Tom Hanks is no stranger to the fast life, and he’s learned to adapt easily to new situations. That may be largely due to the fact that as a kid, he’d lived in ten houses by the time he turned ten years old, thanks to his father’s job as a cook.
One such house was the kind that floats. In the early to mid-’70s, he lived with his family on a two-story houseboat, which sold for $600,000 in 2018.
Far From Mr. Popular
The actor was born in California in the mid-1950s to his mother, a Portuguese hospital worker named Janet, and his father, the cook, named Amos. He had several siblings and wasn’t exactly Mr. Popular with the kids at school.
In his own words, as he puts it, “I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully, terribly shy.” It’s amazing how much things (and people) can change. Just look at the A-list actor, he's one of the most famous and popular names in Tinseltown!
A Religious Background
Hanks grew up in a religious family, with some Catholicism and Mormonism mixed in. He used to carry his Bible around with him and called himself an actual Bible-toting evangelical.
His parents split up when he was still very young, and when that happened, Tom and some of his siblings went with his father, while their youngest brother, Jim, went with their mother.
1956 Is When It All Began
In 1956, the very same year Tom Hanks entered the world, his future wife, Rita Wilson, was being born just miles away from him in Hollywood, California.
Wilson was born under the name Margarita Ibrahimoff and was raised in a Greek Orthodox family, as her mother, Dorothea Tzigkou, was raised near the Greek border in Bulgaria. Interesting that they would be born so close to each other, in both time and space!
Hanks’ father-in-law, Rita’s father, Hassan, grew up in the Islamic faith in Bulgaria but converted when he married Rita’s mother. He can speak several different languages, including Russian, Turkish, Polish, and Greek.
Hanks has said that he’s modeled his role as Viktor in "The Terminal" on his father-in-law and even learned some of his Bulgarian phrases in the movie from him beforehand. Rita’s father has since changed his name to Alan Wilson.