Tom Hanks is one of the famous and highest-paid American actors in the movie industry. He’s well known for his roles in drama and comedy movies and has dominated the movie screens since his performance in “Splash”, which was directed by Ron Howard.
His success then kept on increasing as he was able to star in roles like Robert Langdon’s “The Da Vinci Code” which had commercial success in both domestic and foreign box offices making him one of the highest-paid actors in this generation.
The actor then started to write and produce his own films and documentaries like “That Thing That You Do” and “From the Earth to The Moon”.
He’s also been very open with his opinions regarding same-sex marriage and has also become an environmentalist regarding the need for everyone to transfer to alternative fuels.
If you want to know more about the actor then keep reading as we’ll talk about his career, personal life, and net worth.
Tom Hanks: Early Life and Education
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is one of the four children of Amos Mefford and Janet Marylyn Hanks. He was born on the 9th of July 1956 in Concord, California.
His parents filed for divorce in 1960 where his youngest brother, Jim, was raised by their mother while the rest of them stayed with their father.
During his childhood, Tom’s family kept relocating until his father finally settled in Oakland. He then went on and had his education at Skyline High School where he also started acting in their school plays.
He then graduated in 1974 and proceeded to Chabot College in California. But as Hanks wanted to pursue a career in acting, he dropped out of college and went to California State University so he can chase after his ambitions.
Hanks then met Vincent Dowling in his later years of theater studies. Vincent was the head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio and he took in Hanks for an internship for three years. This helped hanks improve his acting skills and slowly built up his career through stage productions.
Beginning of Tom Hanks’ Acting Career
The actor started his career while he was still in the Great Lakes Theatre Festival where he performed in Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” as “Proteus”.
His role as the villain managed to win him the “Best Actor Award” in the “Cleveland Critics Circle”. Tom then moved to New York in 1979 to pursue his dream to be in Broadway.
he following year, he was able to have his on screen debut by having a role in the low-budget slasher film “He Knows You’re Alone” and later had the role of “Kip Wilson” in the TV series “Bosom Buddies”.
Also at this time, Hanks also had a starring role in the television movie “Monsters and Mazes”.
By 1992, he was able to have a guest appearance in an episode of “Happy Days” where his co-actor was amazed by him that he invited Tom to be a supporting character in the 1984 comedy film “Splash”.
He then slowly kept starring and appearing in multiple movies which enabled him to rise in popularity and become part of some big movies.
Tom Hanks Rise to Stardom
Tom’s launch into stardom was when he starred in Penny Marshall’s 1988 blockbuster hit “Big”, where the actor played as a 13-year-old child that’s trapped in an old man’s body. This allowed him to appear in several blockbuster hits and soon let him star in prominent roles.
The movie that gave Tom the celebrity status that he needed was Jonathan Demme’s 1993 Film “Philadelphia” where he had the role of an attorney with AIDS. The role managed to get him an Oscar and several other awards.
After his major breakthrough, he then starred in one of the most iconic roles in his career, the 1994 romantic-comedy-drama film “Forrest Gump” where he played the character “Forrest”. The movie was so successful that his role earned him an Academy Award.
This was then followed up by Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”(1998) where Hanks played the part of “Cpt. John Miller”.
It managed to get him nominated again for the Academy Awards and boosted his celebrity status. The movie also led him to cast in the HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers” in 2001.
He then kept on starring in popular films for the next few years Robert Langdon’s “The Da Vinci Code”(2006) and its sequel “Angels and demons”(2009).
Awards and Achievements
With Tom’s record being a part of a lot of blockbuster hits in the cinema, he has gotten 42 award nominations and 16 wins throughout his career.
One of his most iconic role “Forest Gump”, made him win an Oscar for “Best Actor”, and Golden Globe awards for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama.”
He also became the recipient for the “American Institute’s Life Achievement Award” back in 2002 which was given to him by Steven Spielberg.
How much is Tom Hanks’ net worth?
As Tom Hanks has starred in a lot of major roles throughout his career, it has given him a total net worth of over $400 million dollars as of 2018. His salary also reaches about $31 million making him 12th highest-paid actor in Forbes list.
Tom Hanks Personal Life and Marriage
The actor was previously married to the American actress Samantha Lewes back in 1978 and had two children, Colin and Elizabeth Hanks. The two didn’t last long however as they filed for divorce 9 years later.
Hanks then went on and married the actress Rita Wilson who was one of his co-stars in the TV series “Bosom Buddies”. They had two sons together.
Their youngest son was named Truman Theodore and their eldest was Chester Marlon, who had pursued acting as he played a minor role in the 2011 film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.
He and his entire family is currently living in Ketchum, Idaho and Los Angeles California.