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STRIPLVINTERVIEWS TOM HANKS - SULLY “I’ve got 40 years in the air, but in the end, I’m going to be judged on 208 seconds.” (from the movie, “Sully”) Tom Hanks is considered Hollywood royalty, as the youngest person to have ever received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in 2002. What some people may not know is that the 56-year-old actor/director is related to one of America’s greatest presidents—Abraham Lincoln. Genealogists confirmed that indeed he is a descendant, as third cousin, four times removed, from Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. Upon Hanks announcement of the compelling news of his ancestry, it was only fitting that he narrate the film, Killing Lincoln. Hank’s resemblance to Lincoln is quite intriguing, adding further credence to the actor’s history of dedicated work in the film industry. His willingness to do whatever it takes to convey the perfect image of a character has been seen over and over again—gaining 30 pounds for his role in 1992’s A League of Their Own; losing 35 pounds and even thinning his hair for the role of a gay lawyer with AIDS in 1993’s Philadelphia; and drastically altering his weight up and down for his role in the 2000 film, Cast Away, which he both gained weight for and later lost 55 pounds. The committed actor won the 1993 Best Actor Academy Award for his role in Philadelphia, only to be followed up the next year with yet another Oscar for Best Actor for his role in enormous box office hit film, Forrest Gump, making Hanks only the second actor to have won consecutive Best Actor Awards from the Academy (the first being Spencer Tracy). Interestingly, the two talented actors were the exact same age when they received their consecutive awards from Hollywood. Hanks is not only a father of four: two from previous wife Samantha Lewes, (his first son and now popular actor, Colin Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks); and two with his true love, actress Rita Wilson, (sons Chet and Truman Theodore). Hanks is also grandfather to Colin’s two daughters: five-year-old Olivia and 3-year-old Charlotte.

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