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 once worked as a hotel bellman. Some of the celebrity guests whose bags he carried were 'Cher (I)' (qv), 'Sidney Poitier' (qv), 'Slappy White' (qv) and 'Bill Withers' (qv).
- Stepson of the former Frances Wong, whom his father married in 1965.
- Had made three films with director 'Steven Spielberg' (qv), all of which are tied to Europe. _Saving Private Ryan (1998)_ (qv) revolved around his character and his infantry unit seeking out a missing private in Europe during WW II. _Catch Me If You Can (2002)_ (qv) involved his character tracking down 'Frank Abagnale Jr.' (qv) in France and in _The Terminal (2004)_ (qv), his character was from the fictional eastern European country of Krakohzia.
- Lost 30 lbs. for his role in _Philadelphia (1993)_ (qv).
- Has another brother who is a professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL.
- Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2005 and 2007 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was suggested in the Worst Actor category on the 2005 ballot for his roles in the films _The Polar Express (2004)_ (qv) (referred to as "Bi-Polar Express" on the ballot), _The Ladykillers (2004)_ (qv) and _The Terminal (2004)_ (qv). He was suggested again in the Worst Actor category two years later, for his performance in _The Da Vinci Code (2006)_ (qv). He failed receive either nomination.
- Ranked #16 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #16 in 2005 as well.
- He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.