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Tom Hanks can be considered as one of the most versatile actors of his generation, playing roles that span from a lawyer suffering from AIDS, to a soldier of World War II or an Astronaut or even a castaway in a remote island of the Pacific. He possesses a unique talent that makes his characters, of regular guys who usually run across uncommon conflicts, easily be identified with the spectator or with people of his/her environment. He can easily bring to surface the human essence of his characters; no matter if he is an astronaut, a politician, a man with a low IQ who is able to accomplish great things or even a man from an Eastern European country who arrives in New York and that is denied entrance to the US but, he also can't be deported. Thus he can make you feel familiar with his characters while adding them some particular charm.

He's also the third biggest box-office draw of all time after Frank Welker and Samuel L. Jackson; with a total Box Office of U$S 3,839,543,831 in 40 movies! As well as one of the few actors to have been awarded with more than one Best Actor statues.

Thomas J. Hanks was born on July 9th, 1956, in Concord, California, a direct descendant of an uncle of Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. His family tree can trace ancestors in America since the early 17th century, with Thomas Hanks who established in America before 1630.

His parents split when he was young, the details of their divorce making them "pioneers in the development of marriage dissolution in California". Tom and his two older siblings, Sandra and Larry, went with their father, Amos, a chef. A younger brother, Jim, stayed with mother Janet (Jim would later appear in several of Tom's productions, including acting as his running double in Forrest Gump). Dad's work enforced a nomadic existence upon them, with the kids shifted from school to school, never able to form lasting friendships, making Hanks painfully shy. It didn't help that Amos was married twice after Janet, Tom explaining that, by the age of 10, he'd had "three mothers, five grammar schools and ten houses".

In 1966, Amos settled in Oakland, where Tom had to get used to a new mother and new siblings. Here he attended both junior high and Skyline High School, where he indulged his early interests in space and baseball, excelled at soccer and on the track and "became the loud one" - a trick he'd learned when trying to get attention in a succession of new schools.

His interest in acting was born while attending Skyline High School. Impressed by a buddy in a school production of Dracula, later he joined the Thespian Club and forced his way in by sheer weight of enthusiasm. First he was stage manager on My Fair Lady, then won roles in Night Of The Iguana, Twelfth Night and South Pacific, the last of these winning him Skyline's Best Actor of 1974 award.

On graduation, he enrolled at Chabot College, close by in Hayward, California working as a sideline as a bellboy at the local Hilton. Doing the occasional drama class, he decided to pursue acting after reading and watching a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh. It proved a formative experience, with young Tom wholly taken by the performance of Joe Spano who'd recently appeared in American Graffiti (he'd later show up in Hanks' own Apollo 13 and From The Earth To The Moon). So that's when Tom decided to be transferred into the theater program at California State University in Sacramento.

Here he first met Susan Dillingham, who'd later take Samantha Lewes as her stage name and become Tom's first wife. He also firs met Vincent Dowling. Tom had been trying to get into university stage productions to no avail, being forced to content himself with set-building. Frustrated, he auditioned for a local theatre production of Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, winning the role of Yasha. Dowling, the director, was so impressed he invited Hanks to join him at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, of which he was artistic director.

In 1977, Hanks was recruited to take part in the summer session of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio. Over the next three years, Hanks spent his summers acting in various productions of Shakespeare’s plays, and his winters working backstage at a community theater company in Sacramento. Thus, Tom went for his first taste of professional acting, earning $210 a week as Gremio in The Taming Of The Shrew. Samantha would join him, the pair moving in together. With the company touring into December, Tom went AWOL from Cal State - he never returned. Instead, he took work at the Civic Theatre in Sacramento, learning all the backstage mechanics of the trade.

Then, in the summer of '78, he returned to Cleveland, playing Proteus in Two Gentlemen Of Verona and winning a Best Actor award from the Cleveland Critics Circle.

In 1978 aged 22 and picking up major awards already, Tom took off for New York City and the bright lights of Broadway, renting an apartment with Samantha in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. But there was no work.

Here Samantha gave birth to their first child, Colin (now an actor in his own right, starring in Orange County). Keen for employment, Hanks returned to the Great Lakes Festival for the summer of 1979, to play Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. His former director, Dowling, would later claim "He was the best Shakespearian clown I ever knew, because he was seriously real and seriously funny at the same time". It was this "realness" and humour that would eventually turn Hanks into a megastar.

In late '79 he returned to New York City, where he found work at the Riverside Shakespeare Theatre, as Callimaco in The Mandrake. More importantly, he got a manager, and this led to his first screen role, amazingly in the infamous slasher flick He Knows You're Alone, where a psycho's menacing a bridal party.

By January 1980, after his third season with the Great Lakes festival, he returned to New York City. The ABC network had launched a talent development programme in the hope of finding some hot young kids to pep up their ratings. Tom went for it, enduring a gruelling series of auditions before landing one of the two leads in the sit-com Bosom Buddies. Here Peter Scolari and Tom played two ad execs, Henry Desmond and Kip Wilson, who can't find an apartment. Then, when they do, it's in a women-only building, meaning they must continually cross-dress and call themselves Hildegard and Buffy. The show was cancelled after two seasons, Scolari later turning up in Tom's That Thing You Do! and From The Earth To The Moon. However it gave Hanks some exposure and led to his casting in guest roles on various episodes of popular shows like Michael J. Fox's Family Ties, The Love Boat and Happy Days. In the latter he met Richie Cunningham, or rather Ron Howard, then launching as career as a director.

In the meantime, Tom had moved the family to the San Fernando Valley, Samantha giving birth to daughter Elizabeth.

In 1982, Ron Howard, co-star of Happy Days, remembered Hanks from his guest stint on the show, and had him read for a supporting part in a movie he was directing. That supporting role eventually went to John Candy, and Hanks instead landed the lead role in Howard's Splash, as a man who falls in love with a mermaid, played by Daryl Hannah. The movie, released in 1984, became a surprise hit, and Hanks was suddenly a recognizable face.

Splash, which saw Hanks hankering after Daryl Hannah, made Tom a minor star, and kept him employed throughout the mid-Eighties. A string of critically panned movies followed. The roustabout Bachelor Party (1984) was a commercial success, then came Volunteers (1985), where he played a debt-ridden playboy joining the Peace Corps in Thailand. This saw him alongside Candy once more, and also one Rita Wilson, who he'd earlier met when she popped up as Peter Scolari's Satan-worshipping girlfriend in Bosom Buddies. Next came The Man With One Red Shoe (1985), where Tom was a dopey violinist caught up in intra-CIA shenanigans, and the hilarious The Money Pit (1986), where he and Shelley Long have their house renovated, only to see it gradually collapse around their ears. There'd also be Nothing In Common (1986), where he looked after his sick father (a bit close to the bone, this one, as Amos by this time suffered from the kidney failure that would kill him), and Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986), set in Jerusalem, 1942, where he fell for a girl whose parents disapprove of him. The last of these proved that Tom could manage a romantic lead in a "serious" movie. It also earned him his first $1 million paycheck. Critics often pointed to his performance as the best thing about each movie.

But, though Tom's career was on the up and up, his marriage was falling apart. Not wanting his kids to suffer as he had done, he took a break from film-making in 1985 to produce, direct and build sets for a production of The Passing Game at the Gene Dynarski Theatre, with his wife Samantha co-producing and starring. It didn't work. By the end of the year, Tom and Samantha were separated.

Despite the break, Tom was getting ever hotter. Dragnet (1987), a semi-spoof of the old TV cop show, was fairly lame but a financial success. Then came Punchline (1988), where he played Stephen Gold, a bitter and angry comedian who first abuses then helps housewife Sally Field as she attempts to learn the comic craft. For research, Hanks wrote his own material and tried it out live at various LA comedy clubs.

In 1988, he was finally cast in a star-making role, in director Penny Marshall’s (another sitcom star turned into director) Big. As Josh Baskin, a 13-year-old boy transplanted overnight into the body of a 35-year-old man, working for a toy company and winning the heart of cold exec Elizabeth Perkins. His performance charmed both critics and audiences, he was considered as hyperactive, endlessly curious, near-perfect and earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. It must be pointed out that he was third choice, behind Harrison Ford and Robert De Niro. Big would be his first $100 million hit. Many more would follow.

With Big, Hanks established his reputation as a box-office draw as well as a talented actor. Over the next several years, however, his films failed to match the critical or commercial success of that film, although they did display Hanks’s wide range. Hanks' profile rose steadily as a suspicious suburbanite in The 'Burbs (1989), as a cop with a doggy partner in Turner And Hooch (1989), and Joe Versus The Volcano (1990), where he played a goofy guy who, with a short while to live, gets a rich man to pay him to jump into an active volcano. This last movie paired him for the first time with Meg Ryan, later co-star in two of his biggest hits.

Then Tom Hanks' ability to survive poor movies unscathed was sorely challenged when he played Sherman McCoy, the "master of the universe" and stock-trader drawn into a racial controversy after a hit-and-run accident in Brian De Palma's expensive, gaudy Bonfire Of The Vanities. The movie was considered one of the worst flops in history, threatening to finish him for good.

With his first marriage over, Tom was free to date Rita Wilson, and the couple were wed, with son Chester being born in 1990, followed by another boy, Truman. Having learned from experience what a heavy workload can do to a relationship, he took a couple of years off, enjoying his new family and waiting for the right part to kick-start his career.

Later in 1992, alongside Geena Davis and Madonna, in Marshall's A League Of Their Own (1992) arrived the first in an outrageous run of hits. Here he played Jimmy Dugan, a former baseball star who's lost his career to injury and consoled himself with heavy drinking. Given a chance at redemption, he finds himself in charge of a women's baseball side which, after much comic incompetence, he inspires to become one of the finest ever.

In 1993, Hanks returned with other two huge hits: Sleepless in Seattle and and Philadelphia.

Sleepless in Seattle a romantic comedy written by Nora Ephron rematched him with his Joe Versus the Volcano co-star, Meg Ryan. Here he was a sweet and kind widower who cannot find a woman to match his dear departed. When his young son contacts a radio show, Tom talks of love on-air and attracts the attention of a romantically confused Ryan. And so, amidst a welter of coincidences and near-misses, the couple are drawn ever closer together. Funny, witty and not overly sentimental, as well as well-conceived, it was a massive hit, and featured a cameo by Tom's wife Rita.

The other hit brought yet more success to Hanks. Philadelphia saw him as lawyer Andrew Beckett who, sacked when he contracts AIDS, sues for discrimination and takes on Denzel Washington as his lawyer. With Denzel's character being a major homophobe, director Jonathan Demme was able to attack prejudice and promote justice in a mainstream fashion, rather than delving into the gay lifestyle. Some gay activists complained, but Hanks' brilliant performance and a stirring storyline gave the fight against AIDS some of the best publicity it ever had. Delivering a courageous performance that earned him his first Oscar for Best Actor. His acceptance speech, where he thanked his old teacher at Skyline, Rawley T. Farnsworth, inspired another movie, Kevin Kline's In And Out.

He followed up on that tremendous year with the release of Forrest Gump (1994), the sprawling story of an unlikely hero’s path through late twentieth-century American history. The film was a phenomenal box office success, winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Zemeckis). For his part, Hanks brought home his second straight Best Actor statuette, becoming the first person in 55 years (since Spencer Tracy) to win consecutive Best Actor statues.

1995 was another great year. First he provided the voice of Sheriff Woody in the brilliant Toy Story. Then he was back with Ron Howard as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, intoning the immortal line "Houston, we have a problem" and presenting the emotional side of the struggle to bring the damaged spacecraft back to Earth. With Hanks still obsessed with space, it must have been a real joy. The film was released in the IMAX format in 2002. Like Forrest Gump, the film made over $500 million at the box office.

Turning down the part of Jerry Maguire, in 1996, Hanks made his directorial and screenwriting debut with That Thing You Do!, about Sixties one-hit wonders The Wonders. It was nice and engaging, however it enjoyed moderate success.

In 1998 he starred in a real event movie, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. Here he was Captain John Miller, leading a small band of brothers through Occupied France in search of Matt Damon's Private Ryan, and this after having survived the terrifying mayhem of the D-Day landings. Saving Private Ryan earned the praise and respect of the film community, critics, and the general public; it was labeled one of the finest films ever made, earning Spielberg his second Academy Award for direction and Hanks a Best Actor nomination. He'd also be given the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest honour the US Navy can confer upon a civilian.

In 1998, revisiting his old obsession with infinity and beyond, he also turned to the role of executive producer (and co-writer and co-director) for the HBO docucrama From the Earth to the Moon. The twelve-part series chronicles the space program from its inception, through the familiar flights of Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell, to the personal feelings surrounding the reality of moon landings. The Emmy Award-winning $68 million project is one of the most expensive ventures taken for television. For these series Tom (who co-wrote 4 of the 12 episodes) was nominated for his directing of the first instalment. His old partner of Forrest Gump, Sally Field, was also involved as co-director.

Later in 1998, Hanks co-starred with his Sleepless in Seattle counterpart Meg Ryan for another romantic comedy. The two made You've Got Mail, a remake of the 1940 movie The Shop Around the Corner which starred Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.

Hanks soared to the top of the holiday box office in late 1999, as he reprised his role as the voice of Woody, the cowboy at the center of 1995’s animated Toy Story. Toy Story 2, also featuring the voice of Tim Allen, surpassed all expectations at the box office, grossing a record-breaking $80.8 million when it opened over Thanksgiving weekend.

The same year he also starred in The Green Mile, which shot to No. 2 at the box office, behind Toy Story 2, in its opening weekend. The film was set in a Depression-era prison and adapted from a story by Stephen King; wherein he played Paul Edgecomb, a kind-hearted guard of Death Row who realises that the condemned Michael Clarke Duncan might be some kind of mystic healer.

A year later came Cast Away, reuniting him with Gump director Robert Zemeckis and co-starring Helen Hunt; in this film he played Fed Ex exec Chuck Noland, marooned on a desert island after a particularly frightening plane crash. For much of the movie we see only Hanks, and we're just watching his battle for survival as he seldom says anything (though he does talk to a volleyball called Wilson - as in Rita Wilson). It's proof of Hanks ability and charm that we don't care - he says it all without words. His performance propelled the film to the top of the holiday box office, earning Hanks critical raves and yet another well deserved Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

For Cast Away Tom Hanks underwent a striking physical transformation. Not only did he have to lose 55lb/25kg in weight for the role and spend weeks up to his neck in water, the shoot almost turned to tragedy when he caught a serious infection. He underwent surgery and was out for three weeks. They had to shut down the movie. He was very close to blood poisoning, which can kill a person; and according to what doctors told him, if he'd really been a castaway on that island, he would have been dead in five weeks.

In the 1990s, Hanks compiled an imposing record of box office hits and has emerged as arguably the most powerful and well-respected actor in Hollywood. His accessible good looks and regular-guy charisma has earned him comparisons with screen legends of the past, such as Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, and Gary Cooper.

Then in 2001, such was Saving Private Ryan's effect that Hanks and Spielberg felt the need to do it all over again, with the award-winning miniseries Band Of Brothers. Hanks helped direct and produce this acclaimed HBO mini-series.

He also appeared in the September 11 television special America: A Tribute to Heroes and the documentary Rescued From the Closet.

In 2002, he teamed up with American Beauty director Sam Mendes for the adaptation of Max Allan Collins' and Richard Piers Rayner's graphic novel Road to Perdition, in which he played Michael Sullivan, a hitman for mobster Paul Newman. Cold and utterly ruthless, he's nevertheless forced to revise his attitudes when his young son witnesses one of his killings and, of course, must be eliminated. To prevent this, Sullivan takes the kid on the lam, pursued by Jude Law's implacable assassin Maguire. After this came Catch Me If You Can, pairing Hanks with Spielberg yet again, with Tom as FBI agent Carl Hanratty, cooly tracking down Leonardo DiCaprio's Frank Abagnale, a con man and master of disguise. It was another mighty hit, taking $164 million at the US box-office, on a budget of only $52 million.

On June 12, 2002, Hanks was honored with the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the youngest actor ever to receive the award.

In 2002, Hanks produced also the surprise hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which cost $5 million and, having spent 20 weeks slowly climbing the charts, made well over $50 million at the US box-office alone. And there was a cameo in the long-awaited Rutles follow-up, Can't Buy Me Lunch.

His next producing projects include the drama Society Cab and the Imax space documentary Magnificent Desolation.

2004 would see his next assault on the box-office, but would also see an end to his remarkable dominance. The Ladykillers was a typically outlandish Coen Brothers remake of the old Alec Guinness hit, with Hanks starring as Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, a bizarre Southerner claiming to be a classics professor and dressing somewhat like Colonel Sanders. Taking rooms in a little old lady's house, he recruits an oddball crew and, pretending they are a musical ensemble, plots to rob a nearby casino. The movie wasn't a success, it was too cliched and brash, but, though it dropped out of the Top 10 after only two weeks, it still slipped into profit and Hanks, managing to keep Dorr's florid speech just this side of ridiculous, continued to push at his own boundaries.

He will next team with Steven Spielberg for the new film The Terminal. In The Terminal, he played an eastern European arriving at JFK airport to find that his country has fallen in a coup and his passport and visa are now worthless. Thus he cannot go home or step onto American soil and must stay in the International Departures lounge. Returning abandoned luggage trolleys for quarters, he soon learns how to survive, and becomes important to all the staff (including hostess Catherine Zeta-Jones), winning them over with his trusting, trustworthy, near-Gump-like manner. It was a fine comedy, delicate and brilliantly timed, particularly in Hanks' dealings with frustrated customs officer Stanley Tucci, and held up well against a string of summer blockbusters.

Next, as a favour to Joel Zwick who'd directed My Big Fat Greek Wedding and had earlier helmed episodes of Hanks' Bosom Buddies, he'd pop up in the bizarro comedy Elvis Has Left The Building, playing one of several Elvis impersonators accidentally killed by Kim Basinger. He'd end 2004 by lending his voice and animated appearance to Robert Zemeckis's animated Christmas parable The Polar Express, an enormously expensive filmic experiment costing over $150 million. Naturally, with Hanks on board, it still went into profit

In August 2005 Hanks was voted in as vice-president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hanks would next snap up one of the more coveted roles in recent times when he reunited with director Ron Howard for The Da Vinci Code. Based on Dan Brown's bestseller, this would see him as a fusty academic teaming up with sexy cryptologist Audrey Tautou and getting drawn into a hugely convoluted conspiracy involving murderous albinos, secret Christian sects and the Holy Grail. It grossed over $750 million worldwide.

For Christmas 2007, Hanks co-starred Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson’s War, a drama adapted from George Crile's bestselling novel based on the true story of three unlikely collaborators whose efforts to help arm the Afghan Mujahideen ultimately leads to Russia's defeat in Afghanistan. He plays a Texas congressman’s efforts to assist Afghan rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

He's also to be the voice of Woody in a third installment of Toy Story due to be released by 2010.


Trivia: 

Is a frequent guest host on "Saturday Night Live".

In 1988, he married actress Rita Wilson, with whom he co-starred in Volunteers. Hanks and Wilson have two children, Chester and Truman.

Received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the U. S. Navy's highest civilian honor, on Veterans Day 1999 for his work in the movie Saving Private Ryan (1998).

Entertainment Weekly chose him as the only actor worthy of $20 million.

Dislocated his shoulder when he fell through a rotting floor in a building in Germany while scouting locations with Steven Spielberg for the HBO series "Band of Brothers".

Second actor to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars, for his work in Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). The first was Spencer Tracy, for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

Ranked #17 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list (October 1997).

Attended Skyline Highi School, Oakland, California.

Attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.

Attended California State University, Sacramento.

Voted best actor by the readers of "Us" magazine (1995).

Younger brother of Sandra Hanks and Larry Hanks and older brother of Jim Hanks.

After a one-shot guest appearance on "Happy Days" (1974), producer Ron Howard asked him to read for a secondary part in Splash (1984), and he got the lead instead.

Father, with first wife Samantha Lewes, of Colin Hanks (born on 24 September 1977) and Elizabeth Hanks (born on 17 May 1982).

Married his first wife Samantha Lewes (real name: Susan Dillingham) two months after their son Colin's birth.

Hanks cited the help of a nearby ice cream shop which helped him gain 30 pounds for his role in A League of Their Own (1992).

Received emergency treatment for serious staph infection in leg after returning from overseas location shoot (1999).

Was asked to play the title role in Jerry Maguire (1996).

Born at 11:17 AM

His Oscar acceptance speech for 1993's Philadelphia (1993) led to the plot of the movie In & Out (1997). Hanks thanked a gay teacher in his speech.

Has another brother who is a professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL.

Received American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, presented by fellow Oscar winner Steven Spielberg, the youngest ever to receive that award (12 June 2002).

Returned to his old high school, Skyline High School in Oakland, California, to dedicate a renovated theater named for Rawley T. Farnsworth, the retired drama teacher he thanked in his Philadelphia (1993) Oscar speech. Oakland Tribune reports Hanks donated about 1/4 of the $465,000 cost of the project. Then he led the audience of some 1000 people in a chorus of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (6 March 2002).

According to Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), he is a huge Trekkie and the first time the two met, Star Trek was the only thing he wanted to talk about. Hanks was actually the original choice to play Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact (1996), and desperately wanted to play the role, but had to back out due to his earlier commitment to That Thing You Do! (1996).

Is a member of the International Thespian Society (a group supporting theatre for high school students internationally).

Father, with Rita Wilson, of Chester Marlon (born on 4 August 1990) and Truman Theodore (born on 26 December 1995).

Jim Lovell, whom Hanks played in Apollo 13 (1995), is actually left-handed, but Hanks refused to write with his left hand for the movie.

He is a fourth cousin, four generations removed, of former President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Their common ancestors were William and Sarah Hanks, who were great-great-great-grandparents of the former president.

His family can trace ancestors in America back to the early 17th century when they came from Great Britain, thus the Hanks family has 400 years of American history.

Ranked #13 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #15 in 2002.

Is a diehard Cleveland Indians baseball team fan.

Ranked #1 on Star TV's Top Ten Box Office stars of the 1990s (2003)

Lost 30 lbs /14 kg for his role in Philadelphia (1993).

Gained and later lost 55 lbs/25 kg. for his role in Cast Away (2000).

Is a fan of English Premier League soccer team Aston Villa and was presented with a shirt on a TV show with the print 'Hanks 1' on the back.

Has been referred to by many as "the modern James Stewart".

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 205-206. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

His heroic Oscar-winning gay character Andrew Beckett in the 1993 film Philadelphia (1993) was ranked #49 on the Amerian Film Institute's heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.

He was voted the 26th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

His three favourite bands/artists are Elvis Presley, Patrick Rondat and Alabama Thunderpussy.

Had made three films with director Steven Spielberg, all of which are tied to Europe. Saving Private Ryan (1998) revolved around his character and his infantry unit seeking out a missing private in Europe during WW II. Catch Me If You Can (2002) involved his character tracking down Frank Abagnale Jr. in France and in The Terminal (2004), his character was from the fictional eastern European country of Krakohzia.

Shortly before the release of Columbia Pictures' Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), he was one of several actors speaking out against the use of "synthespians" (computer-generated actors) in the place of flesh-and-blood humans. Nevertheless, he took the lead role in the computer-animated film The Polar Express (2004), a film highly-publicized for its use of new (and expensive) technique of digital actors.

Between 1994 and 2004, he was the performer nominated for the most Academy Awards (four times, along with Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench and Ed Harris) and won the most (twice).

Was considered for the role of Peter Banning (Peter Pan) in Hook (1991).

Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballot. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category for his roles in the films The Polar Express (2004) (referred to as "Bi-Polar Express" on the ballot), The Ladykillers (2004) and The Terminal (2004). He did not receive a nomination, however.

Has been good friends with Bruce Springsteen since his youth.

He once worked as a hotel bellman. Some of the celebrity guests whose bags he carried were Cher, Sidney Poitier, Slappy White and Bill Withers.

Premiere Magazine ranked him as #28 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.

In three of his movies, he has had a scene where he is stranded at sea: Splash (1984), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), and Cast Away (2000).

Has worked with two actors who played Howard Hughes. In Philadelphia (1993), he worked with Jason Robards, who played Hughes in Melvin and Howard (1980) for director Jonathan Demme. His cast mate in Catch Me If You Can (2002) was Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Hughes in The Aviator (2004) for Martin Scorsese.

He and actress Meg Ryan have been co-stars in three movies as love interests: Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and You've Got Mail (1998).

Shares his birthday with Jack White, David O'Hara, Courtney Love, Chris Cooper, O.J. Simpson and Donald Rumsfeld.

Born to Amos Mefford Hanks, a chef, and his wife Janet Marylyn Frager, a hospital worker, his parents divorced in 1960.

Has been Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch) since 2001.

Related to Bill Cosby's wife Camille O. Cosby (née Camille Olivia Hanks), as both share a biological lineage to Abraham Lincoln through his mother, Nancy Hanks.

Stepson of the former Frances Wong, whom his father married in 1965.

Sold popcorn and peanuts as a teenager at the Oakland Coliseum.

His performance as Josh Baskin in Big (1988) is ranked #15 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

His performance as Chuck Noland in Cast Away (2000) is ranked #46 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).

He and President George Bush are both related to 19th-century Presidents. Bush, a Republican, is descended, by way of his mother's family, from Franklin Pierce, one of the last Democratic presidents before Abraham Lincoln. Hanks, a Democrat, is descended from the family of Lincoln's mother.

His top five all-time favorite films are 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather (1972), Fargo (1996), Elephant (2003) and Boogie Nights (1997), with Stanley Kubrick's film holding the top ranking.

His performance as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump (1994) is ranked #43 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Is the second most-represented actor (behind Sidney Poitier and Gary Cooper) on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time, with four of his films making the list. They are: Forrest Gump (1994) at #37, Philadelphia (1993) at #20, Apollo 13 (1995) at #12, and Saving Private Ryan (1998) at #10.

Ranked #16 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #16 in 2005 as well.

Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 244, pages 199-202. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.

Tied with Tom Cruise and Will Smith for the actor with the most consecutive $100 million-grossing movies (7).

Frequently works with director Steven Spielberg, and is related to Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. Ironically, he is not involved in Spielberg's film about Lincoln, despite his frequent involvement in historical projects.

Both his maternal grandparents, though born in California, had Portuguese ancestry, originally from the Azores Islands.

Forbes magazine estimated his 1999 earnings at $71.5 million.

Cited as America's Favorite Movie Star in Harris Polls conducted in 2002, 2004, 2005, a record number of times as the #1 favorite. Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood are the only other actors to have achieved that feat.

Was a member of Monty Python for one night only, filling in for John Cleese, at A Concert For George.

Hanks has been married to actress Rita Wilson since 1988. They became involved while working on the movie Volunteers (1985), although they first worked together in an episode of Bosom Buddies. (Wilson guest starred as a romantic interest of Peter Scolari's Henry Desmond character.)

His wife is of Greek descent

Married Rita Wilson at Saint Sophia's Church, converting from Roman Catholicism to Greek Orthodox Christianity.

Was in attendance at Princess Diana's funeral along with Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, among others.

Auditioned for the role of Joel in Risky Business (1983), which eventually went to Tom Cruise.

Has also credited Joe Spano, former co-star of the TV series "Hill Street Blues" (1981), as being another of his most important early inspirations.

Favorite baseball team is the Cleveland Indians. He purchased a stone in the front of Jacob's Field when it was built.

In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that his earnings were estimated to be $74 million the previous year.

The asteroid "12818 tomhanks" was named after him.

Enjoys collecting typewriters, purchasing over 80 of them around the globe.

Hanks is a Democrat and has supported many candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Al Gore, and John Kerry.

Hanks is also a noted environmentalist who drives a hybrid car and is a member of the Nature Conservancy. He has appeared in radio and television public service announcements for the organization.

Hanks is a member of the National Space Society, serving on the Board of Governors of the nonprofit educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun.

Hanks also provides the voice over for the Hayden planetarium show at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


Personal Quotes: 

E-mail is far more convenient than the telephone, as far as I'm concerned. I would throw my phone away if I could get away with it.

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It's not a miracle; we just decided to go.

Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day.
I love what I do for a living, it's the greatest job in the world, but you have to survive an awful lot of attention that you don't truly deserve and you have to live up to your professional responsibilities and I'm always trying to balance that with what is really important.

I must say that I do wrestle with the amount of money I make, but at the end of the day what am I gonna say? I took less money so Rupert Murdoch could have more?

I will entertain anything; it doesn't matter. You know, it's not obviously about the price, it's not about who, it's kind of about when and what. It's material, that's all.

I would not want to live in a country that would have me as a leader in any sort of political bent.

If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.

If you have to have a job in this world, a high-priced movie star is a pretty good gig.

It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring. It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope.

Movie-making is telling a story with the best technology at your disposal.

My favorite traditional Christmas movie that I like to watch is All Quiet on the Western Front. It's just not December without that movie in my house.

My kid could get a bad X-ray and I could get a call from the doctor saying I have something growing in my bum and that would change my perspective on everything instantaneously, on what is and what is not important.

Prior to Saving Private Ryan I never worked with men. I was always working with some babe, and it was always about falling in love, and it just got turned around. I'm not looking for any particular kind of story. I wait until it comes across my desk.

That's what's nice about directing a film and having it done: There's nothing more I can do about it. It's done. That's it. All I can do is let it go and hope that people are kind to it.

The year I was born, 1956, was the peak year for babies being born, and there are more people essentially our age than anybody else. We could crush these new generations if we decided too.

There is something basic about protecting land by taking it off the market. People should be able to enjoy where they live while at the same time protect the plants and animals around them.

There's a difference between solitude and loneliness. I can understand the concept of being a monk for a while.

What we're doing with Band of Brothers is trying to put it into human terms, so it is not just a flickering, black and white myth on a screen, it is a resonant story. I want the audience to recognize themselves in these men. They're not just mythic heroes.


Credited Works / Feats: 

Filmography

  1. Boone's Lick (2010) (pre-production) - Seth Cecil
  2. Angels & Demons (2009) (pre-production) - Robert Langdon
  3. Toy Story 3 (2010) (filming) (voice) - Woody
  4. The Great Buck Howard (2008) - Mr. Gable
  5. Charlie Wilson's War (2007) - Congressman Charlie Wilson
  6. The Da Vinci Code (2006) - Dr. Robert Langdon
  7. Cars (2006) (voice) - Woody Car
  8. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) (voice) - Narrator
  9. The Polar Express (2004) - Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus
  10. Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) - Mailbox Elvis
  11. The Terminal (2004) - Viktor Navorski
  12. The Ladykillers (2004) - Professor G.H. Dorr
  13. "Great Performances" (TV episode) (1 episode) - Concert for George (2004)
  14. "Freedom: A History of Us" (TV episode) (7 episodes) Abraham Lincoln (2003)
    1. Independence (1 January 2003) - Paul Revere
    2. Wake Up America (1 January 2003) - Reporter
    3. A War to End Slavery (1 January 2003) - Abraham Lincoln
    4. A Fatal Contradiction (1 January 2003) - Abraham Lincoln
    5. Whose Land Is This? (1 January 2003) - Charles E. Wood
    6. Working for Freedom (1 January 2003) - Jacob Coxey
    7. Liberty for All (1 January 2003) - Daniel Boone
  15. Catch Me If You Can (2002) - Carl Hanratty
  16. Road to Perdition (2002) - Michael Sullivan
  17. Band of Brothers (TV mini-series)(2001) - British officer
  18. Cast Away (2000) - Chuck Noland
  19. The Green Mile (1999) - Paul Edgecomb
  20. Toy Story 2 (1999) (voice) - Woody
  21. Toy Story 2 (1999) (Video Game) (voice) - Woody
  22. You've Got Mail (1998) - Joe Fox
  23. Saving Private Ryan (1998) - Captain John H. Miller
  24. From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (TV mini-series) - Jean-Luc Despont/Host/Narrator
  25. That Thing You Do! (1996) - Mr. White
  26. Toy Story Activity Centre (1996) (Video Game) (voice) - Woody
  27. Toy Story (1995) (voice) - Woody
  28. Apollo 13 (1995) - Jim Lovell
  29. Forrest Gump (1994) - Forrest Gump
  30. Vault of Horror I (TV episode) (1994)
  31. Philadelphia (1993) - Andrew Beckett
  32. Fallen Angels - (TV Episode) (1 episode) - I'll Be Waiting (1993) - Trouble Boy
  33. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Sam Baldwin
  34. A League of Their Own (1992) - Jimmy Dugan
  35. Tales from the Crypt (TV Episode) (1 episode) - None But the Lonely Heart (1992) - Baxter
  36. Radio Flyer (1992) (uncredited) - Older Mike
  37. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) - Sherman McCoy
  38. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) - Joe Banks
  39. Turner & Hooch (1989) - Det. Scott Turner
  40. The 'burbs (1989) - Ray Peterson
  41. Punchline (1988) - Steven Gold
  42. Big (1988) - Josh
  43. Dragnet (1987) - Pep Streebeck
  44. Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) - David Bradley
  45. Nothing in Common (1986) - David Basner
  46. The Money Pit (1986) - Walter Fielding, Jr
  47. Volunteers (1985) - Lawrence Whatley Bourne III
  48. The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) - Richard Harlan Drew
  49. Bachelor Party (1984) - Rick Gassko
  50. Splash (1984) - Allen Bauer
  51. Family Ties - (TV Episode) (3 episodes)
    1. Say Uncle (1984) - Ned Donnelly
    2. The Fugitive: Part 2 (1983) - Ned Donnelly
    3. The Fugitive: Part 1 (1983) - Ned Donnelly
  52. Mazes and Monsters (USA: Dungeons and Dragons) (1982) (TV) - Robbie Wheeling
  53. Happy Days (TV Episode) (1 Episode) - A Little Case of Revenge (1982) - Dr. Dwayne Twitchell
  54. Taxi (TV Episode) (1 Episode) - The Road Not Taken: Part 1 (1982)
  55. Bosom Buddies (TV Episode) (37 Episodes)
    1. Pilot (27 November 1980) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    2. My Brother, My Sister, Myself (4 December 1980) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    3. Loathe Thy Neighbor (11 December 1980) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    4. Macho Man (18 December 1980) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    5. What Price Glory? (1 January 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    6. Kip and Sonny's Date (8 January 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    7. Beauty and the Beasts (15 January 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    8. Revenge (22 January 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    9. Amy's Career (29 January 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    10. Gotta Dance (5 February 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    11. Sonny Boy (12 February 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    12. How Great Thou Art (19 February 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    13. Kip Quits (26 February 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    14. Only the Lonely (12 March 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    15. The Rewrite (19 March 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    16. The Show Must Go On (26 March 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    17. The Hospital (2 April 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    18. Best Friends (9 April 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    19. Cahoots (30 April 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    20. The Truth and Other Lies (8 October 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    21. There's No Business... (15 October 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    22. The Reunion (22 October 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    23. One for You, One for Me (27 November 1981) - Kip Wilson
    24. Road to Monte Carlo (4 December 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    25. WaterBalloonGate (11 December 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    26. All You Need Is Love (18 December 1981) - Kip 'Buffy' Wilson
    27. Other Than That, She's a Wonderful Person (25 December 1981) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    28. The Slightly Illustrated Man (8 January 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    29. Two Percent Solution (15 January 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    30. Cablevision (22 January 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    31. The Grandfather (4 February 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    32. Kip Off the Old Block (11 February 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    33. Hildy's Dirt Nap (11 February 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    34. The Way Kip and Henry Were (4 March 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    35. Who's on Thirst? (11 March 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    36. Not with My Sister, You Pig (18 March 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
    37. Not the Last Picture Show (25 March 1982) - Kip Wilson/Buffy Wilson
  56. The Love Boat (TV Episode) (1 Episode) - Friends and Lovers/Sergeant Bull/Miss Mother (1980) - Rick Martin
  57. He Knows You're Alone (1980) - Elliot

Producer

  1. Boone's Lick (2010)
  2. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
  3. The Pacific (TV mini-series) (2009) (executive producer)
  4. They Marched Into Sunlight (2008)
  5. City of Ember (2008)
  6. Mamma Mia! (2008)
  7. My Life in Ruins (2008)
  8. Surfer Dude (2008)
  9. A Wilderness of Monkeys (2008)
  10. David McCullough: Painting with Words (2008) (TV)
  11. John Adams (TV mini-series) (2008) (co-executive producer)
  12. The Great Buck Howard (2008)
  13. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
  14. Big Love (TV Episode) (18 Episodes) (executive producer) -
    1. Pilot (12 March 2006
    2. Viagra Blue (19 March 2006
    3. Home Invasion (26 March 2006)
    4. Eclipse (2 April 2006)
    5. Affair (9 April 2006)
    6. Easter (30 April 2006
    7. The Baptism (14 May 2006)
    8. Where There's a Will (21 May 2006)
    9. Damage Control (11 June 2007)
    10. The Writing on the Wall (18 June 2007)
    11. Reunion (25 June 2007)
    12. Rock and a Hard Place (2 July 2007)
    13. Vision Thing (9 July 2007)
    14. Dating Game (16 July 2007)
    15. Good Guys and Bad Guys (23 July 2007)
    16. Kingdom Come (30 July 2007)
    17. Circle the Wagons (6 August 2007)
    18. The Happiest Girl (13 August 2007)
  15. Evan Almighty (2007) (executive producer)
  16. Big Love: In the Beginning (TV Episode) (3 episodes) -
    1. Meet the Babysitter (2007)
    2. Moving Day (2007)
    3. Post-Partum (2007)
  17. Starter for 10 (2006)
  18. The Ant Bully (2006)
  19. Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
  20. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)
  21. We're with the Band (2005) (TV)
  22. The Polar Express (2004) (executive producer)
  23. Connie and Carla (2004)
  24. My Big Fat Greek Life (2003) (TV series) (executive producer)
  25. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
  26. We Stand Alone Together (2001) (TV)
  27. Band of Brothers (2001) (TV mini-series) (executive producer)
  28. Cast Away (2000)
  29. West Point (2000) (TV series) (executive producer)
  30. From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (TV mini-series) (executive producer)

Director

  1. Band of Brothers (2001) (TV mini-series) (part 5 "Crossroads")
  2. From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (TV mini-series) (part one)
  3. That Thing You Do! (1996)
  4. Vault of Horror I (1994) (TV) (segment "None but the lonely heart")
  5. Fallen Angels (TV Episode) (1 Episode) - I'll Be Waiting (1993)
  6. A League of Their Own (TV Episode) (1 episode) - The Monkey's Curse (1993)
  7. Tales from the Crypt (TV Episode) (1 episode) - None But the Lonely Heart (1992)

Soundtrack

  1. Saturday Night Live (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Tom Hanks/Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
  2. The Polar Express (2004) - performer: Hot Chocolate
  3. Road to Perdition (2002) - performer: Perdition - Piano Duet
  4. Toy Story 2 (1999) - performer: You've Got A Friend In Me
  5. That Thing You Do! (1996) - writer: Lovin' You Lots and Lots, It's Not Far, La Señora De Dos Costas, Mr. Downtown, Voyage Around the Moon, Hold My Hand, Hold My Heart, Will You Marry Me?, Spartacus, Hollywood Showcase Theme
  6. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) - performer: The Cowboy Song
  7. Dragnet (1987) - performer: City of Crime

Writer

  1. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005)
  2. Band of Brothers (TV mini-series) (2001) - part 1
  3. From the Earth to the Moon (TV mini-series) (1998) - segments 6, 7, 11, 12
  4. That Thing You Do! (1996)

Thanks

  1. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) - special thanks
  2. Making a 'Splash' (2004) (Documentary / Short)
  3. Great Performances (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Concert for George (2004) - Special thanks
  4. The Making of 'Band of Brothers' (TV) (2001) - special thanks
  5. Walking the Mile (TV) (2000) (Documentary / Short) - special thanks
  6. HBO First Look (TV Episode) (1 Episode) - The Making of 'You've Got Mail': A Conversation with Nora Ephron (1998) - special thanks)
  7. Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 (1996) (Documentary: The making of the motion picture) - special thanks

Self

  1. Entertainment Tonight (TV Episode) (6 episodes)
    1. Episode dated 26 March 2008 (2008)
    2. Episode dated 21 February 2008 (2008)
    3. Episode dated 21 January 2008 (2008)
    4. Episode dated 17 December 2007 (2007)
    5. Episode dated 11 December 2007 (2007)
    6. Episode dated 7 February 2007 (7 February 2007)
  2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (TV) (2008)
  3. The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV) - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature and Short Subject
  4. Delivering 'You've Got Mail' (2008) (Short / Romance)
  5. Extra (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. Episode dated 21 January 2008 (2008)
    2. Episode dated 11 December 2007 (2007)
  6. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Episode) (1 episode) - (Season 14, Episode 1) (2008)
  7. Extérieur jour (TV Episode) (1 episode - Dated 9 January 2008
  8. Late Show with David Letterman (TV Episode)(8 episodes)
    1. 7 January 2008
    2. 1 May 2006
    3. 29 November 2005
    4. 17 November 2005
    5. 22 March 2004
    6. 8 July 2002
    7. 17 December 1999
    8. 16 December 1993
  9. Live with Regis and Kathie Lee (TV Episode) (3 episodes)
    1. 19 December 2007
    2. 9 November 2004
    3. 23 March 2004
  10. HBO First Look (TV Episode) (11 episodes)
    1. Charlie Wilson's War (19 December 2007)
    2. The Polar Express (12 November 2004)
    3. Inside 'The Terminal' (8 June 2004)
    4. Catch Me If You Can (3 December 2002)
    5. The Making of 'Road to Perdition' (31 July 2002)
    6. The Making of 'Cast Away' (31 December 2000)
    7. 'What Lies Beneath': Constructing the Perfect Thriller (31 July 2000)
    8. The Making of 'You've Got Mail': A Conversation with Nora Ephron (31 December 1998)
    9. Saving Private Ryan (31 July 1998)
    10. Behind the Scenes: Making 'From the Earth to the Moon' (30 April 1998)
    11. The Making of 'That Thing You Do' (30 September 1996)
  11. Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute (TV) (2007)
  12. The War (TV Episode) (5 episodes)
    1. A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 (2007) (voice) - Al McIntosh
    2. FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 (2007) (voice) - Al McIntosh
    3. Pride of Our Nation: June 1944 - August 1944 (2007) (voice) - Al McIntosh
    4. A Deadly Calling: November 1943 - June 1944 (2007) (voice) - Al McIntosh
    5. When Things Get Tough: January 1943 - December 1943 (2007) (voice) - Al McIntosh
  13. The Pixar Story (2007)
  14. The Simpsons Movie (2007) (voice)
  15. The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV) - Presenter
  16. The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) (TV) - Presenter
  17. Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (2006) (TV)
  18. Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile' (2006) (Documentary)
  19. Film '72 (TV Episode) (1 pisode) - 23 October 2006
  20. "Corazón de..." (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. 25 July 2006
    2. 17 May 2006
  21. Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? (TV) (2006)
  22. Inside the Actors Studio (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. Tom Hanks: 2 (2006)
    2. (Season 6, Episode 4) (1999)
  23. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Episode) (5 episodes)
    1. 12 May 2006
    2. 11 June 2004
    3. 7 September 2001
    4. 4 January 2001
    5. (Season 1, Episode 26)
  24. Saturday Night Live (TV Episode) (Himself - Host) (9 episodes)
    1. Tom Hanks/Red Hot Chili Peppers (6 May 2006)
    2. Jennifer Lopez (11 February 2001)
    3. Tom Hanks/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (28 September 1996)
    4. Tom Hanks/Bruce Springsteen (9 May 1992)
    5. Tom Hanks/Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (8 December 1990)
    6. Tom Hanks/Aerosmith (17 February 1990)
    7. Tom Hanks/Keith Richards (8 October 1988)
    8. Tom Hanks/Randy Travis (20 February 1988)
    9. Tom Hanks/Sade (14 December 1985)
  25. The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV)
  26. The 48th Annual Grammy Awards (2006) (TV) - Presenter
  27. Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard (2006) (TV)
  28. The Oprah Winfrey Show (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. 22 November 2005
    2. Oprah's 50th Birthday Bash! (2004)
  29. Earth to America (2005) (TV)
  30. The Mark Twain Prize: Steve Martin (2005) (TV)
  31. Today (TV Episode) (3 episodes)
    1. 21 September 2005
    2. 29 March 2005
    3. 28 March 2005
  32. AFI Tribute to George Lucas (2005) (TV)
  33. Why Shakespeare? (2005) (Short / Documentary)
  34. 4Pop (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. Hulluna korkokenkiin (2004)
    2. R'n'b haastaa iskelmän (2004)
  35. Ministry of Mayhem (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 4 December 2004
  36. Richard & Judy (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. 2 December 2004
    2. 18 September 2002
  37. This Morning (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 30 November 2004
  38. Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. 24 November 2004
    2. 26 March 2004
  39. Boarding: The People of 'The Terminal' (2004) (Documentary / Short)
  40. Landing: Airport Stories (2004) (Documentary / Short)
  41. Waiting for the Flight: Building 'The Terminal' (2004) (Documentary / Short)
  42. Take Off: Making 'The Terminal' (2004) (Documentary / Short)
  43. Bambi Verleihung 2004 (2004)
  44. Rove Live (TV Episode) (1 episode) - (Season5, Episode 39) (2004)
  45. 2004 World Series (2004) (TV mini-series) - Crowd Member
  46. 60 Minutes (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 19 September 2004
  47. Breakfast (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. 2 September 2004
    2. 12 January 2001
  48. GMTV (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 2 September 2004
  49. Late Night with Conan O'Brien
    1. 17 June 2004
    2. 11 December 1998
    3. 4 May 2006
  50. World War II Memorial Dedication (2004) (TV) (Guest speaker)
  51. Filmland (TV Episode) (1 episode) - (Season 3, Episode 17) (2004)
  52. Making 'Saving Private Ryan' (2004) (Documentary)
  53. 'Saving Private Ryan': Miller and His Platoon (2004) (Documentary)
  54. 'Saving Private Ryan': Boot Camp (2004) (Documentary)
  55. 'Saving Private Ryan': Parting Thoughts (2004) (Documentary)
  56. 'Saving Private Ryan': Re-Creating Omaha Beach (2004) (Documentary)
  57. Inside 'The Terminal' (2004) (TV)
  58. Making a 'Splash' (2004) (Documentary) - Himself / Allen Bauer
  59. The Daily Show (TV Episodes) (1 episode) - 23 March 2004
  60. The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) (TV)
  61. Rebels of Oakland: The A's, the Raiders, the '70s (2003) (TV)
  62. Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip (2003) (TV) (voice)
  63. Concert for George (2003) (TV) - Mountie
  64. Intimate Portrait (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Penny Marshall (2003)
  65. Tinseltown TV (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 2 August 2003
  66. 'Catch Me If You Can': In Closing (2003) (Documentary)
  67. 'Catch Me If You Can': The Casting of the Film (2003) (Documentary)
  68. Frank Abagnale: Between Reality and Fiction (2003) (Documentary)
  69. 'Catch Me If You Can': Behind the Camera (2003) (Documentary)
  70. The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV) - Past Winner
  71. Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003) (TV)
  72. Wetten, dass..? (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Wetten, dass..? aus Böblingen (2003)
  73. People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia' (2003) (Documentary)
  74. Life with Bonnie (TV Episode) (1 episode) - What If? (2002)
  75. The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) (TV)
  76. Parkinson (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 21 September 2002
  77. Leute heute (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Filmfestspiele Venedig (2002)
  78. AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks (2002) (TV)
  79. The Making of 'Road to Perdition' (2002) (TV)
  80. The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration (2002) (TV)
  81. The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) (TV)
  82. Primetime Glick - (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Tom Hanks/Ben Stiller (2002)
  83. The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch (2002) (TV)
  84. Bravo Profiles (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Geena Davis (2002)
  85. The Island (2001) (Documentary)
  86. America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV)
  87. The Making of 'Band of Brothers' (2001) (TV)
  88. The Making of 'Cast Away' (2001) (Documentary)
  89. Wilson: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra (2001) (Documentary)
  90. Rescued from the Closet (2001) (Documentary)
  91. E! True Hollywood Story (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Joan Rivers (2001)
  92. The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001) (TV) - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Writing Awards
  93. 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2001) (TV) - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
  94. The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2001) (TV)
  95. The Directors (TV Episode) (5 episodes) (2001)
    1. The Films of Garry Marshall
    2. The Films of Frank Darabont
    3. The Films of Nora Ephron
    4. The Films of Ron Howard
    5. The Films of Steven Spielberg
  96. What Lies Beneath: Constructing the Perfect Thriller (2001) (TV)
  97. The Rosie O'Donnell Show (TV Episode) (5 episodes)
    1. 18 December 2000
    2. 9 December 1999
    3. 10 December 1998
    4. 21 July 1998
    5. 2 October 1996
  98. Shooting War (2000) (TV) Narrator/Host
  99. Walking the Mile (2000) (Documentary) - Himself / Paul Edgecomb
  100. 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) - Presenter
  101. Behind the Scenes: Cast Away (2000) (Documentary)
  102. The Miracle of 'The Green Mile' (1999) (TV)
  103. The Martin Short Show (TV Episode) (1 episode) - (Season 1, Episode 4) (1999)
  104. The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) (TV) - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
  105. Celebrity Profile (TV series) (1999)
  106. Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (1999) (TV)
  107. Stephen King: Shining in the Dark (1999) (TV)
  108. Famous Families (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: That Thing They Do (1998)
  109. Return with Honor (1998) - Narrator
  110. Mundo VIP (TV EPisode) (1 episode) - Show nº 121 (1998)
  111. Extra Rosa (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 24 July 1998
  112. Dennis Miller Live (TV Episode) (1 episode) - The Space Program (1998)
  113. Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope (1998) (TV)
  114. Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' (1998) (Documentary)
  115. Return to Normandy (1998) (Documentary) - The Making of 'Saving Private Ryan'
  116. I Am Your Child (1997) (TV)
  117. Ruby Wax Meets... (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Tom Hanks (1997)
  118. Harald Schmidt Show, Die (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 7 January 1997
  119. The Story Behind 'Toy Story' (1997) (Documentary)
  120. Lost Moon: The Triumph of Apollo 13 (1996) (Documentary)
  121. The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) (TV) - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
  122. 2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996) (TV)
  123. Showbiz Today (TV Episode) (2 episodes)
    1. 20 November 1995
    2. 19 June 1995
  124. The Naked Truth (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Bald Star in Hot Oil Fest! (1995)
  125. The Celluloid Closet (1995)
  126. Hasty Pudding Awards (1995) (TV)
  127. The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV) - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
  128. 1st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) (TV)
  129. The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg (1995) (TV)
  130. The Wonderful World of Disney: 40 Years of Television Magic (1994) (TV)
  131. The 66th Annual Academy Awards (1994) (TV) - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
  132. Sunday Night Clive (TV Episode) (1 episode) - (Season 1, Episode 1) (1994)
  133. Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump (1994) (TV)
  134. Late Night with David Letterman (TV Episode) (3 episodes)
    1. 25 June 1993
    2. 6 October 1988
    3. 20 August 1985
  135. The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV) - Co-Presenter: Documentary Awards
  136. The 64th Annual Academy Awards (1992) (TV)
  137. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Episode) (7 episodes)
    1. 4 March 1992
    2. 4 August 1989
    3. 22 July 1988
    4. 8 August 1986
    5. 19 April 1984
    6. 8 April 1982
    7. 4 February 1982
  138. Wogan (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 14 June 1991
  139. The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) (TV) - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
  140. The Arsenio Hall Show (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 7 March 1990
  141. Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary (1989) (TV)
  142. The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) (TV) - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
  143. Aspel & Company (TV Episode) (1 episode) - (Season 6, Episode 2) (1988)
  144. Biography (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Tom Hanks: The Luckiest Man in the World
  145. The 59th Annual Academy Awards (1987) (TV) - Presenter: Best Short Film, Animated

Archive footage

  1. Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo (2008) (TV)
  2. The O'Reilly Factor (TV Series) (1 episode) - 4 January 2008 (2008)
  3. TV Land Confidential (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Movies (2007)
  4. Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation (2007) (TV) Himself / Audience Member
  5. Canada A.M. (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 16 January 2007
  6. The Queen (2006)
  7. Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero (2006) (TV)
  8. Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006)
  9. Corazón de... (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 14 March 2006 - Walter Fielding Jr.
  10. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
  11. MythBusters (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Shredded Plane (2006)
  12. Oficio de actor, El (2005) (TV)
  13. Magacine (TV Episode) (1 episode) - 30 September 2005
  14. Cinema mil (TV Episode) (1 episode) - (Season 1, Episode 9) (2005)
  15. I Love the '90s: Part Deux (2005) (mini)
  16. Saturday Night Live: The Best of Jon Lovitz (2005) (TV) - Various Characters
  17. Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tom Hanks (2004) (TV) - Himself / Various Characters
  18. 101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments (2004) (TV) - Himself/Various Characters
  19. Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken (2004) (TV)
  20. 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004) (TV)
  21. Geschichte des erotischen Films, Die (2004) (TV)
  22. Celebrities Uncensored (TV Episode) (2 episode)
    1. Season 1, Episode 15 (2003)
    2. Season 1, Episode 4 (2003)
  23. Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies (2000) (TV)
  24. Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years (2000) (TV) Himself/Josh/Rick Gassko
  25. Lord Stanley's Cup: Hockey's Ultimate Prize (2000) (Documentary)
  26. The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) (TV)
  27. Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers (1998) - Barry the roadie
  28. 50 Years of Funny Females (1995) (TV)
  29. Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (TV Episode) (1 episode) - Quadriplegia, Nymphomania, and HIV-Positive Night (1995) - Andrew Beckett
  30. Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash (1992) (TV) - Peter Jennings
  31. Best of Saturday Night Live: Special Edition (1992) - Various Characters

Trade Mark: 

He's one of the most versatile actors of his generation.

He possesses a unique talent that makes his characters, of regular guys who usually run across uncommon conflicts, easily be identified with the spectator or with people of his/her environment.

He can easily bring to surface the human essence of his characters; no matter if he is an astronaut, a politician, a man with a low IQ who is able to accomplish great things or a World War II soldier; he can make you feel familiar with his characters while adding them some particular charm.


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