Biography for Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Born in California, Tom Hanks grew up in what he calls a 'fractured' family. His parents were pioneers in the development of marriage dissolution law in that state, and Tom moved around a lot, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism, just a confused childhood. He had no acting experience in college, and in fact credits the fact that he couldn't get cast in a college play with actually starting his career - he went downtown, auditioned for a community theater play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started. He met his second wife, actress Rita Wilson on the set of the movie Volunteers (1985) - they have two children and Tom has another son and daughter by his first wife. In 1996 he made his first step behind the camera, directing as well as starring and writing the film That Thing You Do! (1996).
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(30 April 1988 - present) 2 children
Samantha Lewes (24 January 1978 - 19 March 1987) (divorced) 2 children
Playing conflicted regular guys
Is a frequent guest host on "Saturday Night Live" (1975).
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 building in Germany while scouting locations with Steven Spielberg for prospective HBO series, "Band of Brothers" (2001) (mini). [Fall 1999]
Rumored to be excutive producer on a new Fox show, "West Point" (2000). 
First to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since 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 high school, Oakland, California.
Attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.
Attended California State University, Sacramento.
Voted best actor by the readers of the "US Magazine" in 1995.
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.
Children, with Lewes, Colin Hanks (b. 1977) and Elizabeth Hanks (b. 1982).
Married first wife Samantha Lewes (real name: Susan Dillingham) two months after their son, Colin, was born.
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 in summer, 1999 after returning from overseas location shoot.
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 on 12 June 2002 in Los Angeles. The youngest ever recipient.
Has also credited Joe Spano, former co-star of "Hill Street Blues" (1981), as being another of his most important early inspirations.
Returned to Skyline High School, his old school in Oakland, CA, to dedicate a renovated theater named for Rawley T. Farnsworth, the retired drama teacher he thanked in his "Philadelphia" Oscar speech. Oakland Tribune reports Hanks donated about 1/4 of the $465,000 cost of the project. Then he led audience of some 1000 people in chorus of "There's No Business Like Show Business". (3 June 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).
Children with Rita Wilson: Chester Marlon (b. 4 August 1990) and Truman Theodore (b. 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.
Tom Hanks is a fourth cousin, four generations removed from 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.
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. for his role in Philadelphia (1993).
Gained, then lost 50+ lbs. for his role in Cast Away (2000).
Is a fan of English Premier League soccer team Aston Villa.
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.
His first wife, Samantha Lewes, died of cancer.
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 seeking out a