5 fun facts about Tom Hanks

5 fun facts about Tom Hanks

We want to share some interesting facts about this amazingly talented actor. He is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Did you know he’s related to one of the fathers of the nation? He also has a crazy obsession with cool stuff. Keep reading as we reveal his secrets!

  • Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, on July 9, 1956.
  • His mother was a hospital worker Janet Marylyn and his father was a cook Amos Mefford Hanks. His mother was of Portuguese descent, while his father had English ancestry.
  • Oscar winning star is married to the actress Rita Wilson and has four children: Colin, Chet, Truman, and Elizabeth.
  • “Apollo 13” was one of the biggest hits in his Hollywood career and was nominated for nine Academy Awards. The film grossed over $355 million worldwide.
Tom Hanks reveals Abraham Lincoln's connection.

1) Tom was researching his family tree and discovered on his mother’s side that he is distantly related to Abraham Lincoln!

2) As a film director of the comedy "That Thing You Do!", Tom was able to include almost all his family! If you pay attention you spot his wife Rita playing a role as a waitress and you can also see his two eldest children, Colin and Elizabeth Hanks, in cameo scenes as well.


3) After his memorable astronaut role in the movie "Apolo 13" NASA decided to name an asteroid they discovered calling it “12818 tomhanks” in his honor.

Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan classic poster.

4) The military gave the actor the “Distinguished Public Service Award” on Veteran’s Day in 1999 for his performance in “Saving Private Ryan”.

5) Tom is an avid collector of vintage typewriters, currently owning more that a hundred machines that are working perfectly fine. In fact he loves them so much that he even wrote a book about them called “Uncommon Type”.

Corey Robertson

Corey Robertson is an American journalist and writer. She has over 20 years experience in the movie industry. A pretzels fan who loves Hollywood romantic comedies and a walk in the park. + info

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