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).
- Marriedhis first wife 'Samantha Lewes' (qv) (real name: Susan Dillingham) two months after their son Colin's birth.
- 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).
- Attended Skyline High School in Oakland, California.
- Sold popcorn and peanuts as a teenager at the Oakland Coliseum.
- Is a member of the International Thespian Society (a group supporting theatre for high school students internationally).
- Received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the U. S. Navy's highest civilian honor, on Veterans Day 1999 for his work in the movie _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv).
- Frequently works with director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), and is related to Nancy Hanks, the mother of 'Abraham Lincoln (I)' (qv). Ironically, he is not involved in Spielberg's film about Lincoln, despite his frequent involvement in historical projects.
- Is a fan of _"Doctor Who" (1963)_ (qv).