SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
TOM HANKS became the first actor in over 50 years to win
back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards® when he took his second
Oscar® for his unforgettable performance in the title role
in Robert Zemeckis' "Forrest Gump." In addition, his
work in the film brought him a Golden Globe Award and a Screen
Actors Guild Award. The year before, he had been honored with
his first Academy Award®, as well as a Golden Globe Ward for
Best Actor, for his moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew
Beckett in Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia."
He had previously won a Golden Globe Award and earned an Oscar®
nomination for his portrayal of a little boy in a man's body in
Penny Marshall's "Big." He garnered another Golden Globe
nomination for work opposite Meg Ryan in the romantic comedy hit
"Sleepless in Seattle," directed by Nora Ephron. Hanks,
Meg Ryan and Nora Ephron most recently reunited for the upcoming
romantic comedy "You've Got Mail."
Hanks received widespread critical and audience acclaim for his
work in "Apollo 13," in which he starred as astronaut
Jim Lovell. His passion for the space program has most recently
carried over the acclaimed HBO miniseries "From the Earth
to the Moon," which chronicles the story of America's Apollo
missions. Hanks executive produced and hosted the series, in addition
to directing one segment, writing or co-writing several others,
and acting in an episode as well.
In 1996, Hanks made his successful feature film writing and directing
debut with "That Thing You Do," in which he also starred.
The title song spawned a hit single and also received an Academy
Award® nomination for Best Original Song.
His other film credits include "Bachelor Party," Splash,"
"A League of Their Own," "Punchline," "Nothing
in Common" and "Volunteers."
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