Known in the dirty business of film as the nicest guy in Hollywood, Thomas Jeffrey Hanks's first show-business job was selling popcorn and peanuts as a teenager at the Oakland Coliseum. Did that snack-shilling kid ever imagine that his destiny included being one of the most successful actors in Hollywood? The future leading man was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California, to a broken family, an emotionally rich formative environment that Tom has drawn on for his trademark role - a normal, decent guy who is conflicted and torn through no fault of his own. This appealing type has won Hanks two Oscars, for Forest Gump and Philadelphia, and countless other awards and nominations.
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