Born on July 9, 1956 in Concord, California to Amos Hanks, a cook, and Janet Marylyn, a hospital worker, Tom Hanks’ early family life defined part of his adulthood — and his career.
Hanks’ parents divorced when he was five, and Tom, his sister, and one brother stuck with their father (his youngest brother went with their mother). His father continually moved, jumping from restaurant to restaurant in the Bay Area, and remarried twice. He said he had lived in 10 different homes by the age of 10.
“I moved about a million times,” Hanks told Rolling Stone. “I think we moved every six months of my life.”
According to Closer, the Hanks family lived in its fair share of hovels. Of one apartment, he recalled: “If you scraped the amount of burnt tomato soup off the stove, it would have been like an archeological dig!”
While that might sound like a depressing childhood, Hanks recalls his itinerant lifestyle fondly. “‘I never had a problem with being new in school — I kind of enjoyed it,’” he told Closer.