10 Fun Facts About Tom Hanks

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Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. While we've seen many sides of the beloved Oscar-winning actor on screen, there are probably a handful of things you didn't know about the man. Here are 10 fun facts about Tom Hanks.


1
Hanks gained 30 pounds for his role in "A League Of Their Own," and a few years later, gained back 50 more for his role in "Cast Away."

2
Tom Hanks contributed $50,000 to help pay for Barack Obama's presidential inauguration.

3
Tom Hanks is an avid collector of antique typewriters.

4
Tom Hanks' interest in space is well-documented, but few know that he has an asteroid named after him: "12818 tomhanks."

5
Tom Hanks' movies have earned $8.4 billion dollars worldwide. This makes Tom the all-time movie champion of the movie box office.

6
Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln.

7
Tom Hanks was inducted as an honorary member of the U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame back in 2006 for his accurate portrayal of a World War II army ranger in the movie "Saving Private Ryan."

8
At the age of 45 Tom Hanks became the youngest ever to receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award on June 12, 2002.

9
His brother Jim Hanks was used as Tom Hank’s body double in “Forest Gump.”

10
Tom Hanks originally wanted to become an astronaut but was unsuccessful. He is a supporter of NASA’s manned space program.