Tom Hanks Biography |
  • Tom Hanks Biography

    Born: September 07, 1956 in Concord, California, USA

    TOM HANKS holds the distinction of being the first actor in 50 years to be awarded back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®: in 1993 as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in Philadelphia and the following year in the title role of Forrest Gump. He won Golden Globes® for both of these performances, as well as his work in Big and Cast Away. In 2009, Hanks was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the Chaplin Award.

    Hanks recently made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” His performance earned him Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony® nominations. On screen, Hanks was most recently seen in Cloud Atlas. His upcoming films include Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.

    Hanks received his big break in the ABC television comedy series “Bosom Buddies.” This led to starring roles in Ron Howard’s Splash, as well as Bachelor Party, Volunteers, The Money Pit, and Nothing in Common. In 1988, the Los Angeles Film Critics recognized Hanks’ performances in both Big and Punchline by awarding him with a Best Actor Award.

    Hanks has also starred in A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan (for which he was honored with his fourth Academy Award® nomination), The Green Mile, Cast Away (his fifth Academy Award®-nominated performance), Road to Perdition, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, The Ladykillers, The Polar Express, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Charlie Wilson’s War, Larry Crowne (which he also co-wrote, produced, and directed), and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He provided the voice for the character Woody in three Toy Story films; Toy Story 3 won the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® for Best Animated Feature Film.

    In 1996, Hanks made his feature film writing and directing debut with That Thing You Do! He also served as an executive producer, writer, director, and actor for HBO’s Emmy®-winning miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and executive producer, writer, and director alongside Steven Spielberg of HBO’s “Band of Brothers,” which was honored with an Emmy Award® and a Golden Globe® for Best Miniseries. In 2008, Hanks, with his production company, Playtone, executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries “John Adams.” The series went on to win an Emmy® for Outstanding Miniseries and a Golden Globe® for Best Miniseries. In 2010, Hanks and Playtone executive produced their next collaboration with HBO, “The Pacific,” which won the Emmy® for Outstanding Miniseries. Hanks and Playtone most recently executive produced the Emmy® and Golden Globe®–winning HBO political drama Game Change, starring Julianne Moore and Ed Harris.

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