California State University, Sacramento
Chabot Junior College
Skyline High School
Played the heroic flight captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger in the biographical film "Sully"
Starred in Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Bridge of Spies"
Executive produced the CNN docuseries "The Sixties"
Executive produced HBO's Emmy-winning mini-series "Olive Kitteridge"
Starred as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks," about the production of "Mary Poppins"
Reprised Woody in the TV special "Toy Story of Terror"
Played the title role in the real-life drama "Captain Phillips"
Announced to make Broadway debut in "Lucky Guy," a play written by the late Nora Ephron
Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer
Co-wrote, directed and starred in "Larry Crowne"
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
Reprised voice of Woody in the animated feature "Toy Story 3"
Re-teamed with Steven Spielberg to executive produce HBO's 10-part miniseries "The Pacific," which earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Miniseries
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"
Produced the live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book Where the Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze
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
Executive produced (with wife Rita Wilson) the film adaptation of the West End stage musical "Mamma Mia!"
Executive produced the HBO original movie "John Adams"
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
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
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
Cast as the voice of The Conductor/Hero Boy in the animated film "Polar Express," directed and screenplay by Robert Zemeckis
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
Co-starred with Paul Newman in "The Road to Perdition"
Collaborated again with director Spielberg for "Catch Me if You Can," playing the FBI agent pursuing Leonardo DiCaprio
With Spielberg, produced the HBO WWII-themed miniseries "Band of Brothers"; also scripted and directed episodes
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
Reprised voice of Woody in "Toy Story 2"; originally planned as a direct-to-video release, film received a theatrical distribution
Starred as a prison guard in the period drama "The Green Mile," adapted from Stephen King's novel
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
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)
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
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
Voiced the cowboy Woody in the computer-animated feature "Toy Story"
Portrayed real-life astronaut James Lovell in "Apollo 13"; directed by Howard
Starred in "Forrest Gump" as a slow-witted Southerner who lives an extraordinary life; first collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis
Played romantic lead opposite Ryan in the Nora Ephron-directed "Sleepless in Seattle"
With Gary Goetzman, formed the production company Clavius Base
Directed and acted in "I'll Be Waiting," a segment of the Showtime series "Fallen Angels"
Portrayed a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his law firm for wrongful termination in "Philadelphia"
Made TV directorial debut, "None But the Lonely Heart" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt" series
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
Had first screen pairing with Meg Ryan (who had multiple roles) in the comedy "Joe Versus the Volcano"
Starred as Sherman McCoy in Brian De Palma's ill-fated screen version of "The Bonfire of the Vanities"
Earned first Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "Big"; directed by Penny Marshall
Delivered a strong turn as a bitter stand-up comic in "Punchline"; co-starred opposite Sally Field
Offered a change of pace performance as a workaholic advertising executive who tries to reconcile with his ill father (Jackie Gleason) in "Nothing in Common"
Landed breakthrough leading role in a feature film, "Splash"; directed by Ron Howard
Landed recurring role as Uncle Ned on the NBC sitcom "Family Ties"
Made guest appearance on ABC's "Happy Days"; first met Ron Howard
Made first TV-movie, Rona Jaffe's "Mazes and Monsters" (CBS)
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
Made film acting debut, "He Knows You're Alone"; reportedly paid only $800
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
Hanks was a third cousin, four generations removed of President Abraham Lincoln.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992
On the difference between being a "star" and being an "actor": "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
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
The 1997 comedy "In and Out," starring Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck and written by Paul Rudnick, was inspired by Hanks' Oscar acceptance speech for "Philadelphia," in which he acknowledged his gay high school drama teacher.
Hanks' first published short story, "Alan Bean Plus Four," appeared in the October 27, 2014 issue of The New Yorker.
Hanks starred in the video for Carly Rae Jepsen's 2015 hit single "I Really Like You," lip-syncing the song over the course of an average day.
Hanks collected manual typewriters, using them to write scripts and correspondence.
Hanks was a passionate fan of mid-'60s pop music; his stirring speech for the Dave Clark Five at the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony became a viral hit due to his unfeigned passion for the band's hits.