Tom Hanks: Actor profiles one of today's most widely known and respected actors. From his humble beginnings on a television sitcom to his back-to-back Oscar wins for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks has continually demonstrated his charm and talent. Building on his success as a performer, Hanks has also turned to producing, specializing in programs such as From the Earth to the Moon and Band of Brothers that portray great moments in American history. Hanks, whose films have included Joe Versus the Volcano, Saving Private Ryan, and Cast Away, earned his success through hard work and dedication.
James Robert Parish has authored more than 93 books on the entertainment industry and its personalities, including Whoopi Goldberg, Today's Black Hollywood, The Hollywood Celebrity Death Book, Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema and Hollywood Baby Boomers. Parish is frequently interviewed on cable and network television documentaries about the performing arts. He lives in California.