Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks born on born July 9, 1956 is an American actor and filmmaker. He was born in Concord, California, the son of Janey Marylyn , a hospital worker and Amos Mefford Hanks an itinerant cook. Hank’s parents divorced in 1960. In his childhood, his family moved often. By the age of ten, Hanks had lived in ten different houses.

In school, Hanks was unpopular with students and teachers alike, later telling Rolling Stone  magazine, “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 filmstrips. But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.” Hanks acted in school plays. Hanks acted in school plays.

Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward ,California, and transferred to California State Univesity , Sacramento two years later. During his years studying theater, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland ,Ohio. At Dowling’s suggestion, Hanks became an intern at the festival. His internship stretched into a three-year experience that covered most aspects of theater production, including lighting, set design, and stage management, prompting Hanks to drop out of college.

In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City, where he made his film debut in the low-budget slasher film He Knows You’re Alone (1980). Hanks was cast on the lead, Callimaco. The following year Hanks landed on the lead role on the ABC television pilot of Blossom Buddies. Howard was working on the film Splash   (1984), a romantic comedy fantasy about a mermaid  who falls in love with a human. Hanks landed the lead role in Splash, which went on to become a surprise box office hit, grossing more than US$69 million.

Hanks began to extend himself from comedic roles to dramatic roles with “Nothing in Common (1986) the story was about a guy and his father. After a few ups and downs Hanks stature in the film industry rose with broad success of the fantasy comedy “Big(1988)”. For his performance in the film, Hanks earned his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hanks then suffered a run of box-office under performers: The Burbs (1989),Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), and The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).

Hanks climbed back to the top again with his portrayal in Philadelphia, he played a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his firm for discrimination. Hanks lost 35 pounds and thinned his hair in order to appear sickly for the role. Hanks won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia.

Followed with the 1994 hit “Forest Gump”. The movie grossed a worldwide total of over $600 million at the box office. Hanks won his second Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Forrest Gump, becoming only the second actor to have accomplished the feat of winning consecutive Best Actor Oscars.

Hanks’ next role in the 1995 film “Apollo 13” earned nine Academy Award nominations and earned two. Later that year, Hanks starred in Disney/Pixar’s CGI-animated hit film Toy Story , as the voice of Sheriff Woody.

Hanks made his directing debut with his 1996 film That Thing You Do! about a 1960s pop group. Hanks then executive produced, co-wrote, and co-directed the HBO docudrama From the Earth to the Moon. The Emmy Award-winning project was, at US$68 million, one of the most expensive ventures undertaken for television.

In 1998, Hanks’ next project Saving Private Ryan he teamed up with Steven Spielberg  to make a film about a search through war-torn France after D-Day to bring back a soldier. It earned Spielberg his second Academy Award for direction, and Hanks another Best Actor nomination.

In 2001, Hanks helped direct and produce the Emmy-Award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. That same year, Hanks collaborated once again with director Spielberg, starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the hit biographical crime drama Catch Me if You Can , based on the true story of Frank Abagnale ,Jr. The same year, Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson  produced the hit movieMy Big Fat Greek Wedding .

At the age of 45, Hanks became the youngest-ever recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 12, 2002. Hanks next starred in the highly anticipated film The Da Vinci Code, based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown. The film was released May 19, 2006, in the U.S. and grossed over US$750 million worldwide. In 2006, Hanks topped a 1,500-strong list of “most trusted celebrities” compiled by Forbes magazine.

In 2010, Hanks reprised his voice role of Woody in Toy Story 3. In 2011, he directed and starred opposite Julia Roberts  in the title role in the romantic comedy  Larry Crowne but received poor reviews. 

In 2013, Hanks starred in two critically acclaimed films—Captain Philips and Saving Mr.Bankswhich each earned him praise, including nominations for the BAFTA  Award fot Best Actor ina Leading Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for the former role.

In March 2015, Hanks appeared in the Carly Rae Jepson music video for “I Really Like You”, lip-syncing most of the song’s lyrics as he goes through his daily routine.

His next film was the Steven Spielberg-directed historical drama  Bridge of Spies, in which he played lawyer James B. Donovan which was released in October 2015. In April 2016, Hanks starred as Alan Clay in the comedy-drama A Hologram for the King, an adaptation of the 2012 novel of the same name.Hanks starred as airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s Sully , which was released in September 2016.

He reprised his role as Robert Langdon in Inferno, and co-star alongside Emma Watson  in the science fiction drama The Circle.

Hanks was married to American actress Samantha Lewes from 1978 until they divorced in 1987. The couple had two children son Colin Hanks and daughter Elizabeth Hanks. In 1988 Hanks married actress Rita Wilson, they have two sons, the elder Chester Marlon and younger son, Truman Theodore.

Net Worth : $350 Million

 

 

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