Tom Hanks
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United States
2020

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Hanks’ 2020 started out great. He accepted the prestigious Cecil B. De­Mille Award at the Golden Globes, and then Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced their mutual COVID-19 diagnoses — from which they recovered. But Hanks is ever indefatigable. Apple TV Plus bought his writing-starring warship drama “Greyhound” after a bidding war with Sony Pictures. His turn as a frontier journalist in the Civil War film “News of the World” is rounding out the holidays, and he will play Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley project, which had to cease production during Hanks’ illness — even before the industry shutdown. His next big producing gig re-teams him with Steven Spielberg and Apple for “Masters of the Air,” his third World War II miniseries after “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”

Career

  • SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
  • FORREST GUMP
  • THE POST

Education

  • California State University–Sacramento (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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'News of the World' Director Paul Greengrass on Reuniting With Tom Hanks and Making His First Western

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Director Paul Greengrass has roughly a dozen films under his belt, a mix that captures real-life horrors like 9/11 ("United 93") and the 2011 Norway terrorist attacks ("22 July"), as well as fictional accounts of amnesiac CIA assassins ("The Bourne Supremacy," "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Jason Bourne").With "News of the World," which debuts in theaters on Christmas Day, Greengrass ventures into new terrain: westerns. It's a genre he grew up loving and had always wanted to tackle as a filmmaker....

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