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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.

19 May, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

Film Appearance

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.

The Da Vinci Code - Official Trailer 1 [2006] [720p HD]

3 Aug, 2005

Vice President of Academy

Tom-Hanks-OSCARHanks is voted in as the vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the voting force behind the Academy Awards.

18 Jun, 2004

The Terminal

Film Appearance

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.

The Terminal - Trailer.

25 Dec, 2002

Catch Me If You Can

Film Appearance

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).

Catch Me If You Can Trailer

22 Sep, 2002

Emmy Awards for Band of Brothers

Emmy

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.

Band of Brothers - Emmy Awards Ceremony

12 Jul, 2002

Road to Perdition

Film Appearance

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.

Road To Perdition Trailer Original

9 Sep, 2001

Band of Brothers

Directs

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.

Band of Brothers Official Trailer

1 Sep, 2001

O Magazine interview

Interview

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.

2 Jun, 2001

MTV Movie Awards for Cast Away

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.

20 Dec, 2000

Cast Away

Film Appearance

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.

10 Dec, 1999

The Green Mile

Film Appearance

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.

The Green Mile Trailer

12 Sep, 1999

Emmy Awards for From Earth to the Moon

Emmy

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.

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.

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

4 Oct, 1996

That Thing You Do!

Directs

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)

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]

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

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.

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.

24 Dec, 1993

Philadelphia

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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