Tom Hanks

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Almost in spite of his inauspicious beginnings, actor and perennial nice guy Tom Hanks rose from the star of the cult comedy series "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82) to become a respected Academy Award-winning actor and ... Read more »
Born: 07/08/1956 in Concord, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (173)

Inferno 2016 (Movie)

Robert Langdon (Actor)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

James Donovan (Actor)

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

A Hologram for the King 2014 (Movie)

Alan Clay (Actor)

Ithaca 2014 (Movie)

Matthew Macauley (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

South Park 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Toy Story Of Terror! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

Captain Phillips 2013 (Movie)

Captain Richard Phillips (Actor)

Conan 2010 - 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inventing David Geffen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Lincoln 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Narrator

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

Walt Disney (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Cloud Atlas 2012 (Movie)

Dr. Henry Goose / Hotel Manager / Isaac Sachs / Dermot Hoggins / Cavendish Look-A-Like Actor / Zachry (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Prohibition 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

Saturday Night Live 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

30 Rock 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

Thomas Schell (Actor)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

Larry Crowne (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Woody (Voice)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

Robert Langdon (Actor)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

Mr Gable (Actor)

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The War 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Narrator

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

Charlie Wilson (Actor)

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Himself (Actor)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Woody Car (Actor)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1999, 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Da Vinci Code 2006 (Movie)

Robert Langdon (Actor)

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D 2005 (Movie)

Narration (Actor)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Performances: Walt Disney Concert Hall 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Record With Bob Costas 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

Professor Goldthwait Higginson Dorr (Actor)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

The Conductor/Hero Boy/Father/Scrooge/Santa Clause/Hobo (Actor)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

Viktor Navorski (Actor)

The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Film Institute Salute to Tom Hanks 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Actor)

Life With Bonnie 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Road to Perdition 2002 (Movie)

Michael Sullivan (Actor)

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Totally Tube 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Band of Brothers 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cast Away 2000 (Movie)

Chuck Noland (Actor)

Ron Howard: Hollywood's Favorite Son 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Paul Edgecomb (Actor)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Woody (Actor)

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

Captain Miller (Actor)

Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

You've Got Mail 1998 (Movie)

Joe Fox (Actor)

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ruby Wax Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Hanks: Hollywood's Golden Boy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

Mr White (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siskel & Ebert Interviews 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Apollo 13 1995 (Movie)

Jim Lovell (Actor)

John Candy: A Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Apollo 13 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

Voice of Woody (Actor)

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

Forrest Gump (Actor)

The 1994 MTV Movie Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Andrew Beckett (Actor)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Sam Baldwin (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

Jimmy Dugan (Actor)

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

(uncredited) Adult Mike (Actor)

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

None But the Lonely Heart 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Sherman McCoy (Actor)

Sally Field & Tom Hanks' Punchline Party 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 'Burbs 1989 (Movie)

Ray Peterson (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (01/31/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Turner & Hooch 1989 (Movie)

Scott Turner (Actor)

Big 1988 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

Punchline 1988 (Movie)

Steven Gold (Actor)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

Pep Streebek (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dick Cavett Show 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Everytime We Say Goodbye 1986 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

David Basner (Actor)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Walter Fielding (Actor)

The Man With One Red Shoe 1985 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Volunteers 1985 (Movie)

Lawrence Bourne III (Actor)

Bachelor Party 1984 (Movie)

Rick Gassko (Actor)

Splash 1984 (Movie)

Allen Bauer (Actor)

Rona Jaffe's "Mazes and Monsters" 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Bosom Buddies 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

He Knows You're Alone 1980 (Movie)

Elliot (Actor)

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Just the Facts (TV Show)

Actor

Major Matt Mason (Movie)

(Actor)

Shooting War (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (31)

Olive Kitteridge 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Hologram for the King 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ithaca 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Parkland 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Big Love 2005 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Pacific 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Life in Ruins 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Great Buck Howard 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

City of Ember 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

John Adams 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Mamma Mia! 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Surfer, Dude 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Evan Almighty 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Starter For 10 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Ant Bully 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Big Fat Greek Life 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cast Away 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Return With Honor 1999 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Game Change (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Major Matt Mason (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (5)

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

("A Man Has Dreams") (Song Performer)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(Hot Chocolate) (Song Performer)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

songs("Loving' You Lots and Lots" "It's Not Far" "La Senora de Dos Costas" "Mr Downtown" Voyage Around the Moon" "Hold My Hand Hold My Heart" "Will You Marry Me?" "Spartacus" "Hollywood Showcase Theme") (Song)

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

("The Cowboy Song") (Song Performer)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

("City of Crime") (Song Performer)
Director (3)

A League of Their Own 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Larry Crowne 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

That Thing You Do! 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Almost in spite of his inauspicious beginnings, actor and perennial nice guy Tom Hanks rose from the star of the cult comedy series "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82) to become a respected Academy Award-winning actor and Emmy-winning producer. Though it took almost a decade to rise from the depths, Hanks made his name with a touching performance in "Big" (1988), opening the doors to eventual back-to-back Oscar glory with "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994). He became one of Hollywood's most bankable stars with the romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and Ron Howard's harrowing drama "Apollo 13" (1995). Hanks also gave voice to the cowboy Woody in "Toy Story" (1995) and its two highly-successful sequels, before giving an Oscar-nominated turn in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). The actors' love of space exploration and World War II resulted in the production of a number of acclaimed cable miniseries such as "From Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). Not one to rest on his laurels, Hanks continued making quality work while challenging the everyman persona he had developed, taking on roles as an autocratic company man in "Cast Away" (2000) and a mob hit man in "Road to Perdition" (2002), while making international blockbusters like "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), which reaffirmed his place as one of the most respected actors of the century.

Relationships

Amos Hanks

Father
Divorced Hanks' mother in 1960 Had custody of Hanks and two older siblings Married two more times Died in 1992

Colin Hanks Actor

Son
Born Nov. 24, 1977; mother Samantha Lewes (aka Susan Dillingham)

Elizabeth Hanks Actor

Daughter
Born May 17, 1982; mother, Samantha Lewes

Chet Hanks Actor

Son
Born Aug. 4, 1990; mother, Rita Wilson; rapped under the stage name "Chet Haze"

Jim Hanks Actor

Brother
Born June 15, 1961

Truman Hanks

Son
Born Dec. 26, 1995; mother, Rita Wilson

Larry Hanks

Brother
Born Jan. 26, 1953 Taught at University of Illinois

Sandra Hanks

Sister
Born July 31, 1951

Samantha Lewes

Wife
Born Susan Jane Dillingham on Nov. 29, 1952 Were college sweethearts Married Jan. 24, 1978 Divorced March 19, 1987 Died March 12, 2002

Janet Turner

Mother
Divorced Hanks' father in 1960 Retained custody of the actor's younger brother Jim Remarried several times

Rita Wilson Actor

Wife
Met in 1981 when Wilson appeared on an episode of Hanks' show "Bosom Buddies" (ABC) Fell in love on the set of "Volunteers" (1985) Married April 30, 1988

EDUCATION

California State University, Sacramento

Sacramento , California 1976 - 1977
Dropped out to intern with the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival

Chabot Junior College

Hayward , California
Attended for one year

Skyline High School

Oakland , California 1974
Member of the International Thespian Society; teacher was Rawley Farnsworth, whom Hanks thanked when he received his first Academy Award

Milestones

2013

Played the title role in the real-life drama "Captain Phillips"

2013

Reprised Woody in the TV special "Toy Story of Terror"

2012

Announced to make Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy," a play written by the late Nora Ephron

2012

Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer

2011

Co-wrote, directed and starred in "Larry Crowne"

2011

Co-starred with Sandra Bullock and newcomer Thomas Horn in 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel

2010

Re-teamed with Steven Spielberg to executive produce HBO's 10-part miniseries "The Pacific," which earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries

2010

Reprised voice of Woody in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"

2009

Produced the live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze

2009

Re-teamed with Howard to play professor Robert Langdon in "Angels & Demons," the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel and sequel to "The Da Vinci Code"

2008

Co-starred with son Colin in "The Great Buck Howard," a comedy about a young aspiring magician (Colin) who becomes the assistant to a renowned illusionist against his father's wishes

2008

Executive produced the HBO original movie "John Adams"

2008

Executive produced (with wife Rita Wilson) the film adaptation of the West End stage musical "Mamma Mia!"

2007

Portrayed the titular Democratic Texas congressman "Charlie Wilson's War," directed by Mike Nichols, written by Aaron Sorkin, and co-starring Julia Roberts; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

2006

Re-teamed with director Ron Howard to portray professor Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code," based on Dan Brown's controversial bestseller

2004

Starred as a southern professor who puts together a group of thieves to rob a casino in the remake of "The Ladykillers"; helmed by Joel and Ethan Coen

2004

Cast as the voice of The Conductor/Hero Boy in the animated film "Polar Express," directed and screenplay by Robert Zemeckis

2004

Starred in the romantic comedy "The Terminal" as Viktor Navorski, an immigrant who becomes a resident of a New York airport terminal; directed by Steven Spielberg and co-starred Catherine Zeta-Jones

2002

Collaborated again with director Spielberg for "Catch Me if You Can," playing the FBI agent pursuing Leonardo DiCaprio

2002

Co-starred with Paul Newman in "The Road to Perdition"

2001

With Spielberg, produced the HBO WWII-themed miniseries "Band of Brothers"; also scripted and directed episodes

2000

Co-starred with Helen Hunt in "Cast Away", directed by Zemeckis; played a man stranded on a deserted island; production was halted to allow Hanks to lose an appropriate amount of weight to reflect the character's emaciation; received Best Actor Oscar nomi

1999

Reprised voice of Woody in "Toy Story 2"; originally planned as a direct-to-video release, film received a theatrical distribution

1999

Starred as a prison guard in the period drama "The Green Mile," adapted from Stephen King's novel

1998

Headlined the Steven Spielberg-directed "Saving Private Ryan," playing a captain leading a team of soldiers in search of a missing soldier; garnered Best Actor Academy Award nomination

1998

Co-executive produced the 13-part HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon" about the NASA space program; also acted in, scripted and directed episodes; co-produced with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and others

1998

Third teaming with Meg Ryan, the romantic comedy "You've Got Mail"; directed by Nora Ephron; a loose remake of "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940)

1996

Feature screenwrting and directing debut, "That Thing You Do!"; also played featured role of the band's manager amd wrote songs included in the film

1995

Voiced the cowboy Woody in the computer-animated feature "Toy Story"

1995

Portrayed real-life astronaut James Lovell in "Apollo 13"; directed by Howard

1994

Received consecutive Best Actor Academy Award in "Forrest Gump" as a slow-witted Southerner who lives an extraordinary life; first collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis

1993

With Gary Goetzman, formed the production company Clavius Base

1993

Proved a fine romantic lead opposite Ryan in the Nora Ephron-directed "Sleepless in Seattle"

1993

Directed and acted in "I'll Be Waiting," a segment of the Showtime series "Fallen Angels"

1993

Portrayed a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his law firm for wrongful termination in "Philadelphia"; won Best Actor Oscar

1992

TV directorial debut, "None But the Lonely Heart" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt" series

1992

Rejuvenated career after a string of box-office disappointments playing the boozy baseball coach in "A League of Their Own"; second collaboration with Penny Marshall as director

1992

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1990

Starred as Sherman McCoy in Brian De Palma's ill-fated screen version of "The Bonfire of the Vanities"

1990

First screen pairing with Meg Ryan (who had multiple roles) in the uneven comedy "Joe Versus the Volcano"

1988

Delivered a strong turn as a bitter stand-up comic in "Punchline"; co-starred opposite Sally Field

1988

Earned first Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "Big"; directed by Penny Marshall

1986

Offered a fine performance as a workaholic advertising executive who tries to reconcile with his ill father (Jackie Gleason) in "Nothing in Common"

1984

Breakthrough leading role in a feature film, "Splash"; directed by Ron Howard

1983

Landed recurring role as Uncle Ned on the NBC sitcom "Family Ties"

1982

Made guest appearance on ABC's "Happy Days"; first met Ron Howard

1982

First TV-movie, Rona Jaffe's "Mazes and Monsters" (CBS)

1980

Film acting debut, "He Knows You're Alone"; reportedly paid only $800

1980

Co-starred on the short-lived cult ABC sitcom "Bosom Buddies"; played an advertising trainee who pretended to be a woman in order to live cheaply at a women-only hotel

1978

Made professional debut as Grumio in "The Taming of the Shrew" at the Riverside Theater in Cleveland, OH

Spent three seasons performing with the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Ohio working with Vincent Dowling

Moved to New York

Bonus Trivia

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Hanks was a third cousin, four generations removed of President Abraham Lincoln.

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"I think that for the most part I'm a somewhat shy and retiring guy. I don't wear an awful lot of my emotions on my sleeve and I don't have any overriding passions that force me into other people's lives, so I probably pull back when anybody tries to do that to me. I think part of it might be because when I was growing up, we moved around an awful lot, so we didn't have an awful lot of friends around us that we really knew well. We were always taking off. I don't think it's part of my mental makeup to completely open myself up to people I know." – Hanks quoted in Newsweek, Sept. 26, 1988

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"I'm a lot more picky than I used to be about roles. When you first start off, you think that you're never going to get another chance to do this, so if there's even a vague, vague interest you say, 'Yes, yes, I want to do this very badly.' Now I've come too close to repeating myself on a number of occasions and you don't want that to happen. So I have to have a real, instinctual, emotional bond, not just with the character but with the nature of the movie itself, before I'll say yes." – Hanks quoted in the Chicago Tribune, March 4, 1990

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"I'm not threatening at all to anyone. So maybe that makes me the most beautiful, perfect casting for this because no one has any reason to fear or loathe me." – Hanks on being cast as a gay man with AIDS in "Philadelphia," to Esquire, December 1993

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"I think he's probably a more complex person than people realize." – "Sleepless in Seattle" co-star Meg Ryan, quoted in Us, August 1994

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"Oh, there's any number of people out there who will tell you I'm not a very nice man. I can be hard on some people. I'm not going to have anybody take advantage of me because I'm a nice guy. [Movie-making] can be very volatile. Look, I'm not a perfect human being. I try to be very respectful to everybody. But there's been times when I have flown off the handle and not lived up to my image as the nicest guy in show business." – Hanks quoted in Us, August 1994

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"The man is as nice, as honest, as professional, as personal as he seems to be. His life is not an act. He's an extremely talented actor, and as a human being he is what we all should aspire to be." – "Forrest Gump" producer Steve Tisch on Hanks, quoted in EW's 1995 Special Academy Awards issue

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"Look, 'Forrest Gump' was great, it was fabulous. It lasted much longer than anybody thought and brought me a degree of attention that no human being on the face of the planet deserves. But, thank goodness, that's over now." – Hanks quoted in Newsday, June 25, 1995

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"Compared to being a director, acting is a vacation." – Hanks to The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 29, 1996

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"Look, I've done a lot of movies, and I've done a lot of press for these movies, so the natural order of things is, 'Here's what you get from this guy.' That's how I've been defined, which is not completely accurate nor is it totally fair. Rather than adhere to any sort of image that will protect that, what's more important is to try to surprise people. I could go off and play some psychotic killer, but that would be the more crass way of doing things." – Hanks replying to The New York Times contention that he selects his roles so as not to sully his good-guy image, quoted in The Los Angeles Times, April 5, 1998

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"You don't direct him. You just sit there getting lucky." – Nora Ephron on working with Hanks, quoted in Biography, July 1998

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"Being a media darling is a fate I do not wish on my worst enemy. I just don't have the kind of life that lends itself to that. By and large, I'm just not dazzling enough to be a constant source of blind items." – Hanks quoted in Daily News, July 9, 1998

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Jonathan Alter: "What's the difference between being a 'star' and being an actor?"Hanks: "You end up being some brand of commodity. I am a package. What do you read about me? I'm the 'nicest guy in Hollywood.' I 'never play bad guys.' I'm 'the new Jimmy Stewart.' That whole [star] thing is a trade-off. It's harder to be mysterious and be discovered. There are some bad guys I would have played, given the opportunity. Like Bill Macy [as the murderous husband] in 'Fargo'. An amazing performance, an amazing role. The problem is I'm always in search of logic in the storytelling. And the Bad guys always suffer from faulty logic." – from USA Weekend, July 24-26, 1998

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"I've made 20 movies and five of them are pretty good." – Hanks quoted in Boston Herald, July 24, 1998

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"When you look at him, you wouldn't think this is one of the greatest actors of our generation. You'd think more 'Excuse me, what are today's specials?'" – Steve Martin on Hanks during his 2002 AFI Lifetime Achievement award presentation

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"I think in the earlier days, acting is fun because the whole thing is like a big circus. Making movies is very glamorous; there’s a lot of people around, there’s a lot of attention, a lot of hoopla, you can go places that you’ve never been before. It’s a blast [but] then you got to figure out that you’re not here on vacation and that you actually have to do some work here at the same time. I have to say now, I think I’m in it for better reasons. I do the work that I think is absolutely fascinating. There’s not nearly as much distraction for me now as there used to be." – Hanks quoted to Cinema Confidential, Dec. 23, 2002

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Tom Hanks' late ex-wife, Susan Dillingham claimed the actor harassed her and attempted to kill her career according to court documents she filed during the duo's lengthy divorce battle in the '80s. The unearthed documents were featured in the 2006 bio The Tom Hanks Enigma by David Gardner – per the New York Post, October 2006

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