TOM HANKS (Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger) is an award-winning
actor, producer and director. One of only two actors in history to win
back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards, he won his first Oscar in 1994 for his
moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme's
"Philadelphia." The following year, he took home his second Oscar for his
unforgettable performance in the title role of Robert Zemeckis' "Forrest Gump."
He also won Golden Globe Awards for both films, as well as a Screen Actors Guild
(SAG) Award for the latter.
Hanks has also been honored with Academy Award nominations for his performances
in Penny Marshall's "Big," Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," and
Zemeckis' "Cast Away," also winning Golden Globes for "Big" and "Cast Away."
Hanks was most recently seen in Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" and Tom Tykwer's
"A Hologram for the King," and upcoming will be on screens in Ron Howard's
"Inferno" and James Ponsoldt's "The Circle."
In 2013, Hanks was seen starring in Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated
film "Captain Phillips," for which he received SAG, Bafta and Golden Globe
nominations, as well as in AFI's Movie of the Year "Saving Mr. Banks," with Emma
His other feature credits include the Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski
film "Cloud Atlas"; Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"; the
animated adventure "The Polar Express," which he also executive produced and
which reunited him with director Robert Zemeckis; the Coen brothers' "The
Ladykillers"; Spielberg's "The Terminal" and "Catch Me If You Can"; Sam Mendes'
"Road to Perdition"; Frank Darabont's "The Green Mile"; Nora Ephron's "You've
Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle"; Penny Marshall's "A League of Their Own";
Ron Howard's "Apollo 13," "The Da Vinci Code," "Angels & Demons" and "Splash";
and the computer-animated blockbusters "Cars," "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2" and
"Toy Story 3."
Hanks' work on the big screen has translated to success on the small screen.
Following "Apollo 13," he executive produced and hosted the acclaimed HBO
miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," also directing one segment, and writing
several others. His work on the miniseries brought him Emmy, Golden Globe and
Producers Guild Awards, as well as an Emmy nomination for Best Director.
His collaboration with Spielberg on "Saving Private Ryan" led to them executive
producing the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," based on the book by Stephen
Ambrose. Hanks also directed a segment and wrote another segment of the
fact-based miniseries, which won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best
Miniseries. In addition, Hanks earned an Emmy Award for Best Director and an
Emmy nomination for Best Writing, and received another Producers Guild Award for
his work on the project.
In 2008, Hanks executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries "John
Adams," starring Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. It won 13 Emmy
Awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe
for Best Miniseries, and a PGA Award. More recently, Hanks and Spielberg
re-teamed for the award-winning HBO miniseries "The Pacific," for which Hanks
once again served as executive producer. The ten-part program won eight Emmy
Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, and brought Hanks his fourth PGA
In 2012, Hanks executive produced the HBO political drama starring Julianne
Moore and Ed Harris, which follows Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate in
his 2008 Presidential campaign."Game Change" was awarded Emmy and Golden Globes
for Best Miniseries/Television Film as well as earning several other awards and
nominations. In 2013, Hanks served as host, narrator and historical commentator
for the two hour National Geographic television movie based on the best-selling
book Killing Lincoln. In 2013, Hanks and Playtone produced the Emmy nominated
CNN documentary series "The Sixties," and in 2014, the HBO miniseries "Olive
Kitteridge," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout. In
2015, "Oliver Kitteridge" won eight Emmy awards, including Outstanding Limited
Series, three Critics' Choice Television Awards, a DGA award and a SAG award. In
2015, Hanks and Playtone produced "The Seventies" and in 2016, "The Eighties."
In 1996, Hanks made his successful feature film writing and directing debut with
"That Thing You Do," in which he also starred. He more recently wrote, produced,
directed and starred in "Larry Crowne," with Julia Roberts. Under his and Gary
Goetzman's Playtone banner, they produced 2002's smash hit romantic comedy "My
Big Fat Greek Wedding," with his wife Rita Wilson. His other producing credits
include "Where the Wild Things Are," "The Polar Express," "The Ant Bully,"
"Charlie Wilson's War," "Mamma Mia!," "The Great Buck Howard," "Starter for 10"
and the HBO series "Big Love."
In 2013, Hanks made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy." His
performance earned him Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony
In 2002, Hanks received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement
Award. He was later honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the
Chaplin Award in 2009. In 2014, Hanks received a Kennedy Center Honor.
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