Thomas Jeffrey “Tom” Hanks was born on July 9, 1956. An actor, producer, writer, and director, he is known for his roles in Philadelphia and as the title character in Forrest Gump, roles which won him two consecutive Academy Awards for Best Actor.
He turned to directing with his 1996 film That Thing You Do! about a 1960s pop group, also playing the role of a music producer. He also executive produced, co-wrote, and co-directed the HBO docudrama From the Earth to the Moon.
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