Tom Hanks has blown us away in roles ranging from Woody in the "Toy Story" movies to Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks." His iconic roles are what led him to be such a renowned actor in the Hollywood circle.
BBC has even reported that he will be the recipient of the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille award when the Golden Globes come around on January 5th, recognizing the star for his lifetime of achievements.
But everyone's gotta start somewhere, and Hanks is no different. Here are some of the earlier roles that either led him to his current stardom or sit in a bin of memories.
One of Hanks' first leading roles was that of Kip Wilson in the 1980 pilot of ABC's "Bosom Buddies." He starred alongside Peter Scolari as the two played advertisers forced to look like women in order to stay in an all-female hotel.
Back in 1982, Hanks made a cameo appearance in an episode of "Happy Days," where he played Dwayne Twitchell, the nemesis of one of the lead characters played by Henry Winkler. Hanks appears for one instance only to seek revenge on an old enemy.
Hanks' TV appearance days were far from over after his stint on "Happy Days." He then went on appear a few times on various episodes of "Family Ties." He played Ned Donnelly, uncle to the lead kiddos. His appearances on the show ranged from 1983 to 1984.
A League of Their Own
In the 1992 film, Hanks plays Jimmy Dugan, a drunken team manager for a baseball team looking for female players. When it's becomes apparent that Jimmy doesn't care much for his job, the women become increasingly resentful of him.
Sleepless in Seattle
Ah, who could forget this iconic film? In 1993, Hanks played Sam Baldwin, a recently widowed man, whose young son is desperate to find him love. Sam hasn't even contemplated dating again, but ends up spilling his guts on a radio talk show anyway. This is one of Hanks' most iconic roles.
It was one iconic role after another for Hanks at this point. Shortly after "Sleepless in Seattle," Hanks starred as Forrest Gump in "Forrest Gump" - one of the most quotable movies of all time. The film explores life during the Vietnam war, Watergate, and the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson. This role landed him an Oscar.