Who is Tom Hanks?

Tom Hanks is a renowned celebrity in America and has gained fame worldwide. He is a well-established actor and filmmaker who has been active in the ficolield since 1977. Notably, the actor is well-known for his roles as comedic and dramatic. Tom gained popularity from his roles in numerous films like “Splash,” “Bachelor Party,” “Sully,” among many others.

Furthermore, the actor is also a famous producer, director, and filmmaker. He gained an accomplishment after the movies “Catch Me if You Can,” “The Post,” “The Terminal,” including the other two films. The other two films are “Bridge of Spines,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

Quick Info
Birth NameThomas Jeffrey Hanks
BornJuly 9, 1956
Age63 yrs
FatherAmos Mefford Hanks
MotherJanet Marylyn
Height6 feet
Weight82 kg
Chest Size44 inches
HairDark Brown
WivesSamantha Lewes
Rita Wilson
ChildrenColin Hanks
Elizabeth Hanks
Chester Marlon Hanks
Truman Theodore
Net Worth$350 million


Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California, United States, as Thomas Jeffrey Hanks. He was born to his father, Amos Mefford Hanks, and his mother, Janet Marylyn. Amos worked as an itinerant cook, whereas Jennifer as a hospital worker. Likewise, he has three siblings; Sandra, Larry, and Jim Hanks.

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Furthermore, Tom holds an American nationality, and as per ethnicity, he belongs to a mix of English, German, Cornish, and Portuguese. He is Christian by religion. He has the star sign of Cancer. Tom stands at the height of 6 feet (183 cm) and weighs about 82 kg (181 lbs), having a fantastic personality, along with body size 44 inches. Also, his green eyes and dark brown hair makes him look attractive.

Early Life

At an early age only, when he was just four years old, his parents divorced. So, he grew up with his father, along with his older sister and brother Sandra and Larry, whereas his younger brother Jim lived with his mother. However, he moved frequently from one house to another at an early age.

For education, Tom firstly attended Skyline High School, located in Oakland, California. From a young age only, he showed an interest in acting as he enrolled in school plays during his high school. After his high school, he joined the Chabot College, located in Hayward, California, where he studied theatre. Later, after two years, he joined the California State University, located in Sacramento. While at the theatre, he met the head of the Great Lakes Theatre, Vincent Dowling. His meeting with him became fruitful for Tom as he got an intern at the festival. This made his life go into a strong vision. However, having an interest in the plays and working for the career, he dropped his college.

Tom Hanks Career

Tom Hanks appeared on the film screen for the first time from a low-budget film, “He Knows You’re Alone,” in 1980. His role in the movie got him another role in the television movie, “Mazes and Monsters.” Appearing in numerous shows as a guest role, he got a chance to be the lead character in the pilot “Bosom Buddies.” Working for the shows, he eventually got a leading role in the film “Splash” in 1984, which had a hit in the box office.

Subsequently, in 1988, he got a significant success playing in the comedy “Big.” Likewise, Tom starred in several successful films like “Apollo 13”, “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Forest Gump,” and “Toy Story,” among many others.

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Moreover, appearing in Tv shows and films as an actor, Tom also became a director of the film “That Thing You Do!”. Also, he worked as an executive producer in “From the Earth to the Moon.” Likewise, Tom also worked in the big project “For Saving Private Ryan.” In 2001, he directed and produced a miniseries “Band a Brothers.” Along with his wife Rita Wilson, he produced a successful film, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Similarly, Tom starred in several hit films. His films included “Coen brothers’ The Ladykillers,” “The Terminal,” and “The Polar Express” in 2004. He also appeared in the movie “Charlie Wilson’s War” in 2007, and in “The Great Buck Howard,” appearing in numerous films in between the years. Along with working as a director, Tom also played as a lead role in the movie “Larry Crowne” in 2011. Also, he gained more names after the films “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”


Having an outstanding career, Tom has earned numerous achievements. For the first time in 1998, he won an award for his acting in “From the Earth to the Moon” for the category of Outstanding Miniseries. Also, for the same show”, he became a nominee as Oustanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.

Furthermore, in 2002, he won an award for the Oustanding Miniseries for “Band of Brothers.” Likewise, for the same film, he won an award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Tom earned a prize for the category of Outstanding Miniseries again for “John Adams.” Besides, he has won several honors.

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Personal Life of Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is a married man. He tied a knot with Samantha Lewes in 1978. Samantha is an amazing actress from America. Also, the couple has two children together; a son Colin Hanks, born in 1977, and a daughter, Elizabeth Hanks, born in 1982. Their son Colin, following his parent’s footsteps, has become a well-known actor. However, in 1987, Tom and Samantha had a divorce.

After eleven years, the actor married actress Rita Wilson. The couple first met on the set of the film Bosom Buddies, in 1981. The couple is blessed with two sons, Chester Marlon Hanks and Truman Theodore, born in 1995. Presently, along with his family, Tom lives in Los Angeles, California.

Net Worth

Tom Hanks, from his amazing long professional career, has gained massive popularity. Likewise, achieving success along with name and fame, he has been able to earn a handsome amount of money. His net worth is estimated to be about $350 million.

Moreover, his films have had a bang in the box office as it has grossed over $4.9 billion in the US and $9.96 billion worldwide.