Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker.

Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, he is one of the most popular and recognizable 

film stars worldwide, and is regarded as an American cultural icon.  

film stars worldwide, and is regarded aHanks' films have grossed more than $4.9 billion in North America and  s an American cultural icon.  

more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fourth-highest-grossing actor in North America. 

He has received numerous honors including the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2002 

the Kennedy Center Honor in 2014, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and 

the French Legion of Honor both in 2016, as well as the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2020. 

Hanks was born in Concord, California, on July 9, 1956.  

He grew up in a military family and moved around frequently as a child.  

He attended Sacramento State University and California State University, Sacramento, where he studied theater. 

After graduating, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.