Hanks for the Memories: Tom Hanks' Best Movie Roles

As awards season begins, take a look back at the actor's stellar movie resume (19 Photos)

Ishaw Thorpe on Jan 21, 2014 at 11:17AM

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Hanks for the Memories: Tom Hanks' Best Movie Roles

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Splash (1984)

It was his first major movie role and the first of his many movie collaborations with actor-turned-director Ron Howard and, yes, his big-screen star potential shined through. Tom Hanks was already on audience radars after starring in the high-concept TV sitcom Bosom Buddies and a memorable recurring guest spot on Family Ties. The fact that he was charming enough to pull off yet another high-concept storyline -- that of a guy who falls in love with a mermaid as a child and spends his adult life trying to repeat that bond with another female --  came as no surprise. That his Allen Bauer managed to swim away with the girl/mermaid (Darryl Hannah) made for one very happy ending, and the beginning of a very successful, 27-year Hollywood run.
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