Run, Tom Hanks, Run! Celebrate the Legendary Star’s Birthday By Reliving All of His Iconic Film Roles

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There might not be any crying in baseball, but don’t worry because you’ve always got a friend in me…and Tom Hanks!

The actor who yelled at the Rockford Peaches in A League of Their Own and made us all say, “howdy, howdy, howdy” in Woody’s voice from Toy Story is celebrating his birthday today and we are here for him, and all of his movies.

Today, Hanks turns 63 years old and after four decades of being an actor he has earned the title of one of Hollywood’s greatest stars and the man that everyone seems to want to be friends with…not just Buzz Lightyear. 

The California native is a legend and icon and since he’s the one celebrating a birthday we are going to shine an even brighter light on his success by going back through his best roles in film thus far.

Beginning in 1980, Hanks hit the ground running with his acting career and now he has more than 90 acting credits to his name in addition to producing, writing and directing accolades.

He’s been a romantic comedy lead in films like You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle and he’s talked to volleyballs in Cast Away.

He’s brought to life an iconic toy cowboy in four Toy Story films—Toy Story 4 hit theaters in late June—and played real-life people in movies including, Charlie Wilson’s War, Apollo 13 and The Post.

If none of these films are your favorite from the Oscar-winning actor don’t fret, there are plenty more where that came from. 

Check out all of Hanks’ best roles below and make sure to vote for the one you will always remember him for.

It won’t be easy to pick, but hey, if you have a hard time just remember, life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re going to get anyway! 

Tom Hanks, Bosom Buddies, Best Roles

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Eugene Levy, John Candy, Tom Hanks, Splash

Touchstone Pictures

Tom Hanks, Big

20th Century Fox

Turner and Hooch, Tom Hanks

Touchstone Pictures

Tom Hanks, Joe Versus The Volcano, Best Roles

Moviestore Collection/Shutterstock

Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

Columbia Pictures

Sleepless in Seattle, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

Tristar Pictures

Tom Hanks, Philadelphia

TriStar Pictures

Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump

Paramount Pictures

Apollo 13, Tom Hanks

Universal Pictures

Tom Hanks, Woody, Toy Story, Best Roles

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Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do, Best Roles

20th Century Fox/Clinica Estetico/Kobal/Shutterstock

Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan


Tom Hanks, You've Got Mail

Warner Bros.

Tom Hanks, The Green Mile

Castle Rock Entertainment

Cast Away, Tom Hanks

Twentieth Century Fox Film

Catch Me if You Can, Tom Hanks


The Da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks

Columbia Pictures

Emily Blunt, Charlie Wilson's War

Universal Pictures

Larry Crowne, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks

Universal Pictures

Tom Hanks, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Best Roles

Francois Duhamel/Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Columbia Pictures

Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

François Duhamel/Disney Enterprises, Inc

Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Bridge of Spies

Jaap Buitendijk / DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Sully

Warner Bros.

Tom Hanks, The Circle, Best Roles

Francois Duhamel/Im Global/Kobal/Shutterstock

Tom Hanks, The Post


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