Hanks, Tom

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Hanks, Tom Gender: M
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
born on 9 July 1956 at 11:17 (= 11:17 AM )
Place Concord, California, 37n59, 122w02
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 17°29' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 09°52 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 21°45'

Tom Hanks (at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival)
photo: John Bauld from Toronto, Canada, license cc-by-2.0


American actor and film producer, the winner of an Oscar for Best Actor in 1994 for Philadelphia and a second Oscar in 1995 for Forest Gump. Hanks and Spencer Tracy are the only two actors to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years. Hanks' films have grossed more than US$9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fifth-highest-grossing actor in North America. His regular guy image with hazel eyes, naturally curly brown hair and quick wit keep Hanks on Hollywood's most popular list. His penchant for playing likable character roles has drawn comparisons to the late actor Jimmy Stewart.

Hanks was the third of four kids of Amos Hanks, a chef-restaurateur and Janet (nee Frager) Hanks, a hospital worker. His sister Sandra (a writer) was born on 31 July 1951, his brother Larry (an entomology professor) on 26 January 1953 and his younger brother Jim (also an actor and filmmaker) on 15 June 1961. At five, his father returned home from work one night and scooped up Tom and his sister and brother and drove off to Reno, Nevada for a new life. His baby brother, Jim, was left with his mother. Within a year, his father married a woman with eight children of her own. In 1963, Amos Hanks divorced his second wife and moved his children with him to Oakland. He married a third wife, Frances Wong in 1966. By this time, Hanks had become accustom to a migratory childhood and settled into the part of the "new kid" in school. Though his family was close, Hanks longed for security to combat his loneliness.

At Skyline High School in Oakland, he played soccer and ran track. He became a born-again Christian, joining a fundamentalist movement affiliated with the First Covenant Church of Oakland, gaining a sense of security from his religion during high school. He liked acting and "hammed it up" in his high school's performance of South Pacific. After a year at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, Hanks entered California State University-Sacramento in 1976 as a theater major. He interned at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland the summer of 1976, when he was seriously bitten by the acting bug. He quit school in order to stay on two more years at the Festival garnering critical acclaim. In 1978, he sold his Volkswagen Beetle and went to New York in 1979 with $850 in his pocket, ready to tackle the Broadway stage. He made his film debut in the low-budget slasher film He Knows You're Alone (1980). Hanks landed the TV show, Bosom Buddies, in 1980, appearing on screen in women's clothing.

In 1984, he played the romantic lead opposite Daryl Hannah in Ron Howard's Splash. He scored a major hit in Penny Marshall's Big in 1988. The film took in $100 million but the following pictures that Hanks did were forgettable. In great need of another career boast, he begged Penny Marshall to give him the role of the drunken, rough baseball coach in the 1991 hit, A League of Their Own.

Since that picture, Hanks' career catapulted into the Hollywood stratosphere with critically acclaimed roles in Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Sully (2016), and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019). He has also starred in the Robert Langdon films, and he voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series.

In Philadelphia, he played a gay lawyer with AIDS who sues his firm for discrimination. Hanks lost 35 pounds (16 kg) and thinned his hair in order to appear sickly for the role. Hanks was a huge box-office draw in the two romantic comedies in which he paired with actress Meg Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998). At the age of 45, Hanks became the youngest-ever recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award on 12 June 2002.

Hanks met his first wife, actress Samantha Lewes in his college years. Their son Colin (now an actor) was born in 1977, they were married in 1978 and their second child, Elizabeth, was born in 1982. Hanks believes that his real-life role as an absent husband and father ruined his first marriage which folded in 1987. He met actress Rita Wilson in 1985 while they were filming "Volunteers." They married on 30 March 1988. The couple have two children, son Chester "Chet" born in 1990 and son Truman in 1996. The Hanks have homes in Pacific Palisades and Ketchum, Idaho. Hanks appreciates time spent with his children. His best friend and soul mate is his wife, Rita. Her Old World extended family embraced Hanks and he is at home being a part of a close-knit family, visiting his in-laws almost every day. He is friendly with his fellow actors but prefers the company of a close circle of friends.

Politically, Hanks supports same-sex marriage, environmental causes, and alternative fuels. He has donated to many Democratic politicians. Hanks and his wife became a couple of the many Hollywood supporters of President Bill Clinton. The Hanks were overnight guests at the Clinton White House. During the 2008 United States presidential election he uploaded a video to his MySpace account endorsing Barack Obama. He also narrated a 2012 documentary, The Road We've Traveled, created by Obama for America. In 2016, Hanks endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. He endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential election.

Since childhood, Hanks has been fascinated with the U.S. space program and as an adult, he supports space travel and dabbles in astronomy. His lifelong dream is to participate in a flight to outer space.

Hanks has no interest in alcohol and marijuana was a one-time experiment in his college days. On not being close to his mother, he told her: "I love you, but I don't know you because I didn't live with you." Quick witted, a regular guy, he sums up his life with sweetness and simplicity, "Work, Family, Life....That's just it."

Hanks is a collector of manual typewriters and uses them almost daily. In August 2014, Hanks released Hanx Writer, an iOS app meant to emulate the experience of using a typewriter; within days the free app reached number one on the App Store.

On 21 January 2001, Hanks was awarded the Golden Globe for his picture, Cast Away. In 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor.

On 7 October 2013, on the Late Show with David Letterman, Hanks announced that he has Type 2 diabetes. On 12 March 2020, Hanks announced that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19 while shooting Elvis in Queensland, Australia. They were admitted to the Gold Coast University Hospital for care. Hanks was playing the role of Colonel Tom Parker in the film directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Ryan, Meg (born 19 November 1961). Notes: Co-stars in two romantic comedy films
  • associate relationship with Scott, Tom Everett (born 7 September 1970). Notes: Co-stars in "That Thing You Do!"
  • associate relationship with Spielberg, Steven (born 18 December 1946). Notes: Collaborators on five films
  • spouse relationship with Wilson, Rita (born 26 October 1956)
  • role played of/by Bradlee, Ben (born 26 August 1921). Notes: 2017 film "The Post"
  • role played of/by Disney, Walt (born 5 December 1901). Notes: 2013 film "Saving Mr. Banks"
  • role played of/by Lovell, James (born 25 March 1928). Notes: 1995 film "Apollo 13"
  • role played of/by Parker, Tom (born 26 June 1909). Notes: 2021 film "Elvis"
  • role played of/by Rogers, Fred (born 20 March 1928). Notes: 2019 film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
  • role played of/by Wilson, Charlie (born 1 June 1933). Notes: 2007 film "Charlie Wilson's War"


  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 24 November 1977 (Birth of son, Colin Hanks)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 17 May 1982 (Birth of daughter, Elizabeth Anne Hanks)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 4 August 1990 (Birth of son, Chester Marlon "Chet" Hanks)
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  • Work : Prize 21 March 1994 (Oscar Best Actor for "Philadelphia")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1995 (Release of film "Apollo 13")
  • Work : Prize 27 March 1995 (Oscar Best Actor for "Forest Gump")
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 26 December 1995 (Birth of son, Truman Theodore Hanks)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1998 (Release of big hit "Saving Private Ryan")
  • Financial : Buy/Sell Property July 1998 in Pacific Palisades (Bought lot in Pacifice Palisades)
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  • Work : Prize 21 January 2001 (Golden Globe for "Cast Away")
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  • Work : Prize 2016 (Presidential Medal of Freedom)
  • Work : Prize 2016 (French Legion of Honor)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR

Biography: Roy Trakin, "Tom Hanks: Journey to Stardom," Virgin Books 1995


  • Traits : Body : Race (Portuguese, English)
  • Traits : Personality : Loved by all (People's Choice Awards of most popular)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (Type 2 diabetes)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of four)
  • Family : Childhood : Parent, Single or Step (Three moms, unsettled childhood)
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced (Parents married-divorced several times)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Very happy (Second marriage)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Extraordinarily nurturing (Caring with second family)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Three sons and one daughter)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Manual typewriters)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (Moved often as a kid)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, TV, stage, video)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Film)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Democratic)
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Eight)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Two Best Actor awards)
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Four Golden Globes, etc)