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Tom Hanks: Biography at a Glance

  • Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer, and director known for iconic roles in some of Hollywood's biggest hits including You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, A League of Their Own, and Elvis.
  • One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Hanks won his first Oscar for his moving performance in Philadelphia and took home his second Oscar for his unforgettable role in Forrest Gump, for which he also won a Golden Globe Award and SAG Award.
  • He has also received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Penny Marshall’s Big, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away, and his portrayal of Fred Rogers in Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
  • Hanks received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award, and a Kennedy Center Honor.
  • Hanks, who is a trivia buff, launched Hanx 101 Trivia, a game that celebrates his love for knowledge and lets players master a wide range of topics including books, geography, history, movies, music, sports, as well as pop culture, and current events.



Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer, and director. One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Academy Awards for “Best Actor in a Leading Role,” he won his first Oscar in 1994 for his moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia. The following year, he took home his second Oscar for his unforgettable performance in the title role of Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump.  He also won Golden Globe Awards for both films, as well as a SAG Award for the latter.

Hanks has also been honored with Academy Award nominations for his performances in Penny Marshall’s Big, Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away, and, most recently, for his portrayal of Fred Rogers in Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. He also won Golden Globes for Big and Cast Away.

Hanks starred in the Academy Award-nominated film Captain Phillips (for which he received Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA nominations), as well as the AFI Movie of the Year Saving Mr. Banks. Four years later, he received his ninth Golden Globe nomination, as well as “Best Actor” from the National Board of Review, for his work in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-nominated film The Post, alongside Meryl Streep.

Most recently, Hanks starred in An Man Called Otto, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, Pinocchio for Disney+, the WWII drama Greyhound for Apple TV+ (which he also wrote), Paul Greengrass’ pre-Civil War drama News of the World, and Apple TV+’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama, Finch. He will next be seen in Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City.

His other acting credits include the Tom Tykwer, Lilly Wachowski, and Lana Wachoski film Cloud Atlas; Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; the animated adventure The Polar Express (which he also executive produced and which reunited him with director Robert Zemeckis); the Coen brothers’ The Ladykillers; Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can; Sam Mendes’ Road to Perdition; Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile; Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle; Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own; Ron Howard’s Apollo 13, The Da Vinci CodeAngels & Demons, Splash, Hologram for a KingInferno, Sully; and the computer-animated blockbusters Cars, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, and Toy Story 4.

In 1996, Hanks made his successful feature film writing and directing debut with That Thing You Do, in which he also starred. He later wrote, produced, directed, and starred in Larry Crowne with Julia Roberts. Under his Playtone banner, founded in 1998 with producing partner Gary Goetzman, Hanks’ additional film producing credits include the smash-hit romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding with Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson, Where the Wild Things Are, The Polar Express, The Ant Bully, Charlie Wilson’s WarMamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Great Buck Howard, and Starter for 10.

Hanks’ work on the big screen has translated to success on the small screen as well. Following Apollo 13, he executive produced and hosted the acclaimed HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, also directing one segment and writing several others. His work on the miniseries brought him Emmy, Golden Globe and Producers Guild Awards, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries.

In 2001 he then went on to executive produce his second miniseries for HBO, and first television series under his Playtone banner, Band of Brothers, alongside Steven Spielberg. The WWII drama, based on the book Stephen Ambrose, won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for “Outstanding Miniseries.” Hanks directed one episode of the series and wrote another, earning him an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries” and an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries.” He also received another Producers Guild Award for his work on the project. In 2010, he and Spielberg re-teamed for the award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, for which Hanks once again served as executive producer.  The 10-part program won eight Emmy Awards, including “Outstanding Miniseries,” and brought Hanks his fourth PGA Award.

Hanks additional executive producing credits include the HBO miniseries John Adams (Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for “Outstanding Miniseries,” PGA Award); the HBO political drama Game Change (Emmy and Golden Globes Awards for “Outstanding Miniseries/Television Film,” PGA Award); the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout (Emmy Award for “Outstanding Limited Series”); and hit CNN documentary series The Sixties (Emmy Award nomination), The Seventies (Emmy Award nomination), The Eighties, The Nineties, and The Movies.

Hanks made his Broadway debut in the Nora Ephron-penned play Lucky Guy. His performance earned him Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony Award nominations. He is also the author of a best-selling collection of stories, Uncommon Type, and the forthcoming novel The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece.

Hanks has received the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award in 2009, a Kennedy Center Honor in 2014, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

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