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The Many Amazing Faces Of Tom Hanks

Dec 16, 2007
For anyone who watched the 1980's sit com, Bosom Buddies, it should have been obvious that Tom Hanks, who played Kip Wilson, was destined to become famous. Actually, famous would be an understatement. The Bosom Buddies show was short lived and only ran for two years. Hanks played an advertising man who lived with his friend Henry in an all women's hotel/boarding house.

The show itself might not have had that much to be funny about except for the fact that men were not allowed to live in the boarding house. It was for women only, so Kip and Henry had to make some major adjustments to themselves. Being men at work and women at home made for some hilarious episodes. It was a little far fetched, but funny none the less.

We are fortunate today to have the privilege of being able to enjoy the work of many actors who seem to have the abilities of a chameleon. Actors like Michael Caine, Sean Connery, and actresses like Meryle Streep, Glenn Close, or Shirley McClain, just to name a few, are able to reinvent themselves for any role they are given to play. It would seem that Tom Hanks is among these chameleons.

Some of the first movies that he played in were relatively successful in the theatre, but did better on video. Movies like One Red Shoe, The Money Pit and Nothing in Common, were not tremendous box office hits, but were eventually watched more after Hanks had achieved some bigger successes.

It was soon enough after these movies, that Hanks had become popular enough to carry some really good movies on to becoming box office smashes. Apollo 13, directed by Ron Howard was based on a historic event and was great.

Sleepless in Seattle was a romantic love story where Hanks played opposite of Meg Ryan. In the movie Philadelphia, he played a homosexual male who was stricken with aids. It was a story to be remembered. These are some of the movies that would show that Hanks was not just another funny guy.

In 1994, Hanks proved that he could really stretch his acting capabilities when he starred with Sally Field in Forrest Gump. Here he played a mentally challenged man who was put in incredible situations and supposedly places that were historic events.

It would make you laugh and then cry. It was so real and yet many times ridiculous, but the film was so good, you simply wanted to believe every word, and at the end you just wished it was not over.

Other great Tom Hank's films include Castaway, The Green Mile, Saving Private Ryan, and Toy Story 1 and 2 which only highlight his voice, but are memorable performances just the same.
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