Thomas Jeffrey “Tom” Hanks is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks is best known for his roles in Big, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile, Cast Away, and The Da Vinci Code, as well as the animated films The Polar Express and the Toy Story franchise.
As of 2012, Hanks’ films have grossed over $4.2 billion at the United States box office alone, and over $8.5 billion worldwide making him the highest all-time box office star.
Hanks is also an active philanthropist. Hanks took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11. Tom serves on the Board of Governors for the National Space Society. In addition, Hanks advocates the search for and implementation of alternative fuels as part of his support for environmental protection.