Tom Hanks Biography, Age, Children, Movies, Net Worth

Thomas Jeffery Hanks is an American actor and Filmmaker. He performed both comedic and dramatic roles. He is one of the most recognizable film stars and is regarded as an American Cultural Icon.  He made breakthrough performances in many comedy serials. He received positive reviews for his versatile roles. He won two consecutive academy awards for his movies Philadelphia and A league of their own.

Tom Hanks has stated that his acting in the earlier roles was not good but later he subsequently improved his acting skills. He is likable well mannered and good-natured personality. He frequently plays ordinary characters in extraordinary situations. He ranked number 17 in the Top 100 movie Stars of all time.

Tom Hanks, an accomplished and versatile actor, has defied the passage of time with his talent and charisma. As he reaches the age of 66, his career continues to flourish, showcasing his unwavering commitment to his craft. Despite the inevitable march of age, Hanks remains an enduring force in the entertainment industry, proving that age is no barrier to creativity and success. With each role he undertakes, Tom Hanks exemplifies the timeless appeal of his talent, captivating audiences of all ages.

Birth 9 July 1956.
Birth NameThomas Jeffery Hanks
Nick NameTom
Years active1977-present
CitizenshipUnited StatesGreece
SpouseSamantha LewesRita Wilson

Early Life:

Tom Hanks was born on 9 July 1956 in Concord, California to a hospital worker Janet Marylyn and Bud Hanks His mother belonged to Portuguese family and his father was of American Ancestry.  He is the distant cousin of President Ibraham Lincoln. His parents got separated in 1960. He and his 2 sisters went up with their father.

Hanks’s religious history was Catholic and Mormon.

Early Education:

Tom Hanks was unpopular with students and teachers in school. He was terribly a shy guy. Hank acted in school plays while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California. Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California. He was transferred to California State University after 2 years. He spent time seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams, and Ibsen.


Hanks married American actress Samantha Lewes in 1978. They had a son and a daughter. They got separated in 1987. Lewes died due to bone cancer in 2002 at the age of 44.

In 1981, Tom Hanks met actress Rita Wilson on the set of the TV comedy Bosom Buddies. Hanks and Wilson married in 1988 and have two sons. Hanks lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

In October 2013, he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Hanks has been a fan of the English Premier League club Aston Villa since 1984.

Tom Hanks Children:

Tom Hanks has four children. Here are the names of his children

  • Colin Hanks (born 1977) – Colin is an actor known for his roles in films such as “Orange County” and the TV series “Fargo.”
  • Elizabeth Ann Hanks (born 1982) – Elizabeth is an author and has appeared in small acting roles.
  • Chet Hanks (born 1990) – Chet, also known as Chet Haze, is an actor and musician.
  • Truman Theodore Hanks (born 1995) – Truman has kept a relatively private life and has not pursued a career in the entertainment industry like his siblings.


Hanks has donated to many democratic politicians. He endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential elections. Hanks serves as campaign chair of the Hidden Heroes Campaign of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. He endorsed Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

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In 1979, he made his first film debut in a low-budget movie He Knows You’re Alone.  Hanks gained popularity for his comic abilities as a costar of the television serial of the television series Bosom Buddies.

As An Actor:

Hanks suffered a run at the box office underperformer in 1989. He climbed back to the top again with his portrayal of a washed-up baseball legend turned manager in  A League of Their Own. His acting skills improved subsequently. Many critics agreed that Hank’s portrayal ensured him a place among the premier romantic-comedy stars of his generation.

As A Filmmaker:

Tom Hanks is a member National Space Society, a nonprofit educational space advocacy organization. He also produced the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon about the Apollo program to send astronauts to the moon.

Famous Movies List:

  • Apollo 13
  • Toy Story 1,2,3,4.
  • Forrest Gump
  • A Beautiful Day In Neighborhood
  • A League Of Their Own
  • Bridge Of Spies
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Big
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philadephia
  • Splash 
  • The Post
  • Saving Mr Banks
  • Cast Away
  • The Terminal
  • A Man Otto

Famous TV Shows:

Tom Hanks, a highly acclaimed actor known for his versatile performances in film, has also made appearances in various TV shows throughout his career. Here are a few notable TV shows featuring Tom Hanks:

  • “Bosom Buddies” (1980-1982) – Hanks starred in this sitcom as Kip Wilson, alongside Peter Scolari. The series follows two friends who disguise themselves as women to live in an affordable all-female apartment complex.
  • “Family Ties” (1983) – Hanks guest-starred in an episode of this popular sitcom as Uncle Ned, a character who has an unexpected impact on the Keaton family.
  • “Tales from the Crypt” (1992) – Hanks directed an episode titled “None but the Lonely Heart,” which is a darkly comedic tale involving a heart transplant.
  • “Band of Brothers” (2001) – Although technically a miniseries, this highly acclaimed World War II drama produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks deserves mention. Hanks also served as an executive producer and directed one episode. He also provided the narration for the series.

Awards And Honors:

  • Academy Awards for Best Actor In Leading Role (1995,1994)
  • Presidential Medal Of Freedom (2016)
  • Kennedy Center Honors ( 2014)
  • AFI Life Achievement Award (2002)
  • MTV Movie  Award For Best Male Performance (1994)
  • Empire Award For Best Actor (1999)
  • Saturn Award For Best Actor (1990)
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (1998)
  • TV Land Anniversary Award (2010)
  • American Comedy Award For Funniest Supporting Actor (1993)  

Net Worth:

Tom Hanks, the accomplished American actor, director, and producer, has built an extraordinary legacy in the entertainment industry, coupled with a remarkable net worth of $400 million. As one of the most beloved and recognizable film stars in the world, his talent and dedication have propelled his films to extraordinary financial success. With a collective gross of over $4.9 billion in North America and a staggering $9.96 billion worldwide, Hanks has not only left an indelible mark on cinema but has also solidified his position among the highest-earning and most influential figures in Hollywood. Tom Hanks’ net worth is a testament to his exceptional contributions and enduring popularity in the realm of film.

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