Hollywood is home to several great performers of the world. One of such brilliant performers is American actor Tom Hanks. Hanks is a two time Academy Award for Best Actor winner who was born on July 9, 1956. The suave actor, who is now in his late fifties, is one of the most talented actors in the world and aptly is also one of the highest earning actors in the business. Hanks is best known for his unforgettable performances in commercially successful movies such as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, The Da Vinci Code and Toy Story among others.
The Concord, California native was born to Amos Mefford Hanks and Janet Marylyn Hanks. He and three of his four siblings lived with their father after the divorce of their parents. Hanks attended California State University, Sacramento where he was a theatre buff. He settled down in New York City and began his acting career. While filming his popular television series, Bosom Buddies, he met his current wife Rita Wilson. The pair also worked together in Volunteers. They were married in 1988 and their son, Chet Hanks, was born in 1990. Wilson gave birth to their second son in 1995. Hanks also has two more children from his first marriage to the late actress Samantha Lewes. They were married in 1978. Hanks’s first child from Lewes is the actor Colin Hanks who was born in 1977. He also has a daughter named Elizabeth Hanks.
Hanks first appeared on the big screen in 1980’s He Knows You’re Alone and later Mazes and Monsters. Soon he landed the lead role in ABC’s Bosom Buddies which premiered two seasons before getting cancelled. He appeared in a dramatic role in Nothing in Common in 1986 which starred Jackie Gleason as his father. In the latter part of the decade, he appeared in a few box office let downs such as The ‘Burbs and The Bonfire of the Vanities. In 1989, he achieved sizable success with the hit Turner & Hooch and claimed the top spots in the film industry hierarchy with A League of Their Own in 1992. He followed the critically acclaimed role with further hits Philadelphia and Sleepless in Seattle. Hanks was awarded with the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia. A year later, he received the award for the second time for his role in Forrest Gump. The comedy drama film grossed more than $600 million worldwide. More hits were added to his resume such as Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile and Disney Pixar’s Toy Story. He directed That Thing You Do! in 1996. He was given the Golden Globe Award for Cast Away in 2000. He starred as Robert Langdon in the film adaptation to The Da Vinci Code in 2006. In 2009, he reprised the role in Angels & Demons. He returned to the Toy Story franchise for its third installment, Toy Story 3, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. He first appeared in Broadway in 2013 for the play Lucky Guy and was considered for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for the performance. That year he starred in Captain Phillips, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, and in Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks’ movies have been widely successful earning more than $4.2 billion in America and Canada. The actor has been able to generate a net worth of $350 million dollars.
Hanks is a supporter of Democratic party and has provided donations to political parties. He has openly supported same sex marriages and environmental conservation causes.
Tom Hanks is arguably the biggest box office star of all time with more than $3 billion movies sales. More than fifteen of his films have earned over $100 million worldwide.