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Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Thomas Jeffery "Tom" Hanks in 2010

Born

July 9, 1956 (age 57)

Occupation

Actor, producer, director, voice over artist, writer, speaker

Career

1979–present

Spouses

Samantha Lewes (1978–1987)
Rita Wilson (1988–present)

Role in The Pacific

Executive Producer, Narrator

Tom Hanks is one of the executive producers of The Pacific. He also serves as the narrator of preluding segments to the episodes.

History and Film CareerEdit

Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California. He started out in a supporting role in the low budget slasher film, He Knows You're Not Alone and later got his first lead role in Mazes and Monsters. Tom Hanks has hit some hits and misses, one notable hit (Nothing in Common) establishing his talent in serious roles.

After three more misses, in 1988 Hanks managed to establish himself as a major hollywood actor in the film, Big. He continued in his vein of comedy roles until 1992 in the film A League of Their Own, putting him back up at the top. Ever since then, he has been starring in dramatic and serious roles in classic films, such as Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Philidelphia, etc, as well as the war epic, Saving Private Ryan, one of his first collaborations with Steven Speilberg.

Since then, Hanks has continued his acting career, as well as directing and producing, such as the Miniseries called John Adams, and most notably in another collaboration with Speilberg, the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, as well as it's spiritual sequel minseries, the main topic of this wiki.

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1980 He Knows You're Alone Elliot
1982 Mazes and Monsters Robbie Wheeling Made for Television
1984 Splash Allen Bauer
Bachelor Party Rick Gassko
1985 The Man With One Red Shoe Richard Harlan Drew
Volunteers Lawrence Whatley Bourne III
1986 The Money Pit Walter Fielding, Jr.
Nothing in Common David Basner
Every Time We Say Goodbye David Bradley
1987 Dragnet Pep Streebeck
1988 Big Adult Josh Baskin American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (also for Punchline) Saturn Award for Best Actor Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor

Punchline Steven Gold Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (also for Big)
1989 Turner and Hooch Detective Scott Turner
The 'Burbs Ray Peterson
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano Joe Banks
The Bonfire of the Vanities Sherman McCoy
1992 A League of Their Own Jimmy Dugan American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture
Radio Flyer Older Mike (uncredited)
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Sam Baldwin Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Philadelphia Andrew Beckett Academy Award for Best Actor

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Silver Bear for Best Actor

1994 Forrest Gump Forrest Gump Academy Award for Best Actor

American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor National Board of Review Award for Best Actor Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor

1995 Apollo 13 Jim Lovell Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Toy Story Woody (voice)
1996 That Thing You Do! Mr. White (writer and director)
1998 Saving Private Ryan Captain John H. Miller Empire Award for Best Actor

Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

You've Got Mail Joe Fox Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture
1999 Toy Story 2 Woody (voice only)
The Green Mile Paul Edgecombe Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000 Cast Away Chuck Noland (Producer)

Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

2002 Road to Perdition Michael Sullivan, Sr. Nominated – Empire Award for Best Actor

Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama

Catch Me if You Can FBI Agent Carl Hanratty
2004 The Terminal Viktor Navorski
The Ladykillers Professor G.H. Dorr
Elvis Has Left the Building Mailbox Elvis (cameo)
The Polar Express Santa Claus, Express Conductor,

Hobo, Hero Boy, Father

(Executive producer)

(voice/motion capture)

2006 The Da Vinci Code Professor Robert Langdon
Cars Sheriff Woody Car (Station Wagon) (cameo – voice only)
2007 The Simpsons Movie Himself (voice)
Charlie Wilson's War Charlie Wilson Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2008 The Great Buck Howard Mr. Gable
2009 Angels & Demons Professor Robert Langdon
The National Parks: America's Best Idea Various historical figures (voice)
Where The Wild Things Are (producer)
2010 Toy Story 3 Sheriff Woody (voice)
2011 Larry Crowne Larry Crowne

(director, producer, writer)

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1980–1982 Bosom Buddies Kip Wilson
1982 Taxi Gordon
Mazes and Monsters Robbie Wheeling
Happy Days Dr. Dwayne Twitchell Episode "A Case of Revenge"
1983 Family Ties Ned Elyse Keaton's brother
1994 Vault of Horror I Director
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Narrator (also executive producer/director/writer) Miniseries
2001 Band of Brothers Producer, director, writer Miniseries
2002 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Interviewee
2006– Big Love Executive producer Television series
2008 John Adams Executive producer Miniseries
2010 The Pacific Executive producer/Narrator Miniseries

Role in The PacificEdit

Hanks as mentioned before, is one of the executive producers on the show, as well as the narrator of frequent preludes to the episodes that can be summarized as a quick history lesson of that episode's subject battle.

Personal LifeEdit

Hanks was married to Samantha Lewes from 1978 to 1987. The couple had two children, son Colin Hanks (also an actor) and daughter Elizabeth Ann. In 1988, Hanks married actress Rita Wilson. The two first met on the set of Hanks's television show Bosom Buddies but later developed a romantic interest while working on the film Volunteers. They have two sons: Chester, or "Chet", and Truman.

TriviaEdit

  • Hanks had an asteroid named after him (12818 Tomhanks).
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