Who is Tom Hanks?
He is one of the most important and popular American actors and a cultural icon. He is known for many roles, particularly the titular Forrest Gump, the starring roles in Cast Away, Sleepless in Seattle, The Terminal, The Green Mile, and dozens of other films.
Concord, California, the United States of America
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks has Portuguese ancestry. He was married to Samantha Lewis between 1978 and 1987 and married Rita Wilson. The couple has been together since 1988. He is a father of four.
Hanks moved to New York to pursue an acting career in 1979. He started working in low-budget flicks, like Mazes and Monsters, the next year and also on the stage. In 1984, he got the lead part in Splash, a romantic comedy about a man who meets a mermaid. This led to other roles in comedies, culminating with the 1988 film Big that made him a household name thanks to his endearing portrayal of a boy transformed into a grown-up.
Hanks continued to appear in comedies and dramas, such as Sleepless in Seattle in 1993. In 1993, he earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of a gay man in Philadelphia, followed by another consecutive Oscar thanks to his 1994 performance in Forrest Gump.
Hanks has appeared in important romantic comedies like You’ve Got Mail in 1998, dramas like Apollo 13 in 1995 and The Green Mile in 1999, and the famous Cast Away in 2000. In addition, he has collaborated with director Steven Spielberg on films like Saving Private Ryan in 1998, Catch Me If You Can in 2002, The Terminal in 2004, and others.
In addition to his acting work, Hanks has appeared as a director, producer, and even screenwriter, for instance, taking these roles in the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers.
In the 2000s and 2010s, Hanks’ roles veered more towards dramas, like Road to Perdition in 2002, Charlie Wilson’s War in 2007, Captain Phillips in 2013, Saving Mr. Banks in 2013, Sully in 2016, and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood in 2019. Many of these films, like Sully or Captain Phillips, were inspired by real events.
In addition, Hanks played the main role in the film series based on Dan Brown’s novels, like The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. He also provided his voice for Woody in the Toy Story film series.
Tom Hanks has won two Academy Awards and has been nominated for this award six times. He also has seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, the AFI Life Achievement Award, the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the French Legion of Honor, and the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.
He is among the highest-grossing actors of all time and one of the most recognized performers as well.
The actor is distantly related to Walt Disney and portrayed the man in Saving Mr. Banks.
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