Jul. 9th, 1956
Concord, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
Al McIntosh (Voiced)
Himself - Guest
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 his television show "Bosom Buddies" (1980), she appeared in one episode in the second season (1981). 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).
- Ranked #16 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #16 in 2005 as well.
- Frequently works with director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), and is related to Nancy Hanks, the mother of 'Abraham Lincoln (I)' (qv). Ironically, he is not involved in Spielberg's film about Lincoln, despite his frequent involvement in historical projects.
- Was a member of Monty Python for one night only, filling in for 'John Cleese' (qv), at A Concert For George.
- Dislocated his shoulder when he fell through a rotting floor in a building in Germany while scouting locations with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) for the HBO series _"Band of Brothers" (2001)_ (qv) (1999).
- Born at 11:17 AM
- Shares his birthday with 'Jack White (XV)' (qv), 'David O'Hara (I)' (qv), 'Courtney Love' (qv), 'Chris Cooper (I)' (qv), 'O.J. Simpson' (qv) and 'Donald Rumsfeld' (qv).
- Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 244, pages 199-202. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.
- In 2007, Forbes Magazine reported that his earnings were estimated to be $74 million the previous year.