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).
- Father, with first wife 'Samantha Lewes' (qv), of 'Colin Hanks' (qv) (born on 24 September 1977) and 'Elizabeth Hanks' (qv) (born on 17 May 1982).
- 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.
- Second actor to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars, for his work in _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv) and _Forrest Gump (1994)_ (qv). The first was 'Spencer Tracy' (qv), for _Captains Courageous (1937)_ (qv) and _Boys Town (1938)_ (qv).
- 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.
- Sold popcorn and peanuts as a teenager at the Oakland Coliseum.
- Related to 'Bill Cosby' (qv)'s wife 'Camille O. Cosby' (qv) (née Camille Olivia Hanks), as both share a biological lineage to 'Abraham Lincoln (I)' (qv) through his mother, Nancy Hanks.
- Dislocated his shoulder when he fell through a rotting floor in a building in Germany while scouting locations with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) for the HBO series _"Band of Brothers" (2001)_ (qv) (1999).
- Had made three films with director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), all of which are tied to Europe. _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv) revolved around his character and his infantry unit seeking out a missing private in Europe during WW II. _Catch Me If You Can (2002)_ (qv) involved his character tracking down 'Frank Abagnale Jr.' (qv) in France and in _The Terminal (2004)_ (qv), his character was from the fictional eastern European country of Krakohzia.