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