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Tom Hanks Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks
Birth Place:
Concord, California, United States
Profession
Actor, director, screenwriter, producer

Fast Facts

  • A distant relative of Abraham Lincoln, through Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks
  • Remembering Hanks from a 1982 episode of Happy Days, Ron Howard hired him for the 1984 comedy Splash
  • Howard later directed him in Apollo 13 (1995) and The Da Vinci Code (2006)
  • Made his feature directing debut in 1996 with the music-business comedy That Thing You Do! In 2002, at age 46, became the youngest actor to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Was a major contributor to funding the Rawley T
  • Farnsworth Theater at his alma mater, Skyline High School, in Oakland, CA
  • The venue was named for the teacher Hanks thanked during his Oscar acceptance speech for Philadelphia (1993)
  • Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2016
  • Serves on the Board of Governors for the National Space Society

Awards

  • 2020Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2020BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Animated Movie Voice: nominated
  • 2019Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2018Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2017Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2016Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries or Movie: winner
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: winner
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: winner
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: winner
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational): nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: winner
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2001BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2000Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2000New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2000Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1999BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: winner
  • 1998Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1998Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1995BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1994Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear for Best Actor: winner
  • 1994Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1994Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1994Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1994National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1993Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1988Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1987Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner

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