Colin Hanks

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Colin Hanks
Hanks at South by Southwest in 2015
Colin Lewes Hanks

(1977-11-24) November 24, 1977 (age 46)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, director
Years active1996–present
Samantha Bryant
(m. 2010)
RelativesChet Hanks (half-brother)
Truman Hanks (half-brother)
Rita Wilson (stepmother)
Jim Hanks (uncle)
Larry Hanks (uncle)

Colin Lewes Hanks (born November 24, 1977)[1][2] is an American actor and comedian. He has starred in films including Orange County, King Kong, The House Bunny, The Great Buck Howard, and the Jumanji film series. His television credits include Roswell, Band of Brothers, Mad Men, Dexter, Fargo, The Good Guys, Life in Pieces, Impeachment: American Crime Story, The Offer, and A Friend of the Family. Hanks also provided the voice of Talking Tom, the title character in the web series Talking Tom & Friends. He is the eldest son of actor Tom Hanks.

Early life[edit]

Hanks was born in Sacramento, California[3] to actor Tom Hanks and producer and actress Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham).[4] He has a sister, Elizabeth, and through his father's marriage to his stepmother, actress Rita Wilson, he has two younger half-brothers, Chester "Chet" and Truman.

Hanks attended Sacramento Country Day School, and then Chapman University, before transferring to Loyola Marymount University. He left without earning a degree.[5]


Hanks in 2005 at the premiere of Peter Jackson's King Kong in Wellington, New Zealand

In 1999, Hanks was cast as Alex Whitmann in the science-fiction series Roswell, where he appeared for the first two seasons (making a brief appearance in the third). During that time, he acted in the teen comedies Whatever It Takes with Shane West and Get Over It with Ben Foster. Hanks also made an appearance in an episode of The OC. He appeared in part eight of HBO mini-series Band of Brothers as Lt. Hank Jones. In 2002, he starred in his first film as Shaun Brumder in Orange County, alongside Jack Black and Schuyler Fisk. The comedy features Hanks' character trying to get into Stanford University after his guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcript. In 2005, he appeared in the remake of King Kong, playing the assistant to Jack Black's character. In 2006, Hanks had a cameo role in Black's Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, playing a drunken fraternity brother. He starred in the romantic comedy The House Bunny in 2008, playing Oliver, a charming manager of a nursing home and the love interest of Anna Faris' character. In 2008, Hanks began work as director on All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, a documentary about Tower Records which ultimately premiered on March 17, 2015, at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.[6] The film received funding of nearly $100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign.[7]

In 2009, Hanks appeared in The Great Buck Howard, which was produced by his father and also starred John Malkovich. He also played Father Gill, a young Roman Catholic priest, in season 2 of the TV show Mad Men.[8] In 2012, he made his Broadway debut, acting alongside Jane Fonda in the Moisés Kaufman play 33 Variations.[9] Hanks starred in the 2010 Fox TV series The Good Guys as young detective Jack Bailey, alongside Bradley Whitford who played an old-school detective (Dan Stark). In 2011, he starred in the indie film Lucky, alongside Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret, and Jeffrey Tambor.[10] He also joined the cast of Dexter for season six opposite Edward James Olmos, where he portrays an art historian Travis Marshall[11] who is involved in a murderous apocalyptic cult.[12]

In 2014, he starred as Allison in the second season of the web series Burning Love. The same year, he also portrayed Dr. Malcolm Perry in the historical film Parkland. In 2015, he played Officer Gus Grimly in the FX television series Fargo, for which he received Critics' Choice Television Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

In 2017, Hanks began a voice role in the show Talking Tom & Friends. He voices Talking Tom, the main character.[13][14]

In 2018, Hanks appears as the adult Alex Vreeke in the film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a role he would later reprise in the film's 2019 sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level.

In 2019, Hanks portrays a young Fred Rogers on the Comedy Central show Drunk History. The same year, Hanks appears as a guest judge on Netflix's baking competition Sugar Rush in the episode "Sweet Geeks".

Personal life[edit]

Hanks dated Busy Philipps in the 1990s while in college. In June 2009, Hanks became engaged to former New York publicist Samantha Bryant.[15] The couple married on May 8, 2010, in Los Angeles.[15] Together, they have two daughters, one born in 2011,[16] and the other born in 2013.[17]

Hanks is a San Francisco Giants baseball fan and attended their World Series-clinching victory in Texas in November 2010. He also directed a 30 for 30 short about their disastrous Crazy Crab stint in the 1980s.[18] He is also a fan of Liverpool FC, the San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings,[19] and Los Angeles Kings.[20] He was the official Kevin and Bean LA Kings playoff correspondent for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 That Thing You Do! Male Page
2000 Whatever It Takes Paul Newby
2001 Get Over It Felix Woods
2002 Orange County Shaun Brumder
2003 11:14 Mark
2005 Rx Jonny Also co-producer
Standing Still Quentin
King Kong Preston
2006 Alone with Her Doug
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Drunken fraternity brother
2007 Careless Wiley Roth
2008 The Great Buck Howard Troy Gable
Untraceable Griffin Dowd
My Mom's New Boyfriend Henry Durand a.k.a. My Spy
The House Bunny Oliver
W. David Frum
2010 High School Brandon Ellis
Barry Munday Heavy Metal Greg
2011 Lucky Ben Keller
2012 The Guilt Trip Rob
2013 Super Buddies Megasis/Captain Canine (voice) Video
Parkland Dr. Malcolm Perry
2015 No Stranger Than Love Clint Coburn
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records Director; documentary
Vacation Jake
2016 Elvis & Nixon Egil Krogh
2017 Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) Director; documentary
Band Aid Uber Douche
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Adult Alex Vreeke Uncredited cameo
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Alex Vreeke
2021 How It Ends Charlie
2024 Orion and the Dark Adult Orion Mendelson (voice)
TBA Nuremberg Gustave Gilbert Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Roswell Alexander Charles "Alex" Whitman Main role (seasons 1–2); 45 episodes
2001 Band of Brothers Lieutenant Henry Jones Episode: "The Last Patrol"
2004 The O.C. Grady Episode: "The L.A."
2005, 2008 Numb3rs Marshall Penfield 2 episodes
2008 Mad Men Father John Gill 3 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Jack Bailey 20 episodes
2011 Dexter Travis Marshall 12 episodes
Robot Chicken Sam Witwicky / Vanity Smurf Voice, episode: "Terms of Endaredevil"
2012 Happy Endings Himself Episode: "Cocktails & Dreams"
2012, 2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself / Movie Cop 2 episodes
2013 Burning Love Allison 8 episodes
NCIS Richard Parsons 3 episodes
Key & Peele Director Episode: "The Power of Wings"
Ghost Ghirls Tom Wellington / Bloody Bat Episode: "Field of Screams"
2014 Bad Teacher Coach Donnie 3 episodes
2014–2015 Fargo Officer Gus Grimly Main cast (season 1); guest (season 2)
2014–present Talking Tom & Friends Talking Tom, Gardener, Wesley Voice, main role
2015 30 for 30 Shorts Director Short film: The Anti-Mascot
Mom Andy Dreeson Episode: "Godzilla and a Sprig of Mint"
What Lives Inside Taylor Delaney 4 episodes
2015–2019 Drunk History Various 6 episodes
Life in Pieces Greg Short Main cast
2017 30 for 30 Shorts Director Short film; The Amazing Adventures of Wally and The Worm
2018 Sugar Rush Himself / Guest Judge Episode: "Sweet Geeks"[22]
2019 The Final Table Himself / Guest Judge Episode: "USA"
2019–2021 Big City Greens Mark Voice, 2 episodes
2020 American Dad! Alien Captain / Successful Classmate Voice, 2 episodes
2021 Impeachment: American Crime Story Mike Emmick 7 episodes
2022 The Offer Barry Lapidus Miniseries
A Friend of the Family Bob Broberg Miniseries

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2005 King Kong Preston


Year Association Category Work Result
2002 MTV Movie Awards Best Male Breakthrough Performance Orange County Nominated
2005 Spike Video Game Awards Best Cast Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Won
2005 San Diego Film Festival[23] Soaring Star Award Body of Work Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Fargo Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Life in Pieces Nominated


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