Tom Hanks Biography: Movies, Age, Wife, Net Worth, Children, Young, TV Shows, Awards, Instagram, IMDb, Height, Pictures

Tom Hanks Biography: Movies, Age, Wife, Net Worth, Children, Young, TV Shows, Awards, Instagram, IMDb, Height, Pictures

October 1, 2022 0 Posted By Lorenza Nicholas


Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956), addressed as Tom Hanks, is a talented American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his work in various genres, including comedies, dramas, and science fiction. 

He has won two Academy Awards, for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1993 for his work in Philadelphia and Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1994 for his work in Forrest Gump. He has also been nominated for several other awards, including three Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Tom Hanks began his acting career in the early 1980s, appearing in a variety of television shows and films. He made his film debut in 1980 with a small role in the film He Knows You’re Alone. He went on to have supporting roles in a number of films throughout the 1980s, including Splash (1984), The Money Pit (1986), and Big (1988).

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
Stage Name: Tom Hanks
Born: 9 July 1956 (age 68 years old)
Place of Birth: Concord, California, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.83 m
Parents: Amos Mefford Hanks, Janet Marylyn Frager
Siblings: Jim Hanks, Sandra Hanks, Larry Hanks
Wife • Spouse: Rita Wilson (m. 1988), Samantha Lewes (m. 1978–1987)
Girlfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: Colin Hanks, Chet Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Truman Hanks
Occupation: Actor • TV Personality
Net Worth: US$450 million

Early Life & Education

On July 9, 1956, Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California, United States. He was born to Amos Mefford Hanks (father) and hospital worker Janet Marylyn Frager (mother), on the 9th of July, 1956. 

Despite their connection, he is not a direct descendant of either Abraham Lincoln or Fred Rogers. His father was of English heritage, while his mother, whose family’s original surname was “Fraga,” was of Portuguese bloodline.

In 1960, Tom Hanks‘ parents got divorced. The youngest child, Jim Hanks (who also became an actor and filmmaker), stayed in Red Bluff, California, with their mother. 

Their three oldest children, Sandra (later Sandra Hanks, a writer), Larry Hanks (a professor of entomology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and Tom Hanks, went with their father. Tom Hanks‘ family frequently relocated while he was a child; by the time he was 10, he had lived in ten different homes.

Despite having Mormon and Catholic ancestry, one journalist described Tom Hanks as a “Bible-toting evangelical” for a couple of years throughout his teenage years. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he later admitted to being a spaz, saying, “I was a geek at school. I was painfully, excruciatingly shy.”

“I was also the one who would shout out amusing captions during film strips simultaneously.” After two years, Tom Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and transferred to California State University, Sacramento.

Personal Life

In 1978, Tom Hanks got married to American actress Samantha Lewes. Their first child named, Colin Hanks, an actor, was born in 1977, and Elizabeth Ann Hanks, their second child, was born in 1982. 

In 1987, Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes got divorced. Samantha Lewes passed away from bone cancer in 2002 at the age of 49.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks met for the first time while working on the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies (1980–1982). They got back together on the Volunteers set in 1985. Rita Wilson is of Greek and Bulgarian descent and practices Greek Orthodoxy. Before he married her, Tom Hanks converted to her religion. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson married in 1988, and they now have two boys: Truman Hanks and Chet Hanks.

Their first child rapper was named Chet Hanks. He released a rap song in 2011 and had recurring roles in Empire and Shameless. Their second child, Truman Hanks, was born in 1995.


Tom Hanks relocated to New York City in 1979, where he appeared in the low-budget slasher movie titled He Knows You’re Alone, which premiered in 1980. The same year, he also got a role in Maze & Monster as a leading character.

Early that year, under the direction of Daniel SouthernTom Hanks received the role of Callimaco in the Riverside Shakespeare Company production of Niccolo Machiavelli‘s The Mandrake. He was cast as Kip Wilson in the ABC television series titled Bosom Buddies.

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari appeared in a TV commercial as men who were coerced into dressing as women in order to reside in a low-cost all-female motel.

Tom Hanks played a marooned FedEx systems analyst in Robert Zemeckis‘ 2000 film titled Cast Away, for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor and garnered an Academy Award nomination. 

In 2010, Tom Hanks reprised his voice role of Woody in Toy Story 3 after he, Tim Allen, and John Ratzenberger were invited to a movie theater to see a complete story reel of the movie. 

The film became the first animated film to gross a worldwide total of over US$1 billion and the highest-grossing animated film at the time. He was also the executive producer of the miniseries The Pacific.

Tom Hanks hosted Saturday Night Live on April 11, 2020, his first broadcast appearance following his COVID-19 diagnosis. He did not appear in any sketches, but he provided the opening speech from his home. This is the first edition of Saturday Night Live to air following the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus, and it includes many sketches that were remotely shot from the cast members’ homes. 

Tom Hanks will play Tom Parker, Elvis Presley‘s sole manager, in Baz Luhrmann‘s 2022 film titled Elvis. The movie started filming in 2020 and was released in June 2022.

Net Worth

Tom Hanks is by far one of the richest Hollywood actors in the world. Tom Hanks‘s net worth is estimated at US$450 million. 

He made his wealth exclusively from filmmaking and movie roles. 

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @Tomhanks
  • Twitter handle: @Tomhanks


  • Finch
  • News Of The World
  • Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
  • Inferno
  • Sleepless In Seattle
  • Cast Away
  • The Terminal
  • Joe Versus The Volcano
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Splash
  • Nothing In Common
  • The Post
  • Sully
  • Captain Philips

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