Get to know one of the best male actors of all time with this Tom Hanks biography. You might recognize Tom Hanks from such movies as: “Splash”, “A League of Their Own”, “Philadelphia”, “Joe Versus the Volcano”, “Cast Away”, “You’ve Got Mail”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Toy Story” and “Forrest Gump”.

Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. His birth name is Thomas Jeffery Hanks. His childhood was dysfunctional and confusing. While Tom Hanks suffered from no abuse as a child, he did move around a lot between step-families. Tom Hanks’ parents helped to pioneer divorce law in California.

Hanks credits the start of his acting career to not getting a role in a college play. After he was turned down for the production, he auditioned for a party in the community theater play. The director liked him so much that he invited him to Cleveland. From there many acting opportunities came to Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks made a guest appearance on the TV show “Happy Days” in 1974 that ended up boosting his career. Producer Ron Howard asked him to read for a small role in the movie “Splash” after his appearance on “Happy Days”. Hanks ended up getting the lead in “Splash” and that film helped become the foundation of his film career.

Tom Hanks has proved that he is committed to his film roles. Over the years he has gained and lost weight for movies that include: “A League of Their Own”, “Philadelphia” and “Cast Away”. Few other male actors have shown his dedication to the art of acting over the years and this is one of the reasons he has managed to remain current.