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.
Collin Hanks is born in Sacramento, California to Tom Hanks and first-wife, actress Samantha Lewes.
Hanks marries actress Samantha Lewes in Los Angeles.
Hanks 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.
Hanks moves to New York City to persue acting. He recalls that his apartment wasn’t very good, but it was in a building mostly inhabited by women.
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.
Hanks makes his film debut in the low-budget slasher flick He Knows You’re Alone. Hanks plays a small role in the plot of a woman being stalked by a serial killer and turning to an ex-lover for help.
Elizabeth Ann Hanks is born in Los Angeles, California to Tom Hanks and first-wife, actress Samantha Lewes.
Hanks plays a disgruntled former classmate of the Fonz, with a taste for martial arts on the A Little Case of Revenge episode of Happy Days.
In this made-for-television- movie, a group of college students become friends over their interest in a fictitious role playing game, Mazes and Monsters. Hanks stars in his first leading role.
Hanks is contacted by Ron Howard to star opposite Daryl Hannah in the leading role of the romantic comedy, Splash, a film about a mermaid who falls in love with a human.
Hanks stars in a comedy as a bachelor on the eve of his wedding night trying to resist the temptation of being unfaithful to his fiance in Bachelor Party.
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.
Hanks divorces Samantha Lewes and gains custody of their two children, Collin and Elizabeth.
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.
Hanks marries Greek actress, Rita Wilson, in Los Angeles.
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.
Hanks plays a stand up comic who mentors a housewife who desires to become successful comic in Punchline. Then film shows insight to the dramatic roles Hanks could master.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chester Marlon Hanks is born Los Angeles, California to Tom Hanks and second-wife, Rita Wilson.
Hanks stars opposite Bruce Willis in another critical and commercial flop in The Bonfire of the Vanities. Hanks plays a greedy Wall Street business man who gets hit by a car.
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.
For his supporting role in A League of Their Own, Hanks wins the award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture at the 7th Annual American Comedy Awards.
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.
Hanks wins the Best Kiss award at the 1993 MTV Movie Awards for his comedic kiss with Pauline Brailsford in A League of Their Own.
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.
At the 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards, Hanks wins Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his leading role in Philadelphia.
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.
Forest Gump wins Best Picture at the 67th Annual Academy Awards and Hanks wins Best Actor for the leading role.
Tom 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.
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.
At the 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, Hanks wins Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his role in Forrest Gump.
For his role in Forrest Gump, Hanks wins Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) at the 9th Annual American Comedy Awards.
Hanks and Howard reunite for the epic role of astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, Hanks stars in the historic, disaster docudrama.
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.
Truman Theodore Hanks is born in Los Angeles, California to Tom Hanks and second-wife, Rita Wilson.
Hanks wins Best Male Performance for his role in Apollo 13 at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.
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.
Hanks executive produced, co-wrote and co-directed the HBO docudrama From Earth to the Moon, as 12 part series chronicling the space program from it’s inception to the moon landings.
Continuing in serious roles, Hanks plays as a World War II soldier during the invasion of Normandy in the epic Saving Private Ryan. Earning $481 million, the film is a massive hit:
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.
From Earth to the Moon wins the award for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Televisions at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Saving Private Ryan is nominated for four awards and wins two for Best Film Drama and Best Director at the 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
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.
For his role in You’ve Got Mail, Hanks receives the award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) at the 13th Annual American Comedy Awards.
Saving Private Ryan wins Best Action Sequence and a win for Hanks as Best Male Performance at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards.