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Tom Hanks a very popular and rich American celebrity has won many awards in Hollywood. The following is a short biography about him.



Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. He has three other siblings Sandra, Larry, and Jim. His father an itinerant cook and his mother, a hospital worker got divorced in 1960 and only the youngest sibling Jim was brought up by his mother.

Tom was with his father who was constantly moving from place to place and he had to cope with the changes in his life until his father finally settled in Oakland.

Tom got his high school diploma from Skyline High School, in Oakland in 1974 and went to Chabot College in Hayward, California, but after some time, he switched his college to California State University, Sacramento to go after acting.

In 1977 he quit his studies to accept an internship offer from the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio.



Tom Hanks career history is a long one. But to mention some of his famous jobs we can name 'Proteus' in 1978, 'He knows you’re alone' in 1979, TV series 'Happy Days' in 1982, 'Big' in 1988, and many others up to the present time.


Top works

Tom used his voice for the character, Woody, the leader of the cowboy dolls in “Toy Story 2” and hit a record-breaking box-office sale of $80.8 million.

“Apollo 13” was a movie that was released in 2002 and became a huge success for about $500 million at the box office.

In 2006 “The Da Vinci Code” earned $750 million at the box-office.



In 1994 and 1995 he won two Academy Awards for his role in the films ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘Forrest Gump’.

American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award was given to him in 2002 by Steven Spielberg.

And also he was inducted into the United States Army Rangers Hall of Fame in 2006.


Personal life

His first wife was Samantha Lewes, an actress, and producer. They got married in 1978 and got divorced in 1987. They have two children, Colin and Elizabeth.

His second and present wife is Rita Wilson. They got married in 1988. Rita was his costar in ‘Volunteers’. They have two sons, Chester and Truman.


Tom Hanks loves to collect typewriters and has 80 of them in his collection and it is interesting to know that Tom is a distant relative of the president Abraham Lincoln.

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