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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 ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Film/AngelsAndDemons''. Has hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' nine times . 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) 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/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)
* ''Ithaca'' (2015)
* ''Literature/AHologramForTheKing'' (2016)
* ''Film/{{Sully}}'' (2016)
* ''Literature/DanBrownsInferno'' (2016)
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