10 Fun Facts About Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. While we’ve seen many sides of the beloved Oscar-winning actor on screen, there are probably a handful of things you didn’t know about the man. Here are 10 fun facts about Tom Hanks.

  • Hanks gained 30 pounds for his role in “A League Of Their Own,” and a few years later, gained back 50 more for his role in “Cast Away.”
  • Tom Hanks contributed $50,000 to help pay for Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.
  • The Tom Hanks is an avid collector of antique typewriters.
  • A Tom Hanks’ interest in space is well-documented, but few know that he has an asteroid named after him: “12818 tomhanks.”
  • That Tom Hanks’ movies have earned $8.4 billion dollars worldwide. This makes Tom the all-time movie champion of the movie box office.
10 Fun Facts About Tom Hanks
  • The Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln.
  • A Tom Hanks was inducted as an honorary member of the U.S. Army’s Ranger Hall of Fame back in 2006. For his accurate portrayal of a World War II army ranger in the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”
  • At the age of 45 Tom Hanks became the youngest ever to receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 12, 2002.
  • His brother Jim Hanks was used as Tom Hank’s body double in “Forest Gump.”
  • Tom Hanks originally wanted to become an astronaut but was unsuccessful. He is a supporter of NASA’s manned space program.

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