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10 Facts That Will Make You Love Tom Hanks Even More Than You Already Do

I think we can all agree that Tom Hanks is a national treasure. He is in some of the greatest movies we all know and love like Forrest Gump, Toy Story, and Big. But how much do you know about the man himself?

Tom Hanks has had a long and wonderful career and his life surrounding that is full of interesting stories. See how many of these facts you knew about the world's favorite actor!


Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln

It's obviously pretty distant, but Hanks is Lincoln's third cousin, four times removed.

He shares that connection with another Hollywood actor


George Clooney is also related to Lincoln, which also means he is related to Hanks through a very, very distant connection.

He almost died during the filming of the movie "Cast Away"  

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He ignored a wound on his leg while they were filming and when the swelling still hadn't gone down he finally went to the doctor. Hanks said the doctor told him that "I have to put you in the hospital as soon as possible...because you're about an hour away from having blood poisoning that will kill you."

There's an astroid named after Tom Hanks

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It's called "12818 tomhanks". NASA discovered it after Apollo 13 and decided to honor the actor.

Tom Hanks was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

He blames himself saying that "I'm part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady... I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers. Well, it takes a little bit more than that."

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He was the youngest person to receive the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award  

American Film Institute

He was only 46 when they gave it to him!

He met his wife Rita Wilson on the set of "Bosom Buddies"


At the time he was married to his college sweetheart, Samantha Lewes. Rita was also engaged at the time but she said that "I didn't know what being in love was until I met Tom."

He claims the reason their marriage has lasted so long was because of their unconditional love for each other

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Wilson said in an interview "He told me, 'You know, you never have to change anything about who you are or what you do to be with me.'"

Hanks has been friends with Bruce Springsteen since they were kids  


Which is probably part of the reason that Springsteen got a song in the movie Philadelphia which ultimately won an Oscar.

He collects vintage typewriters  

Even his collections are adorable! Hanks has over 80 vintage typewriters. He also launched an app that is a virtual typewriter for those who miss the sounds of the old machines.

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