How is Tom Hanks personally

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks biography

On July 9, 1956, Thomas "Tom" Jeffrey Hanks was born to a nurse and cook in Concord, California (USA). When Tom Hanks was five, his parents divorced. From then on, Hanks lives with his siblings Lawrence and Sandra with his father, the younger brother Jim Hanks stays with his mother.

Even in high school, Tom Hanks lived for acting, attended acting classes and often went to the theater. Logically, after graduating from high school, he studied acting and also played successfully in the theater.

In the late 1970s, Tom Hanks moved to New York and appeared in various sitcoms. It was there that director Ron Howard discovered him and gave him the lead role in his romantic comedySplash - A maiden on the hook (1984; with Daryl Hannah and John Candy).

Tom Hanks' rapid rise in comedies

Tom Hanks' screen debut was followed by a few more typical 1980s comedies. These include, for example A gift is still too expensive (1986) andScott & Huutsch (1989). The Sunnyboy also gets offers for serious roles. Among other things, he plays inPurgatory of the vanities (1990; with Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith) a successful stockbroker and inIn a class of its own (1992; with Geena Davis and Madonna) an abandoned former baseball star.

Of course, love films should not be missing in the film vita of the smart mime. And with Meg Ryan he also gets a twinkle at his side, with whom Tom Hanks embodies the screen dream couple of the 1990s. This is how the films are made Joe against the volcano (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) ande-m @ il to you (1998).

Two Oscars in two years and one role for the ages: Forrest Gump

But Tom Hanks doesn't just shoot feel-good movies. In the drama Philadelphia (1993; with Denzel Washington and Antonio Banderas) the Hollywood star shines in the role of a homosexual suffering from AIDS. In 1994 Tom Hanks received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his authentic portrayal of the HIV-positive man who goes to court to fight for his rights.

In 1995, Tom Hanks achieved something that only Spencer Tracy had done before him: He was awarded the Oscar for best actor for the second time in a row. This time for the role of the nerdForrest Gump (1994; with Robin Wright and Sally Field). Director Robert Zemeckis' film wins five more Academy Awards and three Golden Globes (including one for Tom Hanks). In addition, the touching story of Forrest Gump, who ingeniously and by chance invents the greatest things and meets the most famous people, becomes the most successful film of 1994.

Tom Hanks plays several times under the direction of Robert Zemeckis. So he embodies in Cast Away (2000) a shipwrecked man - which earned him another Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for best actor. For his role, Tom Hanks has to shed several pounds over several months so that he comes across as a shipwrecked man.

Directors love Tom Hanks, for example Ron Howard

If the chemistry between the filmmaker and the leading actor is right, you like to do one or two more projects together - and Tom Hanks seems to be very popular with directors. It starts with Ron Howard, who has been instrumental in Tom Hanks' career. ToSplash - A maiden on the hook sends Ron Howard the star in the real space adventureApollo 13 (1995; with Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon).

In addition, the successful duo realized the film adaptations of the three thriller novels by Dan Brown spectacularly, with Tom Hanks playing the protagonist and historian Robert Landgon. The beginning is 2006The Da Vinci Code - The Da Vinci Code (with Jean Reno and Audrey Tautou). Then followIlluminati (2009; with Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård) and 2016 inferno (with Felicity Jones and Omar Sy).

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg

Another well-known director Tom Hanks enjoys working with, and very often, is Steven Spielberg. The two Hollywood greats first worked for the film in 1998The soldier James Ryan (with Tom Sizemore and Matt Damon) together. Tom Hanks owes the film another Oscar and Golden Globe nomination. Also the cooperation atCatch Me If You Can (2002) is crowned with success. In the biography, Tom Hanks embodies the adversary and hunter of Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of the con man Frank Abagnale.

Another project by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg as actors and directors isterminal (2004; with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci). The agent thriller also follows in 2015Bridge of Spies - The Negotiator (with Mark Rylance and Sebastian Koch) with Tom Hanks as negotiator for agent exchange missions on the east-west border in Berlin in the early 1960s. And the last trick of the two to date is the historical drama The publisher (2017) with Meryl Streep in the female lead.

Aside from the feature films, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produce the successful US war seriesBand of Brothers - We were like brothers (2001; with Nicholas Aaron and Damian Lewis).

Tom Hanks and the other directors

But it doesn't always have to be Howard and Spielberg that Tom Hanks likes to shoot with. Highlights include the Stephen King filmThe Green Mile (1999; with Michael Clarke Duncan and Bonnie Hunt) directed by Frank Darabont. Also the film dramaRoad to Perdition (2002; with Paul Newman and Daniel Craig) impressed by Sam Mendes and received six Academy Award nominations. The criticism also takes the independent film largely positivelyCloud Atlas (2012; with Halle Berry and Ben Whishaw), for which the German director Tom Tykwer writes and directs the script together with the Americans Andrew and Lana Wachowski.

In 2013, Tom Hanks stands out in the modern pirate thriller as directed by Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips at sea. In the same year shows the cinematic biographySaving Mr. Banks two weeks from the lives of animation pioneer Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and the writer Pamela "P.L." Travers (Emma Thompson) - namely those two weeks in which the two made the film adaptation of the children's bookMary Poppins (1964) fought with the toughest bandages. In 2016, Tom reunites Hanks with Tom Tykwer, with whom he had already been involved in the filming of the novelCloud Atlas worked together. The film title isA hologram for the king (with Tom Skerritt and Ben Whishaw) and is about a seedy agent who is supposed to sell a holographic conference call system to the King of Saudi Arabia.

In the cinematic airplane drama Sully (2016) is directed by former western hero Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks plays the heroic pilot who makes an emergency landing on a plane on New York's Hudson River. And now in 2019 Tom Hanks' latest feature film will be screened The wonderful Mr. Rogers, a biopic about children's TV maker Fred Rogers from the 1960s - that film could earn Tom Hanks his third Oscar in February 2020.

Tom Hanks in private and behind the camera

From 1978 to 1987 Tom Hanks was married to actress Samantha Lewes, who died of bone cancer in 2002. Tom Hanks has two children from his marriage to Samantha. In 1988 Tom Hanks married actress Rita Wilson. He also has two children with her. Before Tom Hanks dares to reach the age of marriage, he converts to the Greek Orthodox Church.

His penchant for Greek is also underpinned by comedyMy Big Fat Greek Wedding - wedding in Greek (2002; with Nia Vardalos and John Corbett), it is a Hanks production in two respects, as Tom Hanks' wife Rita Wilson is a co-producer. Incidentally, Tom Hanks stands with her in front of the camera every now and then, as inEverything listens to my command (1985), Purgatory of the vanities (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), That Thing You Do! (1996) andLarry Crowne (2011).