Meet All Of Tom Hanks’ Family Members

Best known for his incredible portraying of characters in movies such as “Cast Away”, “Forrest Gump”, and “Saving Private Ryan”, Tom Hanks is a staple of high-quality acting in Hollywood. But what is there to know about his private life? Keep reading to find all about his family, from his wife to grandchildren, and to be surprised about how complicated his family tree is!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | (L-R) Samantha Bryant, Colin Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Chet Hanks, and Truman Theodore Hanks attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | (L-R) Samantha Bryant, Colin Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Chet Hanks, and Truman Theodore Hanks attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.


WHO IS TOM HANKS’ FIRST WIFE?

Probably one of the celebrities that has kept her private life in a chest hidden away, Samantha Lewes was born Susan Jane Dillingham on November 29th, 1952. Being originally from San Diego, California, there isn’t much information about her parents and whether or not she has any siblings. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / John Barr / Liaison | Actor Tom Hanks receives his Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, CA., March 29, 1995.

Image Credits: Getty Images / John Barr / Liaison | Actor Tom Hanks receives his Oscar at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, CA., March 29, 1995.

The actress, who wasn’t credited in many movies, attended Sacramento State University, and this is where she and Tom Hanks met. Even though she was four years older than Hanks, it didn’t seem to stop the pair from quickly building a family, and the two welcomed their first child together when he was just twenty-one years old.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.


THE FIRST MARRIAGE: HOW IT ALL ENDED

After their first child was born, they decided to tie the knot and the pair got married in September 1978. Just a few years later, in 1982, they welcomed their second child, and everything seemed to have going well for the young family. However, it would soon change due to a lady by the name of Rita Wilson.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Jaguar PS | Tom Hanks at the world premiere of his new movie "Larry Crowne" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood. June 27, 2011 Los Angeles, CA

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Jaguar PS | Tom Hanks at the world premiere of his new movie "Larry Crowne" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood. June 27, 2011 Los Angeles, CA

During the time that Hanks was married, he met Rita Wilson, and the two quickly developed a romantic relationship. Eventually, in 1987, this unofficial romance would lead to Hanks and Lewes getting a divorce. Lewes’ fame came from Hanks, and from the moment they split she lived her life out of the spotlight until she passed away in 2002.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Kathy Hutchins | Tom Hanks at the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Kathy Hutchins | Tom Hanks at the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA


TOM HANKS OPENS UP ABOUT HIS DIVORCE

Tom Hanks is known for being the sweet soul of a person, and it is understandable how the failed relationship he had with Lewes impacted him negatively. During an interview with Express in 2013, he commented that “A broken marriage meant I was sentencing my own kids to the sort of feelings I had at their age.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole | Tom Hanks attends the European premiere of Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4" at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on June 16, 2019 in London, England.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole | Tom Hanks attends the European premiere of Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4" at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on June 16, 2019 in London, England.

“I was just too young and insecure for marriage. I was 23 and my son Colin was already 2 when I married for the first time. I was not really ready to take on those responsibilities," the actor from “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” continued, as he explained why perhaps getting a divorce was the right option for them.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dominik Bindl / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks attends "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" New York Screening at Henry R. Luce Auditorium at Brookfield Place on November 17, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Dominik Bindl / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks attends "A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood" New York Screening at Henry R. Luce Auditorium at Brookfield Place on November 17, 2019 in New York City.


THE FIRST CHILD: COLIN HANKS

Born Colin Lewes Dillingham, Hanks’ first child is definitely the most famous one. Colin made a name for himself as an actor, producer, and director, being best known for his roles in movies and television series such as “King Kong” and “The House Bunny”. His incredible work in “Fargo” made him a nominee for an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Colin Hanks attends The 2020 InStyle And Warner Bros. 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Colin Hanks attends The 2020 InStyle And Warner Bros. 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Colin married Samantha Bryant, a former New York Publicist in 2010, and the couple has two daughters together. Olivia Jane Hanks was born just one year after the wedding, in 2011, and her younger sister, Charlotte Bryant, was born in 2013. The family is pet-friendly and recently has adopted a dog named Stanley.


THE SECOND CHILD: ELIZABETH HANKS

Born on May 17th, 1982, Elizabeth Ann Hanks was the second child of Tom Hanks’ first marriage. Unlike her big brother, Elizabeth chose the path of writing and has been associated with several editorials such as “The Huffington Post” and “The New York Post”, and sometimes even writes for “Buzzfeed”.

She did some small stunts in the cinema world, having starred alongside her father in “Forrest Gump” and in a musical Tom Hanks directed titled “That Thing You Do!”, however, it didn’t seem to be her thing. Both Elizabeth and Colin were adopted by Rita Wilson, and she seems to have a very close relationship with them.


RITA WILSON: TOM HANKS' SECOND WIFE

Born on October 26th, 1956, Rita Wilson is originally from Los Angeles, and her birth name is Margarita Ibrahimoff. Rita met Tom in the early 80s while working together in the sitcom “Bosom Buddies”, and quickly hit it off. Hanks commented to GC that "Rita and I just looked at each other and — kaboing — that was that.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Theo Wargo | Rita Wilson speaks at the 2018 American Friends of Blerancourt Dinner on November 9, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Theo Wargo | Rita Wilson speaks at the 2018 American Friends of Blerancourt Dinner on November 9, 2018 in New York City.

According to Hanks, “The success of our relationship was a matter of timing, maturity, and our willingness to have an intimate connection.” He had previously mentioned that during his first marriage he was too young to be in a real relationship. Since then, they have been happily together and got married in 1988.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Windle | Actors Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson attend HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Mike Windle | Actors Tom Hanks (L) and Rita Wilson attend HBO's Post 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.


BUILDING A FAMILY TOGETHER

Even though Hanks was already a father, he and Rita quickly decided to bring more joy to the family. "I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother," the actor told Oprah.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steve Granitz / WireImage | Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrives at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steve Granitz / WireImage | Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson arrives at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Rita and Tom welcomed two sons to their family over the years, firstly in 1990 when their son Chet was born, and then in 1995 when Truman joined the family. To this day, their loving relationship is one of the most adored in Hollywood, and they keep the spark alive by working together on a healthy marriage.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California.


THE THIRD CHILD: CHET HANKS

The couple’s first son together was born in August 1990, and he quickly followed his parents’ footsteps into the entertainment industry. Chet Hanks is a rapper and actor, and his first rap track was released back in 2011, titled “White & Purple”, while in his acting side of the business he has been working on the television series “Empire”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bennett Raglin | Actor Chet Hanks attends the Screening of the BET Series "Tales" at DGA Theater on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Bennett Raglin | Actor Chet Hanks attends the Screening of the BET Series "Tales" at DGA Theater on June 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Chet has been in a long term relationship with Tiffany Miles and, according to him, having a daughter with Miles saved his life. The rapper told ET Online that “For me, it took something drastic happening, like becoming a father, for me to make the change,” continuing that his parents “couldn’t be more supportive” of him.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Tran / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at "Cloud Atlas" premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Tran / FilmMagic | Tom Hanks (R) and his son Chet Hanks arrive at "Cloud Atlas" premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.


THE FOURTH CHILD: TRUMAN THEODORE HANKS

The Hanks Family’s baby is Truman Theodore Hanks, who was born in 1995 and seems to be trying to keep his own personal life out of the limelight. Truman studied Mathematics and he is a big fan of designing figurines in Adobe Illustrator, however, even though he tried to keep on the low, he also took some steps into acting.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jun Sato / GC Images | Truman Hanks is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on September 14, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jun Sato / GC Images | Truman Hanks is seen upon arrival at Haneda Airport on September 14, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

According to his most recent IMDB credits, it seems that perhaps he is now looking into leaving his privacy behind. He has been a production assistant in the movie “The Cloverfield Paradox” and took the same responsibilities in the 2019’s remake of “Charlie’s Angels”. Let’s see if he is going to follow his family’s legacy and move into acting!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gilbert Carrasquillo / GC Images | Actors Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson and son Truman Theodore Hanks are seen arriving to Tom Ford SS19 fashion show at Park Avenue Armory on September 5, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gilbert Carrasquillo / GC Images | Actors Tom Hanks, wife Rita Wilson and son Truman Theodore Hanks are seen arriving to Tom Ford SS19 fashion show at Park Avenue Armory on September 5, 2018 in New York City.


THREE GRANDDAUGHTERS WHO DON’T CARE ABOUT TOM HANKS

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are lucky to be grandparents to three lovely girls, however, it seems that the young girls couldn’t care less about their fame and fortune. According to Hanks' oldest son, Colin, his daughters “don’t care about him [Tom Hanks] at all,” going as far as saying that for them he is just “like every other [...] grandparent.”

Colin’s daughters, Olivia and Charlotte, seem to be spoiled by Hanks, and he is not happy with it. In an interview, Colin commented that “The grandparent gives them stuff they shouldn’t be having, and the grandparents don’t listen to what the parents are saying they should be doing.” Isn’t this the same with all grandparents?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic | Chet Hanks (2L), Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Truman Hanks attend the ceremony honoring Rita Wilson with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 29, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic | Chet Hanks (2L), Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks and Truman Hanks attend the ceremony honoring Rita Wilson with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 29, 2019 in Hollywood, California.


FIRST GRANDCHILD: OLIVIA JANE HANKS

Born on February 1st, 2011, Olivia is the first grandchild of Tom Hanks, and apparently she brought the children inside her grandparents out! “Tom’s a kid at heart and thrives on playing chase or portraying a funny monster to his granddaughters, and Rita sings and dances with them,” Closer reported.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin | Actors Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks attend The Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers screening of "The Great Buck Howard" at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on March 10, 2009 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin | Actors Tom Hanks and Colin Hanks attend The Cinema Society and Brooks Brothers screening of "The Great Buck Howard" at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on March 10, 2009 in New York City.


SECOND GRANDCHILD: CHARLOTTE BRYANT HANKS

Charlotte joined the family in July 2013, and grandpa Hanks could not hide his excitement. The actor shared on his Twitter account that “Less than a month old. New Granddaughter. Will rule world @year 2033.” She has her goals already set! Colin also commented that his baby daughter was “as happy as we are overjoyed and tired.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tibrina Hobson / FilmMagic | Colin Hanks and Samantha Bryant attend the premiere of 'All Things Must Pass' at Harmony Gold Theatre on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Tibrina Hobson / FilmMagic | Colin Hanks and Samantha Bryant attend the premiere of 'All Things Must Pass' at Harmony Gold Theatre on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


THIRD GRANDCHILD: MICHAIAH

Michaiah joined the family in late 2016, and she is the daughter of Chet and his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Miles. Even though the parents are no longer together, they are still amicable and co-parent the baby girl. Michaiah has been spending most of her time with her mother in their house in Palm Springs.


TOM HANKS AND RITA WILSON: THE COOL GRANDPARENTS

Tom and Rita are in love with their new role in the family, and in an interview with ET, they shared how they think about how they are as grandparents. Rita told Danny Directo that "We're the cool grandparents,” and Tom quickly agreed, saying "I think [we're] the coolest."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks embrace as Wilson is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 29, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks embrace as Wilson is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 29, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

"When you have grandkids, if you're with one of them — or all three of them — look, there's no book, no radio, no TV. You're going to be entertained by them every moment that you're there. Sit back and watch the show!" Tom commented on how fun it is to be a grandfather.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Carlo Allegri | Actor Tom Hanks (R) and actress Rita Wilson (L) arrive for the world premiere of the movie 'Ladykillers' at the El Capitan Theatre March 12, 2004 in Hollywood, CA. The movie goes into wide release on March 26th, 2004.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Carlo Allegri | Actor Tom Hanks (R) and actress Rita Wilson (L) arrive for the world premiere of the movie 'Ladykillers' at the El Capitan Theatre March 12, 2004 in Hollywood, CA. The movie goes into wide release on March 26th, 2004.


THE PARENTS ARE HAPPY ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR CHILDREN

"They've always been there for me, and I've been really lucky... They love being grandparents too. It's been awesome to see them being grandparents as well because I was really close to my grandparents and now my daughter gets to have the same experience,” Chet confessed to ET.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Vince Bucci | Actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson attend Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers on May 15, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Vince Bucci | Actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson attend Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers on May 15, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

But who wouldn’t want to be part of the coolest and most easy-going family in Hollywood? I know I would! The Hanks family keeps on growing and hopefully, soon enough there will be more announcements, so let’s keep an eye open for that! What do you think about this stunning clan? Leave us a comment and be sure to click the share button!

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