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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IcyAllEyeCan If he'd been born 55 years before he was, which of these roles would he have played ... what type would he be: the clown, the dancer, the action hero, the gangster, the cowboy, or the debonaire man-about-town? Perhaps none, perhaps all ...
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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").
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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