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Tom Hanks

Born in 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 his television show Bosom Buddies, she appeared in one episode in the second season (1981) - 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!. Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies, gaining wide notice in 1988's Big, before achieving success as a dramatic actor in several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, the title role in Forrest Gump, Commander James A. Lovell in Apollo 13, Captain John H. Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Joe Fox in You've Got Mail and Chuck Noland in Cast Away. Hanks won consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards, in 1993 for Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump. U.S. domestic box office totals for his films exceed $3.9 billion. He is the father of actor Colin Hanks.

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You Be the Judge

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Tom Hanks -- Newbie Lawyer Tanked Domestic Violence Case

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Tom Hanks' time in the jury box ended in controversy -- all because he just had to go and be so damn famous and irresistible.Oh, and the star you-know-what-er from the prosecutor's office didn't… READ MORE >

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Tom Hanks Jury Case -- Allegations Of Jury Tampering

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Allegations of Jury Tampering

The trial in which Tom Hanks was sitting as a juror just came to an abrupt halt after charges of jury tampering surfaced ... TMZ has learned.During a lunch break Wednesday ... a female… READ MORE >

- 221 days ago
Tom Hanks -- Just A Normal Juror

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Just a Normal Juror

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- 222 days ago
Tom Hanks on Jury Duty -- Domestic Violence Case

Tom Hanks
Jury Duty Domestic Violence Case

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- 222 days ago
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- 522 days ago
Feds to Tom Hanks -- Your Insurance Guy is a SCUMBAG

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- 529 days ago
Tom Hanks Drops F-Bomb on 'Good Morning America'

Tom Hanks
Drops F-Bomb on 'Good Morning America'

There was no delay, no bleep and cutting away from Tom Hanks this morning on "Good Morning America" as he dropped an F-bomb live on the air ... just seconds before predicting he would."GMA" host… READ MORE >

- 549 days ago
You Gotta Hear the Story Tom Hanks Told at Michael Clarke Duncan's Funeral

Tom Hanks
Ya Gotta Hear the Story He Told at Michael Clarke Duncan's Funeral

Tom Hanks gave a GREAT speech at Michael Clarke Duncan's funeral ... retelling a story M.C.D. had told him about why the enormous actor joined (and then unjoined) a Chicago street gang when he was… READ MORE >

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