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.
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 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 divorces Samantha Lewes and gains custody of their two children, Collin and Elizabeth.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Elizabeth Ann Hanks is born in Los Angeles, California to Tom Hanks and first-wife, actress Samantha Lewes.
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.
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 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.
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 marries actress Samantha Lewes in Los Angeles.
Collin Hanks is born in Sacramento, California to Tom Hanks and first-wife, actress Samantha Lewes.
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.