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).
- 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.
- Born to Amos Mefford Hanks, a chef, and his wife Janet Marylyn Frager, a hospital worker, his parents divorced in 1960.
- Stepson of the former Frances Wong, whom his father married in 1965.
- Received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the U. S. Navy's highest civilian honor, on Veterans Day 1999 for his work in the movie _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv).
- His heroic Oscar-winning gay character Andrew Beckett in the 1993 film _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv) was ranked #49 on the Amerian Film Institute's heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villians.
- 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).
- Is a member of the International Thespian Society (a group supporting theatre for high school students internationally).
- He once worked as a hotel bellman. Some of the celebrity guests whose bags he carried were 'Cher (I)' (qv), 'Sidney Poitier' (qv), 'Slappy White' (qv) and 'Bill Withers' (qv).