Last Updated: 06 Jul, 2023 | Views: 400
Other Profession(s): Filmmaker
Famous For: Acted in Forrest Gump movie and other movies.
Higher Education: Majors in Drama
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to traveling cook Amos Mefford Hanks and hospital employee Janet Marylyn (Frager). His father was primarily of English heritage, while his mother's native "Fraga" line was largely Portuguese. Tom was raised in a family that he has described as "fractured." After his parents' divorce, he moved about a lot and lived with a series of stepfamilies. Nothing wrong, no alcoholism—just a perplexing upbringing. He has no acting experience from college, and he attributes the start of his career to the fact that he was turned down for a part in a play. He went to downtown to try out for a community theatre production. The director of that play urged him to go to Cleveland, where his performance was accepted.
In 1978: He played "Proteus" in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."
From 1978 to 1980: He performed in several Shakespearean plays.
In 1980: He appeared in "He Knows You're Alone. In the same year, Hanks was cast in Bosom Buddies as one of the main characters.
In 1993: Tom played the character of a gay lawyer in Philadelphia.
In 1994: Hanks starred in "Forrest Gump," a movie that brought in more than $600 million worldwide.
In 1998, Hanks's next appeared in Saving Private Ryan.
In 1995: In the movie "Apollo 13," Hanks played an astronaut.
In 1996: Tom directed "That Thing You Do!" to make his directing debut.
In 2006: Hanks then appeared in the eagerly awaited movie The Da Vinci Code.
In 2012: He served as the film's executive producer.
Achievements and Awards:
Tom received Academy awards for "Forrest Gump."
In 2006, Tom was admitted to the American Army Rangers Hall of Fame.
In order to play Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, he shed 30 pounds.
After him, the asteroid "12818 Tomhanks" was named.