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).
- He is a third cousin, four generations removed, of former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Their common ancestor is John Hanks (1680 - 1740), who was the great-great-grandfather of Lincoln, and the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of Tom Hanks. It is commonly (albeit incorrectly) reported that they are fourth cousins, four times removed, but Thomas Hanks (b. 1819) and Abraham Lincoln were both great-great-grandchildren of John Hanks, making them third cousins. Tom Hanks was Thomas Hanks' great-great-grandson, making his relation to Abraham Lincolns four generations removed.
- Is a member of the International Thespian Society (a group supporting theatre for high school students internationally).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- His performance as Chuck Noland in _Cast Away (2000)_ (qv) is ranked #46 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
- Married 'Rita Wilson (I)' (qv) at Saint Sophia's Church, converting from Roman Catholicism to Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
- Gained and later lost 50 lbs. for his role in _Cast Away (2000)_ (qv).