Jul. 9th, 1956
Concord, California, USA
Tom Hanks' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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).
- After a one-shot guest appearance on _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv), producer 'Ron Howard (I)' (qv) asked him to read for a secondary part in _Splash (1984)_ (qv), and he got the lead instead.
- Cited as America's Favorite Movie Star in Harris Polls conducted in 2002, 2004, 2005, a record number of times as the #1 favorite. 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) are the only other actors to have achieved that feat.
- Born to Amos Mefford Hanks, a chef, and his wife Janet Marylyn Frager, a hospital worker, his parents divorced in 1960.
- Is a frequent guest host on _"Saturday Night Live" (1975)_ (qv).
- 'Jim Lovell (I)' (qv), whom Hanks played in _Apollo 13 (1995)_ (qv), is actually left-handed, but Hanks refused to write with his left hand for the movie.
- Is a fan of _"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)_ (qv), and has expressed desire to one day guest star on the show.
- He and President 'George Bush (I)' (qv) are both related to 19th-century Presidents. Bush, a Republican, is descended, by way of his mother's family, from Franklin Pierce, one of the last Democratic presidents before 'Abraham Lincoln (I)' (qv). Hanks, a Democrat, is descended from the family of Lincoln's mother.
- Entertainment Weekly chose him as the only actor worthy of $20 million.