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).
- Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 244, pages 199-202. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.
- His top five all-time favorite films are _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv), _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv), _Fargo (1996)_ (qv), _Elephant (2003)_ (qv) and _Boogie Nights (1997)_ (qv), with 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv)'s film holding the top ranking.
- Gained and later lost 50 lbs. for his role in _Cast Away (2000)_ (qv).
- Lost 30 lbs. for his role in _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv).
- He is a third cousin, four generations removed, of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Their common ancestor is John Hanks (1680 - 1740), who was the great-great-grandfather of Lincoln, and the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of Tom Hanks. It is commonly (albeit incorrectly) reported that they are fourth cousins, four times removed, but Thomas Hanks (b. 1819) and Abraham Lincoln were both great-great-grandchildren of John Hanks, making them third cousins. Tom Hanks was Thomas Hanks' great-great-grandson, making his relation to Abraham Lincolns four generations removed.
- His first wife 'Samantha Lewes' (qv) died of cancer 14 years after their divorce.
- Shortly before the release of Columbia Pictures' _Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)_ (qv), 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 took the lead role in the computer-animated film _The Polar Express (2004)_ (qv), a film highly-publicized for its use of new (and expensive) technique of digital actors.
- Ranked #1 on Star TV's Top Ten Box Office stars of the 1990s (2003)