Tom Hanks is an American actor, writer, producer, and director with estimated assets worth of $350 million. He is one of the most popular names and faces in the movie industry. A really great actor who has spent a lot of time in Hollywood, Hanks spectacularly has a family where almost everyone is involved in movies.

Early Life

Hanks was born in Concord California on July 9, 1956. During high school, Hanks developed an outstanding confidence on stage and took up roles in plays and musicals. His passion for acting pushed him to study Theater at the Chabot College and California State University. While at college, Hanks was encouraged to join Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland Ohio on an internship which later developed into a 3-year experience. He dropped out of college to focus on honing his skills in production, stage management, and design.

Hanks moved to New York in 1979 where he landed his first film role in a low-budget movie “He Knows You’re Not Alone”. He then got a lead role in ABC sitcom “Bosom Buddies” which was canceled two years later. He later landed a lead role in “Splash” (1984) which would go on to be a box office hit. His success fluctuated until “Big” (1988) brought him major recognition, the movie brought him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

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How Tom Hanks Built His Net Worth


Hanks is highly respected and one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. His movies have grossed over $4.1 billion at the US and Canadian box office and over $8.3 billion globally. With that figure, Hanks is the 3rd highest-grossing actor in film history. Some of his notable movies include Forrest Gump (1994), You’ve Got Mail (1998), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Saving Mr. Banks (2013) and the animated Toy Story series.

Here is a breakdown of what Tom Hanks has made from some of the movies:

  • Forrest Gump (1994)– $70 million.
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)– $40 million.
  • You’ve Got Mail (1998)– $20 million
  • The Green Mile (1999) – $20 million
  • Cast Away (2000)– $20 million.
  • The Da Vinci Code (2006)– $18 million
  • Angels & Demons (2009)– $50 million
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)-  $15 million
  • Captain Phillips (2013) – $15 million
  • Toy Story 4 (2018) – $15 million

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Tom Hanks has received many accolades for his work in the movie industry. His first award was a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia (1993). The following year, he won a Golden Globe, Academy, Screen Guild and Peoples Choice Awards for his role in “Forrest Gump”.

He became the second actor after Spencer Tracy to win 2 consecutive Oscars for Best Actor. Hanks was inducted into the US Army Rangers Hall of Fame in 2006 as an honorary member for his realistic portrayal of a captain in “Saving Private Ryan”(1998). He is the first actor to ever receive this honor.

Writing, Directing and Producing

Beginning from 1996, Hanks has written, directed and produced a number of films, including 2001 miniseries “Band of Brothers”. Others include “That Thing You Do”, “Starter for Ten”, “The Polar Express” and TV series “Big Love” and “The Book Change”.

Tom is married to actress Rita Wilson and together they have a combined net worth of $420 million, making them among the richest families in Hollywood.

Tom Hanks still has a number of potential roles as he continues to make more movies, thus his wealth is bound to increase in the coming years.

Who Are Tom Hanks Wife, Sons, and Daughters

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To be married for close to 30 years is a very big deal in the American entertainment industry and Hollywood in particular. Nevertheless, Tom Hanks has been married for that close a time, to an actress, Rita Wilson. Since the two of them got married in 1988, they have gradually become the pieces of a jigsaw that completes the other.

Their marriage has produced two sons, Chet Hanks who is also a very talented actor and was born on August 4, 1990. Hanks second son from the marriage is Truman Theodore Hanks who was born in 1995. Nevertheless, as surprising as it may seem, Hanks has other children from a previous marriage. The actor first got married in 1978 when he was only 21 to Samantha Lewes. The marriage broke up even before reaching its 10th year, but not without two children. His son from this marriage is Colin Hanks who is an actor and a filmmaker, and he also has a daughter from the marriage, Elizabeth Ann Hanks. You shouldn’t have any reason not to guess that Elizabeth just like her parents and some of her brothers, is also into acting.

What About His Brother?

Surprisingly enough, it is not only Tom’s immediate family that is into acting, his brother Jim Hanks who has acted in a number of movies including 1999’s Blood Type is also an actor. An interesting fact to note is that these two brothers did not grow together, but eventually chose the same path. Tom and Jim have another brother, Larry Hanks who is in the education line.

Is Tom Hanks Dead Or Alive?

You will come across people asking whether Tom Hanks is dead or alive. This is because he has been announced dead more than once by pranksters and people who are never tired of hoaxes. He was first announced dead by such people in 2016 and next in 2018. But thankfully, the man is still very much alive, doing all the things he loves doing best such as acting and loving his wife.

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