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Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his roles in Apollo 13, Big, That Thing You Do!, The Green Mile, You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Charlie Wilson's War, Catch Me If You Can, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, A League of Their Own, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels & Demons, as well as animated films like the Toy Story franchise as the voice of Sheriff Woody, The Polar Express, and The Simpsons Movie.

Hanks has earned and been nominated for numerous awards during his career, including winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia and a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a People's Choice Award for Best Actor for his role in Forrest Gump, and earning the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the BAFTAs in 2004.

Hanks is also known for his collaboration with Steven Spielberg on Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, which launched Hanks also as a successful director, producer, and writer.

As of 2012, Hanks' movies have grossed over $4.2 billion at the United States box office alone, and over $8.5 billion worldwide, making him the highest all-time box office star.

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