Run Tom run!

May 11, 2012, 07:41 IST | The Centre stage Team

Tom Hanks, best known as the title character in Forrest Gump, is apparently all set to make his Broadway debut with screenwriter Nora Ephron's new play based on journalism, corruption and cancer.

CS takes a peek into Tom’s life:

>> Thomas Jeffrey ‘Tom’ Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, director, producer and writer.
>>  Tom was born in Concord, California.  While his mother, Janet Marylyn was a hospital worker, his father Amos Mefford Hanks was an itinerant cook.
>>  Tom told an international magazine, “I was a geek and a spaz. I was a horribly, painfully, terribly shy kid. At the same time, I was the little guy who’d yell out funny captions during filmstrips.”
>>  He studied theater at the Chabot College in Hayward, California. Two years later, he transferred to the California State University, Sacramento.
>>  Tom made his film debut with He Knows You’re Alone (1980).
>>  Early in 1979, Tom played the lead role in Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Mandrake, directed by Daniel Southern. This remains Hanks’s only New York stage performance till date.
>>  The handsome actor turned to directing with his 1996 film That Thing You Do!, also playing the role of a music producer.
>>  A supporter of NASA’s manned space program, he says he wanted to be an astronaut but “didn’t have the math.”

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