Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks
Do you have a favorite Tom Hanks movie? Today the lovable actor turns 58. Tom Hanks was born Thomas Jeffrey Hanks on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California In 1979, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. After appearing in low-budget movies and bit parts on television, Tom landed the lead role in the television comedy Bosom Buddies. Although the show lasted for only two seasons, the exposure helped lead Tom to be cast in the Ron Howard movie Splash. The surprise hit movie instantly made him one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood.
Since his big screen debut, Tom has starred in some of the most-beloved and successful films in Hollywood, including Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump and Toy Story.
Fun fact: Abraham Lincoln is Tom Hank’s third cousin four times removed!
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