Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker.
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and director. Known for both comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the world’s most famous and recognizable movie stars in the world and is considered an American cultural icon. He has received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2004. In 2014 he received a Kennedy Center Honor and in 2016 a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and the French Legion of Honor.
Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and after two years moved to California State University in Sacramento.
Hanks’ films grossed over $ 4.9 billion in North America and more than $ 9.96 billion worldwide , making him the fifth-highest actor in North America.
Hanks was married to American actress Samantha Lewes in 1978. They had one son, actor Colin Hanks (born 1977), and a daughter, Elizabeth Hanks (born 1982). Hanks and Samantha Lewes divorced in 1987. In 1981, Hanks met actress Rita Wilson on the set of TV comedy Bosom Buddies (1980–1982). THanks and Wilson married in 1988 and have two sons. The elder, Chester Marlon “Chet” Hanks, had a minor role as a student in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and released a rap song in 2011. Their youngest, Truman Theodore, was born in 1995.
Hanks wrote a collection of short stories inspired by his typewriter collection, Uncommon Type, released in 2017.