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Al Green, Tom Hanks and Lily Tomlin set for Kennedy Center Honors

Al Green, Tom Hanks and Lily Tomlin set for Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) --Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, Sting and Lily Tomlin have been selected to receive the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
Karen Butler
Tom Hanks to reprise role as Robert Langdon in 'Inferno'

Tom Hanks to reprise role as Robert Langdon in 'Inferno'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) --Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are returning for the cinematographic adaptation of Dan Brown's novel "Inferno."
Veronica Linares
Tom Hanks releases typewriter app

Tom Hanks releases typewriter app

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (UPI) --Actor Tom Hanks inspires old-fashion typewriter app, Hanx Writer.
Danielle Haynes
Julia Roberts reveals why she passed on 'Sleepless in Seattle'

Julia Roberts reveals why she passed on 'Sleepless in Seattle'

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) --Julia Roberts said she "couldn't" play the lead in "Sleepless in Seattle" even though she was offered the part.
Veronica Linares
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By United Press International
Madonna excused from jury duty to avoid 'creating a distraction'

Madonna excused from jury duty to avoid 'creating a distraction'

NEW YORK, July 8 (UPI) --Madonna was excused from jury duty in New York City after officials determined she would be too much of a distraction for the other jurors.
Veronica Linares
Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen sing 'Call Me Maybe' at manager Scooter Braun's wedding

Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen sing 'Call Me Maybe' at manager Scooter Braun's wedding

WHISTLER, British Columbia, July 7 (UPI) --Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen sang "Call Me Maybe" at Scooter Braun's marriage to Yael Cohen.
Kate Stanton
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan to reunite on new movie 'Ithaca'

Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan to reunite on new movie 'Ithaca'

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) --Tom Hanks will produce "Sleepless in Seattle" co-star Meg Ryan's directorial debut "Ithaca."
Annie Martin
'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel in the works

'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' sequel in the works

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) --Both Nia Vardalos and John Corbett will return for a feature sequel to the 2002 sleeper hit "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
Kate Stanton
Survey: U.S. centenarians don't feel a day older than 83

Survey: U.S. centenarians don't feel a day older than 83

MINNETONKA, Minn., April 24 (UPI) -- Survey: the nearly 53,000 centenarians in the United States say they feel 83 and they want to have dinner with Barack Obama, Betty White or Hillary Clinton.
Alex Cukan
Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg to reunite for Cold War thriller

Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg to reunite for Cold War thriller

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- Steven Spielberg is reportedly developing an untitled Cold War film starring Tom Hanks.
Kate Stanton
Nick Lachey discusses brother's autism for the first time

Nick Lachey discusses brother's autism for the first time

LOS ANGELES, April 16 (UPI) -- Nick Lachey opened up about his 19-year-old brother's autism a week after he launched the Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction to raise awareness for autism.
Veronica Linares
Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth spoof 'Charlie Bit My Finger' for Jimmy Kimmel [VIDEO]

Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth spoof 'Charlie Bit My Finger' for Jimmy Kimmel [VIDEO]

NEW YORK, March 3 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep join Chris and Liam Hemsworth, grown-up versions of the two kids from "Charlie Bit My Finger."
Kate Stanton
Barkhad Abdi, actor in 'Captain Phillips,' is broke

Barkhad Abdi, actor in 'Captain Phillips,' is broke

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- "Captain Phillips" actor Barkhad Abdi wears borrowed clothes while in Los Angeles doing promotions on film because he's broke.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
Tom Hanks joins host of celebrities for Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscars special

Tom Hanks joins host of celebrities for Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscars special

March 1 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, and Chris and Liam Hemsworth star in bizarre trailer teasing Jimmy Kimmel's upcoming post-Oscars special.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
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American actor Tom Hanks attends the world premiere of "Larry Crowne" at Westfield in London on June 6, 2011. UPI/Rune Hellestad
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Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies, gaining wide notice in 1988's Big, before achieving success as a dramatic actor in several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, the title role in Forrest Gump, Commander Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, Captain John H. Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Joe Fox in You've Got Mail, Chuck Noland in Cast Away, and voicing the character Woody in the Toy Story series. Hanks won consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards, in 1993 for Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump. U.S. domestic box office totals for his films exceed US$4.0 billion. He is the father of actor Colin Hanks.

Hanks was born in Concord, California. His father, Amos Mefford Hanks (born in Glenn County, California, on March 9, 1924 – died in Alameda, California, on January 31, 1992), an itinerant cook, was a distant relative of President Abraham Lincoln (through Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks). His mother, Janet Marylyn (née Frager; born in Alameda County, California, on January 18, 1932), was a hospital worker. Hanks' mother is of Portuguese ancestry, while two of his paternal great-grandparents immigrated from Britain. Hanks's parents divorced in 1960. The family's three oldest children, Sandra (now Sandra Hanks Benoiton, a writer), Larry (now Lawrence M. Hanks, PhD, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, Jim, now an actor and film maker, remained with his mother in Red Bluff, California. Afterwards, both parents remarried. Hanks's first stepmother came to the marriage with five children of her own. Hanks once told Rolling Stone: "Everybody in my family likes each other. But there were always about 50 people at the house. I didn't exactly feel like an outsider, but I was sort of outside it." That marriage ended in divorce after two years.

Amos Hanks became a single parent, working long hours and often leaving the children to fend for themselves, an exercise in self-reliance that served the siblings well. In addition to having a family history of Catholicism and Mormonism, Hanks was a "Bible-toting evangelical teenager" for several years. In school, Hanks was unpopular with students and teachers alike, later telling Rolling Stone magazine: "I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy. At the same time, I was the guy who'd yell out funny captions during filmstrips. But I didn't get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible." In 1965, Amos Hanks married Frances Wong, a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. Frances had three children, two of whom lived with Tom during his high school years. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California.

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