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Tom Hanks

Almost in spite of his inauspicious beginnings, actor and perennial nice guy Tom Hanks rose from the star of the cult comedy series "Bosom Buddies" (ABC, 1980-82) to become a respected Academy Award-winning actor and Emmy-winning producer. Hanks made his name with a touching performance in "Big" (1988), opening the doors to eventual back-to-back Oscar glory with "Philadelphia" (1993) and "Forrest Gump" (1994). He became one of Hollywood's most bankable stars with the romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993) and Ron Howard's harrowing drama "Apollo 13" (1995). Hanks also gave voice to the cowboy Woody in "Toy Story" (1995) and its two highly-successful sequels, before giving an Oscar-nominated turn in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" (1998). The actors' love of space exploration and World War II resulted in the production of a number of acclaimed cable miniseries such as "From Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998) and "Band of Brothers" (HBO, 2001). Not one to rest on his laurels, Hanks continued making quality work while challenging the everyman persona he had developed, taking on roles as an autocratic company man in "Cast Away" (2000) and a mob hit man in "Road to Perdition" (2002), while making international blockbusters like the Dan Brown adaptation "The Da Vinci Code" (2006) and its sequels, which reaffirmed his place as one of the most respected actors of the century. Aging gracefully into his 60s, Hanks brought a convincing gravitas to later films like Spielberg's Cold War espionage drama "Bridge of Spies" (2015) and Clint Eastwood's "Sully" (2016), a biopic of real-life aviation hero Captain Chesley Sullenberger.
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