Tom Hanks Wiki Biography, Age, Wife, Education, Career, Net Worth

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California, U.S. He is an American actor and filmmaker also known for both his comedic and dramatic roles and one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks’ films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America.

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Article NameTom Hanks Wiki Biography
Full NameThomas Jeffrey Hanks or Thomas J. Hanks
Date of BirthJuly 9, 1956
Age66 Years Old
Height1.83 Meters
NationalityUnited State, Greece
ProfessionActor & Filmmaker
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Tom Hanks Biography

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, on July 9, 1956, to hospital worker Janet Marylyn (née Frager) and itinerant cook Amos “Bud” Hanks. His mother was from a Portuguese family; their surname was originally “Fraga”. His father had English ancestry, and through his line, Hanks is a distant cousin of President Abraham Lincoln and children’s host Fred Rogers, whom he played. His parents divorced in 1960. Their three oldest children, Sandra (later Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer), Larry (who became an entomology professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, Jim (who also became an actor and filmmaker), remained with their mother in Red Bluff, California. In his childhood, Hanks’ family moved often; by the age of 10, he had lived in 10 different houses.

Physical Status

Age66 Years Old
Height (Approx.)1.83 Meters
Eye ColourMoss Green
Hair ColourDark Hair

Personal Information

Date of BirthJuly 9, 1956
Birth PlaceConcord, California, U.S
Zodiac signCancer
NationalityUnited State, Greece


CollegeChabot College
UniversityCalifornia State University, Sacramento

Family Profile

Tom Hanks Family
Tom Hanks Family
Father’s NameAmos Mefford Hanks
Mother’s NameJanet Marylyn Frager
Wife’s NameSamantha Lewes (1978–1987) &
Rita Wilson (1988)
ChildrenColin Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks,
Chet Hanks, Truman Hanks
SiblingsJim Hanks, Larry Hanks


ProfessionActor & Filmmaker
Source Of IncomeActing and Film Making
Net Worth, Salary$400 Million

In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City, where he made his film debut in the low-budget slasher film He Knows You’re Alone (1980) and landed a starring role in the television movie Mazes and Monsters. Early that year, he was cast in the lead, Callimaco, in the Riverside Shakespeare Company’s production of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Mandrake, directed by Daniel Southern.

The following year, Hanks landed one of the lead roles, that of character Kip Wilson, on the ABC television pilot of Bosom Buddies. He and Peter Scolari played a pair of young advertising men forced to dress as women so they could live in an inexpensive all-female hotel.

Hanks had previously partnered with Scolari on the 1970s game show Make Me Laugh. After landing the role, Hanks moved to Los Angeles. Bosom Buddies ran for two seasons, and, although the ratings were never strong, television critics gave the program high marks. “The first day I saw him on the set,” co-producer Ian Praiser told Rolling Stone, “I thought, ‘Too bad he won’t be in television for long.’ I knew he’d be a movie star in two years.” However, although Praiser knew it, he was not able to convince Hanks. “The television show had come out of nowhere,” Hanks’ best friend Tom Lizzio told Rolling Stone.

Achievements and Awards

  • Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role: 1995, 1994 · Forrest Gump, Philadelphia
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture : 1996 · Apollo 13
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom : 2016
  • Kennedy Center Honors : 2014
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy : 1989 · Big
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama : 2001, 1995, 1994 · Cast Away, Forrest Gump, Philadelphia
  • AFI Life Achievement Award : 2002
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series : 2015, 2010, 2008, Olive Kitteridge, The Pacific, John Adams, …
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance : 1994 · Philadelphia
  • Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award : 2020
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role : 1995 · Forrest Gump
  • National Board of Review Award for Best Actor : 1994 · Forrest Gump
  • People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor : 2002, 1999, 1996 · Cast Away, Apollo 13
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie : 2002 · Band of Brothers
  • Empire Award for Best Actor : 1999 · Saving Private Ryan
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor : 2000 · Cast Away
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor : 1988 · Big, Punchline
  • Saturn Award for Best Actor : 1990 · Big
  • Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry : 2001 · Cast Away
  • People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor : 2017, 2002, 1996, … · Cast Away, Apollo 13, Forrest Gump
  • Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance : 2019 · Henry IV
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Drama : 2000, 1999 · The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan
  • Bambi – International Film : 2004 · The Polar Express
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance : 1999 · Saving Private Ryan
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Best Long-Form Television : 2013, 2011, 2009, … · Game Change, The Pacific, John Adams, …
  • Audie Award for History/Biography : 2016 · A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts
  • TV Land Anniversary Award : 2010 · Bosom Buddies
  • American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture : 1993 · A League of Their Own
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor : 2000, 1995 · Cast Away, Forrest Gump
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie : 2012 · Game Change
  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor : 1994 · Forrest Gump
  • Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor : 1995 · Forrest Gump
  • Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television : 2011
  • People’s Choice Award for Favorite All-Time Entertainer : 2004
  • Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film : 2004
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor : 2000 · Cast Away
  • PGA Vision Award for Television : 1999 · From the Earth to the Moon
  • Funniest Actor In A Motion Picture (Leading Role) : 1995, 1989 · Forrest Gump, Big
  • TV Land Little Screen/Big Screen Star (Men) Award : 2007

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Early Life

While Hanks’ family religious history was Catholic and Mormon, one journalist characterized Hanks’ teenage self as being a “Bible-toting evangelical” for several years. In school, he was unpopular with students and teachers alike, later telling Rolling Stone magazine, “I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy.At the same time, I was the guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn’t get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible.”

In 1965, his father married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. Frances had three children, two of whom lived with Hanks during his high school years. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California.

Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and transferred to California State University, Sacramento after two years. During a 2001 interview with sportscaster Bob Costas, Hanks was asked whether he would rather have an Oscar or a Heisman Trophy. He replied he would rather win a Heisman by playing halfback for the California Golden Bears.

He told New York magazine in 1986, “Acting classes looked like the best place for a guy who liked to make a lot of noise and be rather flamboyant. I spent a lot of time going to plays. I wouldn’t take dates with me. I’d just drive to a theater, buy myself a ticket, sit in the seat and read the program, and then get into the play completely. I spent a lot of time like that, seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams, Ibsen, and all that.”

During his years studying theatre, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. At Dowling’s suggestion, Hanks became an intern at the festival. His internship stretched into a three-year experience that covered most aspects of theater production, including lighting, set design, and stage management, prompting Hanks to drop out of college. During the same time, Hanks won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his 1978 performance as Proteus in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of the few times he played a villain. In 2010, Time magazine named Hanks one of the “Top 10 College Dropouts.”