Jul. 9th, 1956
Concord, California, USA
Tom Hanks' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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).
- In three of his movies, he has had a scene where he is stranded at sea: _Splash (1984)_ (qv), _Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)_ (qv), and _Cast Away (2000)_ (qv).
- Was a member of Monty Python for one night only, filling in for 'John Cleese' (qv), at A Concert For George.
- Both his maternal grandparents, though born in California, had Portuguese ancestry, originally from the Azores Islands.
- Returned to his old high school, Skyline High School in Oakland, California, to dedicate a renovated theater named for Rawley T. Farnsworth, the retired drama teacher he thanked in his _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv) Oscar speech. Oakland Tribune reports Hanks donated about 1/4 of the $465,000 cost of the project. Then he led the audience of some 1000 people in a chorus of "There's No Business Like Show Business" (6 March 2002).
- Ranked #16 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #16 in 2005 as well.
- He and actress 'Meg Ryan (I)' (qv) have been co-stars in three movies as love interests: _Sleepless in Seattle (1993)_ (qv), _Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)_ (qv) and _You've Got Mail (1998)_ (qv).
- Lost 30 lbs. for his role in _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv).
- His Oscar acceptance speech for 1993's _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv) led to the plot of the movie _In & Out (1997)_ (qv). Hanks thanked a gay teacher in his speech.