Jul. 9th, 1956
Concord, California, USA
Tom Hanks' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Born in California, 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 Hanks 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).
- He once shared a record (with 'Tom Cruise' (qv) and 'Will Smith (I)' (qv)) as the actor to star in the most consecutive $100 million-grossing movies (7). As of 2008, Smith holds the record alone with 8 movies.
- Enjoys collecting typewriters, purchasing over 80 of them around the globe.
- Was considered for the role of Peter Banning (Peter Pan) in _Hook (1991)_ (qv).
- Was a member of Monty Python for one night only, filling in for 'John Cleese' (qv), at A Concert For George.
- Attended Skyline High School in Oakland, California.
- Has been referred to by many as "the modern 'James Stewart (I)' (qv)".
- 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)_ (qv).
- He was voted the 26th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.