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).
- '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.
- Publicly endorsed Senator 'Barack Obama' (qv) in the 2008 presidential election.
- Was considered for the role of Peter Banning (Peter Pan) in _Hook (1991)_ (qv).
- Between 1994 and 2004, he was the performer nominated for the most Academy Awards (four times, along with 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv), 'Meryl Streep' (qv), 'Julianne Moore (I)' (qv), 'Judi Dench' (qv) and 'Ed Harris (I)' (qv)) and won the most (twice).
- Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 244, pages 199-202. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.
- Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2005 and 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category on the 2005 ballot for his roles in the films _The Polar Express (2004)_ (qv) (referred to as "Bi-Polar Express" on the ballot), _The Ladykillers (2004)_ (qv) and _The Terminal (2004)_ (qv). He was suggested again in the Worst Actor category two years later, for his performance in _The Da Vinci Code (2006)_ (qv). He failed receive either nomination.
- 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.
- Gained and later lost 50 lbs. for his role in _Cast Away (2000)_ (qv).