What is Tom Hanks net worth? $350 Million
How did Tom Hanks Earn His Money and Wealth?
Tom Hanks was born in Concord, California on July 9, 1956. He studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and transferred to California State University, Sacramento, two years later. In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City, where he made his film debut in the low-budget slasher film He Knows You’re Alone (1980) and landed a starring role in the television movie Mazes and Monsters. The following year, Hanks landed one of the lead roles, that of character Kip Wilson, on the ABC television pilot of Bosom Buddies. Hanks big break came when he landed the lead role in Splash, which went on to become a surprise box office hit, grossing more than US$69 million. He also had a sizable hit with the sex comedy Bachelor Party, also in 1984.
The big success of the fantasy comedy Big (1988) established Hanks as a major Hollywood talent, both as a box office draw and within the industry as an actor. After a string of box office hits like ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ (1993), Forrest Gump (1994) and Apollo 13 (1995), Hanks became the biggest star in Hollywood. One of his biggest paychecks came from roles in Toy Story movies with his voice-over acting of the character Woody. The three Toy Story together have earned more than $2 billion at the global box office.
Another of his big paying jobs came in the form of highly anticipated film The Da Vinci Code, based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown. The film went on to gross over US$750 million worldwide. In 2009, he also starred in Angels & Demons, based on the follow-up novel to The Da Vinci Code. It was also revealed that he would reportedly receive the highest salary ever for an actor, around $50 million.
In 2010, Hanks reprised his voice role of Woody in Toy Story 3. The film went on to become the first animated film to gross a worldwide total of over $1 billion. At the time, it happened to be the highest-grossing animated film of all time. In 2016, Hanks starred as airline captain Chesley Sullenberger in Clint Eastwood’s Sully, which grossed over $240 million globally. The same year, he reprised his role as Robert Langdon in Inferno. The film earned $220 million worldwide.