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).
- His Oscar acceptance speech for 1993's _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv) led to the plot of the movie _In & Out (1997)_ (qv). Hanks thanked a gay teacher in his speech.
- Was considered for the role of Peter Banning (Peter Pan) in _Hook (1991)_ (qv).
- Attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.
- Born at 11:17 AM
- 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.
- His three favourite bands/artists are 'Elvis Presley' (qv), Patrick Rondat and Alabama Thunderpussy.
- Ranked #1 on Star TV's Top Ten Box Office stars of the 1990s (2003)
- Lost 30 lbs. for his role in _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv).