As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo are temporarily closed to the public as of Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. We are not announcing a reopening date at this time.
Equally at home in comedic parts or dramatic roles, Tom Hanks is a versatile actor whose winning portrayals of "average guys in extraordinary situations" have made him a perennial box-office favorite. Hanks's initial big-screen successes came in the form of comedies such as Splash (1984), Big (1988), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993), but it was his riveting performance as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in Philadelphia and his title role in Forrest Gump that earned him back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Actor in 1993 and 1994. Since then, Hanks has continued his successful acting career while also expanding his reach to include screenwriting and directing, voicing characters in animated features such as the popular Toy Story series, and producing television programming that has ranged from Band of Brothers (2001) and Big Love (2006-present) to The Pacific (2010).