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Thomas J Hanks was born July 9th 1956 in Concord California Tom and his elder siblings were raised by their father Amos Hanks following the divorce of their parents Because Amos Hanks was a chef it forced his family to move every six months in pursuit of jobs This unstable upbringing meant many schools for young Tom who had to readjust to his new surroundings practically every semester Initially a shy schoolboy he dealt with these readjustments by becoming the class clown and taking on different personality -- almost considered practice for his career He took these characters to the stage and he began participating in high school plays While a student at Chabot Junior College he saw a production of The Iceman Cometh for a class which convinced him that he wanted to become an actor He transferred to California State University in Sacramento as a theater major and was recruited by the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Ohio after his outstanding school performance in Cherry Orchard After 3 years of experience with the Shakespeare festival he headed to the New York with big dreams Going through the requisite auditions before hitting it big Hanks finally landed his debut role in 1980 in the film He Knows Youre Alone He then landed a role in the ABC comedy Bosom Buddies a role which forced him to dress up like a women Following the Bosom Buddies he made many guest appearances on a couple of popular 80s sitcoms such as Family Ties Taxi and Happy Days which led to his role in Splash Director Ron Howard of Happy Days fame tapped Hanks to audition for the supporting role in Splash and he landed the lead The movie got some good reviews but his career was heading downward with his next movies such as Bachelor Party Volunteers where he met his wife Rita Wilson The Money Pit Nothing In Common and Dragnet
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