The love shown by the world to one’s parents does not just get inherited by their children, especially if they have done nothing to earn it. This was a truth that Chet Hanks, the son of the beloved actor Tom Hanks, got to learn when he committed the big blunder of using the abhorred N-word during an Instagram video. Born to a father who is revered among all races, Chet’s racist remark and his doubling down on it was a huge shock to those who have come to attach the perfection of his father to him.
As a man on his own, Chet is on a journey to build a solid career for himself in the entertainment industry; both as a musician and an actor. He famously starred in the Fox television show, Empire. There is plenty to learn about the son of the man from Forrest Gump and you can learn all about that by reading below.
Chet Hanks’ Early Years
Chet was born Chester Marlon Hanks to Tom Hanks and his second wife, actress Rita Wilson. He was welcomed into the world on the 4th of August 1990 in the City of Angels, California. Chet is the third child born to Tom – he has two older half-siblings from his father’s first marriage, and a younger one.
For the first fifteen years of his life, Chet Hanks was relatively unknown as he was raised in a relatively quiet environment, away from the attention of the media. This, however, all changed after he turned 16, the year he made the news for being a victim of drug addiction. Since that time, the young man has spent a considerable number of months in and out of rehab for the treatment of his addiction.
Despite battling substance abuse, Chet Hanks has managed to follow in the footsteps of his father, mother, and older siblings by pursuing a career in acting. Unlike the majority of his family members, he has further managed to add music to his entertainment pursuits.
Details of His Acting and Musical Career
Chet made his first on-screen appearance as an actor in 2007, starring in the film Bratz as Dexter. Since then, he has appeared in several films and television shows, with notable credits in shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Maron, Shameless, and Empire. But as a result of his drug addiction, Chet hasn’t quite been able to reach the heights attained by his older brother and sister in the acting industry.
On the music front, Chet Hanks worked with rapper Scrilla King for over six years, recording and releasing a number of projects together. Their collaboration, however, came to an end in 2015 when Chet used the N-word and made disparaging comments about black rappers.
Despite releasing several tracks, Chet is most notable for the song, Do It Better. In recent times, the California native has opted to leave rap and focus on pop-rock. He has since joined forces with Drew Arthur to form the duo called Something Out West.
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In 2019, it was announced that Chet Hanks would be returning to acting as he landed a recurring role in the new Showtime TV show, Honor. In the series that also featured actor Brian Cranston, Hanks portrayed the character of Joey Maldini.
How Much Wealth Does he Have?
Getting in and out of rehab has done a lot of damage to the stability of Chet Hank’s career, and he may not emerge as the most successful celeb in the entertainment world. However, he has still been able to amass a net worth of $3 million off his work as an actor and musician. This means that the dude is not strapped for cash at all. He has appeared in over 10 projects as an actor and can boast of popular songs like Do It Better among others.
But while his total net worth is quite impressive to the average Joe, it is insignificant compared to that of other members of his family. His big brother Colin is worth up to $15 million while his mother Rita has a net worth in excess of $100 million. His dad Tom, on the other hand, is estimated to be worth an astounding $400 million.
An X-ray of His Relationships with the Opposite Sex
Chet Hanks’ famous background and his own charm as a handsome man has put him in a position to date several women. The actor and musician has been able to take advantage of this although most of his relationships have been low-profile ones. His singular high-profile relationship was his dalliance with a cast member of Love & Hip Hop, Hazel E. The relationship, unfortunately, did not last.
In a not so surprising development, Chet announced he was having a baby in December 2016. It was revealed that he fathered the child with one of his multiple lovers who goes by the name Tiffany Miles. It is, however, not clear if the duo is still an item or have gone their separate ways.
His Daughter is The Reason He Got Sober
The arrival of his daughter Michaiah has been good news so far for Chet Hanks who credits her with helping him get sober. According to him, the prospect of becoming a father gave him the strength to drop his vices and make a complete turnaround. Hanks is obviously a good father to his baby girl as he often shares photos of the cutie on Instagram. On one particular post, he wrote: “The best part of my year. The person who saved my life.”
Chet also commends his own parents Tom and Rita for being fantastic grandparents to his daughter. He disclosed this during his interview with Entertainment Tonight where he compared his personal experience to that of his daughter’s. Chet stated that he enjoyed his own grandparents and it feels so good to see his daughter having a taste of the same.