Tom Hanks, who was born on July 9, 1956, is an Oscar-winning actor. He has won Academy Awards for both Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the American actor:
Tom Hanks Facts #1:
The legendary actor received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in 2002. The presenter of the award was Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg. At the time of the award, Hanks was the youngest to receive the honor. He was 46-years-old at the time.
Tom Hanks Facts #2:
Tom Hanks has publically stated that he sometimes has a difficult time being respectful. Moreover, he has stated, “I do not want to admit to the world that I can be a bad person. It is just that I don’t want anyone to have false expectations. Moviemaking is a harsh, volatile business, and unless you can be ruthless, too, there’s a good chance that you are going to disappear off the scene pretty quickly. So appearances can be deceptive, particularly in Hollywood.”
Tom Hanks Facts #3:
The Oscar-winning actor has been in movies that have been nominated for Best Picture. As of 2014, he has been in seven movies that have received a nomination for Best Picture. These movies are: Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Toy Story 3, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and Captain Phillips.
Tom Hanks Facts #4:
He became a grandfather at the age of 54 on February 1, 2011.
Tom Hanks Facts #5:
Along with a number of other actors, including Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, he was at the funeral of Princess Diana.
Tom Hanks Facts #6:
On October 7, 2013, he was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. This is an unfortunate fact because this disease can lead to other physical ailments.
Tom Hanks Facts #7:
According to Premiere magazine, Forrest Gump was the 43rd greatest movie character of all time. This should not be a surprising fact because Hanks played the character with great depth. As previously mentioned, he also received an Oscar for his portrayal.
Tom Hanks Facts #8:
He has listed his top five favorite movies in the past. His list is 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, Fargo, Elephant, and Boogie Nights.
Tom Hanks Facts #9:
One interesting fact about Tom Hanks that I did not know before researching him is that he is related to Nancy Hanks, who was the mother of Abraham Lincoln.
Tom Hanks Facts #10:
He has publically stated that he enjoys using Twitter. In the words of Tom Hanks, “Tweeting is like sending out cool telegrams to your friends once a week.”
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