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Tom Hanks
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Birth Name: Thomas J. Hanks
Birthdate: July 9, 1956
Birthplace: Concord, California
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
Quote: "I've made 20 movies, and five of them are pretty good." --Boston Herald, July 24, 1998
Tom Hanks Photo

Claim to Fame: Costarred as Kip/Buffy Wilson in the cult series Bosom Buddies
(1980-1982)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Rita Wilson, actress; married 1988; met on the set of Volunteers
Wife: Samantha Lewes, actress, producer; married 1980; separated 1985; divorced 1987

Family:
Father: Amos Hanks, cook; divorced Hanks' mother in 1961; had custody of Hanks and two older siblings; married two more times; died 1992
Mother: Janet Turner, hospital worker; remarried several times
Sister: Sandra, writer; born July 31, 1951
Brother: Larry, professor; born 1953
Brother: Jim, actor; born 1961
Siblings: has numerous half- and step-siblings
Son: Colin; born 1978; mother, Samantha Lewes
Daughter: Elizabeth; born 1982; mother, Samantha Lewes
Son: Chester; born August 4, 1990; mother, Rita Wilson
Son: Truman Theodore; born December 26, 1995; mother, Rita Wilson

Biography
Tom Hanks has proven equally adept at comedy and drama emerging in the 1990s as one of Hollywood's most acclaimed and best-loved performers. Dropping out of college, he spent three seasons acting with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland (Ohio) before finding his first mainstream exposure as Kip/Buffy opposite Peter Scolari in the ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies", about a pair of wisecracking ad men forced to cross-dress in order to keep a cheap apartment in a NYC women's hotel.

Hanks found immediate stardom with his first leading movie role, opposite mermaid Daryl Hannah in "Splash" (1984) but the funny, if relentlessly sophomoric, "Bachelor Party" (1984) was followed by a handful of misfires. In 1988, Hanks displayed his versatility with two acclaimed performances: as the caustic and ambitious stand-up comedian in "Punchline" and as a teenager trapped in the body of an adult in "Big". The latter earned Hanks an Oscar nomination as Best Actor, capitalized on his youthful charm, and fixed him--perhaps permanently--with the label "boyish".

To his credit, Hanks tried to stretch as performer but met with mixed results. His casting as Wall Street heavyweight Sherman McCoy was considered one of the crucial misjudgments that scuttled Brian De Palma's adaptation of "Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990). Another attempt to shed his nice-guy image, in "A League of Their Own" (1992) was more successful, though the actor's boozing ex-ballplayer impressed critics more than audiences.< p class="body"> Hanks returned to romantic comedy with suprisingly successful results with "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993), opposite Meg Ryan. and finally broke out of the typecasting with his back-to-back Oscar-winning portrayals of an AIDS-stricken lawyer in "Philadelphia" (1994) and the triumphant child-man "Forrest Gump" (1995). Fresh from this triumph, he anchored "Apollo 13" (1996), portraying astronaut Jim Lovell. Following his feature screenwriting and directing debut, "That Thing You Do!" (1996), about a 60s rock-and-roll band, Hanks executive produced the well-received 1998 HBO miniseries about the NASA space program "From the Earth to the Moon". He returned to starring roles in the Steven Spielberg-directed WWII story "Saving Private Ryan" (receiving a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his turn as the captain leading soldiers in search of a missing soldier) and reteaming with Meg Ryan for the romantic comedy "You've Got Mail" (both 1998).

Filmography
"He Knows You're Alone" (1981)
"Mazes and Monsters" (1982)
"Bachelor Party" (1984)
"Splash" (1984)
"The Man With One Red Shoe" (1985)
"Volunteers" (1985)
"The Money Pit" (1986)
"Nothing in Common" (1986)
"Dragnet" (1987)
"Every Time We Say Goodbye" (1987)
"Big" (1988) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"Punchline" (1988)
"The 'Burbs" (1989)
"Turner and Hooch" (1989)
"The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990)
"Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990)
"A League of Their Own" (1992)
"Radio Flyer" (1992)
"Fallen Angels" (1993)
"Philadelphia" (1993) (Oscar, best actor)
"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993)
"Forrest Gump" (1994) (Oscar, best actor)
"Apollo 13" (1995)
"Toy Story" (1995) (voice)
"That Thing You Do!" (1996)
"Saving Private Ryan" (1998) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"You've Got Mail" (1998)
"Toy Story 2" (1999) (voice)
"The Green Mile" (1999)
"Cast Away" (2000) (Oscar nomination, best actor)

Awards:
1988: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor, Big and Punchline
1993: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), Philadelphia
1993: Berlin Film Festival: Best Actor, Philadelphia
1993: Oscar: Best Actor, Philadelphia
1993: MTV Movie Award: Best Male Performance, Philadelphia
1994: National Board of Review: Best Actor, Forrest Gump
1994: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (drama), Forrest Gump
1994: Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Forrest Gump
1994: American Comedy Award: Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture, Forrest Gump
1994: Oscar: Best Actor, Forrest Gump
1995: Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Motion Picture, Apollo 13
1996: People's Choice: Favorite Actor in a Motion Picture, Apollo 13
1996: People's Choice: Favorite Actor in a Movie (drama), Apollo 13
1998: Emmy: Outstanding Miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon; award shared
1998: Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Picture (made for television), From the Earth to the Moon
1998: Golden Satellite: Best Miniseries or Motion Picture (made for television, From the Earth to the Moon; award shared
1998: Golden Globe: Best Miniseries or Motion Picture (made for television), From the Earth to the Moon
1998: Producers Guild of America: Norman Felton Producer of the Year Award for Nonepisodic Television, From the Earth to the Moon
1998: Producers Guild of America: Golden Laurel Award: Most Promising Emergent Television Producer, From the Earth to the Moon
1999: ShoWest: Star of the Decade
1999: People's Choice: Favorite Actor in a Motion Picture
1999: U.S. Navy: Distinguished Public-Service Award for work on Saving Private Ryan

Education:
Chabot Junior College, Hayward, California (attended one year)
California State University, Sacramento, California (majored in theater); left before graduating to intern with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival

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