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TOM HANKS (Professor Robert Langdon) became the first actor in 50 years to be awarded back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®: in 1994, as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in Philadelphia and the following year as Forrest Gump. He also won Golden Globes for both of these performances, along with his work in Big and Cast Away.

Raised in Oakland, California, Hanks became interested in acting during high school. He attended Chabot College in Hayward, California, and the California State University in Sacramento. At the invitation of artistic director Vincent Dowling, he made his professional debut at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He performed in that company for three seasons. 

Moving to New York City in 1978, Hanks performed with the Riverside Shakespeare Company before he was teamed with Peter Scolari in the ABC television comedy series "Bosom Buddies.” This led to starring roles in Ron Howard's Splash, his first collaboration with the director. In 1988, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association recognized his performances in both Big and Punchline with the Best Actor Award. 

Roles followed in films such as A League of Their Own and Sleepless in Seattle.

In 1996, Hanks wrote and directed That Thing You Do!. The film's title song was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song. 

After re-teaming with Ron Howard in Apollo 13, Hanks served as an executive producer, writer, director and actor for HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon” —an Emmy-winning 12-hour dramatic film anthology that explored the Apollo space program.

In 1998, Hanks starred in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, for which he received his fourth Oscar® nomination. 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 reunited with director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter William Broyles, Jr. in Cast Away, for which he received yet another Oscar® nomination.

In 2000, he served again with Steven Spielberg, as executive producer, writer and director for another epic HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers,” based on Stephen Ambrose's book. The miniseries aired in the fall of 2001 to wide-scale critical acclaim, leading to an Emmy Award and Golden Globe for the Best Miniseries in 2002. 

In 2002, Hanks starred in Road to Perdition, opposite Paul Newman and Jude Law under Sam Mendes' direction. It was followed by Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, which was based on the true-life exploits of international confidence man Frank Abagnale, Jr.

Hanks teamed for a third time with Spielberg in The Terminal, opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and followed it with the Coen brothers' dark comedy, The Ladykillers. In November 2004, Hanks starred in the film adaptation of the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, which reunited him once again with director Robert Zemeckis. 

In 2006, Hanks was seen playing Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, helmed by Ron Howard and also starring Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, Ian McKellen and Jean Reno. 

In 2007, Hanks starred opposite Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War.


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