Before his acting career, Tom Hanks worked as a hotel bellman at the Oakland Hilton Hotel.
Hanks is distantly related to former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln through his mother's side.
Tom Hanks was named after his father, Amos Mefford Hanks.
Hanks made a guest appearance as himself in "The Simpsons" episode "The Dad Who Knew Too Little" (2003).
Hanks has a passion for collecting vintage typewriters and published a book featuring stories related to them.
Tom Hanks served as the executive producer of the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (1998) about the Apollo space program.
Hanks is a licensed pilot and has a deep interest in aviation.
Tom Hanks enjoys playing the piano and showcased his skills in the movie "Big" (1988).
Hanks became a part-owner of the Major League Baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, in 1993.
Hanks was made an honorary inductee into the U.S. Army Rangers Hall of Fame in 2006 for his role in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998).