Tom Hanks is a well-known actor who has been in films such as “Splash,” “Big,” “Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13,” and the “Toy Story” series.
Who Is Tom Hanks?
In 1977, Tom Hanks debuted with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival before going to New York City. He was most recognized for his role in the Ron Howard picture Splash, but he also appeared in the television comedy Bosom Buddies. He went on to star in a slew of other critically acclaimed films, including Big, Forrest Gump, and Cast Away, on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s most powerful and well-respected performers.
Early Life and Career
Hanks was born in Concord, California, on July 9, 1956. Hanks’ parents separated when he was five years old, and he was raised by his father, a chef called Amos, along with his elder brother and sister. The family relocated many times before landing in Oakland, California, where Hanks graduated from high school.
Hanks attended junior college in Hayward, California after graduating from high school in 1974. After reading and seeing Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh (1946), he decided to pursue acting and enrolled in the theater department at California State University, Sacramento.
Hanks was approached in 1977 to participate in the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival’s summer session in Lakewood, Ohio. Hanks spent the following three years performing in different Shakespeare shows during the summers and worked backstage at a small theater group in Sacramento during the winters. For his performance of Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, he received the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in 1978.
Movies and Career
By 1980, Hanks had dropped out of college and relocated to New York City following his third season with the Great Lakes festival. He got a minor role in the 1980 horror picture He Knows You’re Alone after several rounds of tryouts. In the same year, he was discovered by an ABC talent scout and cast in the comedy Bosom Buddies, in which he played one of two advertising execs who dress in drag to rent an apartment in an all-female complex.
The program was discontinued after two seasons, but it provided Hanks some publicity and led to him being cast in guest parts on famous series such as Happy Days (1974–1984), Taxi (1978–1983), The Love Boat (1977–87), and Family Ties (1977–1987). (1982-89). Ron Howard, a former co-star of Happy Days and now a filmmaker, recalled Hanks in 1982 and had him read for a supporting role in a film. That supporting part went to John Candy, and Hanks went on to portray a guy who falls in love with a mermaid, played by Daryl Hannah, in Howard’s Splash (1984). The film was an unexpected success, and Hanks’ visage became instantly recognisable.
Bachelor Party (1984), The Man With One Red Shoe (1985), Volunteers (1985), The Money Pit (1986), and Dragnet (1986) were among the critically criticized films that followed (1987). Hanks escaped these critical flops largely unharmed, as critics often cited his performance as the finest aspect of each film.
In 1988, Hanks was cast in filmmaker Penny Marshall’s Big, in which he played a 13-year-old kid who was overnight transplanted into the body of a 35-year-old man. His performance wowed critics and fans alike, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
With Big, Tom Hanks proved that he could be both a big office attraction and a great performer. His subsequent efforts failed to equal that film’s critical and financial success, but they did demonstrate Hanks’ versatility, ranging from lighter comedies (1989’s Turner and Hooch, 1990’s Joe Versus the Volcano) to more serious material (1988’s Punchline, 1990’s Bonfire of the Vanities).
Following a memorable performance as the manager of an all-baseball women’s team in A League of Their Own (1992), Tom Hanks had two big hits in 1993: Sleepless in Seattle, a romantic comedy written by Nora Ephron in which he reunited with his Joe Versus the Volcano co-star Meg Ryan, and Philadelphia, in which he co-starred with Denzel Washington. Hanks portrayed a lawyer who was dismissed from his high-paying business because he had AIDS in the latter picture, and he gave a brave performance that won him an Academy Award for best actor.
He followed up that incredible year with the publication of Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump (1994), a sweeping tale about an improbable hero’s journey through 20th-century American history. The film was a box office smash, earning Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Hanks, for his part, won his second consecutive lead actor Oscar, making him the first person in 50 years to do so.
Hanks featured in another hit in 1995, Apollo 13, a Howard film based on the Apollo 13 spacecraft’s failed lunar landing attempt in 1970. In 2002, the picture was released in IMAX format. The picture, like Forrest Gump, grossed over $500 million at the box office. He also starred in the voice cast of Toy Story, the first big Disney/Pixar collaboration, in 1995.
Hanks made his directing and screenplay debut the following year with That Thing You Do!, which was a modest hit. He continued his work in front of the camera in the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, for which he produced, directed, wrote, and starred in many episodes.
Saving Private Ryan, a World War II movie directed by Steven Spielberg and shot with brutal realism, was released in 1998, and he featured in it. Despite the fact that the film was nominated for director and actor Academy Awards, as well as being a favorite for best picture, Spielberg was the only one to win. Hanks reunited with Ryan and Ephron in the blockbuster romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail later that year.
In late 1999, Hanks rocketed to the top of the Christmas box office after reprising his role as Woody, the cowboy at the heart of the 1995 animated picture Toy Story. Toy Story 2, which also features Tim Allen’s voice, shattered box office records when it debuted over Thanksgiving weekend, earning an unprecedented $80.8 million. During this period, he also appeared in The Green Mile, which debuted at No. 2 in the box office behind Toy Story 2 in its opening weekend. The film was based on a Stephen King novella and was set in a Depression-era jail.
In his next picture, the long-awaited Cast Away (2000), directed by Robert Zemeckis and co-starring Helen Hunt, Hanks underwent a dramatic physical change to portray a man trapped on a desert island. Hanks’ performance catapulted the picture to the top of the Christmas box office, giving him yet another well-deserved Oscar nomination for best actor.
Hanks received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, making him the youngest actor ever to receive the award. His accessible good looks and regular-guy charisma earned him comparisons to screen legends of the past like Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, and Gary Cooper.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding, starring Nia Vardalos, was an unexpected success for Tom Hanks in 2002. In 2004, Joel and Ethan Coen’s adaptation of the classic 1955 comedy The Ladykillers, Steven Spielberg’s comedy-drama The Terminal, and the family picture The Polar Express brought him back to the big screen. With the Imax space documentary Magnificent Desolation (2005) and Evan Almighty (2007), the A-list actor resumed his producing career (2007).
Hanks next appeared in The Da Vinci Code (2006), a film based on Dan Brown’s blockbuster book and co-starring Audrey Tatou. The film was a global success, grossing more than $750 million. Hanks starred in Charlie Wilson’s Fight, a drama about a Texas congressman’s attempts to aid Afghan rebels in their war against the Soviets, over the 2007 Christmas season. Hanks was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.
Hanks appeared in the sequel to Da Vinci, Angels and Demons, in 2009. After that, he did voiceover work for the critically acclaimed TV miniseries The Pacific (2010) and Toy Story 3 (2010), before going on to appear in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) and Cloud Atlas (2012). (2012).
Hanks made his Broadway debut in the 2013 production of Lucky Guy, after a successful film career. He was nominated for a Tony Award for best performance by a main actor, but Tracy Letts of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? beat him out.
In 2013, Hanks starred as Captain Phillips in the maritime thriller Captain Phillips and as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks, a film about how the studio head persuaded P.L. Travers, played by Emma Thompson, to allow the filming of Mary Poppins.
Following his appearance in pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen’s song video “I Really Like You,” Hanks’ depiction of a US attorney in the Cold War drama Bridge of Spies was praised by reviewers. In the fall of 2015, the actor reconnected with director Steven Spielberg for a new film. President Barack Obama awarded Hanks the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016 for his contributions to the arts.
In 2017, Hanks and Meryl Streep starred in Steven Spielberg’s The Post, a film about the controversy surrounding the Pentagon Papers’ release in the Washington Post during the Vietnam War. The veteran actor’s performance was praised by reviewers once again, earning him another Golden Globe nomination.
Hanks signed on to portray Mister Rogers in a forthcoming biopic, which will be named A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, in January 2018. The idea was inspired by Tom Junod’s 1998 Esquire article, which detailed the writer’s meeting and friendship of the popular children’s television personality. Following the film’s November 2019 theatrical debut, Hanks received his sixth Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the benevolent Rogers.
Marriages, Children and Personal Life
While in college, Hanks met his first wife, actress and producer Samantha Lewes (real name: Susan Dillingham). Before divorcing in 1987, they were married in 1978 and had two children, Colin and Elizabeth.
He married actress Rita Wilson, with whom he co-starred in the film Volunteers, in 1988. Chester and Truman are the names of Hanks and Wilson’s two children.
Hanks stated that he was dealing with a serious health problem during an interview on The Late Show with David Letterman in October 2013. “‘You know those high blood sugar levels you’ve been dealing with since you were 36?’ they remarked when I went to the physicians. So, you’ve completed your studies. ‘You have Type 2 diabetes,’ says the doctor “he said
Hanks revealed on Instagram in March 2020 that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus while in Australia.
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