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This quiz is about the personal and professional life of actor, director, producer and writer Tom Hanks.
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  The Great Tom Hanks    
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Here is a quiz on someone I consider today's best American actor, Tom Hanks.
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  Tom Hanks' Career Highlights    
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Tom Hanks is the best actor of our time. He has had far too many highlights in his career to name them all, but here are some of the best times of his career.
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See what you know about well-known actor Tom Hanks.
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Actor, producer, writer, philanthropist, and all-around nice guy Tom Hanks is my personal hero. Here's a quiz dedicated to him.
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'The Green Mile' was originally to be set in 1932, like the book, but had to be bumped to what year so the movie 'Top Hat' could be shown?

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Tom Hanks Trivia Questions

1. In which year was Tom Hanks born?

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Answer: 1956

Tom Hanks, whose full name is Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, was born on July the 9th, 1956, in Concord, California. He was the third of four children born to Amos and Janet Marylyn Hanks, who worked as a cook and as a hospital worker respectively. In 1961 his parents divorced, after which Tom and his two older siblings lived with their father and had a fairly nomadic life so that Tom lived in ten different houses during his first ten years. Tom had a number of step-siblings as his father twice married other women who already had children from a previous relationship, although both of these marriages ended in divorce too. For two years in the early 1960s Amos was married to Winifred, who already had five children, and in 1965 he married Frances Wong, two of whose three children had stayed with her. Through his father's side of the family Tom is distantly related to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US President, and to television presenter Fred Rogers, who Tom played in the 2019 movie, 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood'.

2. Under what zodiac sign was Tom Hanks born?

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Answer: Cancer

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California to Janet and Amos Hanks. Unfortunately, his parents divorced a few years after he was born, and he spent most of his childhood moving frequently from house to house. Cancer is the sixth sign of the zodiac, covering birth dates from June 21 - July 22.

3. While Tom Hanks's family moved frequently during his childhood, which state was both the location of his birth and where he attended high school?

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Answer: California

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, CA. His parents Janet and Amos divorced in 1960. Tom and his two elder siblings went with his father while his youngest sibling stayed with his mom. Tom spent his high school years at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA. He was involved in school plays, including "South Pacific".

4. In 1984 Tom Hanks made his breakthrough performance in which fish-out-of-water comedy?

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Answer: Splash

'Splash' became a box office hit and made Tom Hanks a household name. 'Splash' earned itself one Oscar nomination for writing and was nominated for Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes. Tom Hanks originally auditioned for the part of Freddy Bauer, which later went to John Candy, because Ron Howard liked Tom so much he decided to put him in the lead and use John Candy as the major comedy aspect for the film. 'Splash' became the very first Touchstone produced movie.

5. What is Tom's wife's name?

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Answer: Rita Wilson & Wilson & Rita

Tom and Rita met on the set of the movie "Volunteers" in 1985, were married in 1988 and have two children together.

6. At which west coast community college did Tom Hanks study between leaving school and starting university?

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Answer: Chabot College

While he was attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California, Tom Hanks began acting in plays put on by the school. When he left the school in 1974 he applied to a few further education establishments and was accepted by Chabot College in Hayward, California. While there he studied a number of courses, including film as art, health, zoology, English and public speaking. After two years at this college he transferred to California State University in Sacramento, California, intending to major in dramatic arts. In an interview published by the New York Times on January 14th, 2015, Tom spoke positively about Chabot College and the chances it gave to a lot of people. Such community colleges in the US receive some funding and usually provide at least subsidised tuition for students in between high school and university. Tom was supportive of Barack Obama's 2015 suggestion of a 'College Promise' plan under which funding would be augmented by the federal government in order to finance free tuition in these colleges for many Americans.

7. For which film was Hanks NOT nominated for an Oscar?

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Answer: Saving Mr. Banks

Hanks' first Best Actor nomination was for his role as John Baskin in "Big". He earned another nod for his portrayal of Chuck Noland in "Cast Away". His turn as Fred "Mister" Rogers in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" also merited consideration for a statuette. While "Saving Mr. Banks" was a commercial and critical success, it didn't receive much recognition from the Academy; its only nomination was for Best Original Score.

8. While still in college, Tom Hanks performed for three years in a Theater festival in Cleveland, OH. For a part in which Shakespearean play did Tom win a Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.

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Answer: Two Gentleman of Verona

Tom was involved in the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, OH, from 1976 to 1979. Tom won the award for his 1978 performance of Proteus in "Two Gentlemen of Verona", a rare occasion where he played a villain. He would be involved, later in his career, spearheading fundraising efforts for the Hanna Theater, where the festival took place. Tom has described his work in theater as having installed a discipline in him that has helped him in other media.

9. In 1988 Tom Hanks had his first experience with an Oscar nomination for what movie?

From Quiz Tom Hanks' Career Highlights

Answer: Big

'Big' earned itself many awards including an Oscar nomination for writing and for Best Actor. Tom Hanks won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical along with a Amercian Comedy Award and a few critics awards. The movie became a box office hit. Steven Spielberg was originally set to direct and he wanted Harrison Ford to play Josh.

10. Tom won Best Actor Oscars during the 1990s for which two movies?

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Answer: Philadelphia and Forrest Gump

Tom won the Oscar for Philadelphia in 1993 and for Forrest Gump in 1994.

11. When Tom Hanks auditioned for a part in a play in 1977 he was offered a job with the repertory company that was putting it on. Which play gave him this fruitful opportunity?

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Answer: The Cherry Orchard

While studying dramatic arts at the California State University in Sacramento, Tom Hanks auditioned for a role in a Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival's production of Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard'. He was successful and the company's artistic director, Vincent Dowling, also offered him a place in the theatre company, which was based in Cleveland and was later renamed the Great Lakes Theater. He accepted the job offer and stayed with the repertory theatre for three years, during which he not only acted in plays but became involved in set design and lighting and in stage management. While there, Tom won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor of 1978 for his role as Proteus in Shakespeare's play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona'. He had left university early and was named as one of the 'Top 10 College Dropouts' by 'Time' magazine in 2010. 'The Cherry Orchard' was written by Anton Chekhov, 'Waiting for Godot' by Samuel Beckett, 'The Rivals' by Richard Brinsley Sheridan and 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller.

12. For which films did Tom Hanks win back-to-back Oscars?

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Answer: "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump"

Hanks was only the second man in Oscar history to earn back-to-back awards for "Best Actor." The first was iconic screen legend Spencer Tracy, who nabbed the gold for his roles in "Captains Courageous" (1937) and "Boys Town" (1938).

13. Early in his career, Tom appeared in a number of television series. In which series was he a regular cast member rather than a guest star?

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Answer: Bosom Buddies

In "Bosom Buddies" (1980-1982), Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari portrayed advertising executives who disguised themselves as women in order to live in an inexpensive, but female-only, hotel in New York City. Movement of the show's time slot on multiple occasions made it difficult for the show to find a permanent audience. Tom appeared as a guest star on single episodes of "Taxi" and "Happy Days", both in 1982. He appeared three times as the brother of mom Elyse Keaton during the 1983-1984 season of "Family Ties".

14. In 1992 Tom Hanks played his first supporting role since his feature film debut and stole every scene he was in. What movie is this?

From Quiz Tom Hanks' Career Highlights

Answer: A League of Their Own

Tom Hanks shines through in his supporting role as drunken ex-baseball star Jimmy Dugan. Again, Tom Hanks received an American Comedy Award for his role. 'A League of Their Own' became a box office hit marking another winning combination for Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall. Tom Hanks gained approximately 30 pounds for the role of Jimmy. Originally, Penny Marshall was a little reluctant to cast Tom for the part because she thought he was too cute so she made him gain weight and gave him a bad hair cut. Tom Hanks' character is loosely based on real-life baseballer Jimmie Foxx.

15. Tom got his big break starring in this TV series with Peter Scolari.

From Quiz The Great Tom Hanks

Answer: Bosom Buddies & Bossom Buddies

This series ran from 1980 through 1982. Tom and Peter are still friends, with Peter appearing in Tom's projects "From The Earth To The Moon" and "That Thing You Do!".

16. What was the name of Tom Hanks' first wife?

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Answer: Samantha Lewes

Samantha Lewes was born in San Diego in 1952 and her birth name was Susan Jane Dillingham. She was an actress who married Tom Hanks in 1978 and the couple had two children, Colin (born in 1977), and Elizabeth (born in 1982). Colin became a movie and television actor and has done some directing while Elizabeth eventually chose a career as a writer. The couple divorced in 1987 and in 2002 Samantha died from bone cancer when she was 49 years old. Through his work Tom had got to know actress Rita Wilson, who was born in 1956 and whose birth name was Margarita Ibrahimoff. After he and Samantha divorced he married Rita in 1988 and the couple had two sons, Chester Marlon "Chet" (born in 1990) and Truman Theodore (born in 1995). Like Tom's first son Colin, they also became actors with Chet having had a number of roles in movies and in television shows and Truman playing the young Otto in the 2022 movie 'A Man Called Otto'. Meg Ryan and Julia Roberts are American actresses.

17. In which film was Hanks' character NOT based on an actual person?

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Answer: Saving Private Ryan

In "Saving Mr. Banks", Hanks portrayed film legend Walt Disney. He took on the role of World War II-era journalist Ben Bradlee in "The Post". In "Sully", he played Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after the jetliner's engines failed; remarkably, none of the passengers or crew were seriously injured. While the events featured in "Saving Private Ryan" were inspired by the story of the Niland brothers who fought in World War II, Hanks' character, Captain John Miller, was completely fictional.

18. While Tom Hanks is known for appearing on the large and small screens, he has also played voice roles in several animated films. Which role has he portrayed in more than one film?

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Answer: Woody

Tom has voiced Woody the cowboy doll in "Toy Story" (1995), "Toy Story 2" (1999), "Toy Story 3" (2010), and "Toy Story 4" (2019). In the film, Woody is one of Andy's beloved toys. Buzz Lightyear was voiced by Tim Allen. Hamm was voiced by John Ratzenberger. Andy was voiced by John Morris. The films have been highly successful, as a group grossing over two billion dollars worldwide.

19. For what movie did Tom Hanks earn his second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical?

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Answer: Sleepless in Seattle

'Sleepless in Seattle' was also nominated for Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical and Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. It was also nominated for two Oscars for Best Song and Best Writing. 'Sleepless in Seattle' became a box office hit. The silhouette of the couple on the box of chocolates in a shop window in New York is actually a silhouette of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

20. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan appeared in how many movies together during the 1990s?

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Answer: 3

Tom and Meg were together in the movies "Joe Versus The Volcano" in 1990, "Sleepless In Seattle" in 1993, and "You've Got Mail" in 1998.

21. In which romantic comedy series did Tom Hanks make his television acting debut in 1980?

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Answer: The Love Boat

Several series of the television show 'The Love Boat' were made by Aaron Spelling Productions and were originally shown from 1977 to 1986. The programme was set on a cruise ship, and members of the ship's crew were played by a regular cast while guest actors played the ship's passengers. Tom Hanks was one of the latter, appearing in an episode entitled "Friends and Lovers/Sergeant Bull/Miss Mother" in 1980. All three of the alternative answers were television shows in which Tom appeared in 1982, having a lead role in 'Mazes and Monsters', a movie made for television, and guest roles in episodes of the 'Happy Days' and 'Taxi' television shows. In addition, soon after his appearance in 'The Love Boat', he and Peter Scolari obtained the two lead roles in the two series of 'Bosom Buddies' which were first shown on ABC between 1980 and 1982.

22. Hanks has a rather unique hobby. What antique item does he like to collect?

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Answer: typewriters

In the 2017 film "California Typewriter", Hanks estimated that he had over 250 typewriters. In recent years, his collection has dwindled to around 120 as he's given them away to friends and fans. He's such a fanatic about these machines that he even created a word processing app in 2014 called HanxWriter that simulates the experience of writing on a typewriter. It's currently available on the Apple App Store.

23. Who did Tom Hanks marry in 1988?

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Answer: Rita Wilson

Tom's first wife was Samantha Lewes, to whom he was married from 1978 to 1987. With Lewes, Tom had two children, Colin and Elizabeth. With second wife Rita Wilson, whom Tom married in 1988, he has two children, Chester and Truman. Though Tom did not marry Meg Ryan in 1988, he did star with her in "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990) and "Sleepless in Seattle" (1993). Likewise, Tom did not marry Daryl Hannah in 1988, but did star with her in "Splash" (1984).

24. Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for playing what character?

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Answer: Andrew Beckett

Tom Hanks won just about every award imaginable for his portrayal of a gay man dying of AIDS including an Oscar and Golden Globe. 'Philadelphia' earned itself five Oscar nominations and won two for Best Song and Best Actor. Tom Hanks shedd approximately 12 kilograms for his role as Andrew.

25. What happened to Tom's character in "Saving Private Ryan"?

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Answer: He died

He is shot on the bridge by the German he saved from being executed by his angry soldiers. Before he dies, he tells Pvt. Ryan, "Earn this".

26. In a 1985 movie Tom Hanks played a man who had how many red shoes?

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Answer: One

In the 1985 movie 'The Man with One Red Shoe' Tom Hanks played a concert violinist on whom another member of the same orchestra played a trick by taking two of his shoes and leaving him with only one red shoe and one black shoe to wear. Tom's character unknowingly became involved in a CIA plot but things turned out well for him in the end. It was his fourth role, and his third leading role, in a movie made for the cinema. After 'The Man with One Red Shoe' Tom continued to have leading roles in many movies of different kinds. Among those he made during the 1980s are 'The Money Pit' (1986), 'Big' (1988) and 'Turner & Hooch' (1989). The 1990's movies he starred in include 'Philadelphia' (1993) and 'Forrest Gump' (1994), for his part in each of which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. During the 1990s Tom also began to have other roles in movie-making, beginning with 'That Thing You Do' (1996) which he wrote, directed and acted in.

27. Tom Hanks has played several roles where he underwent a physical transformation. For which film, did Tom not gain or lose a significant amount of weight?

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Answer: Splash

Tom lost 35 pounds and had his hair thinned to more accurately portray a lawyer who had contracted AIDS in "Philadelphia" (1993). He gained 30 pounds to play a baseball manager in "A League of Their Own" (1992), a process which he said was aided by an ice cream parlor near his home. He gained and then lost 55 pounds for his role as a man stranded on a desert island in "Cast Away" (2001). He neither gained nor lost a significant amount of weight for his role in "Splash" (1984) as Allen, a man who encounters a mermaid. His role in "Splash" was Tom's first starring role in a film.

28. In 1994 Tom Hanks portrayed the simple-minded Forrest Gump, in which he won his second consecutive Oscar. What award did Tom Hanks NOT win for his role?

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Answer: BAFTA

The BAFTA is about the only award Tom Hanks has not won. 'Forrest Gump' remains one of the highest earning movies of all time. It earned 13 Oscar nominations and won 6 including Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing and Best Writing. Tom Hanks' brother, Jim Hanks, doubled for him in some of the running scenes.

29. What does he hit with a rock in order to knock his tooth out in "Cast Away"?

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Answer: Ice Skate

He has a tooth that's giving him a problem, so in order to get rid of the pain, he uses a rock and the blade of an ice skate to knock the tooth out of his mouth.

30. Hanks has been married to his longtime love, Rita Wilson, since 1988. How many children do they have together?

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Answer: 2

The Hanks brood includes; son Colin and daughter Elizabeth were born to his first marriage with actress Samantha Lewes, and he had sons Chester "Chet" and Truman with his second wife, Rita Wilson. All four have dabbled in entertainment in various ways, via acting, producing, directing, and cinematography. The family has since grown to include grandchildren. Of his family, Hanks is quoted as saying, "A man is blessed with a family... like that. A wife who is fantastic in every way. Who has taught me what love is... Kids who are braver and wiser than their old man is. I can't tell you how much your love means to me."

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