A face like a canvas: Tom Hanks is celebrating his 65th birthday
For more than three decades, Tom Hanks has been one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. The interpretation of his roles in films such as “Forrest Gump”, “Cast Away” or “Saving Private Ryan” went down in film history. Today Hanks celebrates his 65th birthday.
In his more than 40-year career, US actor Tom Hanks has assumed roles that could hardly be more different: that of Forrest Gump in the masterpiece of the same name, as a prison guard in “The Green Mile” or as a military man in the WWII epic “Soldier James Ryan “. One would like to attest to a face like a canvas. Because almost any of these roles can be successfully projected into the actor. Even at retirement age, he reliably brings hit films to the cinemas. The multi-award-winning Hanks will be 65 years old on Friday, July 9th.
Career at its peak for 30 years
Thomas J. Hanks was born in Concord, California in 1956. He graduated from California State University with a degree in acting. His breakthrough in Cleveland and New York in the 70s and 80s was a long time coming. Then his cheerful personality helped him to comedy roles, initially on television, his portrayal of a boy in the body of an adult in “Big” earned him a first Oscar nomination in 1988 and marked the beginning of an outstanding rise. Hanks is still at the peak of his work today, more than 30 years later.
In the 1990s he expanded his repertoire: American Jedermann also turned to more serious subjects in “Philadelphia” or “Forrest Gump”. For this he won the Oscar for best leading actor in 1994 and 1995. Dozens of other films followed, from “Apollo 13” to “Cast Away – lost” to “Sully”. About his incomparable oeuvre, Hanks writes succinctly in his Twitter biography: “I am this actor from some films that you liked and some that you did not like”.
Tom Hanks leads a quiet private life
In his private life, Hanks seems just as scandal-free as one might expect: His marriage to fellow actor Rita Wilson has lasted for more than 30 years – his children have grown up and out of the house. Hanks spends most of his time with Wilson in Los Angeles, and also often in Greece – he has also had a Greek passport since 2020. The couple had to take a forced break in Australia a few months earlier: They were among the first international stars to contract the coronavirus.
The world feared with Hanks back then, there seems to be almost no one who doesn’t know him – right? Not quite, as Hanks noticed a few months ago after filming the Netflix western “Neues aus der Welt” with young German star Helena Zengel. The 13-year-old apparently couldn’t do much with the name Hanks: “I think she’s too young to have seen any of my films,” said the actor at the time. “I’ve tested her every now and then, but she shook her head and said,” That doesn’t mean anything to me. “
See in the video: The Briton Lee Floyd is a big fan of the blockbuster “Forrest Gump”. Whenever he comes across landmarks of the United Kingdom, he recreates the “running scene” of the cult film.