Hi I'm Brice Sander for About.com, and here's a look at actor, producer and director Tom Hanks.Born in California in 1956, Tom Hanks studied theater at Chabot College and California State University. While a student, he began interning at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, and eventually dropped out of college.In 1979 he moved to New York City, and after a few roles took a lead role in the TV pilot Bosom Buddies, which lasted two seasons.His 1986 role in Nothing in Common demonstrated his ability to play a serious role.But he did see a few box office flops early in his career, including 1990's The Bonfire of the Vanities and Joe Versus the Volcano.1993 brought Hanks two major film successes — Sleepless in Seattle and Philadelphia — the latter of which won him an Academy Award for Best Actor. In it, Hanks plays a gay lawyer with AIDS. He had to lose more than 30 pounds for the role.1994's Forrest Gump was the year's highest-grossing film in North America. It won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.The next year, 1995's Apollo 13 was awarded nine Academy Award nominations and won two.Another hit, 1999's The Green Mile, was nominated for four Academy Awards.Other major roles for Hanks include Cloud Atlas, the Toy Story films as the voice of Woody, Charlie Wilson's War, and Catch Me If You Can.Hanks has also served as a producer for films, including Charlie Wilson's War, Evan Almighty, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Band of Brothers.But his experience doesn't stop there. He's been writer and director for several films and TV series as well.In 1988, he married actress Rita Wilson. The couple have two sons, Chet and Truman.Hanks also has two children from a previous marriage: son Colin, also an actor, and daughter Elizabeth.Hanks is the highest all-time box office star. His films have grossed more than $8.5 billion worldwide. Hanks has been nominated for and won numerous awards during his career. Among them:That's our look at actor, producer and director Tom Hanks. Thanks for watching. For more information, check out About.com.
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