A former sitcom actor who turned Hollywood leading man, Tom Hanks has starred in many classic films including "Big," "A League of Their Own" and "Sleepless in Seattle." However, he’s more than just an actor; he has also written, directed and produced many films as well. </br></br>Tom Hanks attends the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater, Jan. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles.
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Tom Hanks during his senior year at Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., 1974.
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Tom Hanks' first lead role was alongside Peter Scolari in the sitcom, "Bosom Buddies.” The show followed two friends who lived as women in order to afford the apartment they shared. </br></br>Tom Hanks, as Buffy Wilson, right, and Peter Scolari, as Henry Desmond, in a scene from "Bosom Buddies."
Tom Hanks, left, and Henry Winkler in a scene from the episode “Love and Marriage” of "Happy Days," March 23, 1982.
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Tom Hanks sits on a fountain outside his hotel in Hamburg, Germany, June 20, 1984.
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Tom Hanks, as Allen Bauer, and Daryl Hannah, as Madison, in a scene from "Splash." </br></br>Hanks plays a man who as a young boy was saved by a mermaid only to fall in love with her.
Tom Hanks, as Walter Fielding, and Shelley Long, as Anna Crowley, in a scene from "The Money Pit." </br></br>In the 1986 comedy, Hanks and Long portray an unlucky couple who are duped into buying a mansion that starts to fall apart around them the moment they move in.
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks have been married since 1988 and have two children together, Chet and Truman. </br></br>Here, Hanks and Wilson celebrate at their wedding reception, April 30, 1988, in Los Angeles.
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Tom Hanks, as Joe, and Meg Ryan, as Patricia, in a scene from "Joe Versus the Volcano."
In "The Bonfire of the Vanities," based on the Tom Wolfe novel of the same name, Tom Hanks portrays Sherman McCoy, a Wall Street financier who is watching his life unravel while attracting the attention of a young reporter, portrayed by Bruce Willis, right.
Musical guest Bruce Springsteen and host Tom Hanks appear on "Saturday Night Live" on May 9, 1992. </br></br>Hanks has hosted the live TV show nine times.
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Tom Hanks holds the Oscar statuette for best actor in a leading role for his portrayal of an HIV-positive lawyer in "Philadelphia," backstage at the 66th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 21, 1994.
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Tom Hanks, as Forrest Gump, sits on a bus bench in a scene from "Forrest Gump." </br></br>Hanks would go on to win back-to-back best actor Academy Awards for his portrayal of this character, after winning the previous year for his work on "Philadelphia."
Based on the true events of the ill-fated Apollo 13 NASA mission, the film follows the astronauts as they attempt to land on the moon and return to Earth. </br></br>From left, Bill Paxton, as Fred Haise, Tom Hanks, as Jim Lovell, and Kevin Bacon, as Jack Swigert, in a scene from "Apollo 13."
Tom Hanks voices Woody, right, and Tim Allen voices Buzz Lightyear in a cell from the animated Pixar film, "Toy Story." </br></br>Hanks lent his voice to Woody for all three "Toy Story" films.
Based on the serial novel by Stephen King, Tom Hanks, as Paul Edgecomb, hands a cup to an inmate in a scene from the film "The Green Mile."
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Tom Hanks washes up on the beach of an island in a scene from the film "Cast Away."
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Tom Hanks, executive producer for "Band of Brothers," accepts the award for best miniseries or movie at the 54th annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept. 22, 2002.
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Father and son Tom and Colin Hanks attend the Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers screening of "The Great Buck Howard" at the Tribeca Grand screening room, March 10, 2009, in New York City. </br></br> Colin Hanks is Tom's son from his marriage to Samantha Lewes with whom he also had a daughter.
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Tom Hanks takes a selfie with honoree Steve Martin while presenting the honorary Academy Award onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center, Nov. 16, 2013, in Hollywood, Calif. </br></br>Hanks has been very active on social media by posting random items people have lost.
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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson walk the red carpet during the 27th Annual Kennedy Center Honors at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dec. 7, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
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Tom Hanks and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend the SeriousFun Children's Network Gala at Pier 60, May 23, 2017, in New York City.
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