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Tom Hanks

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His father had English, and some German, ancestry, while his mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese. Tom grew up in what he has called a "fractured" family. He moved around a lot after his parents' divorce, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism - just a confused childhood. He had no acting experience in college and, in fact, credits the fact that he couldn't get cast in a college play with actually starting his career. He went downtown, auditioned for a community theater play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started. He met his second wife, actress Rita Wilson on the set of his television show Bosom Buddies (1980) - she appeared in one episode in the second season (1981), Bosom Buddies: All You Need Is Love (1981). They have two children, and Tom has another son and daughter by his first wife, Samantha Lewes. In 1996, he made his first step behind the camera, directing and writing as well as starring in the film, That Thing You Do! (1996).

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Jul 9, 1956 In Concord, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Happy Days 1974-01-15
Latest Project:
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015-03-23

Won 2 Oscars. Another 77 wins & 98 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Pacific
Poster of 30 Rock
Poster of The Colbert Report
Poster of Band of Brothers
The Late Late Show with James Corden Unknown 2015-03-23
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Unknown 2014-04-27
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
Mulaney Unknown 2014-10-05
Olive Kitteridge Unknown 2014-11-02
Piers Morgan Live Unknown 2011-01-17
The Rosie Show Unknown 2011-10-10
Prohibition Reader 2 episodes, 2011 2011-10-02
The Pacific Narrator 1 episode, 2010 2010-03-14
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
30 for 30 Unknown 2009-10-06
The National Parks: America's Best Idea Reader 5 episodes, 2009 2009-09-27
John Adams Unknown 2008-03-16
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
30 Rock Unknown 2006-10-11
Big Love Unknown 2006-03-12
The Colbert Report Unknown 2005-10-17
MythBusters Unknown 2003-01-23
My Big Fat Greek Life Unknown 2003-02-24
Band of Brothers Unknown 2001-09-09
From the Earth to the Moon Self - Host / ... 12 episodes, 1998 1998-04-05
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-12
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
American Experience Unknown 1988-10-04
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
Family Ties Unknown 1982-09-22
Bosom Buddies Buffy Wilson / ... 37 episodes, 1980-1982 1980-11-27
CBS News Sunday Morning Unknown 1979
Taxi Unknown 1978-09-12
The Love Boat Unknown 1977-05-05
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15