Tom Hanks: An Extraordinary Life on and off the Screen

Tom Hanks is an award-winning American actor, filmmaker, and producer. He was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California, USA, to Amos Mefford Hanks, a cook, and Janet Marylyn, a hospital worker. Hanks has two older siblings, Sandra and Larry, and a younger brother, Jim.

Hanks grew up in various places around the United States, as his father’s job required the family to move frequently. He attended California State University, Sacramento but dropped out to pursue an acting career.

Hanks’ first big break came in 1980 when he landed a leading role in the television series “Bosom Buddies,” in which he played a man who dressed up as a woman to live in a women-only apartment complex. The show ran for two seasons and helped launch Hanks’ career.

In 1984, Hanks appeared in the romantic comedy “Splash,” which was a major box office success. The film helped establish Hanks as a leading man and he went on to star in a series of successful films throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Some of Hanks’ most notable roles during this time include the lead in “Big” (1988), for which he received his first Academy Award nomination, and as the title character in “Forrest Gump” (1994), which won him the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also received critical acclaim for his performance in “Philadelphia” (1993), in which he played a lawyer with AIDS.

Hanks continued to be a major force in Hollywood in the 2000s, with standout performances in films such as “Cast Away” (2000) and “The Terminal” (2004). He also began to produce and direct films, including the popular HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” (2001) and “The Pacific” (2010).

In recent years, Hanks has continued to work on a variety of projects, including his portrayal of Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013) and his performance as Captain Richard Phillips in “Captain Phillips” (2013). He also starred in “Sully” (2016), which tells the true story of the emergency landing of a US Airways plane on the Hudson River.

Hanks has received numerous awards throughout his career, including five Academy Award nominations, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Primetime Emmy Awards. In addition to his work in film and television, Hanks is also known for his philanthropic work, including his support of various charities and organizations, such as UNICEF and the National Space Society.

In 2016, Hanks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for his contributions to American culture. With a career spanning more than four decades, Tom Hanks remains one of the most celebrated and beloved actors of his generation.

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