Hanks stars as Professor Robert Langdon in the highly anticipated film adaptation of Fan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. The film grosses over $758 million and is well received by Brown’s readers.
Hanks is voted in as the vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the voting force behind the Academy Awards.
Hanks stars as the mystical, mysterious train conductor in the motion capture computer-animated musical adaptation of Chris Ban Allsburg’s classic children’s book The Polar Express.
Working again with director Stephen Spielberg. In The Terminal Hanks plays a foreign man who is denied entry into America after arriving at the JFK International Airport. He also cannot go back to his home country due to a revolution.
Hanks teams with Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in a biographical crime drama based on the life of Frank Abagnale in Catch Me If You Can. DiCaprio plays Abagnale, who performed cons worth millions who is tracked down by an FBI agent (Hanks).
At the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards, Hanks and Band of Brothers are nominated for 20 awards and win 7, including Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.
Starring with Paul Newman, Jude Law and Daniel Craig, Road to Perdition is set during the Great Depression when organized, mob-related crime was heavy, Hanks plays a top-notch hit man enforcing the ways of the Irish mob.
Tom Hanks co-produces the romantic comedy hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding. The film becomes the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, grossing $241 million.
Hanks wins the Life Achievement Award along with Band of Brothers winning TV Program of the Year at the 30th Annual American Film Institute Awards.
Hanks co-directs the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers with Steven Spielberg. The show chronicles the 101st Airborne Division thought training, Europe, and the end of World War II.
What we’re doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They’re not just mythic heroes.
Hanks speaks about how he got the Forrest Gump role:
I was fascinated by a script entitled The Postman, which was written by Eric Roth. I didn’t do that script, but I met Eric and we shared a lot of the same parameters of why we do what we do. So when a producer asked me, What do you think of the book Forrest Gump? [which Roth was writing a script for], I said, That guy can write anything! About a year and a half later, I got Eric’s script—and it was a rocket.
At the 2001 MTV Movie Awards, Hanks wins Best Male Performance, Best Kiss (with Helen Hunt) and Best On-Screen Team (with Wilson the Volleyball) for Cast Away.
Hanks wins the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards for his role in Cast Away.
Band of Brothers wins Best Mini Series or Motion Picture Made for Television at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
Starring in his iconic role as a Fed Ex employee stranded on an uninhabited island, Hanks captivates audiences in Cast Away. Grossing $429 million with little acting support besides a volleyball named Wilson that Hank’s character develops an emotional bond with, the film is a massive success.
When we started making Cast Away, I just thought it would be a funny, unique movie about a guy who spends four years alone on an island. I didn’t realize that it would also be an examination of what solitude can do to you and why I’m overjoyed to have a wife and four kids. … We don’t have a host and it’s hard to vote yourself off the island when you’re the only one on it.
Hanks stars in a film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Green Mile, the tale of a death row corrections officer during the Great Depression and the supernatural events he witnessed.
I had a good feeling about what it was going to try to do, but then you had to go off and get it done. You’re not going to make a good movie unless you start out with a good movie on paper and this was that.
In Toy Story 2, Hanks returns as the voice of Sheriff Woody who has been stolen by a collector, leaving Buzz and the gang on the trail to rescue him.
From Earth to the Moon wins the awards for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special at the 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Saving Private Ryan wins Best Action Sequence and a win for Hanks as Best Male Performance at the 1999 MTV Movie 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 wins Best Male Performance for his role in Apollo 13 at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.
Truman Theodore Hanks is born in Los Angeles, California to Tom Hanks and second-wife, Rita Wilson.
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.
Hanks and Howard reunite for the epic role of astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, Hanks stars in the historic, disaster docudrama.
For his role in Forrest Gump, Hanks wins Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) at the 9th Annual American Comedy Awards.
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.
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.
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.
Forest Gump wins Best Picture at the 67th Annual Academy Awards and Hanks wins Best Actor for the leading role.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chester Marlon Hanks is born Los Angeles, California to Tom Hanks and second-wife, Rita Wilson.
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.
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.
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.
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 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy) award at the 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards.