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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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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.

Tom HanksTom 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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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 and Rita Wilson

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.

Tom HanksTom Hanks does his 'Big' rap with fans

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 and his wife Rita Wilson during the 11th Rome Film Festival at the Auditorium Parco della Musica - Rome, Italy - Thursday 13th October 2016

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Tom Hanks seen stopping for photos alone and with Rita Wilson at the German Premiere of 'Inferno' held at Cinestar Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany - Monday 10th October 2016

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Omar Sy, Felicity Jones and Tom Hanks

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 Thinks The Time Is Right For Sully


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Sullenberger was the pilot who, in 2009, miraculously landed a passenger jet in New York's Hudson River after the engines were disabled by a flock of geese on take-off. And Hanks thinks that the time is just right for this movie.

Tom Hanks as Sully

"In the political atmosphere we're in," Hanks says. "there are an awful lot of points being made about how you can't count on people and institutions because they're all broken, that none of them work. Well, that's nonsense! They're not all broken, and you can still have faith in them. And in that regard I think this movie makes a really strong case. I think it's an example of our institutions actually living up to their responsibilities. And I think people are ready for that."

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Tom Hanks' 'Sully' Impresses Critics, But Not NTSB Investigators


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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 EckhartTom 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. 

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British Politician Nick Clegg In Embarrassing Carly Rae Jepsen Video Parody


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Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg spent close to £8,000 on a parody version of Carly Rae Jepsen’ music video for ‘I Really Like You’ in the run-up to last year’s general election, it has been revealed.

The ex-deputy Prime Minister is seen hamming it up, re-creating Tom Hanks’ famous role in the music video, which became a viral sensation in March 2015. However, where Hanks is seen walking down the streets of New York City, Clegg’s video sees him strutting the mean environs of Gravesend in Kent.

Nick CleggNick Clegg (left) recorded the unused parody clip last March

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Tom Hanks Pays Tribute To His Recently Deceased Mother


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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 HanksTom 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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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

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Tom Hanks

Date of birth

9th July, 1956

Occupation

Actor

Sex

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Tom Hanks Movies

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...

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

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

Parkland Movie Review

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

Captain Phillips Movie Review

Captain Phillips Movie Review

With an attention to documentary detail that makes everything viscerally realistic, this film grabs hold...

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