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).
- Received American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, presented by fellow Oscar winner 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), the youngest ever to receive that award (12 June 2002).
- 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.
- Was in attendance at 'Princess Diana' (qv)'s funeral along with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), 'Tom Cruise' (qv), 'Nicole Kidman' (qv), among others.
- Cited as America's Favorite Movie Star in Harris Polls conducted in 2002, 2004, 2005, a record number of times as the #1 favorite. 'Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Clint Eastwood' (qv) are the only other actors to have achieved that feat.
- Lost 30 lbs. for his role in _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv).
- Attended California State University, Sacramento.
- His performance as Josh Baskin in _Big (1988)_ (qv) is ranked #15 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- 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.