11 Tom Hanks Facts You’ve Never Heard Of

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The world’s most beloved actor, Tom Hanks impressed everyone with his undeniable charm and impressive talent through the years. The American actor and filmmaker is known for his various comedic and dramatic roles, including here Splash, Turner & Hooch, Sleepless in Seattle etc.

Did you know he’s already 60 years old? Who could tell, right? And he’s always been an interesting guy. For instance, did you know that he had health issues recently and his ancestors include one of our most legendary from the past? Well, I didn’t and I enjoyed every little information I learned about him. Take a look below if you want to know more about his life and career in the entertainment industry.

1.

“Happy Days” helped him break into movies.

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Ron Howard remembered him and requested Tom audition for a secondary role in his 1984 film Splash. He was so impressed by him, he gave him the lead role instead.

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His Directorial Debut Film Was A Family Affair

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Being a writer and director of the “That Thing You Do” movie, he included his wife, Rita Wilson as a waitress and there you can also spot his two eldest children, Colin and Elizabeth. This was the only movie to include all four in it.

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He followed Spencer Tracy’s footsteps.

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He was the second actor in history to earn an Oscar for his role in 1993 for Philadelphia and then in 1994 for Forrest Gump.

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He sold peanuts and popcorn as a teen.

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His first job was working a vendor at Oakland Coliseum, and he still remains a fan of his hometown football team, the Oakland Raiders.

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There is an asteroid named after him.

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He did an amazing work in the 1996 Apollo, 13 so NASA named an asteroid that they discovered in 1996 “12818 tomhanks” in his honor. How cool is that?

6.

He and Bruce Springsteen have been friends since childhood.

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His friendship with Bruce, helped him win an Academy Award for his song “The Streets of Philadelphia,” from the film Philadelphia. Friends help each other!

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He Was The Youngest Actor To Earn AFI’s Highest Honor

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Tom was given the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award thanks to his impressive list of roles in 2002. He was only 46 years old.

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He was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes later in life.

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In 2013 he revealed to David Letterman that he had been battling with blood sugar levels since he was 36 years old.

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He has presidential family ties.

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He discovered that he is the third cousin, four generations removed of Abraham Lincoln on this mother’s side.

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He collects vintage typewriters.

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Vintage typewriter. Vienna, Austria

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Tom finds time to collect type writerswhile traveling around the world. He owns now over 80 of the old-school writing machines.

11.

He was given the highest Civilian Award from the US Navy.

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The military men bestowed the Distinguished Public Service Award to Tom on Veteran’s Day in 1999 alongside Steven Spielberg for their work on Saving Private Ryan.

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