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One of the world's most admired and respected actors today, TOM HANKS also holds the distinction of being the first actor in 50 years to be awarded back-toback Best Actor Academy® Awards. In 1993, he was rewarded for his compelling performance as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in Philadelphia and the following year, he won the Oscar® for his outstanding performance in Forrest Gump. He also won Golden Globes for both of these performances. For Forrest Gump, Hanks also won a Peoples Choice Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Chicago Film Critics Award, a National Association of Theater Owners Male Star of the Year Award and the Hollywood Women's Press Club Award. In addition to the many honors Hanks has received, he was named "Man of the Year" by the nation's oldest undergraduate dramatic group, Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, for his performance as astronaut Jim Lovell in Ron Howard's Apollo 13.

In 1996, Hanks made his feature film writing and directing debut with That Thing You Do!, which followed the meteoric rise to fame of a local rock band named "The Wonders" in the summer of 1964. The film's title song not only reached the Top 10 in many contemporary music charts, but was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song. Hanks also appeared in the film in a supporting role.

Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Hanks first became interested in acting during high school. He attended California State University in Sacramento, where he appeared in a production of "The Cherry Orchard" and met director Vincent Dowling, the resident director of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland. Dowling invited Hanks to intern with the company, where he made his professional debut portraying Grumio in "The Taming of the Shrew." Hanks appeared in other Great Lakes productions, including "Two Gentleman of Verona," for which he received the Cleveland Critics Award for Best Actor. From Cleveland, Hanks went on to New York, where he appeared in his first feature film He Knows You're Alone and onstage in "The Taming of the Shrew."

Hanks got his first big break when he was cast as the lead in the ABC television comedy series "Bosom Buddies." This led to starring roles in Bachelor Party followed by Ron Howard's Splash — a box office hit that started him on his path to becoming one of Hollywood's busiest and most sought-after leading men.

Hanks' many film credits include Volunteers, Nothing in Common and A League of Their Own. In 1988, with his box office success established, Hanks achieved critical success with acclaimed performances in Punchline and Big (for which he earned his first Academy Award® nomination and his first Golden Globe Award). The same year, the Los Angeles Film Critics recognized both performances, bestowing on Hanks their Best Actor Award.

Constantly challenging himself, Hanks served as executive producer for HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon" — an ambitious 12-hour dramatic film anthology that explored the Apollo space program. Not only did Hanks personally help make this show a reality, he directed the first episode and wrote and appeared in the final episode.

In 1998, Hanks starred in Steven Spielberg's war drama Saving Private Ryan, in which he played a soldier who went deep behind enemy lines to save a trapped private during the Allied invasion. He received another Oscar® nomination for his work. The following year he starred in The Green Mile, which was written and directed by Frank Darabont and is based on the six-part serialized novel by Stephen King.

In 2000, Hanks starred in Cast Away, for which he received yet another Oscar® nomination for his portrayal as the sole survivor of a plane crash who is marooned on a deserted island. Cast Away was directed by Robert Zemeckis, from a screenplay by William Broyles, Jr.

In 2000, he


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