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Tom Hanks gets cast as an ordinary man who has extra-ordinary things happen to him. Never trained in the art of acting, in fact he was booted after an audition during an attempt to get a part for a college play, Hanks lucked up and was discovered playing a part in a local community theater play. Those extra-ordinary talents have earned him back-to-back Oscars for Best Actor.
The avowed Cleveland Indians baseball fans broke into Hollywood with box office successes like Splash, Big and A League of Their Own. If he had to, he would gain weight, lose weight, portray a gay lawyer or a mentally challenged misfit. He captained his way through the phenomenal success of Saving Private Ryan with Matt Damon and Vin Diesel. He survived the characterization of an isolated cast-a-way that stretched his ability to act out an entire movie with a volleyball.
Since the mid-1990s, Hanks has spread his wings incorporating his talents behind the camera. As a writer, director and producer, he as been involved with several large and successful forays. He was the executive producer of a large television production called From the Earth to the Moon. He produced films including, Cast Away, Band of Brothers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Polar Express and Charlie Wilson's War.
His association with Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks Studios hasn't hurt his storied reputation. Their three films together have always been tied to Europe in some fashion. In Saving Private Ryan, Hanks squad traipses all over France to track down Matt Damon – Private Ryan. In Catch Me if You Can, Hanks plays a FBI agent tracking down Frank Abignale – Leo DiCaprio – in France. And in The Terminal, Hanks plays a European arriving in New York as the most inopportune time – his country has dissolved, eviscerating both his passport and visa.