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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.
'Saturday Night Live' sees Dwayne Johnson address presidential bid rumours.
Dwayne Johnson for President? That sounds like a good idea considering what politics is at the moment. The actor joked about running for office while hosting 'Saturday Night Live' for the fifth time last week, and even brought along Tom Hanks as his 'running mate'.
Dwayne Johnson at the 'Baywatch' premiere
It was the 'Baywatch' star's fifth time hosting 'Saturday Night Live' which meant that Alec Baldwin had the pleasure of introducing him into the 5-timers club (they have jackets!). While talking about Alec's infamous portrayal of Donald Trump, Dwayne opened up about his future plans.
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'The Circle' star talks about how social media can make this story a reality.
Tom Hanks has opened up about his thoughts on social media and the reality of the dangers as explored in his newest film 'The Circle'. It's an adaptation of Dave Eggers dystopian 2013 novel, but it poses some very real ideas about what the future of our society might entail.
Tom Hanks stars in 'The Circle'
The actor, who plays one of the co-founders of the titular Internet corporation Eamon Bailey, spoke about the themes of the movie on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of 'The Circle' in which he stars alongside Emma Watson.
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Diabetes is much more common than you might think.
Life can seem like a daily struggle when you're living with a chronic illness - especially one that requires constant management and medication. Diabetes mellitus is one of those diseases, but it certainly doesn't have to take over your life. Stars from Tom Hanks to Halle Berry struggle with it in one form or another, but managing it gets easier with time.
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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to star in 'The Post'.
In what could not be a more appropriate time to be making a film about the importance of free press, it has just been announced that Steven Spielberg is set to direct a movie about the Pentagon Papers scandal starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep called 'The Post'.
Steven Spielberg to direct 'The Post'
The movie focuses on the role of The Washington Post in the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971; secret government documents that detailed the US military's history during the Vietnam War and proved that government had lied to both the public and to Congress about various events during the conflicts.
Urging journalists to "fight for truth" against Donald Trump, Hanks kept up his tradition of sending a new coffee machine to the White House press pack.
Tom Hanks has always been known as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and his latest gesture toward political journalists – an often maligned profession – has demonstrated that once more.
The actor had an espresso machine delivered to the White House press corporation to provide reporters with caffeinated boosts as they “fight for truth” in reporting on the various goings-on in the Trump White House, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“To the White House Press Corps. Keep up the good fight for truth, justice and the American way. Especially, the truth part,” Hanks’ note read, as can be seen via NBC’s political correspondent Peter Alexander’s Twitter feed.
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Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks at An Unforgettable Evening Benefiting The Women's Cancer Research Fund held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 17th February 2017
Movie reviewer Rich Cline lists the ten worst movies of 2016
Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better. None of them are easy to watch...
10. 13 Hours - Michael Bay's bombastic filmmaking style may have seemed like the perfect fit for this rah-rah Benghazi dramatisation. But this is a loud, silly thriller that completely misses the point.
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Tom Hanks seen alone and with and Sully Sullenberger and his wife Rita Wilson at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards held at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Sunday 11th December 2016
Chet Hanks, the son of Hollywood legend Tom, has confirmed he has a baby daughter and says she's helped him stay on the wagon.
Chet Hanks insists he's kicked his drug and alcohol habit since becoming a dad.
In a video message shared with his fans on Instagram, he said: ''I want to share something today because it's about to be shared anyway in the press, which is the fact that I have a daughter. I do have a daughter, she's the best thing that's ever happened to me, she's the reason why I turned my life around and got sober. I've been sober for over a year and a half from everything.''
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Chesley Sullenberger is the most particular person he's ever met - and he's met astronauts.
Tom Hanks plays the title character in 'Sully'; a film exploring the controversial rescue of over 150 people on Flight 1549 by pilot Chesley Sullenberger. In order to get into the mindset of his character, he met up with the real Sully and was amazed at how meticulous he was.
Tom Hanks stars as Captain Chesley Sullenberger in 'Sully'
There are certain jobs in the world that take a very particular kind of person to do them well, and when it comes to Chesley Sullenberger, Tom Hanks describes him as 'the most particular human being [he's] ever met'. Because, after all, flying a plane is against nature in many ways, and with that comes serious risk.
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The movie is set to hit theaters this weekend.
Tom Hanks stars in the intense biographical drama 'Sully'; a re-telling of the famous Miracle on the Hudson, whereby an experienced pilot was forced to land his plane in the river when both engines failed minutes after take-off. Directed by Clint Eastwood, this a story the world needs to hear.
Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart star in 'Sully'
Hanks has become something of an expert in dramatic biopics over the last few years, starring as American lawyer James B. Donovan in 'Bridge Of Spies', Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Captain Phillips in the film of the same name. Now he takes on the role of another captain, former airline pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, who was responsible for saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew members on the US Airways Flight 1549 on January 15th 2009.
Continue reading: Tom Hanks' 'Sully' Impresses Critics, But Not NTSB Investigators
He took to social media to pay his respects.
Huge condolences for Tom Hanks, who has recently bid farewell to his 'beauty' of a mother Janet Marylyn Frager, who passed away at the age of 84 just recently. He left a couple of tributes to the woman who raised him on his Instagram page.
Tom Hanks says goodbye to his mother
The news comes just days after the 'Sully' actor celebrated his 60th birthday on Saturday (July 9th 2016). It's not known what his mother died from, though at 84 you could safely assume natural causes. 'This beauty? My mom', he wrote in post on Instagram alongside a photo of a youthful looking Ms. Frager. 'She was the difference in many lives. Many lives. We say goodbye to her today. Safe crossing, mom!'
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