Top 10 Tom Hanks Roles

Celebrating one of my favorite actors, this week’s top 10 list is all about Tom Hanks. Thomas “Tom” Jeffrey Hanks – two-time Academy Award winning American film actor, Emmy winning director, voice-over artist and movie producer – turns 56 today! Happy birthday, Tom!

Through the years, he’s starred in family-friendly and screwball comedies and has achievied notable success as a dramatic actor. On the list below, you’ll find some fabulous roles are missing, but I had to narrow it down to ten. Along with each, you’ll find a memorable Tom Hanks line from the film. So, without further ado, here are my Top 10 Tom Hanks Roles

1. Josh Baskin in Big, 20th Century Fox (1988)
“Okay, but I get to be on top.”

2. Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump, Paramount Pictures (1994)
“Stupid is as stupid does.”

3. Sam Baldwin in Sleepless in Seattle, TriStar Pictures (1993)
“What is tiramisu?”

4. Captain John H. Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Amblin Entertaiment (1998)
“James, earn this… earn it.”

5. Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own, Columbia Pictures (1992)
“There’s no crying in baseball.”

6. Woody in Toy Story, Walt Disney Pictures (1995)
“You are a child’s play-thing!”

7. Chuck Noland in Cast Away, 20th Century Fox (2000)

8. Joe Fox in You’ve Got Mail, Warner Brothers Pictures (1998)
“Don’t cry, Shopgirl. Don’t cry.”

9. Walter Fielding, Jr. in The Money Pit, Amblin Entertainment (1986)
“Ahh, home crap home!”

10. Michael Sullivan in Road to Perdition, 20th Century Fox (2002)
“Always trust a bank manager.”

And, I give honorable mention to his recent, yet limited role as Thomas Schell in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer… “If things were easy to find, they wouldn’t be worth finding.”

With all of Tom Hanks’ roles in dozens of hit movies, it wasn’t easy to stop at ten. Which is your favorite?

Cheers to Tom – Meredith

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

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