Tom Hanks


Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, filmmaker and comedian. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon. His films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America.

Hanks made his breakthrough with leading roles in Ron Howard‘s Splash (1984), with Daryl Hannah, John Candy, and Eugene Levy; and Penny Marshall’s Big (1988), with Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow, John Heard, and Robert Loggia. Big earned Hanks his first Academy Award Nomination. His other films in the 1980s include The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), with Dabney Coleman, Lori Singer, Charles Durning, James Belushi, Carrie Fisher, and Edward Hermann; Nicholas Meyer’s Volunteers (1985), with Candy, Rita Wilson (whom Hanks would later marry), and Tim Thomerson; Richard Benjamin‘s The Money Pit (1986), with Shelley Long; Garry Marshall’s Nothing in Common (1986), with Jackie Gleason, Eva Marie Saint, Hector Elizondo, Barry Corbin, Bess Armstrong, and Sela Ward; Dragnet (1987), with Dan Aykroyd and Christopher Plummer; David Seltzer’s Punchline (1988), with Sally Field, John Goodman, and Mark Rydell; and Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs (1989), with Bruce Dern, Fisher, Rick Ducommun, Corey Feldman, Wendy Schaal and Henry Gibson.

Hanks won two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor for starring as a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS in Jonathan Demme‘s Philadelphia (1993), with Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas, and Joanne Woodward; and a young man with below-average IQ in Robert Zemeckis‘s Forrest Gump (1994), with Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Field. His other roles in the early 1990s include Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), with Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Abe Vigoda, Dan Hedaya, and Ossie Davis; Brian De Palma‘s Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), with Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall, and Morgan Freeman; A League of Their Own (1992), with Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty; and Nora Ephron‘s Sleepless in Seattle (1993), with Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rob Reiner, Rosie O’Donnell, Gaby Hoffmann, Victor Garber, and Rita Wilson.

Films in the mid to late 1990s include Apollo 13 (1995), with Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Sinise, and Kathleen Quinlan; That Thing You Do! (1996; which he also wrote and directed), with Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, and Charlize Theron; Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan (1998), with Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Jeremy Davies, and Matt Damon; You’ve Got Mail (1998), with Ryan, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle, Zahn, and Greg Kinnear; and Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile (1999), with Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Barry Peoper, Doug Hutchison, James Cromwell, Michael Jeter, Patricia Clarkson, and Sam Rockwell.

Films in the 2000s include Cast Away (2000), with Helen Hunt; Sam Mendes’s Road to Perdition (2002), with Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Stanley Tucci; Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Nathalie Baye, and Amy Adams; Joel & Ethan Coen‘s The Ladykillers (2004), with Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma and Ryan Hurst; and Spielberg’s The Terminal (2004), with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tucci.

Films in the mid to late 2000s include The Da Vinci Code (2006), with Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jürgen Prochnow, Jean Reno, and Paul Bettany; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), with Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Ned Beatty; The Great Buck Howard (2009), with his son Colin Hanks, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt, Ricky Jay, Griffin Dunne, and Steve Zahn; and Angels & Demons (2009), with Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl.

Films in the 2010s include Larry Crowne (2011), with Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, and Pam Grier; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), with Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, and Zoe Caldwell; Cloud Atlas (2012), with Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant; Captain Philips (2013), with Barkhad Abdi and Catherine Keener; and Saving Mr. Banks (2013), with Emma Thompson, Walt Disney, with supporting performances by Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, and Colin Farrell.

Films in the mid to late 2010s include Bridge of Spies (2015), with Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, and Alan Alda; Ithaca (2015), with Alex Neustaedter, Jack Quaid, Ryan (who also directed), Sam Shepard, and Hamish Linklater; A Hologram for the King (2016), with Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Whishaw; Tom Skerritt; Clint Eastwood‘s Sully (2016), with Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara; Inferno (2016), with Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster, and Irrfan Khan; The Circle (2017), with Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Ellar Coltrane, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, and Bill Paxton; The Post (2017), with Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Alison Brie, and Matthew Rhys; and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), with Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Chris Cooper.

Films in the 2020s include Greyhound (2020), with Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue; News of the World (2020), with Helena Zengel; BIOS (2021), with Caleb Landry Jones, Samira Wiley, Laura Harrier, and Skeet Ulrich; Baz Luhrman’s Elvis (2021), with Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, Yola, Luke Bracey, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh and David Wenham.

Hanks has also provided the voice for Woody in the Toy Story Franchise (1995 – 2019), which collectively features the voices of Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, Erik von Detten, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Estelle Harris, Wayne Knight, Jodi Benson, Blake Clark, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Whoopi Goldberg, Timothy Dalton, Kristen Schaal, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, and Ally Maki.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • He Knows You’re Alone (1980) – directed by Armand Mastroianni
  • Mazes and Monsters (1982) – directed by Steven Hilliard Stern
  • Splash (1984) – directed by Ron Howard
  • Bachelor Party (1984) – directed by Neal Israel
  • The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) – directed by Stan Dragoti
  • Volunteers (1985) – directed by Nicholas Meyer
  • The Money Pit (1986) – directed by Richard Benjamin
  • Nothing in Common (1986) – directed by Garry Marshall
  • Every Time We Say Goodbye (1986) – directed by Moshé Mizrahi
  • Dragnet (1987) – directed by Tom Mankiewicz
  • Big (1988) – directed by Penny Marshall
  • Punchline (1988) – directed by David Seltzer
  • The ‘Burbs (1989) – directed by Joe Dante
  • Turner & Hooch (1989) – directed by Roger Spottiswoode
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) – directed by John Patrick Shanley
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) – directed by Brian De Palma
  • Radio Flyer (1992) – directed by Richard Donner – uncredited cameo
  • A League of Their Own (1992) – directed by Penny Marshall
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993) – directed by Nora Ephron
  • Philadelphia (1993) – Jonathan Demme
  • Forrest Gump (1994) – directed by Robert Zemeckis
  • Apollo 13 (1995)* – directed by Ron Howard
  • Toy Story (1995)* – directed by John Lasseter
  • That Thing You Do! (1996) – also director, writer
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998) – directed by Nora Ephron
  • Toy Story 2 (1999)* – directed by John Lasseter
  • The Green Mile (1999) – directed by Frank Darabont
  • Cast Away (2000)* – directed by Robert Zemeckis – also producer
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) – directed by Joel Zwick – producer only
  • Road to Perdition (2002) – directed by Sam Mendes
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • The Ladykillers (2004) – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Connie and Carla (2004) – directed by Michael Lembeck – producer only
  • The Terminal (2004) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) – directed by Joel Zwick – cameo
  • The Polar Express (2004) – directed by Robert Zemeckis – also producer
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006) – directed by Ron Howard
  • Cars (2006) – directed by John Lasseter – voice cameo
  • The Ant Bully (2006) – directed by John A. Davis – producer only
  • Starter for 10 (2006) – directed by Tom Vaughan – producer only
  • Evan Almighty (2007) – directed by Tom Shadyac – executive producer only
  • The Simpsons Movie (2007)* – directed by David Silverman – voice cameo as himself
  • Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) – directed by Mike Nichols – also producer
  • Mamma Mia! (2008) – directed by Phyllida Lloyd – executive producer only
  • City of Ember (2008) – directed by Gil Kenan – producer only
  • The Great Buck Howard (2009) – directed by Sean McGinly
  • My Life in Ruins (2009) – directed by Donald Petrie – executive producer only
  • Angels & Demons (2009) – directed by Ron Howard
  • Where the Wild Things Are (2009) – directed by Spike Jonze – producer only
  • Beyond All Boundaries (2009) – directed by David Briggs – narrator, producer
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)* – directed by Lee Unkrich
  • Hawaiian Vacation (2011)* – directed by Gary Rydstrom – short – played before Cars 2
  • Larry Crowne (2011) – also director, co-writer, producer
  • Small Fry (2011)* – directed by Angus MacLane – short – played before The Muppets
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011) – directed by Stephen Daldry
  • Cloud Atlas (2012) – directed by The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer
  • Partysaurus Rex (2012) – directed by Mark Walsh – short – played before rerelease of Finding Nemo
  • Parkland (2013) – directed by Peter Landesman
  • Captain Phillips (2013) – directed by Paul Greengrass
  • Toy Story of Terror (2013) – directed by Angus MacLane – TV short
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013) – directed by John Lee Hancock
  • Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) – directed by Steve Purcell – TV short
  • Bridge of Spies (2015) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Ithaca (2015) – directed by Meg Ryan – also executive producer
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) – directed by Kirk Jones – producer only
  • A Hologram for the King (2016) – directed by Tom Tykwer – also producer
  • Sully (2016) – directed by Clint Eastwood
  • California Typewriter (2016) – directed by Doug Nichol – documentary – himself
  • Inferno (2016) – directed by Ron Howard
  • The Circle (2017) – directed by James Ponsoldt
  • Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017) – directed by Peter Landesman – producer only
  • The David S. Pumpkin Halloween Special (2017) – directed by Don Roy King
  • The Post (2017) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) – directed by Ol Parker – executive producer only
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)* – directed by Josh Cooley
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) – directed by Marielle Heller
  • Greyhound (2020) – directed by Aaron Schneider – also writer
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020) – directed by Jason Woliner – cameo as himself
  • News of the World (2020) – directed by Paul Greengrass
  • BIOS (2021) – directed by Miguel Sapochnik
  • Elvis (2021) – directed by Baz Luhrmann