Mostly Credited As: Tom Hanks Birth Name: Thomas Jeffrey Hanks Date Of Birth: July 09, 1956 (Age 59) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: Concord, California Height: 6' (1.82 m)
Born on July 9 1956, in Concord,California. Tom Hanks grew up in what he calls a 'fractured' family. His parents were pioneers in the development of marriage dissolution law in that state, and Tom moved around a lot, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism, just a confused childhood. He had no acting experience in college, and in fact credits the fact that he couldn't get cast in a college play with actually starting his career - he went downtown, auditioned for a community theater play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started. He met his second wife, actress Rita Wilson on the set of the movie Volunteers (1985) - they have two children and Tom has another son and daughter by his first wife. In 1996 he made his first step behind the camera, directing as well as starring and writing the film That Thing You Do! (1996).
Tom's first wife, Samantha Lewes, died of cancer. Tom's has three favorite bands/artists are Elvis Presley, Patrick Rondat and Alabama Thunderpussy. He says the music relaxes him. Tom is a a diehard Cleveland Indians baseball team fan and has been for a long time. Tom returned from an overseas shoot in 1999 with a bad staph infection in his leg where he needed emergency treatment. Director Ron Howard asked Tom to audition for a part in the movie “Splash” where he subsequently got the lead. Tom has a brother named Jim Hanks. US Magazine voted Tom “Best Actor” in 1995. Cabot College is where Tom spent his college years. Tom attended Skyline High School in Oakland, California. Tom was the first actor to win back to back Oscars since 1938. More Trivia