Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks is known for his roles in Apollo 13, That Thing You Do!, The Green Mile, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Charlie Wilson's War, Catch Me If You Can, A League of Their Own, The Da Vinci Code.
anks stars in the highly anticipated "Cloud Atlas" opposite Halle Berry. The film, based on the acclaimed novel by David Mitchell, gives Hanks the chance to play several different roles, one of which is a tough guy who looks a bit like the lead singer of Color Me Badd.
"I got to school and tried to figure out how to make people laugh," Hanks says of his growing-up days in California. A class clown in high school, he was drawn to plays because, "That looks like the most fun you could ever possibly have."
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are reuniting to produce another World War 2 television mini-series. After the successful Band of Brothers they are shifting their focus to US Marine Corps operation in Pacific during World War 2.
Following critical acclaim, an Oscar for Best Animated Feature and a global box office take of $1,063,171,911, "Toy Story 3" was beyond successful. Combine that gold with the film having ended with Woody and the gang getting a new, youthful owner, and a fourth film would seem a no brainer.
Hanks struggled to find an audience for his adult movies this year. Larry Crowne which costarred Julia Roberts, brought in only $52 million. The 9/11 drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close also struggled at the box office. It earned only $47 million despite being nominated for Best Picture. He's mastered social networking though. Hanks has 4 million Twitter followers.
Tom Hanks' son is following the actor's path to stardom, though he's taking a decidedly different route from the "Forrest Gump" star. He's changed his name, and he's rapping.
Ranked by Empire Magazine as 17th out of "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" in October 1997, Hanks is married to actress Rita Wilson, with whom he appeared in Volunteers (1985). The couple have two children in addition to Hanks' other two from his previous marriage
In 1996, Hanks tried his hand at screenwriting, directing, and starring in a feature: That Thing You Do!, an upbeat tale of a one-hit wonder group and their manager. The film was not particularly successful, unlike Hanks' next directing endeavor, the TV miniseries From Earth to the Moon.
Actor, director. Born July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. His parents divorced when Hanks was five years old; he was raised, along with his older brother and sister, by their father, Amos, a chef. The family moved frequently, finally settling in Oakland, California, where Hanks attended high school.
Knowing that Electric City wasn’t exactly made-for-television content, Hanks played with the extremes of it all, toying with the morals of the character in the post-apocalyptic world.
Hanks' 90-minute, 20-episode series is being touted as a "first-of-its-kind, 360-degree online interaction of digital, social, mobile and gaming media."
Creating content exclusively for the web is a growing area for mega TV and film personalities — just this week Larry King launched an online news network and Jerry Seinfeld‘s web series is also coming soon — but the latest to join in the interactive content game is Tom Hanks, whose new animated web series, Electric City, premiered on Yahoo! Screen Tuesday.