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!


Tom Hanks is a keen fan of the English soccer club Aston Villa. He first revealed he was a Villa supporter in 2001 and has frequently sported the club´s claret and blue scarf while attending red carpet events.

Aston VillaSource: dailymail.co.uk, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Talking about English soccer, Tom Hanks might be one of the most successful bettors ever. In April 2016, he said he had bet £100 on Leicester to win the Premier League at the beginning of the season when the odds were 5000/1 as Leicester were the league´s biggest outsiders. Incredibly, Leicester won the league, but it remains a mystery if Hanks had really placed the bet or not.

LeicesterSource: telegraph.co.uk, image: en.wikipedia.org


Tom Hanks shares his birthday, July 9th, with musicians Jack White, David O'Hara, Courtney Love, actor Chris Cooper, and politician Donald Rumsfeld.

Donald RumsfeldSource: moviefone.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

On October 7, 2013, on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Tom Hanks announced that he has Type 2 diabetes.

David LettermanSource and image: en.wikipedia.org


Tom Hanks cited the help of a nearby ice cream shop which helped him gain 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) for his role in the famous 1992 American comedy-drama, "A League of Their Own."

A League of Their OwnSource: imdb.com, image: youtube.com

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