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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.
Author Dan Brown has revamped his The Da Vinci Code bestseller for the young adult market.
An abridged edition of his 2003 thriller will be published on 8 September (16).
"It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in," Brown said in a statement after announcing the book news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon (18May16).
The Da Vinci Code, which explored the myth that Jesus Christ has living descendants, took the literary world by storm upon its release and has sold an estimated 82 million copies worldwide. The book was adapted for the big screen in 2006, with Tom Hanks playing unlikely hero Robert Langdon.
Tom Hanks is to receive one of France's top honours for highlighting the plight of soldiers in World War Two.
The Saving Private Ryan star will be presented with the Legion d'Honneur in Paris, alongside veteran U.S. newsman Tom Brokaw, on Friday (20May16).
The Legion d'Honneur medal was created by Napoleon in 1802 as an order of merit. It is awarded to civilians for distinguished service to France.
Hanks and Brokaw will become the latest Americans to receive the accolade - in August, French President Francois Hollande presented Spencer Stone, Alex Skarlados and Anthony Sadler with medals after they helped thwart a terrorist attack onboard a Paris-bound train.
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The actor has vowed to get his weight down and beat type 2 diabetes.
Tom Hanks has opened up on his battle with type 2 diabetes, after being diagnosed in 2013. Reflecting on his lifestyle and habits in his younger years, Hanks admitted that being a ‘total idiot’ with his food and health when he was younger led to the diagnosis.
Tom Hanks has vowed to lose weight and beat type 2 diabetes.
Speaking to the Radio Times, the 59-year-old said: "I'm part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady. I was heavy. You've seen me in movies. You know what I looked like. I was a total idiot.”
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Tom Hanks believes he can cure himself of Type 2 diabetes by losing weight.
In 2013, the 59-year-old star revealed he had been diagnosed with the metabolic disorder, which causes the body to struggle to regulate blood sugar levels due to a lack of the hormone insulin. The chronic disease is usually brought on by living an unhealthy lifestyle.
Until recently it was thought diabetes could only be managed rather than cured. But Tom tells Britain's Radio Times magazine his doctor says he can beat it if he can shed the pounds and keep them off, admitting, “My doctor says if I can hit a target weight, I will not have Type 2 diabetes any more.”
In December last year (15) researchers from Britain's Newcastle University published research indicating those with Type 2 diabetes could be cured just by losing weight.
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Tom Hanks has started doing yoga, but calls it "glorified sit-ups".
The A Hologram for the King actor turns 60 this July (16). He is still a fine figure of a man, and admits his physique is down to his recently adopted morning yoga routine.
"I don't even have aches and pains, because I started stretching," Tom said during an interview on British morning show Lorraine on Monday (16May16). "I started doing the yoga, it's the greatest thing you can ever do."
However, Tom has found a different way of describing the exercise, as he finds that the word "yoga" can have some negative connotations.
Continue reading: Tom Hanks: 'Yoga Is The Greatest Thing You Can Do'
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An adaptation for the latest novel by Dan Brown, 'Inferno', is coming to cinemas this Fall, three years after the book hit the shelves. Tom Hanks is back in his famous role as the ill-fated Harvard professor, this time with 'The Theory of Everything' star Felicity Jones.
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones star in 'Inferno'
It's the sequel to 2009's 'Angels & Demons'. Kind of. Dan Brown actually released 'Angels & Demons' in 2000 before 2003's 'The Da Vinci Code' in his book series, followed by 'The Lost Symbol' in 2009 and then 'Inferno'. That makes 'The Lost Symbol' the rightful sequel, but production on that movie was put on hold upon the release of the 'Inferno' book in 2013. Keeping up? Good.
Continue reading: Tom Hanks Returns To Solve Another Mystery In Dan Brown's 'Inferno'
Inferno comes as the third in the series of Ron Howard's film interpretations of Dan Brown's highly successful novels (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code) and sees Tom Hanks returning to his role as Robert Langdon, a Harvard University Professor. This time Langdon is accompanied by Dr. Sienna Brooks played by Felicity Jones. The film sees its main protagonist Langdon being at the centre of a manhunt.
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Tom Hanks has described the loneliness of his nomadic childhood in a new interview.
The Hollywood veteran opened up about his youth during an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs show, and he had to pause to collect himself while describing one of his music choices on Sunday morning (08May16).
Asked why he chose Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra, the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey, he revealed that the music impacted him as a teenager, after a nomadic childhood with his chef father Amos, living in 10 houses in five years.
"This was the 'wow' moment of my life going from kid trying to figure out what's interesting in this life to young man yearning to be an artist," he told host Kirsty Young. "I started asking myself... how do I find the vocabulary for what's rattling around in my head?
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Tom Hanks - Tom Hanks leaving his hotel. As he makes his way to a waiting car, one of the photographers asks him what he thinks about the plight of Aston Villa football club, the team Tom supports. The club recently were relegated from the Premier League, and are now looking for a new owner. Hanks laughs, and says "maybe you should buy the club" - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 26th April 2016
If that's true, Hanks is in line to win £500,000 if Leicester can pick up just 3 more points.
Movie star Tom Hanks has made an incredible (and quite possibly false) claim that he predicted Leicester City Football Club to win the English Premier League this season.
The 59 year old Hollywood A-lister is famous for many things over his lengthy career, but his knowledge of English top flight football hasn’t been one of them – until now, possibly. The actor, at the premiere of his new movie Hologram For the King, boldly stated he had placed a £100 bet on rank outsiders Leicester City to win the English title at the start of the season. Which would make him the greatest clairvoyant who ever lived.
Tom Hanks claims he put a £100 bet on Leicester City to win the title
In his long and varied career, Tom Hanks has specialised in playing either actual historical figures or people who feel almost painfully real.
His new film A Hologram for the King feels like a true story, but is actually based on the Dave Eggers novel. In the movie, which he also produced, Hanks plays Alan Clay, a 54-year-old who, as Eggers describes in the book, "could not find work, could not sign clients. He had moved from Schwinn to Huffy to Frontier Manufacturing Partners to Alan Clay Consulting to sitting at home watching DVDs of the Red Sox winning the Series in '04 and '07." In the story, Alan travels to Saudi Arabia to convince King Abdullah to sign an IT contract.
"It's about the art of the deal," Hanks says. "Dave Eggers writes stories that are surreal and subversive because they're about people in circumstances where you can't predict what's happening next."
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