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    July 9, 1956
    Concord, California

    Tom Hanks is one of today's most admired and respected actors. He was the first actor to be awarded back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, since Spencer Tracy scooped two of the golden boys in 1937 and 1938.
          Ranked #17 in Empire magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list, the five foot eleven Hanks for the most part spent his childhood with his three siblings in an unusual family atmosphere. His parents, Amos and Janet, divorced when Tom was five and went through several remarriages, hardly providing an Ozzy and Harriet environment for their children. Instead, Tom and remaining family, found themselves traveling around a lot. But even so, Tom never had problems making friends. His father evenutally married Frances Wong, who had her own family, which would sometimes have twenty-two members scrambling for time and attention. In his Mademoiselle interview, Tom said of the situation, "You could get lost in the shuffle or you could be a loudmouth." Tom chose to go the loudmouth route, unknowingly preparing himself for centre stage.
          He attented Skyline High in Oakland, California, and after failing to make the team in various sports, he was encouraged to pursue the performing arts by his drama teacher, who undoubtedly saw the comedic potential in the young man. He immersed himself in the stage and literally worked his way through all the behind-the-scene jobs, from lighting and set design to stitching costumes and even selling tickets.
          Voted best actor by the readers of US magazine in 1995, fans may remember Hanks from the comedy television series Bosom Buddies, and at the time it may have seemed that Tom's niche would be in television, but fate had other plans. After a guest appearance on Happy Days, producer Ron Howard asked him to read for a secondary part in Splash. He read and got the lead instead. Tom was on his way to super stardom. In fact, Entertainment Weekly chose him as the only actor worth a 20 million dollar pay check.
          After numerous and compelling parts made Tom Hanks a household name, the eager thespian decided to try his hand at directing, taking it a step further by also penning the critically praised 1996 comedy That Thing You Do!. But more importantly, Hanks later went on to executive produce the inspiring HBO mini-series, From the Earth to the Moon, a 12-hour anthology exploring the Apollo space program. A project which received several Emmy Awards. Without a doubt, Tom Hanks is a creative force to be reckoned with, and the future of quality entertainment seems that much brighter knowing he's on board.
          Tom has four children. A son and daughter, Colin and Elizabeth, from his first marriage to Samantha Lewes, and Chester and Truman from Rita Wilson, whom he married in 1988 after meeting on the set of Volunteers.
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    - Terminal (2004)
    - Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    - Road to Perdition (2001)
    - Cast Away (2000)
    - The Green Mile (1999)
    - Toy Story 2 (1999)
    - You've Got Mail (1998)
    - Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    - From the Earth to the Moon (98) [TV]
    - I Am Your Child (1997) [TV]
    - That Thing You Do! (1996)
    - Toy Story (1995)
    - The Celluloid Closet (1995)
    - Apollo 13 (1995)
    - Forrest Gump (1994)
    - Fallen Angels (1993) [STV]
    - Philadelphia (1993)
    - Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
    - A League of Their Own (1992)
    - Radio Flyer (1992)
    - Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
    - Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
    - Turner & Hooch (1989)
    - Tales from the Crypt (1989) [TV]
    - The 'burbs (1989)
    - Punchline (1988)
    - Big (1988)
    - Dragnet (1987)
    - Every Time We Say Goodbye (86)
    - Nothing in Common (1986)
    - The Money Pit (1986)
    - Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
    - Volunteers (1985)
    - Bachelor Party (1984)
    - Splash (1984)
    - Mazes and Monsters (1982) [TV]
    - Family Ties (1982) [TV]
    - He Knows You're Alone (1980)
    - Bosom Buddies (1980) [STV]
    - Taxi (1978) [TV]
    - The Love Boat (1977) [TV]
    - Happy Days (1974) [TV]


    - Band of Brothers (2001) [TV]
    - From the Earth to the Moon (98) [TV]
    - That Thing You Do! (1996)
    - Fallen Angels (1993) [TV]
    - League of Their Own (1993) [TV]
    - Tales from the Crypt (1989) [TV]


    - Band of Brothers (2001) [TV]
    - From the Earth to the Moon (98) [TV]
    - That Thing You Do! (1996)


    - Band of Brothers (2001) [TV]
    - My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2001)
    - West Point (2000) [TV]
    - Cast Away (2000)
    - From the Earth to the Moon (98) [TV]


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