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Born: July 9, 1956 Concord, California, USA
Tom Hanks often gets described as kind, genial, “a modern day Jimmy Stewart”. Audiences love him. Fellow stars, like Will Smith, say they’d like to have a career like his.
He’s also managed to slide around a range of characters. From goofy films like Bachelor Party and Volunteers to dramatic turns in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks has always been a hard-working actor who puts effort into getting our laughs or compassion. Because he quite often plays normal, decent characters, Hanks has sometimes been stuck with the label that he’s always the same guy. Perhaps he needs the contrasting performance of a truly evil character before people give him the full credit that he deserves.
Despite getting stuck with that label at times, Hanks is one of the rare performers to win back-to-back Oscars, which he earned for his roles in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.
As he branches out into writing, producing and directing, Tom Hanks will surely take us to some marvelous stories and performances.