“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.”
Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California, in 1956. He is 56 years old.
Hanks is an actor, director and producer. He started his acting career in the sitcom Bosom Buddies in the early 1980s. His first movie hit was SPLASH. Next came BIG in which he seemed to both lampoon and perfect his man/child image with sweetness and charm. He left both qualities home when he played the gruff manager of an all-woman baseball team in A League of Their Own in 1992 and we learned that “there is NO crying in baseball.” He took on the role of leading rom.com. man in Sleepless in Seattle in 1993.
Hanks has since proved that he can easily handle both tough, serious roles as well as comedies with layered performances in Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, That Thing You Do, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, Cast Away, The Road to Perdition, The Terminal, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
He has lent his voice to several animated characters, most notably Woody from the Toy Story franchise.
He expanded on two of his most popular films (Apollo 13 and Saving Private Ryan) by co-producing and directing HBO miniseries with similar content. From Earth to the Moon followed the Apollo missions from Sputnik to Apollo 17. Band of Brothers retold the story of “Easy” Company’s WWII European campaign. He later Executive Produced The Pacific which followed three Marines in the fight against Japan in that War.