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TOM HANKS (Fred Rogers) is an award-winning actor, producer and director across
film, television and theater, in a career spanning four decades.
After making his big screen breakout in 1984's romantic comedy Splash, Hanks'
star soared with roles in box office hits such as Big (1988), which earned him
the first of five subsequent Oscar nominations; Turner & Hooch (1989) and
Sleepless in Seattle (1993).
In 1994, Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar for his moving portrayal of
AIDS-stricken layer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia, swiftly
followed by a second Oscar the following year for his unforgettable performance
in the titular role of Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump. Hanks is only one of two
actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards.
Over the years, Hanks' affable, approaching and engaging talents have earned him
the informal reputation as America's Dad (a status he riffed on while hosting
Saturday Night Live in 2016).
As an actor, Hanks has traversed the full spectrum of the film industry, working
across prestige films, studio blockbusters and animation, collaborating
frequently with Hollywood's most respected filmmakers. Hanks reunited with his
Splash director Ron Howard for 1995's Apollo 13, and again in 2006's The Da
Vinci Code, 2009's Angels and Demons and 2016's Inferno, bringing author Dan
Brown's protagonist Robert Langdon to the big screen.
Hanks has also teamed up with Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg for five
films; 1998's Saving Private Ryan, which earned him his fourth Oscar
nomination; 2002's Catch Me If You Can, 2004's The Terminal, 2015's Bridge of
Spies and most recently, 2017's The Post, pairing him with Meryl Streep. With
Zemeckis, Hanks made 2000's Cast Away, earning him his fifth Oscar nomination;
and 2004's animation The Polar Express.
Hanks' distinctive voice breathed life into the cowboy toy Woody in Pixar's
ground-breaking Toy Story franchise, most recently in this summer's Toy Story 4.
His other notable feature credits include Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail (1998),
Frank Darabont's The Green Mile (1999), Sam Mendes' Road to Perdition (2002),
Coen Brothers' The Ladykillers (2004), Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud &
Incredibly Close (2011), The Wachowskis' Cloud Atlas (2012), Paul Greengrass'
Captain Phillips (2013) and Clint Eastwood's Sully (2016).
Hanks wrote and directed 1996's That Thing You Do!, in which he also had a
supporting role, and 2011's Larry Crowne, in which he played the titular role
opposite Julia Roberts.
The actor and filmmaker has also turned his hand to producing, helping bring
miniseries and documentaries to the small screen and earning six Emmy awards for
his producing work and one Emmy award for directing, and four Producers Guild
He executive produced, hosted and directed an episode of HBO's acclaimed
miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, earning him Emmy, Golden Globe and
Producers Guild awards. Reuniting with Spielberg again, Hanks executive-produced
and wrote and directed a segment of HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, earning him
an Emmy award for best director and a Producers Guild award. Hanks has also
executive produced HBO's critically acclaimed John Adams miniseries in 2008,
which won 13 Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and Producers Guild award. In 2010,
Hanks and Spielberg re-teamed on HBO miniseries The Pacific, which won eight
Emmy awards, and a fourth Producers Guild award for Hanks.
Hanks' other notable producer credits include rom-com My Big Fat Greek Wedding,
Where the Wild Things Are, Mamma Mia!, and Emmy-nominated CNN documentary series
The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties and this year's installment, The
Hanks' other achievements include four Golden Globe awards and two Screen Actors
Guild Awards. In 2013, Hanks made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy,
earning him Tony nominations. He received the American Film Institute's Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2002, was bestowed the Chaplin award by the Film Society of
Lincoln Center in 2009 and received a Kennedy Center Honors in 2014. In 2016,
Hanks was given the French Legion of Honor and was awarded the Presidential
Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
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