10 Fun Facts About Tom Hanks


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.

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."

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

Tom Hanks is an avid collector of antique typewriters.

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

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

Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln.

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."

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.

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

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