This week, in Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips," Hanks stars as the eponymous character who gets taken hostage by Somali pirates. The intense drama is based on the real-life hijacking of the Maersk Alabama ship off the coast of Africa in 2002.
While we've seen many sides of the beloved Oscar-winning actor on screen, there are probably a handful of things you didn't know about the man. From his relation to a famous US president to his favorite collector's item, check out these facts about Tom Hanks that you may not know.
1. Hanks has hosted "Saturday Night Live" eight times, making him a member of the Five-Timers Club, a term which was coined in a sketch during Hanks' fifth time hosting.
2. Hanks gained 30 pounds for his role in "A League of Their Own" with the help of a nearby ice cream shop. We wonder what flavors he liked most...
3. He is the second actor to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for his roles in 1993's "Philadelphia" and 1994's Forrest Gump. The first was Spencer Tracy for 1937's "Captains Courageous" and 1938's "Boys Town."
4. Hanks received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2002, presented by Steven Spielberg. Hanks was the youngest ever to receive the award.
5. The asteroid "12818 tomhanks" was named after him when discovered in 1996.
6. Hanks is a third cousin, four generations removed, of former President Abraham Lincoln. Their common ancestor is John Hanks (1680 - 1740), who was the great-great-grandfather of Lincoln and the six-times great-grandfather of Tom Hanks.
7. Hanks sold popcorn and peanuts as a teenager at the Oakland Coliseum.
8. His Oscar acceptance speech for 1993's "Philadelphia," where he thanked a gay teacher, led to the plot of the movie "In & Out," in which a gay teacher is outed in an Academy Awards speech.
9. He received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the U. S. Navy's highest civilian honor, on Veterans Day in 1999 for his work in the movie "Saving Private Ryan."
10. Hanks married his first wife Samantha Lewes two months after their son Colin's birth in 1977. They also had a daughter, Elizabeth.
11. After a one-time guest appearance on "Happy Days," producer Ron Howard asked Hanks to read for a secondary part in "Splash," which he eventually got the lead role for.
12. Hanks is a diehard Cleveland Indians baseball fan. He even purchased a stone in the front of Jacobs Field when it was built.
13. Hanks is a fan of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and has expressed desire to one day guest star on the show.
14. He enjoys collecting typewriters and has purchased over 80 of them around the world.
15. Hanks was a member of the comedy group Monty Python for one night when filling in for John Cleese at The Concert For George, a tribute to Beatle George Harrison in 2002.
16. Hanks is related to Bill Cosby's wife Camille O. Cosby since both share a biological lineage to Abraham Lincoln through his mother, Nancy Hanks.
17. Hanks gained and later lost 50 pounds for his role in "Cast Away."
18. Hanks attended Chabot College in Hayward, California and California State University, Sacramento.
19. Between 1994 and 2004, Hanks was nominated for the most Academy Awards out of any actor, along with Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, and Ed Harris. He was nominated for four and won two, also the most wins out of any.
20. In three of his movies, Hanks has had a scene where his character is stranded at sea, including 1984's "Splash," 1990's "Joe Versus the Volcano," and 2000's "Cast Away."
21. He is a fan of English Premier League soccer team Aston Villa and was presented with a jersey on a TV show with "Hanks" and the number one printed on the back.
22. He has been good friends with musician Bruce Springsteen since his youth.
23. While scouting locations with Steven Spielberg for the HBO series "Band of Brothers," Hanks dislocated his shoulder when falling through a rotting floor in a building in Germany.
24. He is an environmental conservationist and often advocates and supports natural causes.
25. Hanks shares his birthday, July 9, with musician Jack White, David O'Hara ("Contraband"), Courtney Love, Chris Cooper, O.J. Simpson, and U.S. politician Donald Rumsfeld.