Tom Hanks
Contest Directions: Tom Hanks, or simply "Hanx" — as he's known to his over 2 million Twitter followers — celebrated his 55th birthday past Saturday. Hanx has given dozens of great performances over his career — from his Oscar-winning turns in Philadelphia and Forrest Gump to his voice work in the ridiculously successful Toy Story franchise. It hasn't been the best of Julys for Tom - after all, "Larry Crowne" fizzled with both critics and audiences - but that should change now that he's turned 55 which is a lucky number.
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  • Tom Hanks Toy Story Tribute

    Tom Hanks Toy Story Tribute
  • Dr. Tom Hanks

    Dr. Tom Hanks
  • Tom Hanks the Clown

    Tom Hanks the Clown
  • Tom Hanks Apollo 13

    Tom Hanks Apollo 13
  • Tom Hanks and Wilson on a Motorbike

    Tom Hanks and Wilson on a Motorbike
  • Tom Hanks Mixed with Steven Spielberg

    Tom Hanks Mixed with Steven Spielberg
  • Tom Hanks Sailor

    Tom Hanks Sailor
  • Tom Hanks Playing With His Toys

    Tom Hanks Playing With His Toys
  • Tom Hanks Made From Cassette Tape

    Tom Hanks Made From Cassette Tape
  • Tom Hanks as an Old Lady

    Tom Hanks as an Old Lady
  • Tom Hanks in Toy Story 3

    Tom Hanks in Toy Story 3
  • Tom Hanks Caricature

    Tom Hanks Caricature
  • TOY HANks Woody

    TOY HANks Woody
  • Tom Hanks Sheriff with Deputy Wilson

    Tom Hanks Sheriff with Deputy Wilson
  • Baby Tom Hanks Sky Diving

    Baby Tom Hanks Sky Diving
  • Tom Hanks Portrait

    Tom Hanks Portrait
  • Tom Hanks the Head Chopping Ninja

    Tom Hanks the Head Chopping Ninja
  • Beautiful Tom Hanks Portrait

    Beautiful Tom Hanks Portrait
  • Old Tom Hanks

    Old Tom Hanks
  • Tom Hanks Running Away From an Explosion

    Tom Hanks Running Away From an Explosion
  • Tom Hanks as Charlie Chaplin

    Tom Hanks as Charlie Chaplin
  • Bald Tom Hanks

    Bald Tom Hanks
  • Tom Hanks With his Birthday Cake

    Tom Hanks With his Birthday Cake
  • Tom Hanks Cowboy

    Tom Hanks Cowboy
  • Tom Hanks on the Toilet

    Tom Hanks on the Toilet
  • Tom Hanks as George Washington

    Tom Hanks as George Washington
  • Tom Otto Lagerfeld

    Tom Otto Lagerfeld
  • Tom Hanks Painting

    Tom Hanks Painting
  • Tom Hanks Soldier

    Tom Hanks Soldier
  • Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan

    Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
  • Grandma Hanks Feeding Baby Tom Hanks

    Grandma Hanks Feeding Baby Tom Hanks
  • Sir Tom Hanks Portrait Painting

    Sir Tom Hanks Portrait Painting
  • Tom Hanks as a Woman

    Tom Hanks as a Woman
  • Laughing Hanks

    Laughing Hanks
  • Tom Hanks as a Monk

    Tom Hanks as a Monk
  • Tom Hanks Baby

    Tom Hanks Baby
  • Tom Hanks with a Woman in a Swimsuit

    Tom Hanks with a Woman in a Swimsuit
  • Old Tom Hanks

    Old Tom Hanks
  • Tom Hands the Old Virgin

    Tom Hands the Old Virgin
  • General Tom Hanks

    General Tom Hanks
  • Funny Tom Hanks Caricature

    Funny Tom Hanks Caricature
  • Tom Hanks Birthday Fear

    Tom Hanks Birthday Fear
  • Tom Hanks Portrait

    Tom Hanks Portrait
  • Tom Hanks the Osaka Raider

    Tom Hanks the Osaka Raider
  • Forrest Gump Borthers Waiting For Bus

    Forrest Gump Borthers Waiting For Bus
  • Tom Hanks as Flash Gordon

    Tom Hanks as Flash Gordon
  • Tom Hanks Waiting for the Bus

    Tom Hanks Waiting for the Bus
  • Homeless Tom Hanks

    Homeless Tom Hanks
  • Tom Hanks 55 Years Too Late

    Tom Hanks 55 Years Too Late
  • Tom Hanks at the Roadkill Cafe

    Tom Hanks at the Roadkill Cafe
  • Tom Hanks Birthday Dreams

    Tom Hanks Birthday Dreams
  • Tom Hanks Wearing a Djellaba

    Tom Hanks Wearing a Djellaba
  • Black Tom Hanks

    Black Tom Hanks
  • Tom Hanks Waiting for TSA Interrogation

    Tom Hanks Waiting for TSA Interrogation
  • Tom Hanks Graffiti Tag on Wall

    Tom Hanks Graffiti Tag on Wall
  • Alien Tom Hanks

    Alien Tom Hanks
  • Tom Hanks Looking Like Wilson

    Tom Hanks Looking Like Wilson
  • Old Tom Hanks Birthday

    Old Tom Hanks Birthday
  • Tom Hanks as Albert Einstein

    Tom Hanks as Albert Einstein
  • Tom Hanks the Australian Sheriff

    Tom Hanks the Australian Sheriff
  • Tom Hanks Toasting Dinner

    Tom Hanks Toasting Dinner
  • Tom Hanks Playing Baseball

    Tom Hanks Playing Baseball
  • Tom Hanks as Wilson Ball

    Tom Hanks as Wilson Ball
  • Tom Hanks with Some Toys

    Tom Hanks with Some Toys
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California. He is an American actor and producer, who started out in comedies for family viewing ("Great", 1988), but by forty years of age, has achieved universal fame as a serious dramatic actor and has received two "Oscars" in a row - for the lead roles in "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994). Tom Hanks is an Orthodox believer, who attends one of the U.S. parishes Patriarchate of Constantinople. In addition to his Oscar-winning roles, Hanks is known for his collaborations with director Steven Spielberg. As of the year 2006, movies with a participation by Hanks collected more revenue (about $ 6 billion) than films with any other actor. The most profitable of his films was the "The Da Vinci Code" (2006). Also, Tom Hanks is an actor, who received one of the biggest honorarium in the history of film (just over $ 51 million for his role of Professor Robert Langdon in the film "Angels and Demons"), and it is only Johnny Depp, who has received more than Hanks ($ 56.5 million for his role as Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"). Early years: Thomas J. Hanks was born July 9, 1956 in Concord (California). His father was the chef of a local restaurant, his mother worked there as a waitress. Tommy was the third child of the family. Five years after Tommy’s birth, his parents divorced, and as per American law, the three elder children (Tom, Larry and Sandra) were taken by the father. Already in his youth, Tom Hanks demonstrated extraordinary acting ability and skill and had an inimitable sense of humor. Admission to the University of California was for him a logical step. Tom Hanks, however he left his studies as soon as he received the offer to be part of a small acting troupe performing in Cleveland. The Beginning of his film career: In the cinema field, Tom Hanks began filming in 1980. ("He knows how you are alone"). But his real "discovery" happened four years later, when on the screens came the romantic comedy "Splash." One of the most beautiful blondes in Hollywood Daryl Hannah starred as a mermaid, who has randomly swam across to the big city. Tom Hanks loved the strange stranger. At the end, the lovers swam in the ocean. Hanks began to shoot often ("Bachelor Party", "Man in a Red Shoe," "Volunteers," "Every time we say goodbye forever", "Nothing to do", "web of evil"). But it took four years before Tom Hanks once again was forced to talk about himself. This happened in connection with the picture "Big", in which he played the hero with a man's body and the mind of the child. The unusual story allowed the actor to demonstrate a mild sense of humor and the warmth of his inherent artistic personality. Considerable success was at stake for the movie "Turner and Hooch" also, where a wonderful dog performedashispartner. Although in the 1980s, Tom Hanks starred in more than a dozen films, his most successful roles came in the 1990s. A series of creative victories started with the movie "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993), where the actor played a lonely father, who under the influence of his young son finds a new love. Romance, warmth, sensitivity, and propensity for inspiration - these are the features that constitute the individuality of its protagonist. However, the movie “A League of Their Own" demomstrated a very different side of his talent. Tom Hanks was simply irresistible in the role as a rough, wholesome drunken coach, protesting against the need to train a women's baseball team. An unexpected result was the performance of Tom Hanks in the movie "Philadelphia" (1993), in which he played a homosexual dying of AIDS. When he was an emaciated, exhausted diseased hero, wandering around the room, chained to a metal rack, on which the vessel with blood is fixed, he looks like a shadow. Critics wrote with delight that Hanks as an actor, repeated the feat of Robert De Nero, when for the sake of credibility lost 10 kilograms. This role brought him "Oscar". Success in cinema: But the major triumph was still to come. The film "Forrest Gump", in which Tom Hanks starred, became a sensation in 1994. His character was that of a rustic boy, from a childhood accustomed to ridicule from others. It is enough to look at the face of Gump with the stupid frozen expression so as to understand why he is called a "local idiot." Nevertheless, Forrest Gump managed with dignity and composure to bear all trials which fell his way. A semi-invalid since childhood, he became an outstanding player in ping-pong and won the world championship held in China, a Vietnam War hero, a millionaire, as well as a role model for many people. The film won several "Oscars", but it owed its success particularly to Tom Hanks, who created a warm, very human image of subtle humor. After receiving two consecutive "Oscar" awards, Hanks became a national hero. The screening of the film "Apollo 13", dedicated to the unsuccessful flight to the moon in 1970, was eagerly anticipated. Although the film was an exact reconstruction of this dramatic event, it turned out boring and static. The technique of "talking heads" applied in it did not allow the actors to reveal themselves. In 1996, Tom Hanks made his film debut as a director, filming in a documentary fashion the history of the youth ensemble, which disintegrated after their first hit. "That Thing You Do" did not become a big revelation, though earned praise from the critics. Tom Hanks had a second marriage with actress Rita Wilson, and has two sons, Chester and Truman. He also has a son Colin and a daughter, Elizabeth Ann from his first marriage with actress Samantha Lewis. On February 1, he became a proud grandfather - his son Colin is blessed with a daughter, Olivia.

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