Tom Hanks Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Rita Wilson
Age: 63 Years
Religion: Greek Orthodox

Tom Hanks

Full NameThomas Jeffrey Hanks
Nickname(s)Tom Hankies, America's Dad
Profession(s)Actor, Filmmaker
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet inches- 6’
Eye ColorMoss Green
Hair ColorGrey
Personal Life
Date of BirthJuly 9, 1956
Age (as in 2019)63 Years
BirthplaceConcord, California, U.S.A.
Zodiac signCancer
SignatureTom Hanks signature
HometownConcord, California, U.S.A.
SchoolSkyline High School, Oakland, California.
College/UniversityCalifornia State University, Sacramento
Educational QualificationMajors in Drama
DebutFilm: He Knows You're Alone (1980)
TV: Bosom Buddies (1980)
ReligionGreek Orthodox
EthnicityMixed (Portugese and American)
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
Political InclinationThe Democratic Party of U.S.A [1]Insider
US Democratic Party Logo
HobbiesReading, Collecting Vintage Typewriters
Awards, Honors, Achievements Academy Awards:

1994: Best Actor (Philadelphia)
1995: Best Actor (Forrest Gump)

Golden Globe Awards:

1989: Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Big)
1994: Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (Philadelphia)
1995: Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (Forrest Gump)
2001: Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (Cast Away)

Other Awards:

2014: Kennedy Center Honors Medallion
2016: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Girls, Affairs, and More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateApril 30, 1988
Wife/SpouseSamantha Lewes (1978-1987) Actress
Tom Hanks with his ex-wife Samantha Lewes
Rita Wilson (1988-Present) Actress
Tom Hanks with his wife Rita Wilson
ChildrenSons- Chet Hanks, Colin Hanks, Truman Theodore Hanks
Daughter- Elizabeth Ann Hanks
Tom Hanks' Family (From Left to Right) Colin, Tom, Elizabeth, Rita, Chester and Truman
ParentsFather- Amos Mefford Hanks
Tom Hanks with his father
Mother- Janet Marylyn Frager
Tom Hanks' mother
SiblingsBrothers- Jim Hanks, Larry Hanks
Tom Hanks with his Brother Larry on the left and Jim on the right
Sister- Sandra Hanks
Tom Hanks' sister Sandra Hanks
Favorite Things
FoodGyro, Japanese Cuisines
Color(s)Red, Blue
Movie(s)The Godfather, Elephant, Looper, Fargo
BookIn Cold Blood
SportsBaseball, Football
Baseball ClubCleaveland Indians
NFL TeamOakland Raiders
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionMercedes-Benz S-Class, Chevy Tahoe, Toyota Prius
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)$350 Million (as per 2018)

Tom Hanks

Some Lesser Known Facts About Tom Hanks

  • Does Tom Hanks smoke?: Yes
  • Does Tom Hanks drink alcohol?: Yes

    Tom Hank drinking Alcohol

    Tom Hanks drinking Alcohol

  • He was just 4 when his parents got divorced. Jim was raised by his mother while Tom, Larry, and Sandra were brought up by his father.

    Tom Hanks in his childhood

    Tom Hanks in his childhood

  • In his childhood, his family shifted homes a lot but then eventually settled in Oakland.
  • He migrated to California State University, Sacramento after getting enrolled at Chabot College in Hayward, California to pursue acting.

    Tom Hanks in his youth

    Tom Hanks in his youth

  • In 1977, he got an internship offer in Lakewood, Ohio from the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. He quit his studies and accepted the offer.
  • In 1978, he won Award for the Best Actor award for his performance as ‘Proteus’ in Shakespeare’s ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’ in the Cleveland Critics Circle.
  • In 1979, he moved to New York with a dream of performing at Broadway theatre.

    Tom Hanks in 1980

    Tom Hanks in 1980

  • He made his on-screen debut with a low-budget horror movie; He Knows You’re Alone.
  • In 1982, he guest starred on the TV Show Happy Days. Ron Howard, his co-star in the TV show, was impressed with him and offered him to star in a supporting role in the comic film, Splash. The movie became a great hit and Tom came into the limelight.
  • In 1988, he starred in the movie ‘Big;’ essaying the role of a 13-year-old boy trapped in a 35-year-old man’s body. The movie was a huge hit, and his performance was lauded by everyone.
  • In 1993, he made his career’s breakthrough with the movie Philadelphia. He won the Academy Award for the Best Actor for the movie.

  • In 1994, he won his second Oscar for the role of Forest Gump in the movie Forest Gump.

  • In 1998, he was nominated for an Oscar for the fourth time for the movie, Saving Private Ryan. His performance in the movie won him fans all over the world.
  • In 2006, he teamed up with Ron Howard in the Dan Brown’s novel’s adaption, The Da Vinci Code. His character, Robert Langdon became very popular. He went on to play the character in two more movies, Angels and Demons, and Inferno.
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  • In 2008, he co-produced the film, The Great Buck Howard where he was seen sharing the screen with his son, Colin Hanks.
  • In 2008, he uploaded a video on his MySpace account; showing his support for the then Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama.
  • He has also lent his voice for the animated character, Woody in the Toy Story movie series.

  • In 2016, he portrayed the role of Sully in the movie titled ‘Sully.’ The movie was a biographical drama on a pilot who safely landed a flight on a river to save the lives of the passengers on the airplane.
  • Hank is a supporter of NASA’s manned space program. In an interview, he revealed that he initially wanted to be an astronaut.
  • In 2017, he published his book, Uncommon Type; inspired by his typewriter collection.

    Tom Hank's book Uncommon Type

    Tom Hank’s book Uncommon Type

  • He is a patient of Type 2 diabetes.

  • He has the Asteroid 12818 Tomhanks, named after him.
  • Tom is a big supporter of environmental causes, same-sex marriage, and alternative fuels.
  • On March 12, 2020, he revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson were tested positive for the new Coronavirus in Australia. Hanks and Rita, both 63, had been on the Gold Coast, where Tom was working on a film about the life of Elvis Presley. He wrote on Instagram,

    We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that come and went. Slight fevers too. “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

    Tom Hanks Instagram post about Coronavirus

    Tom Hanks Instagram post about Coronavirus