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230 Tom Hanks Trivia Questions, Answers, and Fun Facts

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1 Tom Hanks has had great success playing everyday people who perform extraordinary feats. In 2016 Mr Hanks played Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger in "Sully". What was the subtitle of this movie?
Answer: Miracle on the Hudson

"Sully" (2016), called "Sully, Miracle on the Hudson" in the UK has Tom Hanks playing Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, a real-life hero who was a US Airways pilot who, in 2009, had to ditch his A320 airliner in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff due to bird strike taking out both engines of the plane. All 155 passengers and crew were saved.

The movie covers the ditching and the subsequent investigation. The movie was directed by Clint Eastwood (His first with Mr Hanks but his third with Laura Linney who plays Sully's wife in the movie). Mr Hanks, who has made a career out of playing ordinary men who became heroes, said the most difficult part of playing the role was having his hair coloured white to match the real Sully's hair colour. Mr Hanks and Mr Sullenberger spent a lot of time together to enable the actor to play the pilot. The real life Sully was impressed with Mr Hanks' portrayal of himself and the two have remained friends.
  From Quiz: T. Hanks for the Memories:Tom's Real-Life Roles
2 In 2013, Tom Hanks played an officer aboard the Maersk Alabama. What swashbuckling movie is this?
Answer: Captain Phillips

"Captain Phillips" was directed by Paul Greengrass. It was nominated for six Academy Awards. The movie is about a container ship hijacking by pirates that took Captain Richard Phillips hostage. "Saving Mr. Banks" is a story about Walt Disney obtaining the screen rights of an author's novel. "Cloud Atlas" is a drama and science fiction movie with multiple plots that span six eras. "Larry Crowne" is about a Navy veteran who works for a box company and unexpectedly gets fired. He then enrolls in a community college to get a degree.
  From Quiz: Guess the Tom Hanks Movie
3 "I've done some things in my life that I'm not proud of, but this is the first time I've ever felt in real danger of hell."
Answer: The Green Mile

"The Green Mile" is a Stephen King story adapted for the screen by Frank Darabont, who also adapted another Stephen King story - "The Shawshank Redemption". Paul Edgecomb, played by Tom Hanks, is the head guard on a death row unit called "the green mile" by employees. A man named John Coffey comes into the green mile, sentenced to death. After coming to know John Coffey, Paul is very conflicted when the time comes to actually carry out the sentence. As the sentence is about to be carried out, Paul utters this line.
    Your options: [ The 'Burbs ] [ The Green Mile ] [ Saving Private Ryan ] [ Apollo 13 ]
  From Quiz: From Tom Hanks's Lips
4 Tom Hanks portrays Captain John Miller in this movie that opens with a graphic thirty-minute reenactment of the Allied forces storming the beach at Normandy. What is the name of this movie?
Answer: Saving Private Ryan

"Saving Private Ryan" is my favorite Tom Hanks movie, and I recommend it to anyone that has not already seen it. "Saving Private Ryan" also co-stars Vin Deisel, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper and Giovanni Ribisi, among others.
  From Quiz: The Many Faces of Tom Hanks
5 What production company produced 'The Green Mile'?
Answer: Castle Rock Entertainment

It was also produced by Warner Bros. and Darkwoods Productions. Being a complete success this movie grossed over $100 million at the box office and was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture.
  From Quiz: The Studios
6 "Okay, but I get to be on top!"
Answer: Big

Tom Hanks got his first Oscar nomination for his role as Josh Baskin in this adorable movie. In this scene, Josh has a girl over to his loft. When he asks her if she wants to sleep over, she says ok. Then he says he gets to be on top (talking about the top bunk in his bunk bed).
    Your options: [ Dragnet ] [ Big ] [ Nothing in Common ] [ Bachelor Party ]
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks Quotes
7 Who played the role of a secretary who catches the eye of Joe Banks (Tom Hanks), and also the role of an L.A. socialite's half-sister in the 1990 movie "Joe Versus the Volcano"?
Answer: Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan played both DeDe (the secretary), and Patricia (the socialite's sister).
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks's Leading Ladies
8 'It's supposed to be hard! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great!'?
Answer: A League Of Their Own

Jimmy says this when he is explaining to Dottie why baseball is so great.
  From Quiz: Quotes On Tom Hanks Movies 2
9 'I don't gripe to you'?
Answer: Saving Private Ryan

'I don't gripe to you. I don't gripe in front of you. You should know that.' This was when they are looking for Ryan, figuring out why they should find him.
  From Quiz: Quotes On Tom Hanks Movies
10 How many Oscars did the movie 'Philadelphia' win?
Answer: 2

1) Best Actor 2) Best song. The movie was nominated for 3 Oscars.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks And The Golden Guy
11 Sally Field has worked with Tom Hanks a number of times, but she is mostly remembered for two performances. What two movies has Tom Hanks and Sally Field starred in together?
Answer: 'Punchline' and 'Forrest Gump'

She played Lilah in 'Punchline' and Mama Gump in 'Forrest Gump'.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks and Co.
12 What was Tom Hanks' film debut?
Answer: He Know's You're Alone

Tom Hanks only 7 minutes on screen and he was paid $800 to do it.
  From Quiz: The Films of Tom Hanks
13 'At the edge of the world, his journey begins.'
Answer: Cast Away

Tom Hanks stars in the movie Cast Away, which features the tagline "At the edge of the world, his journey begins." The film follows Hanks' character, Chuck Noland, as he becomes stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. The movie is known for its realistic portrayal of survival on a deserted island, with Hanks losing over 50 pounds for the role and spending time alone on an island to prepare for the film. Cast Away was a critical and commercial success, earning Hanks an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks Movie Taglines
14 Who did Tom Hanks play in 'Apollo 13'?
Answer: Jim Lovell

Tom Hanks portrayed the character of Jim Lovell in the movie 'Apollo 13'. Jim Lovell was a real-life astronaut and the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. The film, based on the true events of the 1970 space mission, showcases the incredible story of how Lovell and his crew overcame a critical failure in their spacecraft and managed to safely return to Earth. Hanks' portrayal of Lovell was praised for its authenticity and helped bring the gripping tale to life on the big screen.
  From Quiz: Actors: Tom Hanks and his Movies
15 In 2012, Tom Hanks played the role of Thomas Schell. On 11 September, 2001 he was in a business meeting at the World Trade Center. Consequently, he would be one of many victims of the airplane attack by terrorists. Can you unlock what movie this is?
Answer: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" is a novel adapted into a movie directed by Stephen Daldry. It is about a son becoming depressed after his father's death. He finds a key in his father's stuff and undertakes a journey to find the matching lock. "Charlie Wilson's War" is a 2007 movie directed by Mike Nichols. It is about a congressman covertly assisting Afghanistan troops with supplies to defeat the Soviet Union. "Killing Lincoln" is directed by Adrian Moat and is a story surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln. "Angels and Demons" is a 2009 movie directed by Ron Howard where Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon.
  From Quiz: Guess the Tom Hanks Movie
16 Directed by Penny Marshall, this 1988 movie stars Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard and Tom Hanks. It tells the story of a little boy who makes a wish at a magic fortune-telling machine. What is the name of this movie?
Answer: Big

"Big" was nominated for many awards including two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, one of which was won by Tom Hanks for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture. This movie also tied with "Twins" for the 1989 Favourite Comedy Motion Picture in the People's Choice Awards, USA.

A twelve-year-old boy makes a wish to be big, when he isn't tall enough to ride the roller coaster at a fairground. When he wakes up the next day his body has grown to man-size; however, inside he still remains twelve years old. Now he has to learn how to cope with the adult world of getting a job and of course, romance.

On the American Film Institute's 2000 list "100 Years ... 100 Laughs", "Big" was ranked at number 42. "Big" was named by the AFI in 2008 as the tenth-best film in the fantasy genre. Also in 2008 "Empire Magazine" selected "Big" as one of "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time".
  From Quiz: The Movies of Tom Hanks
17 "Hey, how about, oh, how about some coffee or drinks or dinner or a movie for as long as we both shall live."
Answer: You've Got Mail

"You've Got Mail" is the third movie pairing Meg Ryan with Tom Hanks in a romantic comedy. After a lengthy e-mail flirtation and eventual friendship, Kathleen Kelly is about to meet her e-mail buddy, the mysterious NY152. Joe Fox, played by Tom Hanks, is the owner of a rival bookstore that comes into the neighborhood selling books for less. Joe gets to know Kathleen and although their relationship begins on rocky footing, they eventually become friends. He is NY152 and he knows that she is the person he's been writing, but she doesn't know that Joe is the one she's been writing. As she is on her way to meet NY152, Joe tries to tell her how things could have been if he hadn't destroyed her business. He tells her he would have said something like this.
    Your options: [ Splash ] [ You've Got Mail ] [ Sleepless In Seattle ] [ A League of Their Own ]
  From Quiz: From Tom Hanks's Lips
18 A rare misfire for Hanks was "Bonfire of the Vanities". Who wrote the novel?
Answer: Tom Wolfe

Popular writer Tom Wolfe wrote a popular novel ... but the critics hated the movie and it died at the box office.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks Movies
19 Tom Hanks plays a character named Sam Baldwin in this film that co-stars Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell, and Rita Wilson. What is the title of the movie that I am speaking of?
Answer: Sleepless in Seattle

Tom Hanks has co-starred with Meg Ryan in three romantic comedies, the most recent of which was the Nora Ephron directed "You've Got Mail", which hit theaters in 1998. The other two were "Joe Versus the Volcano" and "Sleepless in Seattle" (also directed by Ephron). Hanks wasn't in "When Harry Met Sally", which starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.
  From Quiz: The Many Faces of Tom Hanks
20 What movie did Dream Works NOT produce?
Answer: Forrest Gump

'Forrest Gump' was produced by Paramount Pictures. All these movies are completely successful all earning over $100 million at the box office, 'Forrest Gump' being among the highest earning films of all time.
  From Quiz: The Studios
21 "Didn't you ever see 'Fatal Attraction'?"
Answer: Sleepless in Seattle

One of the movies he's starred in with Meg Ryan. Another two were "Joe Versus the Volcano" and "You've Got Mail." In this scene, Tom's character (Sam Baldwin) is trying to convince his son (Jonah) that meeting a strange girl (Annie, played by Meg Ryan) in New York City is a bad idea. Of course, they end up meeting anyway.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks Quotes
22 In the 1989 movie "Turner and Hooch", who played the love interest of Scott Turner (Tom Hanks)?
Answer: Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham played Emily Carson, the vet.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks's Leading Ladies
23 'So how's my butt'?
Answer: Sleepless In Seattle

This is when Sam is talking to his friend, and is asking if his butt is good looking.
  From Quiz: Quotes On Tom Hanks Movies 2
24 'The Man With One Red Shoe'?
Answer: Lori Singer

'The Man With One Red Shoe' also stars Carrie Fisher and Jim Belushi as well as Dabney Coleman. The movie came out in 1985 and directed by Stan Dragoti.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks' Leading Ladies
25 How many Oscar nominations did the movie 'Splash' receive?
Answer: 1

1) Best writing, screenplay directly written for the screen. The movie didn't win the Oscar.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks And The Golden Guy
26 What Academy Award winning movie did Robert Zemeckis direct Tom Hanks in?
Answer: Forrest Gump

He also directed 'Cast Away' and 'The Polar Express'. Unfortunately, 'Cast Away' didn't win any Oscars.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks and Co.
27 'Miracles happen in the most unexpected places.'
Answer: The Green Mile

The Green Mile, starring Tom Hanks, is a movie adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. The movie tells the story of a death row corrections officer who witnesses supernatural events surrounding a man accused of murder. The tagline "Miracles happen in the most unexpected places" refers to the unexpected events that occur in the prison, including the healing powers of the accused man. The movie was critically acclaimed and received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks Movie Taglines
28 In what year was Tom Hanks' movie 'Splash' released?
Answer: 1984

Tom Hanks' movie "Splash" was released in 1984. This romantic comedy film tells the story of a man who falls in love with a mermaid. Interestingly, "Splash" was not only a critical and commercial success, but it also marked the beginning of Tom Hanks' rise to stardom. His charming performance in the film showcased his talent and likability, leading to a string of successful roles in the years to come. "Splash" also holds the distinction of being the first film released by Touchstone Pictures, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, which was created to produce more adult-oriented films.
  From Quiz: Actors: Tom Hanks and his Movies
29 In 1995, Tom Hanks played Jim Lovell, one of the most recognisable names of the '70s. What was Mr Lovell's occupation?
Answer: Astronaut

Tom Hanks has always had a deep interest in space exploration so when a script was being passed around in 1994 based on Astronaut Jim Lovell's book ("Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13") about a fateful trip to the moon in 1970, Tom Hanks jumped at the chance to play a role and was thrilled to be given the plumb role of Apollo 13 module commander, Jim Lovell.

This was a gripping movie filled with tension (despite all of us knowing how it ended) made better with a well crafted acting ensemble which included, Gary Sinise, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton and Ed Harris. Nominated for seven Oscars, winning two, Mr Hanks was not nominated for Best Actor, (he won the previous two years) which might have been unfair anyway as this was an ensemble movie and all the leads played very, very well.

(All other answer options are occupations of fictional roles Mr Hanks has portrayed. See if you can work out in which movies they belong. Assistance offered if you get stuck.)
  From Quiz: T. Hanks for the Memories:Tom's Real-Life Roles
30 Tom Hanks played Robert Langdon in this 2006 film directed by Ron Howard. It is adapted from Dan Brown's 2003 best selling novel. What is the name of this keystone film?
Answer: The Da Vinci Code

"The Da Vinci Code" is a mystery film about a professor who is a religious symbologist expert suspected of a murder in Paris. "The Polar Express" is a 2004 film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a story about a boy boarding a magical train that is heading to the North Pole to find Santa. "The Great Buck Howard" is a 2008 film directed by Joel Zwick. It is a film about a magician trying to make a comeback of a lifetime. "The Ladykillers" is a 2004 film directed by the Coen Brothers. It is a story of a professor plotting to rob a casino.
  From Quiz: Guess the Tom Hanks Movie
31 'Turner and Hooch' was another Hanks' success story. Turner was a cop who is investigating the murder of Hooch's owner. Hooch is a rather large, slobbery dog, but what breed was he?
Answer: Dogue de Bordeaux

Hooch was very large, very boisterous and turned neat-freak, Turner's, life into a drooly hell. He also turned his house into a warzone and totalled his car. On the upside, he brought together Turner and his lady vet, played by Mare Winningham.

The Dogue de Bordeaux is from France, and is a mastiff. Like most large dogs, the breed does not have a long life expectancy, and Hooch (played by a dog named Beasley), died only three years after the movie debuted.
  From Quiz: "Houston, We Have a Problem."
32 This 1992 movie is about the first female professional baseball league. It is directed by Penny Marshall and stars, among others, Geena Davis, Madonna, Bill Pullman and Tom Hanks. What movie is this?
Answer: A League of Their Own

"A League of Their Own" is a fictionalised story of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was created during World War II. The movie was made on a budget of $40 million and grossed over $140 million world-wide.

On the American Film Institute's list of "The 10 Greatest Film Quotes of All Time", Jimmy Dugan's (Tom Hanks') line "There's no crying in baseball!" ranks 54th.

Brook Shields was offered the lead female role that was eventually written out. Debra Winger was to be in the movie but, due to a back injury, she was replaced by Geena Davis.

All of the actresses in the movie did their own baseball stunts, and had to prove at their initial audition that they could play baseball.

The movie's theme song "This Used to Be My Playground", was co-written and sung by Madonna, for which she received a Golden Globe Nomination.
  From Quiz: The Movies of Tom Hanks
33 Captain John Miller led the mission with Richard Drew and Jack Swigert rounding out the team. And so they joined Charlie Wilson's war. Which role or movie does not belong to Tom Hanks?
Answer: Jack Swigert

Jack Swigert is a character in "Apollo 13" played by Kevin Bacon. Hanks plays Jim Lovell in the movie. "Apollo 13" tells the story of the only mission to the moon to not succeed in landing on the moon and the harrowing ordeal it was to get the crew safely back to Earth after a mishap on the way to the moon.

"Charlie Wilson's War" tells the true story of a US Congressman, Charlie Wilson (played by Hanks), and his struggle to fund the Mujaheddin fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Captain John Miller is the role Hanks took on in "Saving Private Ryan". The movie is a fictional account of D-Day and the days following. It is noted for the realism with which the D-Day landings are portrayed.

Richard Drew is the name of Tom's character in "The Man With One Red Shoe". Drew is singled out at the airport as a spy by CIA agents because he is wearing one red shoe as the result of a practical joke. Throughout the movie he is oblivious to the danger he is in.
    Your options: [ Charlie WIlson's War ] [ Richard Drew ] [ Captain John Miller ] [ Jack Swigert ]
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks - A Movie Story
34 "So I'm not sick? Except for this terminal disease..."
Answer: Joe Vs. The Volcano

Joe, played by Tom Hanks, has a highly unsatisfactory life. He hates his job, he's meek, and he's lonely. The doctor tells Joe he has a "brain cloud". He will show no symptoms and feel perfectly fine until he drops dead.
  From Quiz: From Tom Hanks's Lips
35 Hanks starred with a legendary comedian in "Nothing in Common". Who was this star?
Answer: Jackie Gleason

Gleason was a star from the old days; Hanks was a rising star from the new days.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks Movies
36 Tom Hanks won his second Academy Award for portraying this mentally challenged title character. What is the name of this movie?
Answer: Forrest Gump

"Forrest Gump" is one of Hanks' most critically laudered movies, and it follows the life of its title character as he travels through several decades of life while simultaneously being involved in multiple historical events. My favorite moment in the movie occurs when Forrest shakes President Kennedy's hand and blurts out, "I gotta pee!"
  From Quiz: The Many Faces of Tom Hanks
37 What production company produced 'Splash'?
Answer: Touchstone Pictures

It was also produced by Walt Disney Pictures. This movie was a success earning itself an Oscar nomination. Did you know that 'Splash' was the very first movie to be produced by Touchstone Pictures?
  From Quiz: The Studios
38 "Are you aware of your drooling problem?"
Answer: Turner & Hooch

Hysterical movie where Tom Hanks' detective character "adopts" a slobbery dog who has witnessed a crime. Tom's character, Scott Turner, says the quote to the dog, Hooch, while they are on a stakeout.
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks Quotes
39 In 1986's "The Money Pit", which actress played the part of Walter Fielding's (Tom Hanks) girlfriend?
Answer: Shelley Long

Shelley Long played Anna Crowley.
    Your options: [ Kelly McGillis ] [ Shelley Long ] [ Heather Locklear ] [ Roseanna Arquette ]
  From Quiz: Tom Hanks's Leading Ladies
40 'That's twice the size of Texas'?
Answer: Cast Away

This is when Chuck is working out where he might be and if there is a chance he can be found.
  From Quiz: Quotes On Tom Hanks Movies 2
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