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The entertainment scene is known to be saturated with hundreds and thousands of big names and prominent figures. With the increasing number of personalities taking over the industry, it can be challenging for viewers, fans, and enthusiasts to keep track of every celebrity on the market. However, some stars have established such a reputable standing that their legacies continue for years on end. Such is the case for Tom Hanks, one of America’s most beloved actors.
As someone who has been in the industry for decades, Tom Hanks has become a household name known for acting in several blockbuster films. He is most notable for his significant roles in classic movies like Forrest Gump, Catch Me If You Can, Cast Away, and Sleepless in Seattle. As can be gleaned from the themes of the said motion pictures, Hanks has a way of tugging at the heartstrings of the public with his characters.
Born on July 9, 1956, Tom Hanks grew up in Concord, California. When he was only four years old, his parents got divorced. He went on to stay under his father’s wing but shortly started living with a succession of stepfamilies. Despite his unstable childhood, the actor never got himself into serious problems.
With his sterling reputation in the entertainment landscape, one would think that Tom Hanks has been acting all his life. However, he shared that he had no acting experience during his student life. As a matter of fact, it was because he could not get cast in a college play that he was compelled to kick off his acting career.
Determined to make a name for himself with his newfound passion, Tom Hanks went downtown and auditioned for a community theater play where he was invited by the director to go to Cleveland and take his acting career more seriously. Since then, he has been unstoppable at taking center stage and being in the spotlight.
From being a shy theater-loving kid to becoming one of the brightest Hollywood stars, Tom Hanks has one of the most remarkable success stories in the industry. After making his mainstream television debut in the show Bosom Buddies, he became one of the most sought-after actors by directors who wanted to cast him in their sitcoms.
Tom Hanks is appreciated for his flexibility in playing different roles. With his unique ability to make people laugh, it is surprising for people to see him do well in playing dark characters as well. Indeed, this multi-talented figure is a rare gem in the entertainment scene.
One of Tom Hanks’ most notable achievements is winning Oscar for Best Actor for his groundbreaking performance in “Philadelphia.” Proving to be worthy of such award, the actor had to lose 35 pounds to play the gay lawyer in the said movie. Not long after, he would once again win another Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the heartwarming film “Forrest Gump.” True enough, 1994 had been an excellent year for the actor.
Today, Tom Hanks is still shining just as bright. With his unparalleled talent and unmatched acting prowess, it is no wonder that this star has not dimmed his light even for a moment.
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