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Gary Sinise treats wounded veterans to Disneyland

Gary Sinise treats wounded veterans to Disneyland

March 1 (UPI) -- Actor Gary Sinise took 50 veterans on trip to California as part of his non-profit foundation.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com

Maersk security men died of respiratory failure, possible heart attack

PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. security officers found dead on the container ship Maersk Alabama died of respiratory failure and suspected heart attacks, Seychelles police said Tuesday.
Ex-Navy SEALs found dead on 'Captain Philips' ship died from respiratory failure, heart attack

Ex-Navy SEALs found dead on 'Captain Philips' ship died from respiratory failure, heart attack

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- According to police in the Seychelles, two ex-Navy SEALs died of respiratory failure and a possible heart attack aboard the container ship Maersk Alabama.
JC Finley
Kevin Spacey booked for Kimmel's after-Oscars show

Kevin Spacey booked for Kimmel's after-Oscars show

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will headline "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars" in Los Angeles this weekend, ABC announced Monday.
Official: Drug traces found by dead guards on 'Captain Phillips' ship

Official: Drug traces found by dead guards on 'Captain Phillips' ship

PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Evidence found with the bodies of two U.S. security officers on the container ship Maersk Alabama indicates the men overdosed, a Seychelles official said.
Two former Navy SEALs killed aboard 'Captain Phillips' ship

Two former Navy SEALs killed aboard 'Captain Phillips' ship

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Two American former Navy SEALS were found dead aboard the ship made famous in the Hollywood film "Captain Phillips."
JC Finley
'Captain Phillips' tops movies-on-demand list

'Captain Phillips' tops movies-on-demand list

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Tom Hanks' Oscar-nominated, fact-based drama "Captain Phillips" is No. 1 on the movies-on-demand list, Rentrak announced.
Alfonso Cuaron wins Directors Guild Award for 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron wins Directors Guild Award for 'Gravity'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Directors Guild of America bestowed its top honors on Alfonso Cuaron, Vince Gilligan and Beth McCarthy-Miller in Los Angeles Saturday night.
'Toy Story' holiday special to air late this year

'Toy Story' holiday special to air late this year

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. television network ABC says it plans to air "Toy Story That Time Forgot," Disney-Pixar's new Christmas special, late this year.
Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

Morgan Freeman to present Rita Moreno with career SAG Award

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Morgan Freeman is to present the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno at Saturday's SAG Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Tom Hanks tops list of Oscar nomination snubs

Tom Hanks tops list of Oscar nomination snubs

Jan. 16 (UPI) -- When this year's Academy Awards nominations were announced, many of the expected films and artists were there. But some big names were nowhere to be found.
Gabrielle Levy
Golden Globe Awards get started in Los Angeles

Golden Globe Awards get started in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The 71st Golden Globes Awards ceremony is under way in Los Angeles, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler serving as co-hosts for the second consecutive year.
'Gravity' leads with 11 British Film Award nominations

'Gravity' leads with 11 British Film Award nominations

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Director Alfonso Cuaron's space epic "Gravity" earned 11 nominations for British Academy Film Awards in London Wednesday.
Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A bevy of Hollywood A-listers lit up the desert for the annual Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday.
Kate Stanton

Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Steve McQueen win at Palm Springs Gala

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- More than 2,100 people showed up for the Palm Springs Gala in California to see Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and others receive awards.
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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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