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Tom Hanks [21]


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Born:July 9, 1956 (64)
Filmography Rating:8.12 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.38 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.46 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:85.58%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Splash [1984](28) => Allen Bauer
The Money Pit [1986](30) => Walter Fielding, Jr.
Big [1988](32) => Josh Baskin
The 'burbs [1989](33) => Ray Peterson
Sleepless in Seattle [1993](37) => Sam Baldwin
Forrest Gump [1994](38) => Forrest Gump
Apollo 13 [1995](39) => Jim Lovell
Toy Story [1995](39) => Woody
That Thing You Do: Theatrical Cut [1996](40) => Director / Writer / Songs / Mr. White
That Thing You Do: Extended Cut [1996](40) => Director / Writer / Songs / Mr. White
That Thing You Do: Tom Hanks' Extended Cut [1996](40) => Director / Writer / Songs
You've Got Mail [1998](42) => Joe Fox
Toy Story 2 [1999](43) => Woody
My Big Fat Greek Wedding [2002](46) => Producer
The Polar Express [2004](48) => Scrooge /Santa Claus / Hobo / Conductor / Father / Hero Boy
30 Rock [2006](50) => Tom Hanks
The Simpsons Movie [2007](51) => Himself (voice)
Toy Story 3 [2010](54) => Woody (voice)
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 2 [2012](56) => Woody (voice)
Pixar Short Films Collection - Volume 3 [2018](62) => Woody (voice)
Toy Story 4 [2019](63) => Woody (voice)

Trivia that mentions this person:
Batman Forever [1995]
  • Tom Hanks was the first choice to replace Michael Keaton as Batman.
    Big [1988]
  • Tom Hanks was the first choice to play Josh Baskin but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with the films Dragnet and Punchline. Robert De Niro was then offered the lead role, and was rejected because his salary demand ($6 million) was too high. Tom Hanks then became available and accepted the lead role for $2 million. David Moscow was originally cast not as young Josh, but as Billy, since he didn't look like Robert De Niro. When Tom Hanks was given the role, David Moscow was recast as young Josh wearing colored contact lenses to match the eye color of Tom Hanks.
  • According to [?] Monica Rushton, Jared Rushton (Billy), David Moscow (little Josh) and Tom Hanks (big Josh) were put in a room with a bunch of toys to play with. Having silly string, they tried to use it to gross each other out and that is how the silly string scene between Jared Rushton and Tom Hanks appeared in the movie.
  • To give star Tom Hanks an idea of how a 12 year-old would behave, director Penny Marshall filmed each "grown-up" scene with David Moscow (Young Josh) playing Tom Hanks's part, who then copied David Moscow's behavior. Also, in preparation for the role, Tom Hanks met David Moscow and studied videotapes of him to see how he behaved and spoke. Tom Hanks also felt that David Moscow should just be himself so that the Josh Baskin character persona would be that of a real 12-year-old.
  • According to actor Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded.
    Star Trek: First Contact [1996]
  • Although the role of Zefram Cochrane was actually written for James Cromwell, Tom Hanks was originally considered for the role, but the filming of this movie coincided with the filming of That Thing You Do! which prevented him from taking the part.
    Ghost [1990]
  • When it came time to cast the film, writer Bruce Joel Rubin suggested Patrick Swayze for the role of Sam Wheat. Director Jerry Zucker felt that Swayze was completely wrong for the part. Many actors that included Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Al Pacino, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin were all offered the part but all turned it down feeling that playing a ghost would be cheesy. Zucker then decided to audition Swayze though he thought he would blow the audition. To Zucker's surprise, Swayze did a great audition and he was cast immediately in the part.
    Groundhog Day [1993]
  • Director Harold Ramis originally wanted Tom Hanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was "too nice".
    The Money Pit [1986]
  • For the scene with the bathtub falling two floors down after being filled with water, Tom Hanks does a obnoxious laugh. This clip of him laughing is commonly used for the Universal back-lot tour when the tour guides joke with the visitors.
    Sleepless in Seattle [1993]
  • The scene between Tom Hanks and Victor Garber crying over the movie The Dirty Dozen was completely improvised during the take.
  • Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks only share approximately two minutes screen time together.
  • Parker Posey was originally cast in the movie but later cut. She appeared with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks years later in You've Got Mail. Dennis Quaid was considered for the male lead. Jason Schwartzman auditioned for the role of Jonah Baldwin
  • The silhouette of the couple on the box of chocolates in a shop window outside Annie's house is, in fact, a silhouette of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
  • The second of three films that Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have made together.
  • Garry Marshall was originally slated to direct the film. He is the brother of actor/director Penny Marshall, who directed Tom Hanks in Big and A League of Their Own. She is the ex-wife of Rob Reiner, who plays Jay in the film.
    Splash [1984]
  • Before Tom Hanks accepted the role of Allen Bauer, it had already been turned down by John Travolta, Bill Murray and Dudley Moore.
    Toy Story [1995]
  • What attracted Tom Hanks to the role of Woody, was during his childhood he would always wonder if his toys were alive and moved around when nobody was in his room. What attracted Tim Allen to the role of Buzz Lightyear, was before him they offered the role to his biggest influence in his career, Chevy Chase, who turned it down.
    Toy Story 2 [1999]
  • For the scene where Woody looks at the merchandise from Woody's Roundup, mock-ups of the toys were shown to Tom Hanks in the recording booth. Hanks' spontaneous reactions to the toys were recorded and used for Woody's dialogue.
  • When Jessie (Joan Cusack) first meets Woody (Tom Hanks), she exclaims, "Sweet mother of [?] Abraham Lincoln!" Lincoln's mother was [?] Nancy Hanks, a blood relative of Tom Hanks. Tom is a direct descendant of an uncle of Nancy.
  • This was the first sequel for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
    You've Got Mail [1998]
  • Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is obsessed with The Godfather, and frequently uses dialogue from it to shape his philosophy on life. In the Coppola Restoration Godfather DVDs, Alec Baldwin claims that Hanks and Rob Reiner are both Godfather aficionados who have been known to host viewing parties where the attendees do drinking games and quote famous lines while watching the film.
  • The scene where Joe accidentally closes the door of Kathleen's shop on the balloons was unscripted. Tom Hanks actually did that, and ad libbed the line, "Good thing it wasn't the fish." The director thought it was so funny that she kept it in.
  • This is the third time that Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks act together, the previous two being: Joe Versus the Volcano and Sleepless in Seattle.
    The 'burbs [1989]
  • Ray Peterson's (Tom Hanks) final "It's not them. It's us!" rant is used in Portland, Oregon musician Eluvium (Matthew Cooper)'s song {As I Drift Off} on his 2006 album [When I Live by the Garden and the Sea].
    Forrest Gump [1994]
  • Every still picture of Forrest during this film shows Tom Hanks with his eyes closed. However, when Forrest first learns to play ping-pong in the infirmary, he is told the trick is to "keep his eye on the ball" by another soldier. After that moment, whenever he is shown playing ping-pong, he never blinks.
  • Gary Sinise's character tells Tom Hanks's character that the day Forrest works on a shrimp boat is the day he'd be an astronaut. This is a reference to the book, where Forrest actually becomes an astronaut, and the following year, Sinise and Hanks appeared together as astronauts in Apollo 13. Gary Sinise is also the commander/narrator of the ride "Mission: Space in Epcot" in Walt Disney World, and also starred as an astronaut in Mission to Mars.
  • The line, "My name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump," was ad libbed by Tom Hanks while filming the scene and director Robert Zemeckis liked it so much that he decided to keep it in.
  • When Forrest gets up to talk at the Vietnam rally in Washington, the microphone plug is pulled and you cannot hear him. According to Tom Hanks, he says, "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don't go home at all. That's a bad thing. That's all I have to say about that."
  • The actor who plays the reporter on the scene when Tom Hanks visits Washington DC after his tour in Vietnam was, himself, an actual tourist from Atlanta, Georgia. He happened to be on Capitol Hill that day with his wife, and was asked to read.
  • Tom Hanks signed onto the film after an hour and a half of reading the script but agreed to take the role only on the condition that the film was historically accurate. He initially wanted to ease Forrest's pronounced Southern accent, but was eventually persuaded by director Robert Zemeckis to portray the heavy accent stressed in the novel and patterned his accent after Michael Conner Humphreys (young Forrest) who actually talked that way.
  • Following the success of the movie, Winston Groom wrote a sequel novel, 'Gump & Co.' (1995), which referenced the movie as if it had been released in Forrest's world (he mentions that the movie was inaccurate - that is, compared to the first novel's canon - and brought him unwanted press attention). Forrest also meets Tom Hanks in the novel. Due to the massive success of the movie, talk of a sequel naturally arose. However, at the time, Tom Hanks adamantly refused to work in any sequel (and making the sequel with another actor was not a consideration). Although Hanks has since reconsidered his stance on sequels/prequels (Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Angels & Demons), a sequel remained in "development hell" for years. As of 2010, Gump & Co. is in development.
    My Big Fat Greek Wedding [2002]
  • Tom Hanks's wife, Rita Wilson, saw the play and recommended that her husband produce a movie version. In an interview with the German magazine "Cinema", Nia Vardalos mentioned that she hung up when Hanks called, because she didn't believe it was really him.
  • The song playing at the wedding reception, "All My Only Dreams", first appeared in That Thing You Do! which was written, directed, and produced by Tom Hanks, who also produced this film.
    Apollo 13 [1995]
  • Tom Hanks is too tall at 6'1" to be an astronaut. The maximum height for an astronaut is 6'0".
    Muppets Most Wanted [2014]
  • In the song 'We're Doing a Sequel', Gonzo mentions that they're waiting for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4, most likely as a joke. Interestingly enough, Toy Story 4 was announced later that year (2014) for a 2017 release date.
    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [2016]
  • After seeing his performance in Cloud Atlas, the studio wanted Tom Hanks to portray Lex Luthor.
    That Thing You Do: Tom Hanks' Extended Cut [1996]
  • According to Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron was the first actress to audition for her part and the first person to be cast in the movie.
  • Tom Hanks claimed that he wrote the script while on the promotional tour for Forrest Gump due to his boredom doing non-stop interviews.
  • Tom Hanks's writer-directorial film debut. Film debut of Tom Everett Scott. Tom Hanks was initially opposed to hiring Scott because of Scott's strong resemblance to a younger Hanks. He was finally convinced by his wife, Rita Wilson, who thought Scott was cute.
  • The characters Jimmy Mattingly (played by Johnathon Schaech) and Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) of The Wonders have the same last names of the two astronauts Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise in the movie Apollo 13, which Tom Hanks starred in.
    That Thing You Do: Theatrical Cut [1996]
  • Tom Hanks claimed that he wrote the script while on the promotional tour for Forrest Gump due to his boredom doing non-stop interviews.
  • Tom Hanks's writer-directorial film debut. Film debut of Tom Everett Scott. Tom Hanks was initially opposed to hiring Scott because of Scott's strong resemblance to a younger Hanks. He was finally convinced by his wife, Rita Wilson, who thought Scott was cute.
  • The characters Jimmy Mattingly (played by Johnathon Schaech) and Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) of The Wonders have the same last names of the two astronauts Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise in the movie Apollo 13, which Tom Hanks starred in.
  • According to Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron was the first actress to audition for her part and the first person to be cast in the movie.
    That Thing You Do: Extended Cut [1996]
  • According to Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron was the first actress to audition for her part and the first person to be cast in the movie.
  • Tom Hanks claimed that he wrote the script while on the promotional tour for Forrest Gump due to his boredom doing non-stop interviews.
  • Tom Hanks's writer-directorial film debut. Film debut of Tom Everett Scott. Tom Hanks was initially opposed to hiring Scott because of Scott's strong resemblance to a younger Hanks. He was finally convinced by his wife, Rita Wilson, who thought Scott was cute.
  • The characters Jimmy Mattingly (played by Johnathon Schaech) and Lenny Haise (played by Steve Zahn) of The Wonders have the same last names of the two astronauts Ken Mattingly and Fred Haise in the movie Apollo 13, which Tom Hanks starred in.
    The West Wing: Season 4 [2002]
  • 20 Hours in America: Part I - A line from President Bartlet's speech memorializing the bombing victims, "the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight," was taken from Tom Hanks's 1993 acceptance speech for his Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia. Ironically, this happens in the same episode in which Sam says, "Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal outright". This is a variation on a quotation by [?] Pablo Picasso: "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." (Ironically, one of Sorkin's lines from this episode--"Every time we think we've measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we are reminded that that capacity may well be limitless"--was plagiarized during an NBC sports feature airing directly before the 2006 Kentucky Derby. The freelance writer who wrote the line was fired.
    Jumanji [1995]
  • Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Michael Keaton, Bill Paxton and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all considered for the role of Alan Parrish. Tom Hanks' son Colin Hanks appears in the sequel as an adult Alex Vreeke in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017).
    Dumbo [2019]
  • Bill Hader, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck were also considered for the role of the father, but passed on it before Colin Farrell was cast. In April 2017, Michael Keaton joined the cast, rounding out the few prominent "adult" live-action roles. Tom Hanks was reportedly in discussions for the role before Keaton was cast.
  • Will Smith and Tom Hanks were approached for roles. Smith was interested but backed out to do Bad Boys for Life (2020) and would later sign on for Aladdin (2019). Hanks was courted for a villain role, but turned it down to film Greyhound (2020).
    Toy Story 4 [2019]
  • Speaking to [?] Graham Norton, Tom Hanks revealed voicing the latest, and perhaps last, Toy Story film was especially emotionally exhausting saying: "It was terrible. I started recording Woody in 1991 and each film takes about four years. "It was my very last session and when I'd said the last line they said, 'Okay, great, thanks,' and just like that 24 years was over. All I could say was 'Oh my, oh my' over and over again and my bottom lip started quivering. I got in my car and drove away with the music playing and the credits rolling in my head." Finding the voicework tiring, he said: "I never began a recording session without wishing it was already over. Woody is clenched all the time. It's exhausting." .