Being universally loved is not a generational attribute and 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 Hanks’ 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 Hanks is on a journey to build a solid career for himself in the entertainment industry both as a musician and an actor who stars on 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’ Biography
He was born Chester Marlon Hanks to the accomplished and iconic actor, Tom Hanks and his wife, a fellow actress named Rita Wilson. Chet Hanks was welcomed into the world by his parents on the 4th of August 1990 in the City of Angels, California. His birth was the third in the family – he has two older siblings and a younger one.
Chet Hanks, for the first fifteen years of his life, grew up in a relatively quiet environment, away from the attention of the media until his 16th year when he made the news for being a victim of drug addiction. Since he tasted the spotlight for the first time, he has spent a considerable number of months in and out of rehabs for the treatment of his addiction.
Despite battling substance abuse, Chet Hanks has managed to continue 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 added a music side to his entertainment pursuits.
He made his first onscreen appearance as an actor in 2007, starring in the film, Bratz as Dexter. Since then, he has starred in several films and a lot of television shows, with notable credits in shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Shameless, and Empire.
As a result of his drug addiction, Chet hasn’t been able to share in the popularity of his brother and sister in the acting industry.
In music, he worked with Scrilla King, a rapper, over the course of six years and the two of them recorded and released several tracks. Unfortunately, a controversy in 2015, when Chet Hanks used the N-word and made disparaging comments about black rappers, resulted in the end of the six-year deal.
Despite releasing several tracks, he is most notable for the song Do It Better.
Getting in and out of rehabs for drug addiction has done a lot of damage to the stability of Chet Hank’s career but he has still been able to build a net worth of $3 million off his work as an actor and a musician. He has appeared in over 10 projects as an actor and can boast of popular songs like Do It Better as a musician.
Girlfriend, Wife, Baby mama and Daughter
Chet Hanks’ famous background and his own charm as a handsome man put him in a position to date several women and he has taken advantage of this. However, while many of them are low-profile relationships, his singular high-profile relationship that made a splash in the news 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 Hanks 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.
The arrival of his daughter has been good news so far for Chet who credits her with helping him get sober. He has chosen to keep his daughter away from the spotlight and her name is currently unknown.
His last name betrays the fact that Chet Hanks is the son of the famous actor, Tom Hanks. His mother is Rita Wilson who, like his father, is also an actress. Chet Hanks could be said to have professionally taken after his mother. In addition to being an actress, his mother is also a singer and producer.