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 performance as Josh Baskin in _Big (1988)_ (qv) is ranked #15 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Has also credited 'Joe Spano' (qv), former co-star of the TV series _"Hill Street Blues" (1981)_ (qv), as being another of his most important early inspirations.
- Born at 11:17 AM
- Was a member of Monty Python for one night only, filling in for 'John Cleese' (qv), at A Concert For George.
- 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.
- His ancestors originally came from England. The name "Hanks" can be traced back several centuries.
- Is a member of the International Thespian Society (a group supporting theatre for high school students internationally).
- According to 'Patrick Stewart (I)' (qv) (Captain Picard), he is a huge Trekkie and the first time the two met, Star Trek was the only thing he wanted to talk about. Hanks was actually the original choice to play Zefram Cochrane in _Star Trek: First Contact (1996)_ (qv), and desperately wanted to play the role, but had to back out due to his earlier commitment to _That Thing You Do! (1996)_ (qv).