55. Tom Hanks: A Great American Actor

One of the most well-respected actors in Hollywood is Tom Hanks. He is one of the popular actors among American film, and television viewers. has gained great success as a film actor, starred in some of the greatest movies of generation. He starred in films such as Splash, Gump, Philadelphia, Apollo 13, Cast Away, The Green , Saving Private Ryan, and Big.

Born in Concord, in 1956, Hanks began his career in television the popular TV show Bosom Buddies, where he a man living in a women's dormitory. In to live among the women, he and his must dress in women's clothing during the evening after arriving from work. This series ran for years and made Hanks a legitimate star.

Hanks film stardom in Splash, which was a very love story involving Hanks as a frustrated bachelor, a mermaid. The movie launched his film career featured Hanks in mostly comedic roles. Hanks would always be known as a comedic actor if did not star in his share of dramatic . He played a former baseball star in A of their Own, and a romantic lead in popular Sleepless in Seattle. In 1993, Hanks won Academy Award for his portrayal as a displaced who gets fired from his job because he AIDS in the film Philadelphia. He lost 35 . for his role as the gay lawyer because wanted to look sickly. Hanks followed his Oscar-winning in Philadelphia with a second Academy Award for Actor for his role in Forrest Gump. He only the second actor to win the award consecutive years.

Tom Hanks has used his celebrity to address several causes such as same-sex marriage, issues, and the development of alternative fuels.