Tom Hanks (born 9.7.1956)
Tom Hanks is an American actor, film director and producer. He is possibly best known for his performances in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia.
Childhood: Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Amos Mefford Hanks and Janet Marylyn Frager. His parents divorced in 1960. Tom, along with his sister Sandra and brother Larry, stayed with their father. His younger brother Jim stayed with Janet.
Hanks attended Skyline High School in Oakland California, and was involved in a number of school plays, including South Pacific. He later studied theatre at Chabot College, followed by California State University, in Sacramento.
His career as an actor was founded in an internship that he earned at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland. His three years working at the festival covered all aspects of theatre work and earned him the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his role as Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Film Career: Hanks' acting career took a while to get off the ground. Films such as Nothing In Common failed to grasp the public's consciousness. It wasn't until he landed a lead role in Big, in 1988 that Hanks became established as a Hollywood star.
His next major project was Turner and Hooch. The film was both a financial and critical success. However, Hanks failed to capitalise on this success and his next few movies, such as The 'Burbs and Joe Versus the Volcano proved to be a disappointment for the actor.
Luckily for Hanks, he managed to regain his popularity with the release of A League of Their Own, which also starred Madonna. He compounded this success with the release of two defining films for his career, both of which saw Hanks tackling more serious roles. Firstly, Sleepless In Seattle, alongside Meg Ryan, then Philadelphia. In the latter, Tom Hanks plays a lawyer who has the AIDS virus and sues his company for discrimination. His performance won him 1993's Best Actor Oscar. The next year, Hanks starred in Forrest Gump, in which he played the title character. He won his second Best Actor Oscar for the role.
In 1996, Apollo 13, in which Hanks played an astronaut, received nine Academy Award nominations. That year, Hanks also provided the voice for Sheriff Woody in the Pixar animation, Toy Story.
In 1998, Saving Private Ryan saw Tom Hanks receive another Best Actor nomination, though he did not win the gong on this occasion. Later that year, he starred in You've Got Mail, a comedy that featured his former co-star Meg Ryan.
Continuing his prolific film output, Hanks went on to star in both The Green Mile (an adaptation of a Stephen King novel) and Toy Story 2 in 1999. He followed this with an acclaimed performance in Cast Away and a stint as producer on Band of Brothers, the HBO channel TV series. In addition to this, he starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the biopic of the con-man Frank Abagnale Jr. entitled Catch Me If You Can.
Following a short break from the world of film, Hanks appeared in the Coen brothers' 2004 remake of The Ladykillers, as well as The Terminal and The Polar Express.
In 2005, Tom Hanks was nominated as vice president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
His next project was to star in The Da Vinci Code, the film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling book.
In 2007, Tom Hanks starred in Charlie Wilson's War. He played the title role, portraying a Democratic Texan Congressman.
Life Outside Film: Hanks is a member of the US's National Space Society. He is also an honorary member of the United States Army Rangers, due to his role in saving Private Ryan.
He may be best known as 007, but Daniel Craig has been making movies for three decades. Here are five of our favourites.
As the latest 007 outing, Spectre, draws ever closer, we're taking a look back at five films from Daniel Craig's varied big-screen career - none of which involve the iconic superspy in a suit.
1. Layer Cake (2004)
Daniel Craig looking Bond-like in Layer Cake
Continue reading: Bond Is Back, But Here Are Five Other Daniel Craig Films Worth Watching
James Donovan is a simple insurance lawyer from Brooklyn, New York whose cases have never evoked too much controversy. However, all that changes quickly when he is enlisted by the CIA to defend a Russian spy in an impossible mission to have him released from prison without charge and returned home. When an American spy plane pilot is shot down during a task of photographing Russian territory, he thankfully survives; however, the angry Russian government are not planning on handing him over too easily. The only problem is, the law is very much not on the side of the Russian spy and in order for their man to be flown home, the government have to find a loophole to release their own captive. Donovan believes everyone deserves a fair trial, but he's one of very few people who do and by putting his life on the line to help his country during the Cold War, he's risking his family too.
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Deadline and others report that Hanks is in talks with Clint Eastwood to play the lead role in the forthcoming biopic.
Tom Hanks is in negotiations with Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. to play the role of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in the studio’s forthcoming biopic movie about the life of the heroic pilot, it has been widely reported.
According to Deadline and multiple other sources, 58 year old Hanks is set to be the first person cast in the movie. Sullenberger became an instant national hero in January 2009 when he safely performed an emergency landing of a US Airways passenger jet on the Hudson River after a flock of geese had hit the plane moments after take-off from New York’s La Guardia airport, with all 155 passengers and crew surviving.
Tom Hanks could play "Sully" Sullenberger in new biopic
In 1960, the hard work of many good people was tested greatly. The height of the Cold War was set to see a series of peaceful negotiation between the Americans and Russians, but a week beforehand, everything changed. An American spy plane was shot down by Russian missiles, carrying pictures of various Russian air force bases. While the US government tried to deny the charges, the Russians were able to provide the pictures, the airplane wreckage, and the pilot - miraculously unharmed. In exchange for his return, they wanted one of their captured spies to be returned. James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks), a simple lawyer, was tasked with creating a case to allow the US government to release the Soviet spy without jail time - a request that seemed almost impossible in the face of Cold War prejudice.
Continue: Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer
The aspiring rapper is wanted by police following hotel room drama.
Tom Hanks' career may be as hectic as ever, but now he's got his home life to stress over as his 24-year-old son Chester continues to hit headlines for the most controversial of reasons. Now, he's wanted by British police after allegedly, excuse the cliché, trashing a hotel room.
Chet Hanks looking a lot more innocent
It seems Chet Hanks is desperate to achieve some kind of recognition, but instead of going down the route of his father and older brother Colin Hanks as a super serious movie star, he's opting for more of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle instead; which, in his case, apparently means drinking to excess and smashing up the furniture of his room in London and causing £1,200 damages.
'The Godfather' star is a big fan of the Hollywood star.
He might be famous for being an Oscar winning gangster actor, but Al Pacino takes on a role a little out of his comfort zone with 'Danny Collins'; a biographical movie about an up and coming musician inspired by John Lennon, who later receives a letter from his hero some 40 years after it was actually written.
Al Pacino stars in 'Danny Collins'
Pacino has already confessed to having reservations about the eponymous part because it involves singing, but there was definitely certain attractions in the character's personality that gripped him nonetheless; mainly the fact that the script reminded him of the kind of movie that one of his favourite actors Tom Hanks would get involved with.
Continue reading: Al Pacino Admits He's A Fan Of Tom Hanks 'I've Written Him Fan Mail!'
David Letterman's 'Late Show' set has been dismantled mere hours after the final episode aired.
David Letterman's Late Show set has already been thrown in the trash. The talk show host's last show was on Wednesday night (20th May) but within 24 hours the set had been dismantled and parts of it could be seen in a dumpster close to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
David Letterman's Late Show set was quickly dismantled after the final episode aired.
The actor will star in Ron Howard's third adaptation of Brown's Robert Langdon novels.
Tom Hanks has captivated us with his role as a brooding Harvard professor since 2006, when he appeared in the adaptation of Dan Brown's 'The Da Vinci Code'. Now on to the third film, he returns for another dose of menacing mystery, death-defying adventure and intellectual premise.
Tom Hanks will star in Dan Brown's 'Inferno'
'The Da Vinci Code' (Dan Brown's second novel) was a global phenomenon which portrayed Hanks' character Robert Langdon on a quest for the Holy Grail. The following prequel 'Angels & Demons', explored the creation of the universe and conspiracy within mankind. 'Inferno' - the third film directed by Ron Howard - takes another turn completely and sees Langdon with a lot more of a challenge on his hands.
Continue reading: Tom Hanks Summarises Dan Brown Series As He Continues To Shoot 'Inferno'
The director opens up about his third Dan Brown film.
Ron Howard returns with more theology based mystery with 'Inferno'; the film adaptation from Dan Brown's series of Robert Langdon novels which will once again star Tom Hanks in the lead role. While you might guess there'll be more puzzles, narrow escapes from death and questions of faith, the director insists there's something a little bit different about this one.
(L-R) Tom Hanks, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ron Howard, Omar Sy, Dan Brown and Felicity Jones
Probably best known for the second of his novel series, 2003's 'The Da Vinci Code', Dan Brown returned with 'Inferno' in 2013 - and there's little surprise that this is another to hit cinema screens. The Golden Globe nominated 'Da Vinci Code' adaptation was followed by a prequel - 'Angels & Demons' - which included themes of science, revenge and global conspiracy, much apart from the Holy Grail quest of the former. But now, with 'Inferno', the depths of the universe are even more closely explored.
Continue reading: Ron Howard Reveals 'Inferno' Is 'Very Much A Psychological Thriller'
The British presenter is nearly two months into his 'Late Late Show' career, and has been bowled over by how well it has gone down with US audiences.
Two months or so into his new career as an American talk show host, James Corden has been talking about settling into the job, coping with the transatlantic move and the reaction to his show, which has been very popular so far.
36 year old Corden made his debut as host of ‘The Late Late Show’ on CBS at the end of March after replacing the retiring Craig Ferguson, and quickly won plaudits for his warm, friendly presenting style. Speaking with Heat magazine, he said he was “gobsmacked” by the response from audiences.
James Corden with wife Julia Carey
Continue reading: James Corden "Gobsmacked" By Reception To His 'Late Late Show' Start
The 58 year old actress revealed she had been diagnosed with the disease last month.
Rita Wilson has opened up about her battle with breast cancer and how the illness actually managed to bring her and husband of 27 years Tom Hanks closer. The 58 year old actress underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with the disease and is now in recovery, even returning to her Broadway play, Fish in the Dark.
Wilson and Tom Hanks have been married for 27 years.
“Who knew it would make you even closer?” Wilson told the New York Times. “You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me. It was such a normal, intimate time.”
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - Saturday Night Live (SNL) 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza - Red carpet arrivals at Saturday Night Live, Rockefeller Plaza - New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - MusiCares 2014 Person Of The Year Tribute honoring Carole King held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. 24.1.2014 at Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 24th January 2014
Carly Rae Jepsen totally fangirled on Tom Hanks on her 'I Really Like You' video.
If there's one thing Carly Rae Jepsen never expected to be doing, it's watching film legend Tom Hanks mime her lyrics on the set of a music video. But that's exactly what happened with her new tune 'I Really Like You'. It's safe to say, she really likes Tom Hanks.
Carly Rae Jepsen really likes Tom Hanks
If you haven't seen the video already, you're the worst. Just kidding. It features the 'Captain Phillips' star going about his day to day business on a cold day in New York, with the hilariously peculiar twist that he's apparently singing the words to Jepsen's new single 'I Really Like You'; the first from her forthcoming studio album. Yes; we immediately imagined Hanks singing along to 'Call Me Maybe' too. If only. And despite his credentials as an amazing double Oscar-winning Hollywood superstar, he was surprisingly easy to bring on board.
Carrie Bradshaw is seemingly not up for hearing another of Forest Gump’s famous stories.
Sarah Jessica Parker has become the star of the internet’s new favourite video, after a hilarious Vine of the actress giving Tom Hanks some serious side-eye was published online. The clip was filmed as Parker sat behind Hanks at a New York Rangers game on Tuesday evening and was seemingly less than impressed by the actor’s skills as a raconteur.
Sarah Jessica Parker was not impressed by Tom Hanks on Tuesday night
Sarah was watching the game with her eldest son James and was pictured throughout the night enjoying herself and getting engrossed in the action at Madison Square Garden. The actress had also been previously spotted talking to Oscar winner Hanks, who was their with his son 24 year old son Chet.