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5 epic Tom Hanks roles you shouldn’t miss

Tom Hanks has aced both dramatic and comedic roles since early 1980s. One of the most popular stars ever, the veteran actor’s career is peppered with some of Hollywood’s biggest commercial as well as critically-acclaimed films. His accolades include two Academy Awards and seven Primetime Emmy Awards.

The superstar has starred in the recently released musical fantasy film, Pinocchio, directed by Robert Zemeckis, making it the fourth collaboration between them. The film has been released on Disney+ on September 8, 2022.

It is based on Italian author Carlo Collodi’s classic 1883 childrens’ book, titled The Adventures of Pinocchio. This is also a live-action remake of the 1940 Disney animated film of the same name.


The story revolves around the titular Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), a wooden puppet created by a childless woodcarver named Geppetto (Tom Hanks), who wishes for Pinocchio to become a real boy. His wish is heard by the Blue Fairy (Cynthia Erivo), who visits his shop and brings the puppet to life.

While Geppetto raises him like his own son, Pinocchio soon finds himself embarking on a coming-of-age journey to learn how to become selfless, brave and true.

Check out these other epic roles portrayed by Tom Hanks before you catch him as Geppetto in Pinocchio.

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1) Chuck Noland in Cast Away


Directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis, this 2000 survival drama stars Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a busy FedEx analyst, whose flight crashes into the Pacific Ocean. He gets stranded on a deserted island with no one to talk to other than a volleyball named Wilson. The film showcases his multi-year journey to get back to civilization and to the woman he loves, Kelly (Helen Hunt).

Hanks’ acting chops in the film earned him his fifth Academy Award nomination. His facial expressions, body language, and voice aptly deliver the emotions of the stranded character when he triumphantly declares, “I have made fire” or when he sobbingly apologizes to Wilson for deliberately tossing and then losing him.

2) Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump


Directed by Robert Zemeckis, this 1994 film is loosely based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel of the same name. The film explores four decades of 20th-century American history by following the life and journey of the titular Forrest Gump, a slow-witted and kindhearted Alabama man, played by Tom Hanks.

Hanks’ brilliant portrayal of the lovable character won him his second Academy Award. His acting brought in the perfect balance of naivety, warmth, and comedic brilliance to the titular character. This protagonist quickly went on to become one of the most popular characters ever in Hanks’ acting timeline.

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