He has starred in some of Hollywood's most iconic films and has won countless awards for his performances. With a career spanning over four decades and counting, his impact on cinema is immeasurable.

Early Life

Hanks' parents divorced when he was just five years old. He then moved with his father to Red Bluff, California where he spent most of his childhood attending school and participating in extracurricular activities such as acting in school plays. In 1974, he graduated from Skyline High School in Oakland, California.

After high school graduation, Hanks attended Chabot College where he studied theater. Later, he transferred to California State University and eventually moved to Massachusetts at age 21 to pursue an acting career full-time.

Career Highlights

Hanks' film debut came in the low-budget horror movie He Knows You're Alone (1980). However, it was his role in the television series Bosom Buddies (1980-82) that gained him national attention for the first time as an actor.

In the mid-80s', Hanks emerged as a leading man with roles in hit comedies such as Bachelor Party (1984), Splash (1984), and Big (1988). His portrayal of Josh Baskin – a young boy who wakes up trapped inside a grown-up’s body – earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

He continued to deliver standout performances throughout the 90s’ with movies such as Philadelphia(1993), Forrest Gump(1994), Saving Private Ryan(1998) and many more classics.

From there onwards there was no stopping; be it romantic comedies or intense dramas Tom Hank had proven himself to be an actor that could lend himself to any genre.

Awards And Recognition

Over the years, Hanks has received numerous accolades and awards for his contributions to cinema. He has won two consecutive Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Philadelphia (1994) and Forrest Gump(1995).

In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Tom Hanks the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work to promote social justice.

Personal Life

Hanks is happily married to actress and producer Rita Wilson since 1988; the couple share two sons together. He is also a philanthropist and actively supports various charities such as UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Despite being one of Hollywood's most well-known actors, Hanks remains down-to-earth and approachable. His charismatic personality and witty sense of humor have made him a beloved figure all over the world.


Tom Hanks is much more than just an actor; he is an icon whose work has endured through generations. With over 100 movies under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Hollywood without Tom Hank's presence.

Although he serves as inspiration within the industry itself but even outside showing us that with humility , hard-work , passion , resilience everything is possible!