Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
6' 1" (1.85 m)
Born in California, Tom Hanks grew up in what he calls a 'fractured' family. His parents were pioneers in the development of marriage dissolution law in that state, and Tom moved around a lot, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism, just a confused childhood. He had no acting experience in college, and in fact credits the fact that he couldn't get cast in a college play with actually starting his career - he went downtown, auditioned for a community theater play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started. He met his second wife, actress on the set of the movie (1985) - they have two children and Tom has another son and daughter by his first wife. In 1996 he made his first step behind the camera, directing as well as starring and writing the film (1996).
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( - present) 2 children
Samantha Lewes | ( - 1987) (divorced) 2 children
Playing conflicted regular guys
Is a frequent guest host on (1975).
Received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the U. S. Navy's highest civilian honor, on Veterans Day 1999 for his work in the movie (1998).
Entertainment Weekly chose him as the only actor worthy of $20 million.
Dislocated his shoulder when he fell through a rotting floor in building in Germany while scouting locations with for prospective HBO series, (2001) (mini). [Fall 1999]
Rumored to be excutive producer on a new Fox show, (2000). 
First to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since for (1937) and (1938).
Ranked #17 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Attended Skyline high school, Oakland, California.
Attended Chabot College in Hayward, California.
Attended California State University, Sacramento.
Voted best actor by the readers of the "US Magazine" in 1995.
Brother of .
After a one-shot guest appearance on (1974), producer asked him to read for a secondary part in (1984), and he got the lead instead.
Children, with Lewes, (b. 1977) and (b. 1982).
Married first wife Samantha Lewes (real name: Susan Dillingham) two months after their son, Colin, was born.
Hanks cited the help of a nearby ice cream shop which helped him gain 30 pounds for his role in (1992).
Received emergency treatment for serious staph infection in leg in summer, 1999 after returning from overseas location shoot.
Was asked to play the title role in (1996).
Born at 11:17 AM
His Oscar acceptance speech for 1993's (1993) led to the plot of the movie (1997). Hanks thanked a gay teacher in his speech.
Has another brother who is a professor at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL.
Received American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, presented by fellow Oscar-winner on 12 June 2002 in Los Angeles. The youngest ever recipient.
Has also credited , former co-star of (1981), as being another of his most important early inspirations.
Returned to Skyline High School, his old school in Oakland, CA, to dedicate a renovated theater named for Rawley T. Farnsworth, the retired drama teacher he thanked in his "Philadelphia" Oscar speech. Oakland Tribune reports Hanks donated about 1/4 of the $465,000 cost of the project. Then he led audience of some 1000 people in chorus of "There's No Business Like Show Business". (3 June 2002)
According to (Captain Picard), he is a huge Trekkie and the first time the two met, Star Trek was the only thing he wanted to talk about. Hanks was actually the original choice to play Zefram Cochrane in (1996), and desperately wanted to play the role, but had to back out due to his earlier commitment to (1996).
Is a member of the International Thespian Society (a group supporting theatre for high school students internationally).
Children with : Chester Marlon (b. 4 August 1990) and Truman Theodore (b. 26 December 1995).
, whom Hanks played in (1995), is actually left-handed, but Hanks refused to write with his left hand for the movie.