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Tom Hanks Trivia Fun Facts

Tom Hanks has been entertaining us for years with his many believable and inspiring performances on TV and the silver screen.

Still, there is still much to discover about this versatile actor. Read more about him in our fun facts.


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Tom is a collector of typewriters. Since the 1970s, he has been accumulating vintage typewriters. Aside from marveling at how they work, the collection keeps him grounded. He has, however, begun giving some away.

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Tom Hanks was just 46 when he was given the award for multiple portrayals of diverse yet relatable characters. The award is given to artists whose TV or movie accomplishments have greatly contributed to American culture.

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Because of his 1995 movie role in Apollo 13, NASA named an asteroid "12818 tom hanks" in 1996. It's part of the solar system's asteroid belt.

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Tom and Meg partnered together in 3 movies during the 1990s: 1990's Joe Versus the Volcano, 1993's Sleepless in Seattle (1993), and 1998's You've Got Mail (1998). Similar to Tom, there is also an asteroid named after Meg called "8353 megryan.

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In 2016, Barack Obama recognized Tom Hanks as a big contributor to cinema and TV. The medal is the highest civilian honor in the US, which is given to those who have made big contributions (culture, entertainment, peace, science) to the country or the world.

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During the said period, Tom played a captain four times. He was an astronaut in Apollo 13 (1995), a soldier in Saving Private Ryan (1998), a sailor in Captain Phillips (2013), and an airline pilot in Sully (2016).

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Tom Hanks won this prestigious award for movies Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). In Philadelphia, he played a lawyer with AIDS. In Forrest Gump, he was an IQ-challenged man who achieved success in sports, war, and business.

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His "friend" on the island was a volleyball with which the character had many conversations. For the movie, Tom Hanks had to both gain and lose weight to make the character more believable.

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Even though Tom was only in one episode of Happy Days (1982), he impressed Director Ron Howard (who once also starred in the show). Tom was asked to audition, eventually landing the part of a man in love with a mermaid in Splash (1984).

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Aside from directing That Thing You Do, Tom also wrote it and acted in it as well. Three of his family members were also in the movie.

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