Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born on 9 July 1956, in Concord, California USA of British (father) and Portuguese (mother) descent, and is a well-recognized film and television actor, producer, director, screen writer, as well as a voice actor. Tom Hanks is a truly remarkable personality, who is known for such movies as “Forrest Gump” where he played the main role, “The Green Mile” where he starred alongside David Morse, Doug Hutchison and Bonnie Hunt, as well as “The Da Vinci Code” directed by Ron Howard, among many others. Even though he is mostly known as an actor, Tom Hanks has collaborated with the famous film director Steven Spielberg on such remarkable movies as “Saving Private Ryan” and “Catch Me If You Can”. Tom Hanks is one of the highest-grossing actors in the industry, with over $8.5 billion grossed at the box office worldwide from films in which he has starred.
How rich is Tom Hanks then? Sources state that Tom Hanks’ net worth is estimated to be $410 million; his earnings in 2012 alone amounted to $26 million. The main sources for Tom Hanks’ wealth are his film acting and producing career.
Tom Hanks Net Worth $410 Million
Tom Hanks studied at California State University where he took theatre classes. Around the same time, he met the actor and director Vincent Dowling, who helped him obtain a position as an intern at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Initially Tom took roles in several stage productions during the 70s, including a role in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” in 1978, for which he won his first Cleveland Critics Circle Award. A year later Hanks moved to New York where he intended to pursue his acting career, and it was there that Hanks debuted in the slasher movie “He Knows You’re Alone”. After that, Hanks was cast in the sitcom called “Bosom Buddies”, in which he co-starred with Peter Scolari. However, Hanks’ early acting career was marked by both successes and failures, as he appeared in such hit movies as “Nothing in Common” with Jackie Gleason and “Big”, but also starred box-office flops like “The Bonfire of the Vanities” with Bruce Willis, and “Joe Versus the Volcano”.
Tom Hanks’ breakthrough came when he switched from portraying comedic characters to more mature ones. This transition led him to star in a movie that brought him a lot of media attention. An Academy Award and Golden Globes Award winner, “Forrest Gump” became an international success and received a lot of critical acclaim. It grossed over $677 million worldwide and made a significant contribution to Tom Hanks’ net worth. Following the success of “Forrest Gump”, Tom Hanks starred in some of the better known and critically acclaimed movies like “Apollo 13” that grossed more than $355 million and “Saving Private Ryan” that earned $481 million in the box office. More recently, Tom Hanks has lent a voice to a character in “Toy Story 3”, and made appearances in a film called “Captain Phillips” with Barkhad Abdi, a Broadway play “Lucky Guy”, as well as directed and starred opposite Julia Roberts in a romantic comedy film “Larry Crowne”.
Overall, Tom Hanks proficiency is indeed impressive: he has been cast in over 50 films, and has produced over 20. In addition, he has appeared in over 20 TV films, shows and series, and produced several others too. There can be no doubt that his net worth has been well earned.
In his personal life, Tom Hanks was married to American actress Samantha Lewes from 1978 until they divorced in 1987; the couple has two children. In 1988, Hanks married actress Rita Wilson, and joined her in the Greek Othodox Church; they have two sons. Tom’s hobby is collecting typewriters.
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