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).
- Ranked #17 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list (October 1997).
- His top five all-time favorite films are _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv), _The Godfather (1972)_ (qv), _Fargo (1996)_ (qv), _Elephant (2003)_ (qv) and _Boogie Nights (1997)_ (qv), with 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv)'s film holding the top ranking.
- Gained and later lost 50 lbs. for his role in _Cast Away (2000)_ (qv).
- He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.
- 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.
- Attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.
- Dislocated his shoulder when he fell through a rotting floor in a building in Germany while scouting locations with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) for the HBO series _"Band of Brothers" (2001)_ (qv) (1999).
- Has worked with two actors who played 'Howard Hughes (I)' (qv). In _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv), he worked with 'Jason Robards' (qv), who played Hughes in _Melvin and Howard (1980)_ (qv) for director 'Jonathan Demme' (qv). His cast mate in _Catch Me If You Can (2002)_ (qv) was 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv), who played Hughes in _The Aviator (2004)_ (qv) for 'Martin Scorsese' (qv).