Jul. 9th, 1956
Concord, California, USA
Tom Hanks' Main TV 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).
- Has been Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch) since 2001.
- Has another brother who is a professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL.
- Father, with first wife 'Samantha Lewes' (qv), of 'Colin Hanks' (qv) (born on 24 September 1977) and 'Elizabeth Hanks' (qv) (born on 17 May 1982).
- Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 205-206. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
- 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.
- Shares his birthday with 'Jack White (XV)' (qv), 'David O'Hara (I)' (qv), 'Courtney Love' (qv), 'Chris Cooper (I)' (qv), 'O.J. Simpson' (qv) and 'Donald Rumsfeld' (qv).
- Favorite baseball team is the Cleveland Indians. He purchased a stone in the front of Jacob's Field when it was built.
- Forbes magazine estimated his 1999 earnings at $71.5 million.