Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks! The actor, producer, writer and director celebrates his 56th birthday today.
Hanks first gained recognition on the TV sitcom "Bosom Buddies" and became one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood with an amazing run of films in the 80s and 90s -- from "Splash" to "Big," "Sleepless In Seattle" to "You've Got Mail," "Saving Private Ryan" to his Oscar-winning performances in "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump."
In more recent years, Hanks segued into writing, producing and directing, making moves behind the scenes in films such as "That Thing You Do!", "Where The Wild Things Are," "Larry Crowne" and HBO's "Game Change." But never fear Tom fans -- the star hasn't strayed too far away from the front of the camera either: he's tapped to play Walt Disney in the upcoming "Saving Mr. Banks," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Hanks exudes an "every man" likeability that's grounded in his role as a family man off screen. He's been married to Huff/Post50 Editor-at-Large Rita Wilson since 1985 (watch Wilson share when she knew Hanks was the one), and the couple have two children together (Hanks also has two children from a previous marriage).
The Hanks family got even bigger last year -- his son from his first marriage, actor Colin Hanks, and his wife had a baby girl named Olivia Jane in February 2011, making Hanks a grandfather for the first time, People reported.
Hank marveled over how quickly his granddaughter is growing in an interview with Oprah Winfrey:
"When you have your own kids, you might not be aware of how new everything is -- that their little brains are being imprinted for the very first time. But now, if you don't see them for two weeks, which has happened, it's a huge difference from leaving her and then seeing her two weeks later. She's like a completely different human being."
While Hanks role as a family man may be one of his proudest accomplishments, we're pretty big fans of his other work as well. Check out the gallery of some of the star's biggest hits below.
Tom Hanks on the red carpet in 2012.
Tom Hanks And Wife, Rita Wilson
Hanks with his wife and <em>Huff/Post50 editor-at-large Rita Wilson in 2012.
Tom Hanks falls in love with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) in the 1984 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088161/" target="_hplink">Splash</a>."
Tom Hanks starred in the 1988 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094737/" target="_hplink">Big</a>."
'A League Of Their Own'
Hanks played baseball coach Jimmy Dugan alongside Geena Davis in the 1992 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104694/" target="_hplink">A League of Their Own</a>."
Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his work in the 1993 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107818/" target="_hplink">Philadelphia</a>."
'Sleepless In Seattle'
Hanks starred alongside Meg Ryan in the 1993 Nora Ephron film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108160/" target="_hplink">Sleepless In Seattle</a>."
"Life is like a box of chocolates..." Tom Hanks played the role of Forrest Gump in the 1994 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/" target="_hplink">Forrest Gump</a>." The role landed Hanks an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Tom Hanks starred in the 1995 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112384/" target="_hplink">Apollo 13</a>," which was based on the real-life complications and on-board rescue of the 1970 moon-bound spacecraft. The movie was directed by Ron Howard.
'Saving Private Ryan'
Tom Hanks wowed in the 1998 World War II film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120815/" target="_hplink">Saving Private Ryan</a>," which was directed by Steven Spielberg.
'The Green Mile'
Hanks starred in the 1999 film adaptation of the Stephen King novel "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120689/" target="_hplink">The Green Mile</a>."
Tom Hanks plays the role of a plane crash survivor on a deserted island in the the 2000 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162222/" target="_hplink">Cast Away</a>."
'The Da Vinci Code'
Hanks took on the role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in the 2006 film adaptation of the successful book "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382625/" target="_hplink">The Da Vinci Code</a>." Hanks reprised the role in the 2009 sequel "Angels & Demons."
'Da Vinci Code'
(Clockwise from top left) Writer Akiva Goldsman, author Dan Brown, Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and director Ron Howard in 2006.
'Toy Story' Franchise
Tom Hanks voiced the cowboy Woody in all three of Pixar's "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435761/" target="_hplink">Toy Story</a>" movies.
Tom Hanks starred alongside Julia Roberts in the 2011 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1583420/" target="_hplink">Larry Crowne</a>." Hanks also wrote and directed the film.
Tom Hanks arrives on the red carpet for the film "Larry Crowne" in 2011.