Tom Hanks has starred in some of the greatest films of the past 30 years, but despite all his success, the California native has stayed true to his roots and remains one of the nicest and down to Earth celebrities in Hollywood. The iconic actor has played everything from a commanding officer of a death row cellblock to voicing the favorite toy of Andy Davis, Hanks has shown he can do it all.
In celebration of Tom Hanks’ 63rd birthday, join us as we highlight the 10 greatest performances by actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks. Enjoy!
10. Captain Phillips (2013)
When discussing Tom Hanks, often the conversation will be limited to his work in the ’90s. Whilst this is his most notable era, it is certainly not the only time that he has proven to be one of the greatest working actors. He proved this in 2013 with his standout performance in Paul Greengrass’s biographical thriller Captain Phillips, where he played the titular Captain Richard Phillips. The film is inspired by the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, where merchant mariner Captain Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean, led by Abduwali Muse who is played by Barkhad Abdi. It is a powerful performance from Hanks who is no stranger to dramatic roles, and he is fantastic in the film’s stunning and incredibly tense conclusion, and it served as a brilliant reminder as to why he is one of his generation’s best performers.