TOM HANKS (Ben Bradlee) is an award-winning actor, producer and director. One of
only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards, he
won his first Oscar in 1994 for his moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer
Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia. The following year, he took
home his second Oscar for his unforgettable performance in the title role of
Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump. He also won Golden Globe Awards for both films,
as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for the latter.
Hanks has also been honored with Academy Award nominations for his performances
in Penny Marshall's Big, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, and Robert
Zemeckis' Cast Away, also winning Golden Globes for Big and Cast Away.
Hanks was most recently seen in James Ponsoldt's The Circle.
In 2013, Hanks starred in Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated film
Captain Phillips, for which he received SAG, Bafta and Golden Globe nominations
as well as in AFI's Movie of the Year Saving Mr. Banks with Emma Thompson.
His other feature credits include the Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana
Wachoski film Cloud Atlas, Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,
the animated adventure The Polar Express, which he also executive produced and
which reunited him with director Robert Zemeckis; the Coen brothers' The
Ladykillers; Steven Spielberg's The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can and Bridge of
Spies; Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition; Frank Darabont's The Green Mile; Nora
Ephron's You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle; Penny Marshall's A League of
Their Own; Ron Howard's Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Splash,
Hologram for a King and Inferno, Clint Eastwood's Sully; and the
computer-animated blockbusters Cars, Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3.
Hanks' work on the big screen has translated to success on the small screen.
Following Apollo 13, he executive produced and hosted the acclaimed HBO
miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, also directing one segment, and writing
several others. His work on the miniseries brought him Emmy, Golden Globe and
Producers Guild Awards, as well as an Emmy nomination for Best Director.
His collaboration with Steven Spielberg on Saving Private Ryan led to them
executive producing the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, based on the book by
Stephen Ambrose. Hanks also directed a segment and wrote another segment of the
fact-based miniseries, which won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best
Miniseries. In addition, Hanks earned an Emmy Award for Best Director and an
Emmy nomination for Best Writing, and received another Producers Guild Award for
his work on the project.
In 2008, Hanks executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries John
Adams, starring Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. It won 13 Emmy
Awards as well as a Golden Globe and a PGA Award. More recently, Hanks and
Spielberg re-teamed for the award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, for which
Hanks once again served as executive producer. The ten-part program won eight
Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, and brought Hanks his fourth PGA
In 2012, Hanks executive produced the HBO political drama Game Change which was
awarded Emmy and Golden Globes for Best Miniseries/Television Film as well as
earning several other awards and nominations. In 2013, Hanks served as host,
narrator and historical commentator for the two hour National Geographic
television movie based on the best-selling book Killing Lincoln. In 2013, Hanks
and Playtone produced the Emmy nominated CNN documentary series, The Sixties,
and in 2014, the HBO miniseries, Olive Kitteridge, based on the Pulitzer
Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout. In 2015, Olive Kitteridge won eight
Emmy awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, three Critics' Choice
Television Awards, a DGA award and a SAG award. In 2015, Hanks and Playtone
produced The Seventies and in 2016, The Eighties.
In 1996, Hanks made his successful feature film writing and directing debut
with That Thing You Do, in which he also starred. He more recently wrote,
produced, directed and starred in Larry Crowne, with Julia Roberts. Under his
and Gary Goetzman's Playtone banner, they produced 2002's smash hit romantic
comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, with Hanks wife Rita Wilson. Other producing
credits include Where the Wild Things Are, The Polar Express, The Ant Bully,
Charlie Wilson's War, Mamma Mia!, The Great Buck Howard, Starter for 10 and the
HBO series Big Love.
In 2013, Hanks made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy. His
performance earned him Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony
In 2002, Hanks received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement
Award. He was later honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the
Chaplin Award in 2009. In 2014, Hanks received a Kennedy Center Honor.
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