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Tom Hanks' many roles

The opposite of a typecast actor, two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has played a wide variety of characters during a career spanning more than three decades. Look back at some of his noteworthy roles in film, TV and theater.

"Saving Mr. Banks"

Walt Disney in
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Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks." (2013)

'SNL' host

A haunted elevator attraction tries to spook its
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A haunted elevator attraction tries to spook its riders (Beck Bennett, Kate McKinnon) with an original character, David Pumpkins (Tom Hanks).

"Captain Phillips"

Captain Richard Phillips in Columbia Pictures'
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Captain Richard Phillips in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips." (2013)

"Sully"

Legendary US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, in
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Legendary US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger, in "Sully," Clint Eastwood's depiction of the 2009 "Miracle on the Hudson," in which Sully glided a disabled jet onto the Hudson River, saving everyone on board. (2016)

"Lucky Guy"

Mike McAlary in
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Mike McAlary in "Lucky Guy," Nora Ephron's Broadway play about 1980s New York City. (2013)

"Cloud Atlas"

Dr. Henry Goose, hotel manager, Isaac Sachs and
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Dr. Henry Goose, hotel manager, Isaac Sachs and more in "Cloud Atlas." (2012)

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Thomas Schell, a fictional victim of the 9/11
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Thomas Schell, a fictional victim of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, in 2009's "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," based on Safran Foer's 2005 novel.

"Larry Crowne"

The titular character in
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The titular character in "Larry Crowne," about a middle-aged man who enrolls in college after being laid off from his job. (2011)

"The Da Vinci Code"

Robert Langdon in
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Robert Langdon in "The Da Vinci Code" (2006) and its sequel, "Angels & Demons" (2009), based on Dan Brown's best-selling novels.

"Polar Express"

He voiced several characters including the conductor in
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He voiced several characters including the conductor in the animated "Polar Express," based on the beloved children's book. (2004)

"The Terminal"

Viktor Navorski in
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Viktor Navorski in "The Terminal." (2004)

"The Ladykillers"

Professor G.H. Dorr in
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Professor G.H. Dorr in "The Ladykillers." (2004)

"The Green Mile"

Paul Edgecomb in
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Paul Edgecomb in "The Green Mile." (1999)

"You've Got Mail"

Joe Fox, who falls in love with Meg
Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Joe Fox, who falls in love with Meg Ryan's Kathleen Kelly over the Internet in Nora Ephron's "You've Got Mail." (1998)

"Saving Private Ryan"

Captain Miller in
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Captain Miller in "Saving Private Ryan." (1998)

Woody, the cowboy to Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear
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Woody, the cowboy to Tim Allen's Buzz Lightyear astronaut in the "Toy Story" series that began in 1995. (He'll return for "Toy Story 4," set for release in June 2018.)

"Apollo 13"

Jim Lovell in
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Jim Lovell in "Apollo 13." (1995)

"Forrest Gump"

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"Forrest Gump" won Hanks his second best-actor Academy Award in 1994.

"Philadelphia"

Andrew Beckett in
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Andrew Beckett in "Philadelphia," a performance that won Hanks an Academy Award for best actor. (1993)

"A League of Their Own"

Jimmy Dugan in the baseball favorite
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Jimmy Dugan in the baseball favorite "A League of Their Own." (1992)

"Big"

Grown-up Josh Baskin in
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Film

Grown-up Josh Baskin in "Big." (1988)

"Bosom Buddies"

Kip
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Kip "Buffy" Wilson in the early '80s TV series "Bosom Buddies," opposite Peter Scolari.

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