Jul. 9th, 1956
Concord, California, USA
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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).
- Has another brother who is a professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL.
- Has been referred to by many as "the modern 'James Stewart (I)' (qv)".
- Attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.
- Is the second most-represented actor (behind 'Sidney Poitier' (qv) and 'Gary Cooper (I)' (qv)) 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)_ (qv) at #37, _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv) at #20, _Apollo 13 (1995)_ (qv) at #12, and _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv) at #10.
- The asteroid "12818 tomhanks" was named after him.
- Entertainment Weekly chose him as the only actor worthy of $20 million.
- He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.
- Attended California State University, Sacramento.