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Tom Hanks          

Actor, Producer, Writer & Director; Known For "Forrest Gump"

Tom Hanks is a legendary actor and filmmaker known for roles in films such as the iconic 1994 film Forrest Gump, 2013’s Captain Phillips and 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle with Meg Ryan.

Some of Hanks’ other notable performances include 1984’s Splash, 1988’s Big, 1992’s A League of their Own, 1995’s Apollo 13, 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks, 2016’s Sully, and 2019's A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. Hanks is also known for voicing the character of Sheriff Woody in the popular Disney-Pixar Toy Story children’s movies.

In 2014, Hanks received a Kennedy Center Honor and in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Hanks has also received the prestigious French Legion of Honor. Hanks even has an asteroid, 12818 Tomhanks, named after him.

Hanks attended Chabot College and studied theater, and then transferred to California State University, Sacramento after two years. Although he did not end up graduating, Hanks took advantage of his college years by attending many plays, familiarizing himself with the work of great playwrights including Bertolt Brecht, Tennessee Williams and Henrik Ibsen. During that time, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, where he became an intern, learning about lighting, set design and stage management over the course of three years there.

Hanks has stated that he previously wanted to be an astronaut, and he is a supporter of NASA’s manned space program. He is also a member of the National Space Society.

Hanks is an outspoken Democrat, and he supports same-sex marriage, the development of alternative fuels and other environmental causes. He has donated to many Democratic politicians in the past, and he supported Obama’s presidential bid in 2008 and Hillary Clinton’s presidential run in 2016. Hanks also announced he has type 2 diabetes when late-night host David Letterman commented on his newly slim figure in October 2013.

Hanks’ son, Colin Hanks, followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming an actor as well. He is known for films such as King Kong and the Jumanji series.

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Tom Hanks in Talks to Reunite With Meg Ryan in 'Ithaca'

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IM Global Does Roaring Trade With Tom Hanks-Alicia Vikander ‘The Circle’- Cannes

The project is based on Dave Eggers’ novel about a college graduate (Vikander) who goes to work in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

Tom Hanks in Talks to Play Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger for Clint

Tom Hanks is being eyed to play Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger for Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. in "Sully."

Viola Davis, Tom Hanks Talk Diversity in Television and Film

Though diversity in casting has been strong on television recently, progress in feature films has been slower, Viola Davis and Tom Hanks discussed in a one-on-one interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors.

Tom Hanks to Star in, Produce 'A Man Called Ove' Movie ...

The film is the English-language adaptation of the Fredrik Backman book of the same name. Tom Hanks is tackling an adaptation of the international best-selling  ...

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