Top 10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks on Tokyo International Film Festival
Tom Hanks on Tokyo International Film Festival

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn and Amos Mefford Hanks. Tom Hanks is an Oscar award-winning actor who has been known the world over for his films. Hanks has won numerous awards for his film work and has been around for over 35 years in acting and in the public eye. All throughout his extraordinary career, Tom Hanks has played a wide variety of roles. In portraying roles of various characters and individuals, he has demonstrated his diverse range of abilities. He is adored by a large number of fans and is a talented actor.

Welcome back to Watch Tank! Today we are counting down the top 10 surprising things you didn’t know about Tom Hanks.

10. He’s Related to Abraham Lincoln

In 2013, it was revealed that the Forrest Gump star is related to perhaps the greatest and most well-known American president, Abraham Lincoln. Tom Hanks is the third cousin multiple times removed from the previous president, and his connection to “Honest Abe” can be traced all the way to the president’s mom, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. Tom Hanks knew he was a distant relative of Lincoln since he was a child, his ancestral details being passed down by members from his more distant family. Details of the genealogical connection of Hanks were uncovered in the narrated film Killing Lincoln, which was released for TV in 2013.

9. Nicest guy in Hollywood

Tom Hanks smiling
Tom Hanks smiling

Hailed as the most delightful person in Hollywood, it’s not unexpected that Hanks is known for his kindness towards strangers. A taxi driver described on the Humans of New York’s Facebook page that Hanks flagged down his taxi as he was finishing his workday, and was initially going to turn down the ride for Tom. However, the driver felt terrible about turning a person down, so he chose to give him a lift anyway. The cabbie didn’t recognize the actor at first, but when he did, he shouted “Wilson” loudly, making Tom burst into laughter and proceeding to take a snapshot with him. One day, something incredibly sweet and thoughtful happened to the driving and he shared, “One day I’m driving, and I get a text from one of the people that I’d driven, and it says: ‘Mr. Hanks wants to invite you to see his Broadway show.'” The taxi driver went to the show and was brought to Tom, a man the driver now refers to as the most delightful celebrity around.

8. He’s a massive Villa fan

Hanks is a follower and avid fan of the Birmingham based club, Aston Villa F.C., and he’s even been given a shirt by the club with the print “Hanks 1” at the back. He even went to a pre-season game at Portland Timbers in 2012. At the point, when they were all geared up for the Championship, Hanks sent a broadcast message to his kindred Villa supporters and would routinely try to stay updated with the scores even when he’s filming.

He said in an interview, “I try to keep up. I have a perfect friend that lives and dies by Aston Villa, he’s in Los Angeles as well, so I’m always getting my updates from him. There’s not a club on the planet that hasn’t encountered this, and there’s not a club on the world that hasn’t retaliated – Aston Villa will oversee their predetermination.”

7. Live by his roles

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor Tom Hanks

He’s genuinely devoted to his specialty. Hanks is dedicated to his work and had put his body through a lot by either dieting or putting on weight for various film roles. In 1993, he lost a lot of weight to star in Philadelphia as an AIDS victim named Andrew Beckett. The prior year, he increased his weight by fifty pounds to star in a League of Their Own (1992). And even more drastically, he both lost and put on a great deal of weight for Cast Away (2000). He has said on a few events that it was perhaps the most challenging thing he’d at any point done. He shares, “I wish I could have just taken a pill and lost all the weight…the idea of looking at four months of constant vigilance as far as what I ate, as well as two hours a day in the gym doing nothing but a monotonous kind of work-out, that was formidable.”

6. Same role different films

Tom Hanks has played five distinct captains in the past, displaying his incredible ability to portray genuine roles. Strangely enough, Hanks has played the role of a captain in five different movies! He was a military captain in Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan (1998), a naval force chief in Apollo 13 (1998), a ship’s captain in Captain Phillips (2013), and the captain of a plane in Sully: Miracle on the Hudson (2016). Through it all, he has nailed all those roles, so “Aye Aye, Captain!”

5. Personal life

Tom Hanks with beard
Tom Hanks in a film premier

This lovely couple gives us major relationship goals, especially for the present generation. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Hanks was married to Samantha Lewes way back in 1978 and they had two kids, Colin and Elizabeth. The pair didn’t last long and were separated in 1987. Tom later on got married to Rita Wilson in 1988, and the couple, as of now, lives in Los Angeles, California. Tom and Rita met on the set of Volunteers in 1985. Tom converted his religion to the Greek Orthodox Church to wed Rita Wilson, and they have been happily married ever since. They have one of the longest relationships in Hollywood, and despite everything, are still one of the happiest pairs ever.

4. He’s obsessed with collecting typewriters

Tom Hanks has been obsessed with collecting typewriters since 1978 and has bought more than 80 distinct models worldwide. Indeed, he cherished them so much that he made an idea for an iPad application called Hanx Writer, which utilizes the classical typewriter sound and feel.

It was enormously fruitful and made it to the top of the App Store in August 2014. He’s even composed a book of short stories inspired by his passion for typewriters. In his article for The New York Times, Tom expressed that “I use a manual typewriter — and the United States Postal Service — almost every day.”

3. He’s only the second actor to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars

Tom Hanks has won numerous awards and honours throughout his stellar career, and his most noteworthy accomplishment is the fact that he won consecutive Best Actor Oscars. His first triumph was for the 1993 law drama titled Philadelphia, and the following year, for the exquisite film Forrest Gump in 1994. The first actor to have the same achievement was Spencer Tracy, who won two Oscars for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

Tom has set a benchmark difficult to beat. What else does this actor have in store for his fans? What do you think about Tom’s roles? Who among his characters would be your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.

2. Medal of Freedom

In 2016, Hanks was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. This highest civilian honour is given to an individual for his or her commitment to their profession and for philanthropic endeavours. Hanks was awarded the medal because of his efforts to raise awareness for space travel and other supporting undertakings, such as electrically powered vehicles.

Here are some more fun facts about Tom you should not miss out on.

Taped Emmy award on his car

In 2012, the Forrest Gump star won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie at the 64th Emmy Awards for his work on political dramatization Game Change. He taped his Emmy award to his vehicle and even drove it around the city.

A guest appearance got him into Hollywood

Hanks had a guest appearance on the well-known sitcom Happy Days, which ended up launching his career in film! Hanks was briefly featured as Dwayne Mitchell, a character with a long-term grudge against the Fonz, and one who attempts to fight the well-known character. After this specific act, maker Ron Howard approached Hanks to assess him and offer him a secondary job in Splash (1984). Instead, Howard was so impressed by his auditions that he offered Hanks the lead part.

1. Multiple awards and recognition

Tom Hanks on Sully Japan Premiere Red Carpet

Hanks has been featured in nine films that were recognised by the Oscars for Best Picture. Not a surprise to many, Tom has also received numerous awards throughout his career, breaking a couple of records in the process. In 2002, he was awarded the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award and broke the record for the youngest ever recipient at 45 years old.

Hanks’ star power definitely played a role in bringing nine films he starred in towards Oscar nominations for Best Picture. The nine movies are: Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011), Captain Phillips (2013), Bridge of Spies (2015) and The Post (2017). Among those films, Forrest Gump (1994) would be the one to stand out.

Tom Hanks is a versatile actor and definitely an amazing captain. He is a jack of all trades and master of our hearts. What are your views about this actor? Comment down below and let us know.

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