Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born july 9, 1956) is an american actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks is known for his roles in apollo 13, big, that thing you do!, The green mile, you've got mail, sleepless in seattle, charlie wilson's war, catch me if you can, forrest gump, cast away, a league of their own, the da vinci code, angels & demons, as well as animated films like the toy story film series, the polar express, and the simpsons movie.
He has earned and been nominated for numerous awards during his career, including winning a golden globe for best actor and an academy award for best actor for his role in philadelphia and a golden globe, an academy award, a screen actors guild award, and a people's choice award for best actor for his role in forrest gump, and earning the stanley kubrick britannia award for excellence in film from the baftas in 2004.
Hanks is also known for his collaboration with film director steven spielberg on saving private ryan and the mini-series band of brothers, which launched also as a successful director, producer and writer.
As of 2012, ' films have grossed over $4.2 billion at the united states box office alone, and over $8.5 billion worldwide making him the highest all-time box office star.