Tom Hanks

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Tom Hanks is an award winning American actor, born in Concord, California. He is the highest grossing film star of all time, and has starred in films such as Big, Saving Private Ryan, Forest Gump, Apollo 13, Cast Away and The Da Vinci Code series. He directed That Thing You Do! and produced the Band of Brothers miniseries. He is also known for providing the voice of Woody in the Toy Story series and for being the model for the conductor in the computer animation, The Polar Express.

29 Apr, 2015
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Starts work on third Da Vinci Code

After supporting Wilson, who recently underwent a breast cancer surgery, Hanks travels to Italy to shoot the third sequel of the Da Vinci Code film under the direction of Ron Howard. Hanks plays the role of Harvard professor Robert Langdon who got injured in the head and suffered memory loss.

28 Oct, 2014
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Surprises cab driver

Hanks surprises a cab driver he calls “Mr. Ferrari” with tickets to his Broadway show Lucky Guy, after the driver gives Hanks a ride even though his shift has ended. Cab driver:

I look him in the eye, and I scream: “WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!! And that really got him. He started laughing hard. He sees that I’ve got this Ferrari hat on, and a Ferrari shirt too, so he starts calling me ‘Mr. Ferrari.’ The whole ride, he keeps calling me ‘Mr. Ferrari.’ So after we get to his destination, we snap a quick photo, and he goes on his way. Over the next few weeks, I just happen to randomly pick up people that know him. People who have acted with him before, people who work with him. And every time, I tell them: ‘Tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says ‘hello.’ Every time I say that. Then one day I’m driving, and I get a text from one of the people that I’d driven, and it says: ‘Mr. Hanks wants to invite you to see his Broadway show.’ So I bring my lady to the show, and we get to go backstage and everything, and after the show, we’re waiting for him in his dressing room, and he walks in and screams: ‘Mr. Ferrari!’ Can you believe that story? And you wanna know the craziest thing? The name of his show was ‘Lucky Guy.’ How crazy is that? Cause that was me. A lucky guy!

14 Aug, 2014
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Hanx Writer app

Invention

Hanx WriterHanks releases an app for the iPad called Hanx Writer (download link). The app replicates all the noises of a typewriter, such as clicking of keys, chiming when you come to the end of a line — and comes with a single font, color and typewriter available in the free, default version. Customers can unlock more font and typewriter features with in-app purchases.

Hanks is a typewriter collector ; he started collecting them in 1978 when a store owner in Cleveland refused to fix Hanks’ mostly plastic typewriter, and instead sold him a Hermes 2000.

I use a manual typewriter — and the United States Postal Service — almost every day. My snail-mail letters and thank-you notes, office memos and to-do lists, and rough — and I mean very rough — drafts of story pages are messy things, but the creating of them satisfies me like few other daily tasks.

The app has gained 4.5 star rating from 1300 reviews and is No 1 for free downloads in Apple’s App Store.

9 Jun, 2014
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Buys Morrocan boys new soccer balls

Hanks buys a group of six Morrocan boys new soccer balls after theirs is run over by the Hologram For The King production crew. He then volunteers to teach them American baseball the next day, to which they agree.

14 May, 2014
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First pic from ‘A Hologram for the King’

hologram_for_the_king_hankThe Hollywood Reporter reports the first image from A Hologram for the King has been released. Based on the Dave Eggers book, Hologram tells the story of a washed-up, desperate American salesman who travels to Saudi Arabia to secure the IT contract for a massive new complex being built in the middle of the desert.

 

21 Apr, 2014
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Cold War film

Announcement

Spielberg and Hanks will collaborate on a fourth film, an as-yet untitled thriller directed by Spielberg for Dreamworks, set during the Cold War. The film is based on the true story of James Donovan (Hanks), a prominent American attorney enlisted by the CIA during the Cold War to slip behind the iron curtain to negotiate the release of a pilot captured when his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Russia.

18 Jan, 2014
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SAG Award for Captain Phillips

Other Awards

Hanks wins the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for his performance in Captain Phillips.

17 Jan, 2014
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Toy Story That Time Forgot announcement

Announcement

Disney announces the Toy Story That Time Forgot television special that will air on ABC December 2 at 8pm. Hanks and Allen return to voice Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Official plot summary:

During a post-Christmas play date, the Toy Story gang find themselves in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. It’s all up to Trixie, the triceratops, if the gang hopes to return to Bonnie’s room.

Toy Story That Time Forgot Premiere Commercial

16 Jan, 2014
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Raises money against Prop 8

Fundraising

Hanks and other supporters raise $44 million to fight the amendments to the California constitution defining marriage as a union between only a man and a woman, Proposition 8. However, the amendment passes with 52% of the vote.

13 Dec, 2013
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Saving Mr. Banks

Film Appearance

Starring as Walt Disney trying to persuade the original author of Mary Poppins to allow him to make it a film, Hanks brings Saving Mr. Banks to life.

I thought the script was a fair portrayal of Walt as a mogul but also as an artist and a human being.

Saving Mr. Banks Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Tom Hanks Movie

26 Oct, 2013
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Cloud Atlas

Film Appearance

In a film of six intertwined storylines spanning different eras, Hanks plays six different characters for each plot. Cloud Atlas‘ official synopsis calls it”

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Over four years of development, the film cost $103 million to create, making it one of the most expensive independent films of all time.

Cloud Atlas – Trailer

11 Oct, 2013
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Captain Phillips

Film Appearance

Based on the 2009 Maersk Alabama pirate hijacking of a merchant mariner in the Indian Ocean, Hanks stars as Captain Phillips. During filming, Hanks never met the actors who played Somalian pirates until the action-packed scene where the pirates take the bridge. Director Paul Greengrass believed this would make the meeting more natural as strangers barked commands and pointed guns at the captain and crew.

They were the skinniest, scariest human beings I had ever come across.

'Captain Phillips' Trailer

4 Oct, 2013
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Parkland

Produces

Hanks produces the historical drama that follows the events following the Kennedy Assassination, Parkland. The plot follows the ordinary people put into extraordinary situations; the nurses and doctors at the Parkland Hospital, the cameraman who accidentally captured the shooting on a home video, and JFK’s security team.

Parkland Official Trailer #1 (2013) – JFK Assasination Movie HD

3 Aug, 2013
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I Am TOM. I Like to TYPE. Hear That?

Writes Article

Hanks writes an Op-Ed in the New York Times about his love for typewriters, and the sounds they make:

In 1978, the proprietor of a Cleveland business machine shop refused to service my mostly plastic typewriter. “A worthless toy!” the man yelled. Yes, yelled. He pointed to shelves full of his refurbished typewriters — already decades old yet all in perfect working order. A typewriter was a machine, he yelled, which could be dropped from an airplane and still work! He gave me a deal on a Hermes 2000 (“The Cadillac of typewriters!”)

I confess that when real work has to be done — documents with requirements equal to a college term paper — I use a computer. The start and stop of writing begs for the fluidity of modern technology, and who doesn’t love choosing a new font like Franklin Gothic Medium, Bernard MT Condensed or Plantagenet Cherokee?

The sound of typing is one reason to own a vintage manual typewriter — alas, there are only three reasons, and none of them are ease or speed. In addition to sound, there is the sheer physical pleasure of typing; it feels just as good as it sounds, the muscles in your hands control the volume and cadence of the aural assault so that the room echoes with the staccato beat of your synapses.

9 Jun, 2013
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Tony Awards for Lucky Guy

Tony

Lucky Guy is nominated for seven Tony Awards and wins two for Best Lighting Design of a Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play at the 67th Annual Tony Awards.

17 Jul, 2012
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Electric City

Produces

Hanks produces this futuristic, dystopian, animated series for Yahoo! and provides the voice for Cameron Carr, the lead character, who is in charge of policing the underground. Besides wanting to create Internet content that wasn’t comedic, Hanks takes the opportunity to play a character unlike himself.

I’m handcuffed by the way I look and the way I sound, and by the body of work I’ve done before.

Tom Hanks' ELECTRIC CITY Episode 4: Young Daughter Of God.

10 Jul, 2012
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All-time highest grossing star

By mid 2012, Hanks’ films had grossed over $8.5 billion worldwide, making him the highest grossing box office star of all time.

If you have to have a job in this world, a high-priced movie star is a pretty good gig.

10 Mar, 2012
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Game Change

TV Appearance

Hanks co-produces the HBO political drama, Game Change, following the events of the 2008 Presidential elections featuring Sarah Palin and John McCain. It gains over 2.1 million viewers, marking the highest ratings for an HBO debut since 2004.

Game Change: Trailer (HBO Films)

25 Dec, 2011
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Film Appearance

Hanks stars opposite Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn as a father who dies during the September 11th attack of the World Trade Center in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Through the movie, his son battles his autism to search New York City for people who knew his father.

The very first time [Sandra and I] met was at [a] house with Thomas… we came out and we were going to prepare a meal. It was ‘Mom’, ‘Dad’, and young ‘Oscar’ and we made pasta and salad and garlic bread. I gotta tell you, it was the most pleasant time in a kitchen I’ve had.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Official Trailer [HD]

1 Jul, 2011
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Larry Crowne

DirectsProduces

Hanks co-writes, co-produces, directs, and stars in Larry Crowne, a romantic comedy also starring Julia Roberts about a middle aged man who goes back to school to better educate himself after losing his job. The film was a critical and box office failure.

Larry Crowne Movie Trailer Official (HD)

21 Apr, 2011
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Guest on 30 Rock

TV Appearance

On the 100th episode of 30 Rock, Hanks appears as himself calling in an ‘Actor Emergency’ to George Clooney and Brad Pitt. He finishes by harshly hanging up the phone and singing to himself the Billy Joel theme song of Bosom Buddies.

tom hanks funny skit

7 Nov, 2010
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TV Land Award for Bossom Buddies

Other Awards

Bosom Buddies wins the Anniversary Award for their 30th reunion at the 8th Annual TV Land Awards.

All we did was laugh for 39 measly episodes and Tom Selleck and Magnum P.I. still suck compared to Bosom Buddies.

12 Jun, 2010
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Toy Story 3

Film Appearance

Hanks again works with Disney to bring Toy Story 3 to life. In the final movie of the trilogy, Woody, Buzz and friends are donated to a day care where they encounter hellish children and a dictating teddy bear. The film held the record of the number one grossing animated film, bringing in $1 billion, until it as surpassed by another Disney film, Frozen (2014).

Toy Story 3: Trailer

5 Jun, 2009
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My Life in Ruins

Produces

Hanks produces another Greek romantic comedy starring Nia Vardolas (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as a tour guide to ancient ruins. After positive feedback in the films’ early screenings, Fox Searchlight Picture’s President, Peter Rice says:

Given the wildly enthusiastic audience response, we are thrilled to be distributing the film. Nia’s enormous box office appeal[s] along with her gift of perfect comedic timing make for a winning combination.

MY LIFE IN RUINS – Official Trailer

15 May, 2009
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Angels & Demons

Film Appearance

Reprising the role of Professor Robert Langdon, Hanks again stars in a Dan Brown film adaptation of Angels & Demons, a prequel to The Da Vinci Code. The second film makes less than the first by grossing $485 million.

Angels and Demons – In Theaters 5.15.09

11 Jan, 2009
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Golden Globes for John Adams

Other Awards

John Adams wins 4 awards at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards, including Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

10 Oct, 2008
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City of Ember

Produces

Hanks produces the science fiction film about a town built in an underground cavern. Based on the novel by Jeanne DuPrau, City of Ember opened poorly it’s first weekend, charting at #11 and grossing nearly $18 million, far bellow its $55 million budget.

City of Ember Trailer

21 Sep, 2008
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Emmy Awards for John Adams

Emmy

John Adams wins seven awards at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, Movie or Special and Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Miniseries, Movie or Special, and

18 Jul, 2008
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Mamma Mia!

Produces

Hanks co-produces the film adaptation to the Broadway musical, Mamma Mia! The films’ songs are all original ABBA compositions placed in order of a story about a young girl trying to find who her biological father is. The film is a major hit with a cult following, grossing nearly $610 million.

The New Mamma Mia! Trailer

16 Mar, 2008
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John Adams

Produces

Hanks executive produces the biographical drama miniseries, John Adams, which chronicles the life of the early president and the first 50 years of the United States.

John Adams: A Conversation with Tom Hanks (HBO)

18 Jan, 2008
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The Great Buck Howard

Film Appearance

Starring opposite his son Collin Hanks, Tom Hanks co-produces The Great Buck Howard, a film about a boy who defies his father by dropping out of law school to become a writer in Los Angeles.

He’s better looking than I am, he’s taller than I ever was and he’s hotter than I am – and he’s calmer. I was usually running around looking like Gumby on acid.

The Great Buck Howard – Movie Trailer

13 Jan, 2008
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Golden Globe for Charlie Wilson’s War

Hanks wins the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) at the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards for his role in Charlie Wilson’s War.

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Charlie Wilson’s War

Film Appearance

Hanks plays Texas congressman Charlie Wilson in this drama directed by Mike Nichols. Wilson  teams up with a renegade CIA agent and a Houston socialite to assist Afghani rebels in their war with the Soviets. Their efforts contribute to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

I responded to it because I couldn’t believe that this had ever happened. In reading the book, I thought that this was a serious piece of journalism that describes something that’s almost surrealistic hilarious, as well as historically accurate.

Charlie Wilson's War Official Trailer #1 – Tom Hanks Movie (2007) HD

9 Sep, 2006
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Most Trusted Celebrities

Hanks topped a 1500-strong list of Most Trusted Celebrities compiled by Forbes magazine.

Through it all, the Academy Award-winning actor and director managed to earn our esteem, respect and confidence.

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