Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956 in Concord, California) is an American actor and filmmaker.
He is known for his roles in Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail (both 1998), Cast Away (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. Banks (both 2013), as well as for his voice work in the animated films The Polar Express (2004) and the Toy Story series. Hanks has been nominated for numerous awards during his career.
He won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia, as well as 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. In 2004, he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Hanks is also known for his collaboration with film director Steven Spielberg on Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can (2002), and The Terminal (2004), as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which launched Hanks as a successful director, producer, and writer. In 2010, Spielberg and Hanks were executive producers on the HBO miniseries The Pacific (a companion piece to Band of Brothers).
As of 2014, Hanks' films have grossed over $4.2 billion at the US and Canada box offices, and over $8.4 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors in film history. Hanks was married to American actress Samantha Lewes from 1978 until they divorced in 1987. The couple has two children, son Colin Hanks (born 1977), also an actor, and daughter Elizabeth Hanks. In 1988, Hanks married actress Rita Wilson. The two first met on the set of Hanks' television show Bosom Buddies, then later developed a romantic interest while working on the film Volunteers.
They have two sons: Chester Marlon, who had a small part as a student in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and released a rap single in 2011; and Truman Theodore. On October 7, 2013, on The Late Show with David Letterman, Hanks announced that he has Type 2 diabetes. Hanks is a convert to the Greek Orthodox Church. Hanks said, "I must say that when I go to church—and I do go to church—I ponder the mystery. I meditate on the 'why?' of 'why people are as they are' and 'why bad things happen to good people,' and 'why good things happen to bad people'... The mystery is what I think it is, almost, the grand unifying theory of mankind."
Hanks is an avid collector of manual typewriters, writing an article about them in The New York Times in August 2013.
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