25 Little Known Nifty And Cool Facts About Tom Hanks

On this day, one of the greatest and most popular American actors; Tom Hanks, will be celebrating his 60th birthday. Whether you liked him in his role as Jimmy Dugan in the 1992 comedy-drama A League of Their Own, as Jim Lovell in the 1995 documentary drama space adventure film, Apollo 13, as Richard Phillips in the 2013 American biographical survival thriller Captain Phillips, as Andrew Beckett in the 1993 American drama Philadelphia, or in his iconic role as Forrest Gump in the 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks is undoubtedly one of the most successful, popular and critically acclaimed Hollywood actors of all time. Renowned for his exceptional acting talent, Tom Hanks has appeared in over a hundred of films, television series, and stage performances. We have seen him fight in wars, survive on an uninhabited island, search for the legendary Holy Grail and even travel to space. As Tom has been constantly in the spot light, we are sure you are somewhat familiar with this amazing actor, but we bet there is a handful of things and cool facts you do not know about him. To pay tribute to this Hollywood icon on the occasion of his 60th birthday, we took our time to compile a list featuring 25 Little Known Nifty And Cool Facts About Tom Hanks. Happy birthday Tom!

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A proud American, Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California, but his mother, Janet Marylyn, was of Portuguese descent, while his father, Amos Hanks, had English ancestry.

Tom HanksSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Just 4 years after Tom was born, his parents divorced. Young Tom and his older sister, Sandra, and brother, Larry, went with their father while the youngest child, Jim, stayed with their mother. In his childhood, Tom´s family moved often. By the age of ten, Hanks had lived in ten different houses.

Tom HanksSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: flickr.com

Tom Hanks is a third cousin, four generations removed, of former President Abraham Lincoln. Their common ancestor is John Hanks (1680 - 1740), who was the great-great-grandfather of Lincoln and the six-time great-grandfather of Tom Hanks.

Abraham LincolnSource: moviefone.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Before he played a gay lawyer with AIDS in the famous 1993 drama “Philadelphia,” Hanks lost 35 pounds (16 kilograms) and even thinned his hair in order to appear sickly for the role.

Tom HanksSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: youtube.com

The movie´s iconic song, “The Streets of Philadelphia,” written and sung by Bruce Springsteen, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and four Grammy Awards. Hanks and Springsteen have been close friends since their childhood.

Bruce SpringsteenSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

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