Tom Hanks is an Academy Award-winning actor, director, writer, and producer known for playing the title role in the critically acclaimed film “Forrest Gump.” He has been hailed as the single highest-grossing actor in the world.
He explored his passion for theatre during his studies at Chabot College and California State University, Sacramento and progressed to acting in lesser-known film and theatre productions.
Tom’s first role was on the 80s sitcom “Bosom Buddies,” which ran from 1980 until 1982. His performance on “Bosom Buddies” and in a guest role on “Happy Days” lead Tom to his first major motion picture, “Splash,” co-starring Daryl Hannah.
Tom rose to superstardom during the 90s when he starred in hit films like “Joe Versus the Volcano,” “A League of Their Own,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” In 1994 he starred in the title role of the epic drama “Forrest Gump,” which received numerous nominations and awards. Having achieved a worldwide following, Tom continued to act in some of the biggest hits of the decade including “Apollo 13,” Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “You’ve Got Mail,” along with his “Sleepless in Seattle” co-star Meg Ryan, and “The Green Mile.” In 1994, Tom won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in "Philadelphia." His 2000 film “Castaway,” co-starring Helen Hunt, was met with similar success, leading Tom to 20 award nominations and 15 wins, including a CFCA (Chicago Film Critics Association) for Best Actor and a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama.
Tom has continued to achieve success in Hollywood from both sides of the camera. Alongside his wife, actress Rita Wilson, Tom produced “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” in 2002, the highest-grossing independent romantic comedy of all time.
After “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Tom has starred in blockbusters such as “The Terminal,” “The Ladykillers,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” and “Charlie Wilson’s War.”
Tom is the father of Colin Hanks, an actor who has made a name for himself on television shows “Roswell” and “Dexter.” He has three other children: Elizabeth, Chester, and Truman.