Thomas Geoffrey (Volume) Hanks Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor, film director, screenwriter, and producer.
Best movies with Tom Hanks: Big (1988), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Green Mile "(1999), "Outcast" (2000), "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), "Angels and Demons" (2002), "Terminal" (2004), "Cloud Atlas" (2012), "Spy Bridge (2015).
Place of Birth. Education. Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. Father is English, mother is Portuguese. His father was a chef at a local restaurant and his mother worked in a hospital. His parents divorced when the boy was 5 years old and he was raised by his father.
While still in high school, the boy became interested in the stage. Tom participated in school productions and after graduation he entered the University of California to study drama. While studying at the university, Tom participated several times in the annual "Shakespeare Festival", which was held in Ohio. Nevertheless, as soon as Tom was proposed by an acting troupe from Cleveland, the actor, without hesitation, leaves his alma mater, and then goes to conquer the theater stage.
Film career. Hanks has appeared on several television series: Taxi, Happy Days, and Family Ties. Tom Hanks began acting in films in 1980. The debut was the film "He knows how lonely you are." But his true "discovery" came only four years later, when the romantic comedy "Splash" (1984) was released, where he had to fall in love with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) who swam into the bay of a big city.
Hanks began to be filmed often, but four years passed before Tom Hanks again made him talk about himself. This happened in connection with the picture "Big" (1988), in which he played a hero with the body of a man and the mind of a child. The unusual plot allowed the actor to demonstrate the gentle humor and warmth that are inseparable from his creative personality. The role earned him a Golden Globe and his first Oscar nomination. Considerable success fell to the share of the film "Turner and Hooch" (1989), where his partner was a wonderful dog.
Commercially unsuccessful was the big work of Hanks in the film "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Brian de Palma (1990, based on the novel by Tom Wolfe). The role of Sherman McCoy, "the master of the universe", a financier from Wall Street, was noted by critics as inexpressive, and the film failed at the box office.
Although Tom Hanks appeared in more than ten films in the 1980s, his most successful roles date back to the 1990s. A series of creative victories began with Sleepless in Seattle (1993), where the actor played a single father who, under the influence of his little son, finds a new love, a young lawyer dying of AIDS in the drama Philadelphia (1993), which shocked the audience with its physiological realism and brought Hanks an Oscar. In 1994, when "Forrest Gump" was released, Hanks became a true triumph. In the role of an autistic person who lives with the whole country for almost the entire second half of the 20th century, and who meets with many charismatic personalities, Tom Hanks has turned, along with his character, into a real national hero. Having received an Oscar for this work, Hanks became the second (after Spencer Tracy) actor who was awarded this award twice in a row.
After a triumphant procession on the red carpet, Hanks was able to choose the most interesting options from the incoming proposals. Therefore, several more outstanding works soon followed, which will be called the best films in Hanks' career: "Apollo 13" (1995) - a film about the most dramatic moment of human space exploration, "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) - a legendary picture that was later on the list of the cultural heritage of the United States and the most notable picture in the creative biography of the film actor. "You have a letter" (1998) - a beautiful romantic comedy. In 1999, the actor starred in The Green Mile directed by Frank Darabont and based on the novel of the same name by writer Stephen King. The actor in the film played Paul Edgecomb, a guard on death row.
In 2000, Tom starred in the film Cast Away directed by Robert Zemeckis. The actor in the film played Chuck Noland, a FedEx delivery service inspector who ends up on a desert island after a plane crash.
In the new century, the success of Tom Hanks has not faded, new paintings have become just as popular. He starred with many Hollywood stars: with Leonardo DiCaprio in the adventurous comedy "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), Catherine Zeta-Jones "Terminal" (2004), Julia Roberts in the comedy "Larry Crown" (2011), with Hugh Grant in the historical fiction film Cloud Atlas (2012), and with Emma Thompson in the biopic Saving Mr. Banks (2013) about the author Pamela Travers, who is the creator of books about Mary Poppins and other famous actors.
Tom has filmed adaptations of Jonathan Safran's books "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (2011) and Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), "Angels and Demons" (2009). "Inferno" (2016) - the last film based on the writer's book.
In April 2017, the premiere of the film "Sphere" took place, in which Tom Hanks starred with Emma Watson.
Director. In 1996, Tom Hanks made his film debut as a director, filming, in an emphatically documentary manner, the story of a youth ensemble that broke up after their first hit. "What You Do" did not become a big revelation, although it deserved a favorable assessment from the critics.
Awards. Tom Hanks has received two Oscars - for his leading roles in the films "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994) - is one of two actors in the history of world cinema to receive this award two years in a row.
"Golden Globe" (1989, 1994, 1995, 2001).
Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honor.
Cash collections and fees. Tom Hanks is one of the highest paid Hollywood stars (for example, for the role of Professor Langdon in "Angels and Demons" he received more than $50 million). Tom Hanks even got into the Guinness Book of Records as "the actor who played in a row in the largest number of films whose box office receipts exceed one hundred million dollars." As of 2017, Hanks' films have grossed over $9 billion in revenue. Tom Hanks is the third highest grossing actor in the world.
Personal life. Despite his immense popularity in the United States, Hanks does not suffer from star disease and leads a rather modest lifestyle, being considered in Hollywood as an ideal husband and father. His name practically does not appear on the pages of the yellow press. He is married to actress Rita Wilson and has two children with her, Chester and Truman.
He also has a daughter and a son from his first marriage (to Samantha Lewis). Son Colin is also an actor.
Tom Hanks is already a grandfather. In 2011, a granddaughter was born in the family of a film actor, who was named Olivia. In 2013, Olivia had a sister, Charlotte.