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TOM HANKS (Woody) became the first actor in fifty years to be awarded back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards® in 1994, first as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in "Philadelphia” and then again the following year as the title character in "Forrest Gump.” Hanks earned Golden Globes® for both performances, and again for his roles in "Big” and "Cast Away,” and was honored twice by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association with Best Actor awards for his roles in "Big” and "Punchline.”

Raised in Oakland, Calif., Hanks became interested in acting during high school. He attended Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., and 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, and continued with the 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 comedy "Bosom Buddies.” This led to a starring role in Ron Howard's "Splash,” his first collaboration with the director. He has since worked several times with Howard, playing astronaut Jim Lovell in "Apollo 13” and historian-adventurer Robert Langdon, first in "The Da Vinci Code” in 2006, and again in "Angels & Demons” in 2009. In 1996, Hanks wrote and directed "That Thing You Do!” The film earned a nomination for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song. 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. Hanks has teamed with Spielberg several times since, first in 2000 as executive producer, writer and director of the epic HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers,” executive-produced by Spielberg and based on Stephen Ambrose's book. The miniseries earned an Emmy® and Golden Globe® for Best Miniseries in 2002. That year, Hanks also appeared opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can,” based on the true-life exploits of international confidence man Frank Abagnale Jr. Hanks starred in Spielberg's "The Terminal” opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in 2004, and most recently Spielberg and Hanks produced the HBO miniseries "The Pacific,” which premiered in March 2010. In 2000, Hanks reunited with "Forrest Gump” director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter William Broyles Jr. in "Cast Away,” for which he received yet another Oscar® nomination. Zemeckis and Hanks worked together again in November 2004 when Hanks starred in the film adaptation of the Caldecott Medal–winning children's book "The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg.

In 2008, Hanks, with his production company Playtone, executive-produced the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries "John Adams,” starring Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The series went on to win an Emmy® for Outstanding Miniseries and a Golden Globe® for Best Miniseries.

Hanks' other credits include "The Green Mile,” written and directed by Frank Darabont and based on the novel by Stephen King; "The Road to Perdition,” featuring Paul Newman and Jude Law and directed by Sam Mendes; the Coen Brothers' dark comedy "The Ladykillers”; and Mike Nichols' film "Charlie Wilson's War,” opposite Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Next up, Hanks will reteam with Julia Roberts in "Larry Crowne,” which he also wrote and is directing.


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