->''"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) is an American actor and director who is regarded as being one of the best performers of his generation.

He began his career in comedies like ''Series/HappyDays'' and ''Series/BosomBuddies'' where he displayed a flair for timing and physical comedy. Quickly moving onto film, he became well-known for lighthearted comedies like ''{{Film/Splash}}'' and ''Film/{{Big}}'' as well as romantic films. In the latter genre, he's famously one half of ThoseTwoActors with Creator/MegRyan, having starred as her love interest in three films[[note]]''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'', ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'', and ''Film/YouveGotMail''[[/note]].

Going into the nineties, Hanks' career took a sharp swerve as he began turning in critically-acclaimed dramatic performances, earning him back-to-back Oscars for his portrayal of the dying Andrew Beckett in ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' and the simple-but-well-meaning ''Film/ForrestGump''. Since then, his career has been eclectic, with his starring in films that run the gamut from comedy (''Film/TheLadykillers''), children's films (''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''), heavy drama (''Film/RoadToPerdition''), science fiction (''Film/CloudAtlas''), and even his own blockbuster action franchise (''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' and its sequels).

He is a well-known space nerd and UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history buff and these interests are reflected in his career, with his having starred in ''{{Film/Apollo 13}}'' and ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' as well as having produced ''Series/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'', ''Series/BandOfBrothers'', and ''Series/ThePacific''.

He's hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' nine times and ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' once to rave reviews each time. He runs his own studio called Playtone, named after the music label in his self-produced ''Film/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) in the ''Concert for George'', the memorial concert celebrating the life of Music/GeorgeHarrison. He also appeared in the video for Music/CarlyRaeJepsen's song "I Really Like You" - contrary to many rumours it was actually ''his'' idea to take the role.

''And'' to top it all off, he is the TropeNamer for TomHanksSyndrome, being the most famous and successful example of an actor being able to break away from TypeCasting and showing the world HeReallyCanAct.

!!His more important films include:
* ''Film/HeKnowsYoureAlone'' (1980): Tom's first big screen role.
* ''Film/MazesAndMonsters'' (1982)-Tom's first major role...[[NarmCharm for better]] [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell or worse]].
* ''Film/{{Splash}}'' (1984)
* ''Film/BachelorParty'' (1984)
* ''Film/TheManWithOneRedShoe'' (1985)
* ''Film/{{Volunteers}}'' (1985)
* ''Film/TheMoneyPit'' (1986)
* ''Film/NothingInCommon'' (1986)
* ''Film/EveryTimeWeSayGoodbye'' (1986)
* ''Film/{{Dragnet}}'' (1987)
* ''Film/{{Big}}'' (1988) - First UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination as Best Actor.
* ''Film/TheBurbs'' (1989)
* ''Film/TurnerAndHooch'' (1989)
* ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'' (1990)
* ''Film/TheBonfireOfTheVanities'' (1990)
* ''Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn'' (1992)
* ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'' (1993)
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'' (1993) - First UsefulNotes/AcademyAward win for Best Actor.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'' (1994) - Second UsefulNotes/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)
* ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' (2006)
* ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'' (2007)
* ''Film/AngelsAndDemons'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' (2010)
* ''Film/LarryCrowne'' (2011)
* ''Film/CloudAtlas'' (2012)
* ''Film/CaptainPhillips'' (2013)
* ''Film/SavingMrBanks'' (2013)
* ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'' (2015)
* ''Film/{{Ithaca}}'' (2015)
* ''Literature/AHologramForTheKing'' (2016)
* ''Film/{{Sully}}'' (2016)
* ''Literature/DanBrownsInferno'' (2016)
* ''Film/{{The Circle|2017}}'' (2017)
* ''Film/ThePost'' (2017)
* StarMakingRole: ''Series/BosomBuddies'' as a tv star and ''Film/{{Big}}'' as a moviestar.