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  • is a third cousin, four generations removed, of Abraham Lincoln.
  • Tom Hanks had an asteroid named after him which was called “12818 tomhanks”.
  • Born at 11:17 AM
  • His top five all-time favorite films are 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather (1972), Fargo (1996), Elephant (2003) and Boogie Nights (1997), with Stanley Kubrick's film holding the top ranking.
  • He and actress Meg Ryan have been co-stars in three movies as love interests: Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) and You've Got Mail (1998).
  • Born to Amos Mefford Hanks, a chef, and his wife Janet Marylyn Frager, a hospital worker, his parents divorced in 1960.
  • Hanks cited the help of a nearby ice cream shop which helped him gain 30 pounds for his role in A League of Their Own (1992).
  • Attended Skyline Highi School, Oakland, California.
  • Frequently works with director Steven Spielberg, and is related to Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. Ironically, he is not involved in Spielberg's film about Lincoln, despite his frequent involvement in historical projects.
  • He once worked as a hotel bellman. Some of the celebrity guests whose bags he carried were Cher, Sidney Poitier, Slappy White and Bill Withers.
  • Favorite baseball team is the Cleveland Indians. He purchased a stone in the front of Jacob's Field when it was built.
  • He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.
  • His Oscar acceptance speech for 1993's Philadelphia (1993) led to the plot of the movie In & Out (1997). Hanks thanked a gay teacher in his speech.
  • Father, with first wife Samantha Lewes, of Colin Hanks (born on 24 September 1977) and Elizabeth Hanks (born on 17 May 1982).
  • He was voted the 26th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 205-206. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Is the second most-represented actor (behind Sidney Poitier and Gary Cooper) on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time, with four of his films making the list. They are: Forrest Gump (1994) at #37, Philadelphia (1993) at #20, Apollo 13 (1995) at #12, and Saving Private Ryan (1998) at #10.
  • He is a fourth cousin, four generations removed, of former President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Their common ancestors were William and Sarah Hanks, who were great-great-great-grandparents of the former president.
  • Ranked #16 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #16 in 2005 as well.
  • Jim Lovell, whom Hanks played in Apollo 13 (1995), is actually left-handed, but Hanks refused to write with his left hand for the movie.
  • Received emergency treatment for serious staph infection in leg after returning from overseas location shoot (1999).
  • Both his maternal grandparents, though born in California, had Portuguese ancestry, originally from the Azores Islands.
  • After a one-shot guest appearance on "Happy Days" (1974), producer Ron Howard asked him to read for a secondary part in Splash (1984), and he got the lead instead.
  • Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". Volume 244, pages 199-202. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2006.
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