10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is one of the most powerful and well-respected actors in Hollywood. His films have grossed more than $4.3 billion at the American and Canadian box offices and more than $8.5 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest grossing actor in North America, which is no easy feat! Not only is he incredibly successful but he’s also really well liked. He’s the sort of actor that seems really friendly, like you could go up to him on the street and he’d be totally fine with it. Since it is his birthday, we have collected 10 things that you probably didn’t know about the award-winning actor:
He was born in Concord, California, on July 9, 1956. His mother was a hospital worker and his father was an itinerant cook. They divorced when Tom was five. He and his two older siblings, Sandra and Larry, lived with their father and his youngest brother Jim lived his mother. His family moved around a lot when he was growing up. By the age of 10, he had lived in 10 different houses. The family finally settled in Oakland, California, which is where Tom attended high school.
After graduating high school, the Oscar-winning actor studied theatre at Chabot College in Hayward, California, but then transferred to California State University, Sacramento after two years. During his studies, he met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, who convinced him to become an intern at the festival. The internship lasted three years, during which time he learned about theater production, which included lighting, set design, and stage management. After his third season with Great Lakes festival, he dropped out of college and moved to New York City to embark on an acting career.