Tom Hanks BiographyTomas Jeffrey Hanks is a legendary American actor, scriptwriter, director, producer, and winner of multiple awards and accolades including two «Oscars» and proud owner of a star in Hollywood`s Walk of Fame alley.
Early lifeTom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. He was a third child in a large family; He has two brothers: Jim and Larry and a sister Sandra. His father Mefford Hanks was a cook in a local restaurant and his mother Janet Marylyn (nee Frager) worked in hospital and was a distant relative of Abraham Lincoln.
Acting careerAt the same time, Tom settled down to married life with his fellow student Samantha Lewes. Their son Colin was born in 1977 and Hanks had to seriously think about putting food on a table. The young family moved to New York City, a city of great opportunities, and Hanks started to stalk theatres and studios looking for a job. First Hanks's appearance on a big screen happened, as it is the case for most young actors, in TV series. In 1984 up-and-coming director Ron Howard noticed the actor and gave him a role in his movie «Splash». Tom performed masterfully but this movie didn`t manage to bring him either popularity he craved, no financial stability he wanted for his family. At this point he already had two kids and, in order to feed them, he had to continue taking part in low-quality series and trashy movies like 1984 «Bachelor Party».
Personal lifeTom Hanks and his Sacramento University classmate Samantha Lewes married in 1978 and had son Colin and younger daughter Elizabeth. The family had struggled financially so much that sometimes couldn`t afford to repair their car. Mercantile Samantha was not satisfied with this situation and the couple was always arguing and quarreling.
Tom Hanks nowIn his sixties, Tom hanks remains an active actor, frequently appearing on a big screen, produces new projects, writing movie scripts, voices over characters in cartoons and even appears as a guest in music videos. Americans adore Hanks and many consider him to be a national hero. According to the «Harris Poll» publication, American viewers chose Hanks as their favorite actor five times.
In March 2020, Tom Hanks and his wife fell ill with the coronavirus during a vacation in Australia, but they managed to recover quickly.