Happy Birthday Tom Hanks: Forrest Gump to Sheriff Woody; 5 memorable characters of the legendary actor

Tom Hanks, the legendary Oscar-winning actor, celebrates his 63rd birthday today, i.e. July 9, 2019. Let's take a look at five memorable characters brought to life by the Hollywood star.
Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956.Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1956.
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63 years ago, an extremely talented actor named Tom Hanks was born, who would change the course of Hollywood forever. Starting his career in 1980 with He Knows You're Alone, Hanks became the most bankable stars of the '90s. His movie credits include Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), The Green Mile (1999) and Cast Away (2000), just to name a few. It was his impeccable ability to act out 50 shades of emotions with each and every character he essayed that made Tom Hanks, a bonafide star.

Rightfully deserved, Tom acquired five Oscar nominations which included Best Actor nods for Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Cast Away. Hanks is widely known as being the most down-to-earth actor in Hollywood who has no qualms over what a big movie star he is! He is one of the most likable celebrities who has delivered hits after hits and given us memorable characters to feel and even root for. As we celebrate Tom Hanks' birthday today, here are five memorable characters who wormed their way into our hearts:

Andrew Beckett - Philadelphia (1993)

Philadelphia claims the title of being one of the first mainstream movies depicting homosexuality and HIV/Aids. Tom's take on Andrew, a senior associate at a law firm, won the actor his first Oscar for Best Actor. The emotional stability shown by the star in this classic film left everyone in awe.

Forrest Gump - Forrest Gump (1994)

In what could be considered as Tom's most iconic role, Forrest Gump worms his way into our mind and soul because of the loveable goofball that he is. You root for the character throughout and quite deservedly, Hanks won the Oscar for Best Actor.

Sheriff Woody - Toy Story Franchise (1995-2019)

Whether you are 8 or 80, Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear will steal your heart. The sentient toys, especially Woody, have made generations smile and cry with joy and Tom Hanks plays the most important role in bringing the Sheriff to life. It's his innate ability to bring out emotions, simply through his voice that testifies why Tom Hanks is a living Hollywood legend. To Infinity and Beyond!

Captain John H. Miller - Saving Private Ryan (1998)

It's the heroic and valiant Captain Miller interspersed through dealing with his inner demons that breaks your heart in Saving Private Ryan. The brutality of the warzone along with Tom's gut-wrenching performances makes this classic a film set apart from the rest. Saving Private Ryan earned Hanks another Oscar nomination.

Chuck Moland - Cast Away (2000)

Earning his fifth Oscar nomination, Tom dug deep into the character of Chuck Noland in Cast Away. His physical transformation was astonishing while his varying degrees of emotions added depth to the character.

ALSO READ: Toy Story 4: Tom Hanks opens up about saying goodbye to his character, Sheriff Woody

Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks!

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Tom Hanks is my favorite actor. He nails his role every time. You can't get enough of his films. My teenagers love his acting and Woody of course. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

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