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Profile of the Day: Tom Hanks

Happy birthday, Tom Hanks! Today the popular actor turns 64.

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Thomas Jeffery Hanks was born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California. In 1960, his parents divorced and Tom, along with his two oldest siblings, went to live with their father. His youngest brother stayed with their mother.

He got his big break when he was cast as the lead in the television sitcom Bosom Buddies. Although the show was canceled after only two seasons, Hanks was able to catch the eye of many people in the industry. In 1988, he was cast in Big and earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The film was just the beginning of his box office successes. He has since starred in some of the most beloved and successful films in Hollywood, including Sleepless in SeattleForest Gump and four Toy Story films.

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