Thomas Jeffery “Tom” Hanks was born July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. His parents , who later divorced, are the late Amos Mefford Hanks and Janet Marylyn Hanks. Hanks was the third of his parent’s four children. Hanks’ parent’s remarried multiple times. Hanks has step siblings. After the divorce, Hank’s remained with is father and attended Skyline High School in Oakland, California. In High School Hanks’ discovered his love of acting. He starred in school productions, including South Pacific.
Hanks went to Chabot Community College in Hayward, California to study theater. After two years he transferred to California State University, Sacramento. While studying theater, Hanks became an intern at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleavland, Ohio. His three-year internship covered all the major aspects of theater. This caused Hanks to drop out of college.
His decision did not fail him as Hanks’ acting career became very successful. In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City and made his film and television debuts. By 1980, Hanks had landed the lead role in ABC’s sitcom, Bosom Buddies. By the mid eighties, Hanks was enjoying many lead role in major films. Some of Hanks’ film include Big, Joe Versus the Volcano, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, and Apollo-13. Hanks’ path also lead him to produce, write and direct many successful films as well.
Hanks has earned two consecutive Academy Awards. He won in 1993 for his role in Philadelphia and again in 1994 for his role in Forrest Gump.
Currently, Hanks is the father of four children. Two with his first wife and two with is current wife since 1988. His current wife is actress, Rita Wilson. Hanks has also recently become a grandfather. Hanks’ career has continued success through the decades. The United States domestic box office total for his films exceeds $3.9 billion.
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