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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks in April 2009
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks

July 9, 1956 (1956-07-09) (age 63)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, producer, writer, director, screenwriter, speaker
Years active 1979–present
Samantha Lewes (m. 1978–1987)

Rita Wilson (m. 1988)
Children Colin, Elizabeth, Chet, Truman
Parent(s) Amos Hanks (deceased)
Janet Marylyn (née Frager)
Relatives Jim Hanks (brother)

Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, movie producer, writer, director, screenwriter and speaker.

Many of Hanks' early movies were comedies. He was made famous by his roles in Splash and Big. He made his way into drama with A League of Their Own and Philadelphia. He combined the two genres with Forrest Gump. Hanks has starred in many more famous movies since, including Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story (only his voice was used), Cast Away, The Terminal, The Da Vinci Code, The Green Mile and Captain Phillips.

Hanks has won several awards for acting. He won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia. He also won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People's Choice Award for Best Actor for his role in Forrest Gump.



1989 Tom Hanks
Hanks at the Governor's Ball after the telecast of the 61st Academy Awards, 1989
Hanks as the title character on the film set of Forrest Gump (1994)
Hanks at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009
Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Actor Producer Other Role(s)
He Knows You're Alone 1980 Yes Elliot
Splash 1984 Yes Allen Bauer
Bachelor Party 1984 Yes Rick Gassko
The Man with One Red Shoe 1985 Yes Richard Harlan Drew
Volunteers 1985 Yes Lawrence Whatley Bourne III
The Money Pit 1986 Yes Walter Fielding, Jr.
Nothing in Common 1986 Yes David Basner
Every Time We Say Goodbye 1986 Yes David Bradley Limited release
Dragnet 1987 Yes Det. Pep Streebek
Big 1988 Yes Josh Baskin
Punchline 1988 Yes Steven Gold
The 'Burbs 1989 Yes Ray Peterson
Turner & Hooch 1989 Yes Det. Scott Turner
Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 Yes Joe Banks
The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 Yes Sherman McCoy
Radio Flyer 1992 Yes Older Mike/Narrator Cameo
A League of Their Own 1992 Yes Jimmy Dugan
Sleepless in Seattle 1993 Yes Sam Baldwin
Philadelphia 1993 Yes Andrew Beckett
Forrest Gump 1994 Yes Forrest Gump
Apollo 13 1995 Yes Jim Lovell
Toy Story 1995 Yes Sheriff Woody Voice only
That Thing You Do! 1996 Yes Director and screenwriter Mr. White
Saving Private Ryan 1998 Yes Captain John H. Miller
You've Got Mail 1998 Yes Joe Fox
Toy Story 2 1999 Yes Sheriff Woody Voice only
The Green Mile 1999 Yes Paul Edgecomb
Cast Away 2000 Yes Yes Chuck Noland
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 Yes
Road to Perdition 2002 Yes Michael Sullivan, Sr.
Catch Me If You Can 2002 Yes FBI Agent Carl Hanratty
The Ladykillers 2004 Yes Professor G.H. Dorr
Connie and Carla 2004 Yes
The Terminal 2004 Yes Viktor Navorski
Elvis Has Left the Building 2004 Yes Mailbox Elvis Cameo
The Polar Express 2004 Yes Yes The Conductor/Hero Boy/Father/Scrooge/Santa Claus/Hobo Voice and motion capture
Executive producer
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D 2005 Yes Screenwriter and narrator IMAX only
The Da Vinci Code 2006 Yes Professor Robert Langdon
Cars 2006 Yes Woody Car Cameo
Voice only
The Ant Bully 2006 Yes
Starter for 10 2006 Yes
Evan Almighty 2007 Yes Executive producer
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 Yes Yes Charlie Wilson
The Simpsons Movie 2007 Yes Himself Cameo
Voice only
Mamma Mia! 2008 Yes Executive producer
City of Ember 2008 Yes
The Great Buck Howard 2009 Yes Yes Mr. Gable Limited release
My Life in Ruins 2009 Yes Executive producer
Angels & Demons 2009 Yes Professor Robert Langdon
Where the Wild Things Are 2009 Yes
Beyond All Boundaries 2009 Yes Narrator Short film
Executive producer
Toy Story 3 2010 Yes Sheriff Woody Voice only
Hawaiian Vacation 2011 Yes Sheriff Woody Short film
Voice only
Larry Crowne 2011 Yes Yes Director and screenwriter Larry Crowne
Small Fry 2011 Yes Sheriff Woody Short film
Voice only
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 Yes Thomas Schell Jr.
Cloud Atlas 2012 Yes Dr. Henry Goose/Hotel Manager/ Isaac Sachs/
Dermot Hoggins/Cavendish Look-A-Like Actor/Zachry
Partysaurus Rex 2012 Yes Sheriff Woody Short film
Voice only
Parkland 2013 Yes
Captain Phillips 2013 Yes Captain Richard Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks 2013 Yes Walt Disney
Bridge of Spies 2015 Yes James B. Donovan
Ithaca 2015 Yes Yes TBA Post-production
Executive producer
A Hologram for the King 2015 Yes Alan Clay Post-production
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 2016 Yes Post-production
Inferno 2016 Yes Professor Robert Langdon Post-production
Sully 2016 Yes Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger Filming
The Circle TBA Yes Yes Bailey Filming


Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Actor Producer Other Role(s)
The Love Boat 1980 Yes Rick Martin Episode: "Friends and Lovers/Sergeant Bull/Miss Mother"
Bosom Buddies 1980–82 Yes Kip/Buffy Wilson
Mazes and Monsters 1982 Yes Robbie Wheeling Television film
Taxi 1982 Yes Gordon Episode: "The Road Not Taken: Part 1"
Happy Days 1982 Yes Dr. Dwayne Twitchell Episode: "A Little Case of Revenge"
Family Ties 1983–84 Yes Ned Donnelly Episode: "The Fugitive Part 1"
Episode: "The Fugitive Part 2"
Episode: "Say Uncle"
Saturday Night Live 1985–
Yes Host Various characters 8 times as host (1985–2006)
8 times as guest/ cameo (2001–15)
Tales from the Crypt 1992 Yes Director Baxter Episode: "None but the Lonely Heart"
Fallen Angels 1993 Yes Director Trouble Boy #1 Episode: "I'll Be Waiting"
A League of Their Own 1993 Director Episode: "The Monkey's Curse"
From the Earth to the Moon 1998 Yes Yes Director and screenwriter Jean-Luc Despont Episode: "Le voyage dans la lune" (actor)
Episode: ""Can We Do This?" (director)
4 episodes (writer)
Executive producer
Band of Brothers 2001 Yes Yes Director and screenwriter British Officer Miniseries
Executive producer
Episode: "Crossroads" (director)
Episode: "Currahee" (screenwriter)

Freedom: A History of US 2003 Yes Abraham Lincoln/ Charles E. Wood/ Daniel Boone 7 episodes
Big Love 2006–11 Yes Executive producer
The Pacific 2010 Yes Narrator Miniseries; 6 episodes
Executive producer
30 Rock 2011 Yes Himself Cameo
Killing Lincoln 2013 Narrator Television film
Toy Story of Terror! 2013 Yes Sheriff Woody Halloween Special
Voice only
The Assassination of President Kennedy 2013 Yes Documentary
Executive producer
The Sixties 2014 Yes Documentary series
Executive producer
Olive Kitteridge 2014 Yes Miniseries
Executive producer
Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014 Yes Sheriff Woody Christmas Special
Voice only
The Seventies 2015 Yes Documentary series
Executive producer

Music video appearances

Title Year Artist Ref.
I Really Like You 2015 Carly Rae Jepsen
Girls Night In 2015 Rita Wilson


Production Year Theatre Role Notes Ref(s)
The Taming of the Shrew 1977 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Grumio
Hamlet 1977 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Soldier, Reynaldo
Polly 1978 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Hacker
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 1978 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Proteus
The Wild Oats 1978 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Muz
King John 1978 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Robert Faulconbridge
Twelfth Night 1979 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Fabian
Juno and the Paycock 1979 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Jerry Devine
Do Me a Favorite 1979 Lakewood Civic Auditorium Harold
The Mandrake 1979 Riverside Shakespeare Theater Callimaco
Lucky Guy 2013 Broadhurst Theatre Mike McAlary

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