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->''"I'm that actor in some of the movies you liked and some you didn't. Sometimes I'm in pretty good shape, other times I'm not. Hey, you gotta live, you know?"''
-->-- Tom Hanks on his {{Website/Twitter}} [[https://twitter.com/tomhanks account]].

'''Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks''' (born July 9, 1956) worked in television (''Series/BosomBuddies'') and family-friendly comedies such as ''{{Film/Splash}}'' and ''Film/{{Big}}'' before achieving success as a dramatic actor portraying several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'', the title role in ''Film/ForrestGump'', Captain James A. Lovell in ''{{Film/Apollo 13}}'', Captain John H. Miller in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', Michael Sullivan in ''RoadToPerdition'', Sheriff Woody in Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', and Chuck Noland in ''CastAway'', as well as helping to produce ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' and ''ThePacific''. He can most recently be seen starring in ''Film/CaptainPhillips'' and playing Creator/WaltDisney in Disney's ''Film/SavingMrBanks''.

He also played Robert Langdon in ''TheDaVinciCode'' and ''AngelsAndDemons''. Has hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' eight times (half as many times as Alec Baldwin, who as of September 2011, is ''SNL'''s most frequent host), and has made cameos on the show (including on the last episode of season 34 [[CrowningMomentOfFunny in which he played a moronic version of himself on "Celebrity Jeopardy"]], the Bruno Mars episode from season 38 as a murderous carnival ride robot, and JustinTimberlake's fifth time hosting, where he is one of many members of the Five-Timers' Club). Runs his own studio called [=Playtone=], named after the music label in his self-produced ''ThatThingYouDo''. [[OneOfUs He's also a big enough fan of both]] Music/TheBeatles and Creator/MontyPython that he got to sing "The Lumberjack Song" (as one of the Lumberjacks, natch) in the ''Concert for George'', the memorial concert celebrating the life of Music/GeorgeHarrison.

This man named the trivia item TomHanksSyndrome for a reason.

!!His more important films include:
* ''Film/MazesAndMonsters'' (1982)-Tom's first major role...[[NarmCharm for better]] [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell or worse]].
* ''Film/{{Splash}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/BachelorParty'' (1984)
* ''Film/TheManWithOneRedShoe'' (1985)
* ''Film/TheMoneyPit'' (1986)
* ''Film/{{Big}}'' (1988) - First AcademyAward nomination as Best Actor.
* ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'' (1990)
* ''Film/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'' (1990)
* ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' (1992)
* ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' (1993)
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' (1993) - First AcademyAward win for Best Actor.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' (1994) - Second AcademyAward win for Best Actor
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' (1995)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' (1995)
* ''Film/ThatThingYouDo'' (1996) - Directorial debut
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' (1998)
* ''Film/YouveGotMail'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' (1999)
* ''Film/TheGreenMile'' (1999)
* ''Film/CastAway'' (2000)
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'' (2002)
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (2002)
* ''Film/TheTerminal'' (2004)
* ''Film/TheLadykillers'' (2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePolarExpress'' (2004)
* ''TheDaVinciCode'' (2006)
* ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'' (2007)
* ''AngelsAndDemons'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' (2010)
* ''Film/LarryCrowne'' (2011)
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' (2012)
* ''Film/CaptainPhillips'' (2013)
* ''Film/SavingMrBanks'' (2013)
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