Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks, born in 1956, is an American actor, director, screenwriter, film and television producer. His career began in the eighties when, playing the series Henry and Kip, he began to be known; since then he has acted in numerous films, achieving great success with critics and audiences. Over the course of his career he has received six Oscar nominations, and is among only two actors in history to have won two Best Actor Oscars consecutively: in 1994 for Philadelphia and in 1995 for Forrest Gump. He has also won five Golden Globes, including one for Lifetime Achievement, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, five Emmys and a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Among the roles he has held since 2005 has been that of vice president of the Academy, the company that awards the Oscars every year. Furthermore, even though he is no longer vice president, Hanks remains a member of the Academy's Board of Directors. Hanks is the star whose films have had the third-highest overall box office gross of all time in North America (USA and Canada), with totals amounting to over $4.5 billion at the North American box office alone and an average of $100.8 million per film. Worldwide, his films have grossed more than $9.0 billion. His net worth was $390 million as of May 2014.