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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.



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Dave Coulier and Tom Hanks at the 2017 People's Choice Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 19th January 2017

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Will Smith And Tom Hanks In Talks For 'Dumbo' Live Action Re-Make


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Will Smith is reportedly in talks with Disney to take a prominent role in a live-action re-make of Dumbo to be directed by Tim Burton, with Tom Hanks also in discussions for a part.

Deadline reported on Thursday (January 12th) that the 48 year old megastar is being courted by Disney to play the role of the father of the children who form a bond with Dumbo, a big-eared circus elephant. Variety additionally reported that Tom Hanks is being targeted to play the villain in the live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic.

Disney had a record-breaking 2016, as it was revealed that the studio was behind every movie in the global top five, which included their live-action take on The Jungle Book.

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'The Circle' Starring Emma Watson And Tom Hanks Explores Technology At Its Most Invasive


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In a world where technology is constantly evolving, the word 'privacy' is mud. Emma Watson goes from witch to whiz in a new dystopian thriller entitled 'The Circle' which explores the implications of a society where nothing is secret - not even your own home.

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Human beings tend to be hypocritical in the sense that we value privacy and attack those who seek to remove that right from us. On the other hand, we rely on CCTV, tracking devices and digital bugs to search out criminals and terrorists, and most people are all for whistle-blowers and hackers to expose government secrets. 

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Mae Holland (Emma Watson) is an ambitious young woman who lands a job at one of the most advanced technology corporations in the world led by the charismatic Bailey (Tom Hanks). The Circle is a company like no other, developing state of the art social and scientific technology such as cameras that allow a person's entire life to be streamed online, medicine that can cure almost anything, and tracking that can capture any criminal. The Circle's main opinion is that secrets are bad, privacy is not something that should be desired and all information should be freely available to all, but for a company who puts across such a message, its entire founding is shrouded in mystery. This lack of privacy idea is becoming an increasingly worrying prospect for Mae's mysterious colleague Kalden (John Boyega), who warns her of the implications of this new thought. But will she come to realise this before she sinks deeper into the company? Or will it be too late?

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Tom Hanks at the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala held at Palm Springs Convention Center, California, United States - Monday 2nd January 2017

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10 Worst Films Of 2016


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Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should have known better. None of them are easy to watch...

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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

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Tom Hanks' Son Chet Says Baby Daughter Got Him Sober


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Chet Hanks insists he's kicked his drug and alcohol habit since becoming a dad.

The 26-year-old son of Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson fathered a daughter in April and she's inspired him to turn his life around and stay on the wagon.

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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Tom Hanks Says The Real Sully Is Very 'Particular'


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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.

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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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Wendy Deng Murdoch seen at the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Honoring Tom Hanks held at MoMA in New York City, United States - Tuesday 15th November 2016

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'Inferno' Fails To Ignite The US Box Office


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Inferno, the third installment in the Da Vinci franchise, is having a hard time in the US Box office. The film has made a disappointing $15-16m after making $5.6m in 3576 theatres on Friday. The result of this is that the film, that was expected to make between $20-30m, is an alarmingly close battle with 'Boo A Madea Halloween' for the no.1 spot over the Halloween weekend. 

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Director Ron Howard's mystery thriller, starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones, has fallen a long way behind the $77m that 'The Da Vinci Code' made in the US, even sequel 'Angels & Demons' made $46m back in 2009.

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Tom Hanks with Rita Wilson at a Directors Guild Of America special screening of Tom's new movie 'Inferno'. Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 25th October 2016

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Tom Hanks Does The 'Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop' Rap With Fans At 'Inferno' Premiere


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A pair of young filmmakers have lived the dream of every film lover their age by getting the chance to rap with 'Inferno' star Tom Hanks. They've loved the movie 'Big' since they were kids, but we bet they never thought they'd be doing his hilarious verse from the film with the actor himself.

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Wesley Chan and Philip Wang of Wong Fu Productions took to Florence, Italy to see the European premiere of 'Inferno' and meet star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard. It turned out to be one of the most memorable encounters of their lives (and they've met President Barack Obama) because Tom agreed to do the 'Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop' rap from his 1988 film 'Big'.

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Inferno Review

Weak

Since novelist Dan Brown wrote a new thriller featuring the symbologist Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard have reteamed to bring it to the big screen. But this second sequel to The Da Vinci Code feels like a pale imitation of the original. Gone are the clever, fake-academic revelations and rather wacky action antics, and in their place are clues that feel utterly irrelevant, accompanied by fights and chases that are incoherent.

At least it opens well, with Langdon (Hanks) waking up in a Florence hospital without a clue how he got to Italy. Then when a sexy cop (Ana Ularu) tries to kill him, Robert's hot doctor Sienna (Felicity Jones) helps him escape. She also has an unusual knowledge of antiquities, so she travels with him to figure out why he's being chased by the police, an army of World Health Organisation officials (led by Sidse Babett Knudsen), a man (Omar Sy) leading a team of violent goons and a shady businessman (Irrfan Khan). Robert traces all of these shenanigans to the recently deceased billionaire anarchist Bertrand (Ben Foster), who was plotting to release a virus that would kill off half of mankind to halt overpopulation. Is his plan still going forward? Can Robert stop it in time? The next clues are in Venice and then Istanbul.

The settings are gorgeous, and Howard knows how to use them to pack the film with old world elegance. But while David Koepp's script keeps the mayhem moving along whether or not it makes any sense, Howard directs everything at a glacial pace. So it looks like Hanks is in danger of falling asleep at any time, even in the middle of a car chase. There's also the problem that the central premise is utterly preposterous: if you're planning a terrorist attack that will kill four billion people, would you take the time to set it up as an elaborate scavenger hunt? And it doesn't help that everyone in the movie seems untrustworthy. The script sorts the good from the bad as it goes along, but it never matters.

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Tom Hanks Photobombs Thrilled Bride And Groom In Central Park


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Tom Hanks made one newly-wed couple's day that much more special by photobombing their picture session in Central Park, New York City over the weekend. Photographer Meg Miller captured the moment the actor jogged over to wish them well and grab a selfie.

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The 'Sully' star just happened to be on a routine run through the park when he spotted bride and groom Elizabeth and Ryan posing for photos. Meg told the Huffington Post that she actually put her camera down to let the jogger past, before realising who he was. According to her, he went up to the couple 'took off his hat, just leaned right into the group and said 'Hi, I'm Tom Hanks'. He then shook the groom's hand, kissed the bride's hand and made sure to grab a selfie and offer his congratulations before he left. 

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Tom Hanks

Date of birth

9th July, 1956

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.83






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Tom Hanks Movies

The Circle Trailer

The Circle Trailer

Mae Holland (Emma Watson) is an ambitious young woman who lands a job at one...

Inferno Movie Review

Inferno Movie Review

Since novelist Dan Brown wrote a new thriller featuring the symbologist Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks...

Sully Trailer

Sully Trailer

Chesley Sullenberger has been a pilot all of his adult life. Having had an interest...

Inferno Trailer

Inferno Trailer

Professor Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital feeling terrible and suffering from serious nightmares....

Inferno - First Look Trailer

Inferno - First Look Trailer

Inferno comes as the third in the series of Ron Howard's film interpretations of Dan...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Movie Review

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Movie Review

It's been 14 years since Nia Vardalos' warm comedy about her raucous extended family became...

A Hologram For The King Trailer

A Hologram For The King Trailer

Alan Clay is a middle aged American businessman who's life has recently derailed. With nothing...

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Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Bridge of Spies Movie Review

Steven Spielberg takes on the Cold War with a stately, sentimental thriller that gurgles along...

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Toy Story That Time Forgot Trailer

Buzz & Woody are back! Toy Story That Time Forgot is the latest instalment of...

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

Bridge Of Spies Trailer

It's the height of the Cold War and things are getting tense between Russia and...

Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - International Trailer

James Donovan is a simple insurance lawyer from Brooklyn, New York whose cases have never...

Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

Bridge Of Spies - US Trailer

In 1960, the hard work of many good people was tested greatly. The height of...

Saving Mr. Banks Movie Review

Saving Mr. Banks Movie Review

This true story only barely avoids becoming sloppily sentimental, thanks to a solid cast and...

Parkland Movie Review

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This starry drama has documentary realism going for it, although without a single well-developed character...

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