Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Tom Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide. Famous for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is widely regarded as an American cultural icon.
On the occasion of his 65th birthday, we bring you some really interesting facts you did not know about Tom Hanks:
1. Hanks has An Asteroid Named After Him
Tom Hanks’ role of an astronaut in the 1995 Apollo 13 is a memorable one. In his honour NASA named an asteroid they discovered in 1996 “12818 Tomhanks”.
As a child, Tom wanted to become an astronaut, but with time he realised that he “didn’t have the math.”
A big fan of manned spaceflight, Hanks today sits on the Board of Governors of the “National Space Society,”
There is more… In 2006, Hanks was conferred with the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award from the Space Foundation. The award is given to an individual or organization that contributes towards public awareness about space programs. Ironically, Hanks did more for the space exploration as an actor than he might have done as an astronaut.
Surely for Tom, the Sky’s the Limit.