Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor famous for playing notable roles in many popular and critically acclaimed movies. He is well known for his acting ability, and is able to play characters that range from the vulnerable Forrest Gump, the inspirational lead in Philadelphia to the never-say-die commander in Apollo 13. Hanks is generally known for his ability to imbue "nice-guy" roles with warmth, for example in the romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle, but is quite capable of taking the role of a mob hitman in Road to Perdition.
Hanks is currently one of the most sought-after leading men in Hollywood. His salary for two recent movies was USD$20 million each. His portrayal of the likeable lead in Forrest Gump earned him $70 million.
Born in Concord, California, Hanks later studied theatre at California State University, Sacramento.
Hanks has been married to actress Rita Wilson since 1988. They met while working on the movie Volunteers. They have two children together. Hanks was married previousely to Samantha Lewes from 1978 to 1985. That union also produced two children.