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July 09

Tom Hanks holding Oscar

Hanks ranks! About 20 of his films have hit more than $100 million in ticket sales each.

Photo by John Barr/Liaison/Getty Images

1956: Hanks for the Memories
Tom Hanks is born in Concord, California
If Tom Hanks is in a movie, conventional wisdom says it will probably sell lots and lots of tickets. And it does. As a writer, producer, and director as well as an actor, Hanks is a beloved “everyman” figure in American films from Forrest Gump to Apollo 13 to The Da Vinci Code.

After his first big hit, Big, the range of his roles included a desert-island castaway, a baseball coach, an AIDS-stricken lawyer, a WW II army captain, and a Harvard symbologist, among many others. All of these roles have been played with an uncanny believability. This all around Hollywood nice guy appeals to fans of all ages.
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