Full details of Tom Hanks’ marriage, wife and children

Tom Hanks and his third child, Chet Hanks.

Who is Tom Hanks?

Tom Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He is popularly known for his award-winning roles in movies like “The Green Mile”, “Cast Away”, “Forrest Gump” and many others. Tom Hanks is often regarded as one of the biggest American actors of his time.

Tom Hanks’ full name is Thomas Jeffery Hanks. He was born on July 9, 1956, in Concord, California, to his parents: Amos Mefford Hanks (father) and Janet Marylyn Frager (mother). As of June 2022, Tom Hanks is 65 years old.

About Tom Hanks’ parents

Tom Hanks’ father, Amos Mefford Hanks was an itinerant cook. He was born on March 9, 1924, in Glenn County, California, the United States. He died in 1992 at the age of 67. Amos Hanks had English ancestry. The year that Amos Hanks married Janet Marylyn Frager is unknown. However, they got divorced in 1960. In an interview, Tom Hanks revealed that his father, Amos Hanks was a witness to the murder of his grandfather. Amos Hanks was barely ten years old when a hired killer murdered his father in the barn of their farm.

Tom Hanks’ mother, Janet Marylyn Frager was a hospital worker at the time of Tom’s birth. She was of Portuguese descent. Janet Marylyn Frager was born on January 18, 1932. She died on July 12, 2016, at the age of 84.

About Tom Hanks’ siblings

Tom Hanks has three siblings – two brothers and a sister. His older brother, Lawrence Michael Hanks, fondly referred to as Larry Hanks, is an American entomologist and professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Larry Hanks was born on January 26, 1953. He is 69 years old, as of June 2022.

Tom Hanks’ other brother, James Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker who is popularly known for voicing “Sheriff Woody” in “Toy Story.” He is also a film producer and director. He was born on June 15, 1961. As of June 2022, he is 61 years old.

Tom Hanks’ sister, Sandra Hanks Benoiton is an American author.

About Tom Hanks’ marriage and wedding

As of June 2022, Tom Has been married twice and divorced once. He was first married to Samantha Lewes and later to Rita Wilson, his second wife.

About Tom Hanks’ marriage to Samantha Lewes

Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham) was an American actress. She was born on November 29, 1952. She got married to Tom Hanks in the year 1978. She was 26 years old at the time while Tom Hanks was 22 years old. They met in Sacramento when they were both acting students. They got divorced in 1987, after nine years of marriage.

Tom Hanks and first wife, Samantha Lewes

Tom Hanks blamed their divorce on getting married at a young age due to loneliness. The marriage bore two children: Colin Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks. Samantha Lewes died on March 12, 2002, due to bone cancer. The disease was diagnosed during a routine checkup. However, it was too late because the cancer had already spread to her brain and lungs. At the time of her death, Samantha Lewes was 49 years old.

About Tom Hanks’ marriage to Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson (born Margarita Ibrahimoff) is an American actress, singer and producer. She was born on October 26, 1956, to a Greek mother and a Bulgarian father. Rita Wilson is a Greek Orthodox Christian. Tom Hanks married Rita Wilson in 1988, a year after his separation from Samantha Lewes. Upon their marriage, Tom Hanks converted to Rita Wilson’s faith. Their marriage bore two sons: Chet Hanks and Truman Hanks.

Tom Hanks and second wife Rita Wilson.

About Tom Hanks’ children

As of June 2022, Tom Hanks is the father of four children – two from his first marriage to Samantha Lewes and the other two from his second marriage to Rita Wilson. Hanks is also a grandfather.

a. Colin Hanks: Colin Lewes Hanks is an American actor, director and producer. He is popularly known for his works in “King Kong” and “Jumanji.” Colin Hanks was born on November 24, 1977, to Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes. He was born in Sacramento, California, the United States. As of June 2022, Colin Hanks is 44 years old. He is currently married to Samantha Bryant and they have been together for about twelve years. He has two children – Olivia and Charlotte.

Colin Hanks

b. Elizabeth Hanks: Elizabeth Ann Hanks is an American actress and writer. She was born on May 17, 1982. As of June 2022, Elizabeth Hanks is 40 years old. She was born in Los Angeles, California, the United States to Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes.

Elizabeth Hanks

c. Chet Hanks: Chester Marlon Hanks, known professionally as Chet Hanx, is an American actor and musician. He was born on August 4, 1990, in Los Angeles, California, the United States to Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. As of June 2022, Chet Hanks is 31 years old. He is known for his roles in “Empire” and “Shameless.” He has a daughter named Michaiah.

Chet ‘Hanx’ Hanks

d. Truman Hanks: Truman Theodore Hanks is the other son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. He was born on December 26, 1995. As of June 2022, Truman Hanks is 26 years old. While Truman Hanks is not an actor, he is also involved in the film industry. He worked with the camera department on “Black Widow”, “The Wrath of Man” and “The Cloverfield Paradox.” Truman Hanks has also worked as an actor in the movie, “News of the World German Rider.”

Truman Hanks

About Tom Hanks’ altercation with aggressive fans

On June 15, 2022, Tom Hanks and his second wife Rita Wilson were mobbed by paparazzi and fans outside a midtown restaurant in New York. The couple had eaten dinner at the restaurant after attending the screening of his new movie, “Elvis” earlier that day.

In a video that surfaced online, Tom Hanks was walking a few steps behind his wife, Rita Wilson when some fans bumped into each other, causing Rita Wilson to slip and lose her footing. Rita Wilson screamed, “Stop it!” as she tripped then turned around to face the crowd.

In the video, Tom Hanks is seen rushing to check on his wife before turning to the crowd and shouting:

“My wife? Back the fuck up! Knocking over my wife?”

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson then made their way to a waiting car as the crowd behind them murmured their apologies.

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