, "That Thing You Do!"; also played featured role of the band's manager amd wrote songs included in the film
1998:
Co-executive produced the 13-part HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon" about the NASA space program; also acted in, scripted and directed episodes; co-produced with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and others
1998:
Headlined the Steven Spielberg-directed "Saving Private Ryan," playing a captain leading a team of soldiers in search of a missing soldier; garnered Best Actor Academy Award nomination
1998:
Third teaming with Meg Ryan, the romantic comedy "You've Got Mail"; directed by Nora Ephron; a loose remake of "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940)
1999:
Starred as a prison guard in the period drama "The Green Mile," adapted from Stephen King's novel
1999:
Reprised voice of Woody in "Toy Story 2"; originally planned as a direct-to-video release, film received a theatrical distribution
2000:
Co-starred with Helen Hunt in "Cast Away", directed by Zemeckis; played a man stranded on a deserted island; production was halted to allow Hanks to lose an appropriate amount of weight to reflect the character's emaciation; received Best Actor Oscar nomination
2001:
With Spielberg, produced the HBO WWII-themed miniseries "Band of Brothers"; also scripted and directed episodes
2002:
Co-starred with Paul Newman in "The Road to Perdition"
2002:
Collaborated again with director Spielberg for "Catch Me if You Can," playing the FBI agent pursuing Leonardo DiCaprio
2004:
Starred as a southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino in the remake of "The Ladykillers"; helmed by Joel and Ethan Coen
2004:
Starred in the romantic comedy "The Terminal" as Viktor Navorski, an immigrant who becomes a resident of a New York airport terminal; directed by Steven Spielberg and co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones
2004:
Cast as the voice of The Conductor/Hero Boy in the animated film "Polar Express," directed and screenplay by Robert Zemeckis
2006:
Re-teamed with director Ron Howard to portray professor Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code," based on Dan Brown's controversial bestseller
2007:
Portrayed the titular Democratic Texas congressman "Charlie Wilson's War," directed by Mike Nichols, written by Aaron Sorkin, and co-starring Julia Roberts; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2008:
Executive produced the HBO original movie "John Adams"
2008:
Executive produced (with wife Rita Wilson) the film adaptation of the West End stage musical "Mamma Mia!"
2008:
Co-starred with son Colin in "The Great Buck Howard," a comedy about a young aspiring magician (Colin) who becomes the assistant to a renowned illusionist against his father's wishes
2009:
Re-teamed with Howard to play professor Robert Langdon in "Angels & Demons," the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel and sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"
2009:
Produced the live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i>, directed by Spike Jonze
2010:
Re-teamed with Steven Spielberg to executive produce HBO's 10-part miniseries "The Pacific," which earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries
2010:
Reprised voice of Woody in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
2011:
Co-wrote, directed and starred in "Larry Crowne"
2011:
Co-starred with Sandra Bullock and newcomer Thomas Horn in 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel
2012:
Announced to make Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy," a play written by the late Nora Ephron
2012:
Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer
2013:
Played the title role in the real-life drama "Captain Phillips"
2013:
Reprised Woody in the TV special "Toy Story of Terror"
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Education

Chabot Junior College: Hayward , California -
Skyline High School: Oakland , California - 1974
California State University, Sacramento: Sacramento , California - 1976 - 1977

Notes

"I think that for the most part I'm a somewhat shy and retiring guy. I don't wear an awful lot of my emotions on my sleeve and I don't have any overriding passions that force me into other people's lives, so I probably pull back when anybody tries to do that to me. I think part of it might be because when I was growing up, we moved around an awful lot, so we didn't have an awful lot of friends around us that we really knew well. We were always taking off. I don't think it's part of my mental makeup to completely open myself up to people I know."---Hanks quoted in Newsweek, September 26, 1988.

"I'm a lot more picky than I used to be about roles. When you first start off, you think that you're never going to get another chance to do this, so if there's even a vague, vague interest you say, 'Yes, yes, I want to do this very badly.' Now I've come too close to repeating myself on a number of occasions and you don't want that to happen. So I have to have a real, instinctual, emotional bond, not just with the character but with the nature of the movie itself, before I'll say yes."---Tom Hanks quoted in Chicago Tribune, March 4, 1990.

"I'm not threatening at all to anyone. So maybe that makes me the most beautiful, perfect casting for this because no one has any reason to fear or loathe me."---Hanks on being cast in "Philadelphia" as a gay man with AIDS, told Esquire, December 1993.

"I think he's probably a more complex person than people realize."---co-star Meg Ryan quoted in Us, August 1994.

"Oh, there's any number of people out there who will tell you I'm not a very nice man. I can be hard on some people. I'm not going to have anybody take advantage of me because I'm a nice guy. [Movie-making] can be very volatile. Look, I'm not a perfect human being. I try to be very respectful to everybody. But there's been times when I have flown off the handle and not lived up to my image as the nicest guy in show business."---Hanks quoted in Us, August 1994.

"The man is as nice, as honest, as professional, as personal as he seems to be. His life is not an act. He's an extremely talented actor, and as a human being he is what we all should aspire to be."---Steve Tisch, producer of "Forrest Gump", quoted in Entertainment Weekly's 1995 Special Academy Awards issue.

"Look, 'Forrest Gump' was great, it was fabulous. It lasted much longer than anybody thought and brought me a degree of attention that no human being on the face of the planet deserves. But, thank goodness, that's over now."---Tom Hanks quoted in Newsday, June 25, 1995.

"... compared to being a director, acting is a vacation ..."---Hanks to Los Angeles Times, September 29, 1996.

"Look, I've done a lot of movies, and I've done a lot of press for these movies, so the natural order of things is, 'Here's what you get from this guy.' That's how I've been defined, which is not completely accurate nor is it totally fair. Rather than adhere to any sort of image that will protect that, what's more important is to try to surprise people. I could go off and play some psychotic killer, but that would be the more crass way of doing things."---Hanks replying to The New York Times contention that he selects his roles so as not to sully his good-guy image, quoted in Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1998.

"You don't direct him. You just sit there getting lucky."---Nora Ephron on working with Hanks, quoted in Biography Magazine, July 1998.

"Being a media darling is a fate I do not wish on my worst enemy. I just don't have the kind of life that lends itself to that ... By and large, I'm just not dazzling enough to be a constant source of blind items."---Hanks quoted in Daily News, July 9, 1998.

Jonathan Alter: "What's the difference between being a 'star' and being an actor?"

Tom Hanks: "You end up being some brand of commodity. I am a package. What do you read about me? I'm the 'nicest guy in Hollywood.' I 'never play bad guys.' I'm 'the new Jimmy Stewart.' That whole [star] thing is a trade-off. It's harder to be mysterious and be discovered. There are some bad guys I would have played, given the opportunity. Like Bill Macy [as the murderous husband] in 'Fargo'. An amazing performance, an amazing role. The problem is I'm always in search of logic in the storytelling. And the Bad guys always suffer from faulty logic."

--From USA Weekend, July 24-26, 1998.

"I've made 20 movies and five of them are pretty good."---Hanks quoted in Boston Herald, July 24, 1998.

"When you look at him, you wouldn't think this is one of the greatest actors of our generation. You'd think more 'Excuse me, what are today's specials?'"---Steve Martin on Hanks during his AFI Lifetime Achievement award presentation

"I don't have any desire to play a Bond villain or a serial killer, because, quite frankly, there's a ton of stuff like that out there. What's much more interesting to me is the rationale behind a character."---Hanks Eonline

"I think in the earlier days, acting is fun because the whole thing is like a big circus. Making movies is very glamorous; there's a lot of people around, there's a lot of attention, a lot of hoopla, you can go places that you've never been before. It's a blast [but] then you got to figure out that you're not here on vacation and that you actually have to do some work here at the same time. I have to say now, I think I'm in it for better reasons. I do the work that I think is absolutely fascinating. There's not nearly as much distraction for me now as there used to be."---Hanks quoted to CINEMA CONFIDENTIAL, December 23, 2002.

"I don't threaten any man's sense of virility, or any woman's sense of security or decorum."---Hanks on why he's one of the biggest box-office stars of all time to independent.co.uk, September 10, 2004.

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wife:
Samantha Lewes. Actor, producer. Were college sweethearts; married in 1979; mother of Hanks's older two children; separated in 1985; divorced in 1987.
wife:
Rita Wilson. Actor. Born c. 1956; married 1988; mother of Hanks' second and third sons; met on the set of "Volunteers" (1985).

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father:
Amos Hanks. Cook; restaurant manager; later taught at a vocational school. Divorced Hanks' mother in 1960; had custody of Hanks and two older siblings; married two more times; died in 1992.
mother:
Janet Turner. Hospital worker. Divorced Hanks' father in 1960; retained custody of Jim Hanks; remarried several times.
sister:
Sandra Hanks. Writer. Born on July 31, 1951.
brother:
Larry Hanks. Professor. Born on January 26, 1953; teaches at University of Illinois.
brother:
Jim Hanks. Actor. Younger; born on June 15, 1961.
son:
Colin Hanks. Actor. Born in 1977; mother, Samantha Lewes (aka Susan Dillingham).
daughter:
Elizabeth Ann Hanks. Born on May 17, 1982; mother, Samantha Lewes (aka Susan Dillingham).
son:
Chester Marlon Hanks. Born on August 4, 1990; mother, Rita Wilson.
son:
Truman Theodore Hanks. Born on December 26, 1995; mother, Rita Wilson.
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