Happy birthday to the legendary Tom Hanks, who turns 63 on July 9, 2019. Over the past 35 years in his film career, he has become one of the most beloved actors working on screen and also one of the most prolific. He has acted in 57 films with many more sure to come.
He is also among the most honored actors in history, having won two consecutive Academy Awards from five nominations, although curiously, despite doing remarkable film work, he has not been nominated since 2000. He had also been nominated for nine Golden Globes for acting categories (winning four times) and receiving seven SAG Awards nominations, winning twice. For his television work (for which he has been honored for acting, writing, producing and directing), Hanks has earned 12 Emmy Award nominations, winning seven Emmys in the process. He even has a Tony Award nomination for his work in the 2013 Broadway play “Lucky Guy,” and Hanks has been awarded a Kennedy Center Honors, American Film Institute life achievement award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is a member of the French Legion of Honor for his support of World War II veterans.
It would be understandable if Hanks rested on his many laurels a bit, but he was recently back in front of the camera portraying children’s show host Fred Rogers in Marielle Heller‘s film “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” which is scheduled to be released this November and may mark a long-overdue return to the Academy Awards race for Hanks.
In the meantime, let’s raise a glass to toast and celebrate his birthday. Tour our photo gallery above featuring his 20 best film performances in such movies as “Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia,” “Apollo 13,” “Cast Away,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Splash,” “Big,” “Toy Story” and more.
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