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 tookthe 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.
In 1994 - 2004 period, he is the most nominated performer nominated for an Academy Award (4 times, along Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Judi Dench and Ed Harris) and is the most winner (2 times).
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 youth.
When he once worked as a hotel bellman, some of the celebrity guests whose bags he carried included, Cher, Sidney Poitier, Slappy White and Bill Withers
He was voted the 28th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Appears uncredited as a member of the Mountie choir for "The Lumberjack Song" in Concert for George (2003) (TV)
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.
Ancestors of his from England, many of whom eventually settled in America, sharing the name "Hanks" can be traced back several centuries.
Attended John Swett Elementary School (Oakland, California)
Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch) [2001-]
"It's just as hard...staying happily married as it is doing movies."
"I've made over 20 movies, and 5 of them are good."
On the CGI used in The Polar Express: "It's the same stuff they used in that 4th Lord Of The Rings Movie. Or was it the 19th Lord Of The Rings Movie? You know, the one where Boldo and Jingy travel across the bridge? I don't know, I don't know their names. When I watch Lord Of The Rings I just think 'someone got their finger stuck on the word processor for too long'".
Cast Away (2000)
The Green Mile (1999)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
You've Got Mail (1998)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
$40,000,000+ (gross and profit participations)
Toy Story (1995)
Forrest Gump (1994)
$70,000,000 (gross and profit participations)
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
He Knows You're Alone (1980)
Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
The success of this college dropout is based on his breezy, spontaneous acting style, best exemplified in his triumphant, Oscar-nominated performance as a man who behaves like a young boy in Penny Marshall's Big (1988). This thin, curly-haired brunet actually made his film debut in the slasher thriller He Knows You're Alone eight years earlier, but didn't hit the big time until he accepted the role of reluctant cross-dresser Kip Wilson in the TV sitcom "Bosom Buddies" (1980-82). The show's success led to his being cast in the raucous Bachelor Party (1984), a witless but lighthearted comedy that launched him as a screen star.
Hanks' choices of projects haven't always been wise ones, but he has established himself as one of the brightest and most likable personalities in contempo- rary movies. In such vehicles as Splash (1984), as a man who falls for a mer- maid, and Turner & Hooch (1989), as a cop with a dog for a partner, he has proved to be a major box-office draw as well. He also starred as a harried homeowner in The Money Pit (1986), Jackie Gleason's long-suffering son in Nothing in Common (1986), a hip detective in Dragnet (1987), a failed stand-up comic in Punchline (1988), a nervous suburbanite in The 'burbs (1989), and a terminally ill human sacrifice in Joe versus the Volcano (1990).
Hanks was badly miscast as yuppie investment banker Sherman McCoy in the ill-fated adaptation of The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), but he was hardly responsible for the mess. In 1992 he gained weight to take on an unlikely character part as a boozy baseball manager/has-been in A League of Their Own and scored a great success, which was topped by his endearing performance as a wistful widower in the smash hit Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and a daring change of pace as a lawyer afflicted with AIDS in Philadelphia (1993), which won him an Oscar. He also made his directing debut in 1993 with episodes of the film-noirish TV series "Fallen Angels" and "A League of Their Own." Hanks cemented his superstardom with a sly comic portrayal of a slowwitted but fast-running innocent in the blockbuster Forrest Gump (1994); it earned him a second Best Actor Oscar. He followed this with Apollo 13 (1995, as astronaut Jim Lovell). His wife is actress Rita Wilson, with whom he starred in Volunteers (1985); she contributed a hilarious scene to Sleepless in Seattle