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.
- 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).
- His performance as Forrest Gump in _Forrest Gump (1994)_ (qv) is ranked #43 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Premiere Magazine ranked him as #28 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
- 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.
- 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).
- After a one-shot guest appearance on _"Happy Days" (1974)_ (qv), producer 'Ron Howard (I)' (qv) asked him to read for a secondary part in _Splash (1984)_ (qv), and he got the lead instead.
- Ranked #17 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list (October 1997).