Tom Hanks is a movie star who has been delighting us with his talents ever since most of us have been watching movies. He has been a star who has endured the test of time – he has delivered characters to us who are believable, depressing, sad, hilarious, real, and everything in between. Well, while movies like Forest Gump and Saving Private Ryan might stay on our list of timeless epics featuring our so-named Hollywood superstar, there is a lot more to Tom Hanks then the work that he is most known for. So, here are some roles played by Tom Hanks in movies that you have probably seen before, but might not remember. If you haven’t seen them in a long time, then dig them out of the closet, and start enjoying Tom Hanks all over again, like you did when you first started watching his work.
That Thing You Do
This is a movie starring Tom Hanks that was also written and produced by him. It is the hilarious story of a band who makes it big from a little town called Erie Pennsylvania back in the days of the Beatles. The band is called “The Wonders”, and the movie takes the band from the garage, to the local talent competition, to the rock and roll scene of Pittsburg, and all the way to Hollywood. Tom Hanks is the old, wisdom-hardened record label exec. Who acts as the bands manager once they sign on with “Playtone” records.
This is a movie that is about the spaceship the Apollo 13 and of it’s journey to the moon. Tom Hanks plays one of the men on the spaceship who is trying desperately to stay alive as mishap after mishap promises that not only will the mission fail, but that the astronauts might not make it home alive.
Catch me if you can
This amazing true story of one of the greatest con men in history pits federal agent Tom Hanks against the greatest bank fraud criminal in the history of bank fraud! But Tom Hanks’ character practically wrote the book on bank fraud for the Feds, so what we have here are the two greatest minds on the subject butting heads in an epic game of cat and mouse that is both hilarious and critical at the very same time.