Hanks downplays Lincoln connection

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks is downplaying media reports that he is a descendent of former President Abraham Lincoln.

Tom Hanks talking 'Code'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks is in talks to star in a movie version of the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code," The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

Hanks a huge fan of 'Polar Express' book

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Actor Tom Hanks says he wanted to lend his voice to characters in the animated film "Polar Express" because he always loved the story.

11 features qualify for animation Oscar

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Eleven films are eligible for this year's Best Animated Feature Film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday.

'City of Ember' headed for big screen

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman are planning a movie adaptation of Jeanne DuPrau's novel "The City of Ember," Daily Variety said Monday.

Garner, Braff get People's Choice nods

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Jennifer Garner and Zach Braff have been nominated as big-and small-screen favorites for the 31st annual People's Choice Awards.

Feature: AFI calls Lucas a pioneer

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- When the American Film Institute presents George Lucas with its AFI Life Achievement Award next June, it will be the first time in the award's 33-year history t
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

'Polar Express' digitizes humans

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Animating humans is so difficult "The Polar Express" producers opted to capture live performances by star Tom Hanks digitally rather than through animation.

Chicago Film Festival presents 165 films

CHICAGO, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The 2004 Chicago International Film Festival will present 165 feature films and shorts from 44 countries from Oct. 7 to Oct. 21.

Feature: Garry Marshall keeps it light

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- In an era characterized by edgy, envelope-pushing entertainment, veteran director Garry Marshall -- who says the word "edgy" is not in his vocabulary -- prefers to keep specializing in family entertainment.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

DVDs grab 75 percent of rental market

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. video rental spending for the week-ending Sept. 12 tipped the DVD market share for the first time to 75 percent.

Summer movies make $3.9 billion

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- With the help of "Shrek 2," the U.S. summer movie season, which ends Labor Day weekend, is estimated to make $3.9 billion in box office receipts.

Bomb threat shuts down Venice Film Fest

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A bomb threat temporarily shut down Italy's Venice Film Festival as protesters demonstrated against the event's move to attract more Hollywood stars.

Christina Applegate in TV movie

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Christina Applegate will star in a CBS-TV movie based on James Patterson's novel "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas," the Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

Hollywood turns out for Venice film fest

VENI, Italy, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The European premiere of "The Terminal" launched the Venice Film Festival, with star Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg showing up for the event by boat. Hanks and Spielberg sailed Wednesday to the Hotel Excelsior on Lido Beach in Venice, Italy, to j
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Tom Hanks
American actor Tom Hanks attends the world premiere of "Larry Crowne" at Westfield in London on June 6, 2011. UPI/Rune Hellestad

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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