Biography for Tom Hanks
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 HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/name/nm0001854/" Rita Wilson
on the set of the movie HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0090274/"
Volunteers (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 HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/title/tt0117887/" That Thing You Do! (1996).
IMDb mini-biography by
E" Bruce Cameron
Playing conflicted regular guys
Is a frequent guest host on HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/title/tt0072562/" "Saturday Night Live" (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
HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0120815/" Saving Private Ryan
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 HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/name/nm0000229/" Steven Spielberg for prospective HBO
series, HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0185906/" "Band of
Brothers" (2001) (mini). [Fall 1999]
Rumored to be excutive producer on a new Fox show, HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/title/tt0233124/" "West Point" (2000). 
First to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/name/nm0000075/" Spencer Tracy for HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/title/tt0028691/" Captains Courageous (1937) and
HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/title/tt0029942/" Boys Town (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 HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/name/nm0360028/" Jim Hanks .
After a one-shot guest appearance on HYPERLINK
"http://imdb.com/title/tt0070992/" "Happy Days" (1974), producer
HYPERLINK "http://imdb.com/name/nm0000165/" Ron Howard asked him to
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