He was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California (United States)American actor, director, producer and screenwriter Thomas J. Hanks is the son of cook Amos Hanks and Janet Hanks, a hospital worker.
When he was still a child, his parents divorced, and Tom lived with his father in different cities and states until he ended up settling in the town of Oakland, California.
He began acting in plays in high school and later at the University of Sacramento.
He left California in the late 1970s and moved to New York City, where he met and married stage actress Samantha Lewes. The wedding took place in 1978.
After a few years of marriage in which they had two children, Colin and Elizabeth, they ended up divorcing in 1985.
In the late 1970s, Tom began appearing in episodes of television series, including Vacations At Sea, before making his big-screen debut in “Knows You’re Alone” (1980), a slasher movie directed by Armand Mastroianni.
The same year of “Sabe Que Ests Sola” reached popularity on television thanks to Amigos Del Alma (Bosom Buddies), a situation comedy that aired between 1980 and 1982 with Tom transvestite alongside Peter Scolari.
A year later he played Uncle Ned in “Family Tangles” (1983-1984), a series starring Michael J. Fox.
Throughout the 1980s, Hanks worked primarily in the comedy genre, achieving stardom with his first film as the lead, One, Two, Three Splash (1984), a romantic comedy directed by Hanks. Ron Howard which co-starred Daryl Hannah.
Some of his most popular comedies from the 1980s are:
Bachelor Party (1984), messing around in a hotel directed by Neal Israel
The Man With One Red Shoe (1985) by Stan Dragoti
This House Is a Ruin (1986), a Richard Benjamin film that paired him with blonde Shelley Long
Two Clueless Hounds (1987), Tom Mankiewicz crime comedy co-starring Dan Aykroyd
Big (1988), successful Penny Marshall film with Hanks as a child in an adult body
“No Matars… Al Vecino” (1989), black comedy set in a residential neighborhood with sinister neighbors
Partners and Hounds (1989), comedy with dog by Roger Spottiswoode.
For his performance in Big, Hanks was awarded a Golden Globe and earned an Oscar nomination. The winner of the statuette was Dustin Hoffmann by RainMan.
On the set of Volunteers (1985) Tom met actress Rita Wilson (born 1956), whom he married in 1988. With Rita he had two other children: Chester and Truman.
In the 1990s, he emerged as a dramatic actor, managing to raise his star status and his prestige as one of the best actors of his generation.
Thanks to Philadelphia (1993), a film directed by Jonathan DemmeHanks won his first Oscar for Best Leading Actor and his second Golden Globe.
The following year he repeated awards for Forrest Gump (1994), a comedy of Robert Zemeckis.
Later for Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Nufrago (2001), Tom was once again a candidate for the Hollywood Academy Awards.
Hanks won his fourth Golden Globe for “Cast Away”, a title directed by Zemeckis, for which he was also nominated for Something to Remember (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).
After making some episodes of television series such as Stories From The Crypt, Hanks debuted as a writer and director of feature films in 1996 with The Wonders (1996), a nostalgic work about the pop music of the 60s.
His second feature film as a director, co-starring Julia Robertswas “Larry Browne” (2011).
Other titles of his filmography as an actor are:
Road to Perdition (2002), a film directed by Sam Mendes
Catch Me If You Can (2003), a comedy in which after Saving Private Ryan he returned to coincide with steven spielberg
“The Da Vinci Code” (2006), adaptation of a novel by Dan Brown in which Hanks played Robert Langdon
“Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007), film with Julia Roberts as a co-star
In “Angels and Demons” (2009) he again played the cryptologist Richard Langdon in a plot set in the Vatican.
In “So Strong, So Close” (2011), an adaptation of a novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, he was married to Sandra Bullock.
He played Captain Richard Phillips, kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2009, in “Captain Phillips” (2013).
The same year he played Walt Disney in “Meeting Mr. Banks” (2013), a film co-starring by Emma Thompson.
Later he returned to be directed by Steven Spielberg in the film set in the Cold War “The Bridge Of Spies” (2015).
A year later he starred in “Waiting for the King” (2016), a film in which Hanks played an American businessman looking for business in Saudi Arabia, he played Richard Langdon for the third time in “Inferno” (2016), and played for Clint Eastwood the Air pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in “Sully” (2016).
In “The Circle” (2017), a film based on a novel by Dave Eggers, Tom shared credits with Emma Watson in a thriller that revolves around a powerful Internet company founded by the character played by Hanks. The same year he collaborated again with Spielberg in “The Pentagon Files” (2017), a film in which Tom played the role of Ben Bradlee, director of the “Washington Post”.
He was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actor for “An Extraordinary Friend” (2019), a film in which he played the television presenter of children’s programs, Fred Rogers, alongside Matthew Rhys.
In 2020 Tom received the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
That year the films premiered:
“Greyhound: Enemies Under The Sea” (2020), a film based on a novel by CS Forester and set in World War II whose script was written by Tom Hanks himself
“News From The Big World” (2020), Western film directed by Paul Greengrass adapting a novel by Paulette Jiles.
In 2021, he starred in the science fiction story “Finch” (2021) and took part in an episode of the TV series “1883” (2021).
He became Colonel Tom Parker in the biopic “Elvis” (2022), a biography of Elvis Presley directed by Baz Luhrmann.
In this movie, Austin Butler played Elvis Presley.
He collaborated again with Robert Zemeckis on a version of “Pinocchio” (2022), with Tom playing the character of Geppetto.
What is Tom Hanks up to?
He is currently preparing the films “A Man Called Otto”, “Asteroid City” and “Here”.
FILMS (as actor)
KNOWS YOU’RE ALONE (1980) by Armand Mastroianni
ONE, TWO, THREE… SPLASH (1984) by Ron Howard
BACHELOR PARTY (1984) by Neil Israel
VOLUNTEERS (1985) by Nicholas Meyer
THE MAN WITH A RED SHOES (1985) by Stan Dragoti
THIS HOUSE IS A RUIN (1986) by Richard Benjamin
NOTHING IN COMMON (1986) by Garry Marshall
A THOUSAND TIMES GOODBYE (1986) by Mosh Mizrahi
TWO CLUTENESS Hounds (1987) by Tom Mankiewicz
B.I.G. (1988) by Penny Marshall
WHAT COUNTS IS THE END (1988) by David Seltzer
DON’T KILL… YOUR NEIGHBOR (1989) by Joe Dante
PARTNERS AND Hounds (1989) by Roger Spottiswoode
THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES (1990) by Brian de Palma
JOE AGAINST THE VOLCANO (1990) by John Patrick Shanley
THEY GIVE THE HIT (1992) by Penny Marshall
SOMETHING TO REMEMBER (1993) by Nora Ephron
PHILADELPHIA (1993) Directed by Jonathan Demme
FORREST GUMP (1994) Directed by Robert Zemeckis
APOLLO 13 (1995) by Ron Howard
TOY STORY (1995) -voice- by John Lasseter
THE WONDERS (1996) by Tom Hanks
YOU’VE GOT AN EMAIL (1998) by Nora Ephron
SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) by Steven Spielberg
TOY STORY 2 (1999) -voice- by John Lasseter/Ash Branon/Lee Unkrich
THE GREEN MILE (1999) Directed by Frank Darabont
Castaway (2001) Directed by Robert Zemeckis
ROAD TO PERDITION (2002) by Sam Mendes
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (2002) by Steven Spielberg
THE LADYKILLERS (2004) Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen
THE TERMINAL (2004) by Steven Spielberg
POLAR EXPRESS (2004) Directed by Robert Zemeckis
LOVE ME TENDER (2004) by Joel Zwick
THE DA VINCI CODE (2006) by Ron Howard
CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR (2007) by Mike Nichols
THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD (2008) by Sean McGinly
ANGELS AND DEMONS (2009) by Ron Howard
TOY STORY 3 (2010) -voice- by Lee Unkrich
LARRY CROWNE (2011) de Tom Hanks
SO STRONG, SO CLOSE (2011) by Stephen Daldry
CLOUD ATLAS (2012) by Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013) by Paul Greengrass
TO MEET MR. BANKS (2013) by John Lee Hancock
ITHACA (2015) by Meg Ryan
THE BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015) by Steven Spielberg
WAITING FOR THE KING (2016) by Tom Tykwer
INFERNO (2016) by Ron Howard
SULLY (2016) by Clint Eastwood
THE CIRCLE (2017) by James Ponsoldt
THE PENTAGON FILES (2017) by Steven Spielberg
TOY STORY 4 (2019) -voice- by Josh Cooley
AN EXTRAORDINARY FRIEND (2019) by Marielle Heller
GREYHOUND: ENEMIES UNDER THE SEA (2020) by Aaron Schneider
NEWS OF THE BIG WORLD (2020) by Paul Greengrass
FINCH (2021) by Miguel Sapochnik
ELVIS (2022) by Baz Luhrmann
PINOCCHIO (2022) by Robert Zemeckis
On the eve of release or in the production phase
ASTEROID CITY (2022) by Wes Anderson
A MAN CALLED OTTO (2023) by Marc Forster
HERE (2023) Directed by Robert Zemeckis
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