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.

9 Jul, 1956

Tom Hanks born in Concord, California


Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is born in Concord, California to Amost Mefford Hanks, a cook, and Janet Marylyn Frager, a hospital worker.

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 film strips.

22 Dec, 1978

Cleveland Critics Circle Award

Other Awards

TomHanks_GLTFHanks wins the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his performance as Proteus in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The award was his first major accomplishment as an actor.

There are not a lot of people who are willing to throw all their things in a car and drive across the country to Cleveland for no money, but I had nothing to lose. I had nothing to keep me anywhere. I thought the whole point of being 18 or 19 years old was to throw your stuff in the back of the car and go somewhere.

27 Nov, 1980

Bosom Buddies

TV Appearance

Hanks stars opposite Peter Scolari in ABC’s sitcom, Bosom Buddies, in which the two disguise themselves as women to further their career and live in the only apartment they can afford. Co-Producer, Ian Praiser, tells Rolling Stone

The first day I saw him on set, I though, ‘Too bad he won’t be in television for long’. I knew he’d be a movie star in two years. The television show came out of nowhere, then out of nowhere it was canceled. He figured he’d go back to pulling ropes and hanging lights in a theater.

Bosom Buddies Opening

17 May, 1982

Elizabeth Hanks born


Elizabeth Ann Hanks is born in Los Angeles, California to Tom Hanks and first-wife, actress Samantha Lewes.

30 Jul, 1986

Nothing in Common

Film Appearance

Hanks stars in Nothing in Common, a film that proved Hanks’ ability to star in not only comedic but also serious roles. Hanks told Rolling Stone:

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.

Nothing in Common (1986) - Trailer

26 Jun, 1987


Film Appearance

Hanks stars in the buddy cop comedy film opposite Dan Aykroyd in Dragnet. The film is a moderate success, but Hanks believed he was not acting to his full potential.

Made a lot of money but probably not nearly as much as anticipated. It’s convoluted. There are problems with it. It should be funnier.

3 Jun, 1988


Film Appearance

Hanks experiences break though success with the fantasy comedy, Big, in which he plays a 12 year old boy trapped in an adult body. The film established Hanks as a major Hollywood talent.

It’s a genuinely good movie that I think is really honest and touches the consciousness.

Big (1988) Original Theatrical Trailer

28 Jan, 1989

Golden Globe for Big

Other Awards

For his role in Big, Hanks wins the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) award at the 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

17 Feb, 1989

The ‘Burbs

Film Appearance

The ‘Burbs is the beginning of a string of films starring Hanks that gained little box office success. In The ‘Burbs, Hanks stars as an average home owner trying to find out more about his mysterious cul-de-sac sharing neighbors.

"The 'Burbs (1989)" Theatrical Trailer

23 May, 1989

Comedy Award for Big

Other Awards

For his role in Big, Hanks wins the award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) at the 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards.

28 Jul, 1989

Turner & Hooch

Film Appearance

Hanks stars opposite a K9 companion in Turner & Hooch, where he plays an obsessively neat investigator who is partnered with a slobbery dog to solve a murder. The film had great box office success, grossing $71 million.

Turner And Hooch - Trailer

9 Mar, 1990

Joe Versus the Volcano

Film Appearance

In their first film together, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in Joe Versus the Volcano, in which Hanks’ character is diagnosed with a terminal disease and goes to a tropical island to throw himself into a volcano instead. Along the way, he meets and falls in love with Meg Ryan’s beautiful character. The film is one of Hanks’ few box office flops.

Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) Trailer

1 May, 1992

A League of their Own

Film Appearance

Hanks plays a washed up baseball coach helping to lead the first woman’s baseball team to glory in A League of their Own. Hanks old Vanity Fair that he was in his:

modern era of movie making because enough self discovery has gone on. My work has become less pretentiously fake and over the top.

A League Of Their Own (HD) Trailer

25 Jun, 1993

Sleepless in Seattle

Film Appearance

Teamed again with Meg Ryan, Hanks plays a widower looking for love from an anonymous writer in Sleepless in Seattle. Grossing over $227 million, the film is a critical and box office hit that is considered a classic romantic comedy. After initially feeling he wasn’t right for the tole, Hanks changed his mind:

The guy is enmeshed in grieving, and no one has to work hard in buying that attractive premise, as opposed to a guy who gets off the airline and picks up the wrong suitcase and it’s full of uranium.

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Trailer HQ

24 Dec, 1993


Film Appearance

Starring with Denzel Washington, Hanks performs in one of the first mainstream Hollywood productions to acknowledge homosexuality, homophobia, and HIV/AIDS, in Philadelphia. Hanks portrays a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his firm for discrimination. To play the role, Hanks lost 35 pounds to appear sickly.

Philadelphia (1993) - Movie Trailer

21 Mar, 1994

Academy Awards for Philadelphia

Other Awards

Hanks wins Best Actor at the 66th Annual Academy Awards for his role in Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen’s musical contribution to the film, Streets of Philadelphia, wins Best Original Song.

4 Jun, 1994

MTV Movie Award for Philadelphia

Other Awards

TomHanksMovieAwardTom Hanks and Denzel Washington win the award for Best On-Screen Duo at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards for their partnership in Philadelphia. In the acceptence speech, Hanks promotes AIDS education.

6 Jul, 1994

Forrest Gump

Film Appearance

Hanks plays a naive, slow-witted man in the ground-breaking film, Forrest Gump. The film chronicles the life and times of a mostly coincidentally lucky man through the Vietnam war, his own shrimping business, and finding the love of his life.

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 feel some hope for their lot and their position in life.

Forrest Gump TRAILER

22 Nov, 1995

Toy Story

Film Appearance

Hanks lends his voice to an animated Sheriff Woody in Disney’s Toy Story. The film was a major hit for both Hanks and Disney, grossing over $360 million. Of the premiere, Hanks said:

The audience seemed to be captivated. Adult-voiced sobs could be heard during the quiet moments after Buzz Lightyear fell and lay broken on the stairway landing.

Toy Story - Official Trailer #1 [1995]

4 Oct, 1996

That Thing You Do!


In his directing debut, Hanks writes and co-stars as a music producer in a film about a 1960’s one hit wonder band in That Thing You Do! The film spawned a number one hit with That Thing You Do by the Wonders, the band featured in the film.

That’s whats nice about directing a film and having it done: There’s nothing more I can do about it. It’s done. That’s it. All I can do is let it go and hope that people are kind to it.

That Thing You Do! trailer 1 (1996)

18 Dec, 1998

You’ve Got Mail

Film Appearance

Hanks co-stars with Meg Ryan for a third time in You’ve Got Mail, a romantic comedy playing off the trademark AOL greeting of incoming emails. The two play e-mailing lovers who are completely unaware that they know each other.

YOU'VE GOT MAIL (1998) - Official Movie Trailer

21 Mar, 1999

Academy Award: Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is nominated for ten Oscars and wins three, including Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and a Best Director win for Steven Spielberg at the 71st Annual Academy Awards.

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