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Who is Tom Hanks?

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks aka Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks’s films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America.

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Tom Hanks says he wouldn’t accept role as gay man in Philadelphia in modern times

Veteran star Tom Hanks, who essayed the role of a gay man with HIV in Jonathan Demme’s 1993 legal drama ‘Philadelphia’, feels a straight actor would no longer be able to play the openly gay character today.

“Let’s address ‘could a straight man do what I did in ‘Philadelphia’ now?’ No, and rightly so. The whole point of ‘Philadelphia’ was don’t be afraid. One of the reasons people weren’t afraid of that movie is that I was playing a gay man. We’re beyond that now, and I don’t think people would accept the inauthenticity of a straight guy playing a gay guy,” he said.
He added, “It’s not a crime, it’s not boohoo, that someone would say we are going to demand more of a movie in the modern realm of authenticity.”

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Tom Hanks Biography, Wikipedia

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, on July 9, 1956, to hospital worker Janet Marylyn (née Frager) and itinerant cook Amos Mefford Hanks. His mother was of Portuguese descent (her family’s surname was originally “Fraga”), while his father had English ancestry. His parents divorced in 1960. Their three oldest children, Sandra (later Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer), Larry (an entomology professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, Jim (who also became an actor and filmmaker), remained with their mother in Red Bluff, California. In his childhood, Hanks’s family moved often; by the age of 10, he had lived in 10 different houses.

While Hanks’s family religious history was Catholic and Mormon, one journalist characterized Hanks’s teenage self as being a “Bible-toting evangelical” for several years. In school, he 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.” In 1965, his father married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. Frances had three children, two of whom lived with Hanks during his high school years. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California.

Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and transferred to California State University, Sacramento after two years. During his years studying theater, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. 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. During the same time, Hanks won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his 1978 performance as Proteus in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of the few times he played a villain. In 2010, Time magazine named Hanks one of the “Top 10 College Dropouts.

Real NameThomas Jeffrey Hanks
NicknameTom Hanks
Years Active1977–present
Marital StatusMarried
Husband NameSamantha Lewes (m. 1978; div. 1987)​
Rita Wilson (m. 1988)
Child Name Colin Hanks, Chet Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Truman Hanks
Physical Status 
Age65 years
Height (Approx.)1.83 m
Weight (Approx.)Not Known
Eye ColourBlue
Hair ColourBrown
Personal Information 
Date of Birth 9 July 1956
Birthplace Concord, California, United States
School NameSkyline High School
College NameCalifornia State University,
Chabot College
QualificationsNot Known
Family Background 
Father’s NameAmos Mefford Hanks
Mother’s NameJanet Marylyn
Siblings NameJim Hanks 
Larry Hanks
Source of IncomeActing
Net Worth$ 400 Million
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Tom Hanks Career

In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City, where he made his film debut in the low-budget slasher filmHe Knows You’re Alone (1980) and landed a starring role in the television movie Mazes and Monsters. Hanks made a guest appearance on a 1982 episode of Happy Days (“A Case of Revenge,”.  He also had a sizable hit with the sex comedy Bachelor Party. With Nothing in Common (1986)—a story of a young man alienated from his father (played by Jackie Gleason)— Hanks began to extend himself from comedic roles to dramatic roles. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The broad success of the fantasy comedy Big (1988) established Hanks as a major Hollywood talent, both as a box office draw and within the industry as an actor.

Tom Hanks made his breakthrough with leading roles in a series of comedy films which received positive media attention, such as Splash (1984), Bachelor Party (1984), Big (1988) and A League of Their Own (1992). He won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for starring as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS in Philadelphia (1993) and the title character in Forrest Gump (1994).[5] Hanks collaborated with film director Steven Spielberg on five films: Saving Private Ryan (1998), Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Terminal (2004), Bridge of Spies (2015), and The Post (2017), as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which launched him as a director, producer, and screenwriter. Hanks’s other films include the romantic comedies Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You’ve Got Mail (1998); the dramas Apollo 13 (1995), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), and Cloud Atlas (2012); and the biographical dramas Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Sully (2016), A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), and News of the World (2020). He has also appeared as the title character in the Robert Langdon film series, and voiced Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series (1995–present).

Hanks’s accolades include two Academy Awards out of six nominations. Hanks has also won seven Primetime Emmy Awards for his work as a producer of various limited series and television movies, including From the Earth to the MoonBand of BrothersJohn Adams, and The Pacific. In 2013, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. He has received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2002. He received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2004. In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor. In 2020, he received the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Tom Hank’s Upcomig Projects

In July 2021, it was announced Hanks would set to appear in Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City starring Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Adrien Brody. Hanks is also attached to star in an American remake of A Man Called Ove, named A Man Called Otto which will be directed by Marc Forster, and In the Garden of Beasts, an adaptation of the 2011 non fiction book from director Joe Wright about American diplomat William Dodd.

In February 2022, it was announced that Hanks will star in the feature adaptation of Here, a graphic novel by Richard McGuire, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

On March 2, 2022, actor Connor Ratliff announced that Hanks would be appearing on the season 3 finale of Ratliffs podcast Dead Eyes, a series based on Ratliffs experience being fired from Band of Brothers because, as Hanks allegedly said, Ratliff had “dead eyes”;[139] the series explores rejection in the entertainment industry and features various interviews with artists including Rian Johnson, Seth Rogan, Aimee Mann, Zach Cherry, Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, Elijah Wood, Damon Lindelof, and Colin Hanks.

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Tom Hank Personal Life

Hanks married American actress Samantha Lewes (1952–2002) in 1978. They had one son, actor Colin (born 1977), and one daughter, Elizabeth (born 1982). Hanks and Lewes divorced in 1987. Lewes died in 2002 at the age of 49 from bone cancer.

In 1981, Hanks met actress Rita Wilson on the set of TV comedy Bosom Buddies (1980–1982). They were reunited in 1985 on the set of Volunteers. Wilson is of Greek and Bulgarian descent, and a member of the Greek Orthodox Church. Before marrying her, Hanks converted to her faith. Hanks and Wilson married in 1988 and have two sons. The older, Chester Marlon “Chet”, released a rap song in 2011 and had recurring roles in Empire and Shameless. Their younger, Truman Theodore, was born in 1995. Hanks lives with his family in Los Angeles, California, and Ketchum, Idaho.

Since 1984, Hanks has been an avid fan of the English Premier League club Aston Villa.

On July 26, 2020, the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accompanied with his wife, handed over Greek passports to both Hanks and Wilson.

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How old is Tom Hanks?

Tom Hanks is currently 65 years old as of 2022.

What is Tom Hanks net worth?

Tom Hanks has net worth of $400 million.

Who is Tom Hanks wife?

Tom Hanks married twice Samantha Lewes (m. 1978; div. 1987)​
Rita Wilson (m. 1988-Present).

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