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.

3 Jun, 1988

Big

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

26 Jun, 1987

Dragnet

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.

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

17 May, 1982

Elizabeth Hanks born

Birth

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

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

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.

9 Jul, 1956

Tom Hanks born in Concord, California

Birth

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.

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