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Short Info

Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthNovember 24, 1977
SpouseSamantha Bryant
FactNephew of Jim Hanks.

Colin Hanks is an American actor and director. He is the son of actor Tom Hanks. He was born in Sacramento, California, on November 24, 1977. His mother, Samantha Lewes, was an actress and his father, Tom Hanks, is an actor and director. He has two older siblings, Chester and Truman.

He was raised in Concord, California. He attended De La Salle High School in Concord and then attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He began his acting career in the early 2000s with roles in the television series Roswell and The West Wing. He has also appeared in the films Orange County, King Kong, The Great Buck Howard, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and The Circle.

He has directed the films All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records and Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends). He is married to actress Samantha Bryant. They have two children. ..

General Info

Full NameColin Hanks
Net Worth$15 million
Date Of BirthNovember 24, 1977
Height1.86 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor, Film director, Writer
EducationLoyola Marymount University, Chapman University


SpouseSamantha Bryant
ChildrenOlivia Jane Hanks, Charlotte Bryant Hanks
ParentsSamantha Lewes, Tom Hanks
SiblingsChet Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Truman Theodore Hanks


AwardsYoung Hollywood Award for 'One To Watch' - Male
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice T...
MoviesAll Things Must Pass, The Great Buck Howard, The House Bunny, King Kong, Untraceable, Orange County, Elvis & Nixon, No Stranger Than Love, Alone with Her, My Mom's New Boyfriend, That Thing You Do!, Standing Still, Whatever It Takes, The Guilt Trip, Get Over It, Parkland, Tenacious D in The Pick of ...
TV ShowsDexter, The Good Guys, Roswell, Life in Pieces, Fargo

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1I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured my thumb, so my bass career went bye-bye.
2I was in two very horrible bands.
3My dad has always been extremely supportive in every decision I've made and much more interested in me picking what I wanted to do.
4I spent a lot of time in Tower Records. I'm a huge music nerd, and Tower was instrumental to me when I was growing up.
5To be quite honest, I'm not religious.
6I like to look at scenarios and see how people interact with each other. That's why I'm an actor because I try to recreate that. Since our daughter joined us the spectrum has widened.
7I'm really fascinated with anything that takes place between the 1920s up through the 1960s. In some ways it feels familiar, and in other ways it feels like it's from another planet.
8I've been able to find just as much interesting, exciting music through the Internet and iTunes... The personal interaction is not the same, and I'm not walking out of a store with a physical thing, so there's definitely an element that is lost, for sure.
9Religion theme aside, most of the time I'm in some sort of comedy and I'm a straight man and it's really just, let's wind this guy up and see him explode.
10You can't knock somebody for how they got into the business. I'm sure I'm gonna look back at 'Roswell' and some of my first movies and I'm gonna cringe.
11But yeah, I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured my thumb, so my bass career went bye-bye.
12When I was younger it was - you know, my dad dressed up in drag on 'Bosom Buddies.' And that was what I was having to deal with at the time. And then around the time that I was into college was when he became statue-worthy I guess you could say.
13I think Robitussin is way underrated.
14Keep in my mind my dad didn't become a huge, huge mega actor until I was halfway through high school - so right around the time he's going through his big renaissance is right when I'm starting to do my high school revolting.
15'Lucky' is for laughs, and there's really nothing funny that I'm doing on 'Dexter.' I think more than anything, both comment on the fact that anybody is capable of anything. Just because they are the shy guy in the corner doesn't mean that they are a harmless little bunny.
16A baby's existence for the first three months is a one-way street. One person is doing all the work and the other is crying, sleeping and pooping. So the first moment when you're actually able to do something and they acknowledge your presence, that's a big deal. A very big deal.
17I eventually thought, this is the only thing I could do as a profession, I can't really do anything else.
18I guess maybe someone at 'Dexter' saw the 'Mad Men' stuff and thought, 'He can do this.'
19I didn't want to come up with some generic Johnny Bravo type name. I'm not that cool, so I might as well stick with my birth name.
20I did plays in grade school.
21I knew that I needed to do something that I desperately loved. There was a period where I did question if it was acting because I knew that I would be making things hard on myself. I knew that there was going to be a little bit of a hullabaloo because of my dad being who he is and all that.
22Boxers, man, except when I have to get dressed up. Then it's boxer-briefs. But never tighty-whities. Never. But dude! If they brought back Underoos? Dude, if they brought back Underoos, I would rock the Underoos. Like He-Man and Transformers and G.I. Joe and even like Dukes of Hazzard.
23Everyone in my industry, the movie industry, is looking at the music industry and going, 'How do we avoid that collapse?' And I don't know if you can, to be quite honest!
24Having come up in the era where movies are only movies if they're released in the theater... I don't know if that holds true anymore. I've been involved in some movies that have gone 'direct-to-video,' and that used to not be a good thing, but now it's different.
25When it comes down to it, I just want to work.
26I don't need to know how they make Coca-Cola. I think it tastes just fine not knowing what the ingredients are. I think there are some things that should be kept secret.
27I'm the quiet bass player.
28No matter where you are in your life, whatever set of people you're with, it all still breaks down like high school does. You have your social cliques, you have the people you get along with, the people you don't and the people you're ambivalent about. All of the dynamics are still here.
29Tower Records was a place to meet your friends, your co-workers or a place to meet new friends who shared a common love of music, literature and all things cultural.
30Normally, what I do for fun is just nothing. I try to just relax. Normally, it involves just relaxing and reading and maybe going out and meeting up with a friend. I live a very simple existence. I would much rather just sit around and listen to a couple of records and read the paper.
31I collect watches because I'm always late, and I need to know exactly how late I'm going to be - in order to come up with a good excuse.


1Is a distant cousin of President Abraham Lincoln thru his mother Nancy Hanks.
2Colin's paternal grandmother was of Portuguese descent, while Colin's maternal grandfather's mother was of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish ancestry. Colin's other roots are English, Scottish, Irish, and German.
3Stepnephew of Chris Wilson.
4Father of his 2nd child with his wife, Samantha Bryant. His 2nd daughter Charlotte Bryant was born July 2, 2013.
5Starred with John Lithgow in Orange County (2002). John went on to play the main antagonist, "Trinity", in Dexter (2006), series 4, Colin went on to play the main antagonist, "Travis Marshall", in Dexter (2006), series 6.
6While on the National Public Radio show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," Colin Hanks said that one of the bands in which he was a bass player was called "Pontius Pilot" (a play on the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus). Hanks said that when he joined the band, he had no idea who Pilate was.
7Both Colin Hanks and his father, Tom Hanks, have been "Not My Job" quiz contestants on the National Public Radio show, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!". Both won the quiz.
8Colin is a San Francisco Giants, Sacramento Kings, San Jose Sharks, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Kings fan.
9Daughter Olivia Jane Hanks was born on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, in Los Angeles, California.
10Among the guests at his wedding to Bryant were his dad, Tom Hanks, his stepmother, Rita Wilson, Steven Spielberg, Alyssa Milano and Reese Witherspoon.
11Paid $1,025,000 to buy a modest, two-bedroom house in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills. [2009]
12Real-life father Tom Hanks also played his father in The Great Buck Howard (2008).
13Collaborated with Meg Ryan in My Mom's New Boyfriend (2008). His father, Tom Hanks, starred with Meg Ryan in 3 movies - Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) and You've Got Mail (1998).
14Engaged to publicist Samantha Bryant [June 10, 2009].
15Stated on The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998) that he thinks the funniest movie his father had ever done was Bachelor Party (1984). He also stated that his father wouldn't agree with that choice.
16His last name at birth was Dillingham, his mother's name, but he changed it to Hanks after his parents married.
17The TV series The O.C. (2003) was originally to be called "Orange County" but the title was changed due to the film of the same name. Hanks has appeared in both the film and the series.
18His mother, Samantha Lewes, died of bone cancer on March 13, 2002.
19Auditioned for a role in director Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown (2005) but lost out to Orlando Bloom.
20Nephew of Jim Hanks.
21Older brother of Elizabeth Hanks.
22Stepson of Rita Wilson
23Was named one of the 25 Hottest Bachelors by People Magazine (2003)
24Older half brother of Chet Hanks (b. August 4, 1990) and Truman Hanks (b. December 26, 1995).
25Has a dog named Taz.
26Went to Chapman University in Orange County, where his father filmed That Thing You Do! (1996) using his friends as extras, then transferred to Loyola.
27Attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles at the same time as Linda Cardellini, Sarah Norton and Busy Philipps.
28Son of Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes




Band Aidpost-production
Life in Pieces2015-2016TV SeriesGreg
Talking Tom and Friends2014-2016TV SeriesTom Tom, Audience Member Tom, Gardener
Elvis & Nixon2016Krogh
Fargo2014-2015TV SeriesGus Grimly
Drunk History2015TV SeriesErnest Thompson Seton / Gordon Cooper
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2015TV SeriesSon
No Stranger Than Love2015Clint Coburn
What Lives Inside2015TV Mini-SeriesTaylor Delaney
Mini Mansions: Any Emotions2015Video shortThe Man
Mom2015TV SeriesAndy
Bad Teacher2014TV SeriesCoach Donnie
Key and Peele2013TV SeriesDirector
NCIS2013TV SeriesRichard Parsons DOD Inspector Parsons
Ghost Ghirls2013TV SeriesBloody Bat / Thomas Wellington
Parkland2013Dr. Malcolm Perry
Super Buddies2013VideoMegasis Captain Canine (voice)
Burning Love2013TV SeriesAllison
The Guilt Trip2012Rob
Sketchy2012TV Series
Comedy Bang! Bang!2012TV SeriesMovie Cop
First Look: Ultimate Teaser Trailer2012Video shortTrailer Actor
Dexter2011TV SeriesTravis Marshall
Lucky2011/IIIBen Keller
Robot Chicken2011TV SeriesSam Witwicky Vanity Smurf
The Good Guys2010TV SeriesJack Bailey
Barry Munday2010Heavy Metal Greg
High School2010Brandon Ellis
Numb3rs2005-2008TV SeriesMarshall Penfield
Mad Men2008TV SeriesFather John Gill
W.2008/ISpeechwriter #1
The House Bunny2008Oliver
My Mom's New Boyfriend2008Henry Durand
Untraceable2008Griffin Dowd
The Great Buck Howard2008Troy Gable
Careless2007Wiley Roth
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny2006Drunk Frat Dude
Alone with Her2006Doug
King Kong2005Preston
King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie2005Video GamePreston (voice)
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D2005Documentary shortConspiracy Neil Armstrong
Standing Still2005/IIQuentin
The O.C.2004TV SeriesGrady Bridges
Orange County2002Shaun Brumder
Band of Brothers2001TV Mini-SeriesLt. Henry Jones
Roswell1999-2001TV SeriesAlex Whitman / Captain Sheridan Cavitt
Get Over It2001Felix Woods
Whatever It Takes2000Cosmo
That Thing You Do!1996Male Page


Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)2017Documentary
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records2015Documentary
The Anti-Mascot2014Documentary short


In Deep Water2015Documentary short executive producer
The Queen of Code2015Documentary short executive producer


Roswell2001TV Series performer - 1 episode


Apollo 131995set production assistant


The Chew2016TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Today2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Star Plates2016TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself
No, You Shut Up!2016TV SeriesHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2016TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2016TV SeriesHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards2016TV MovieHimself
Access Hollywood Live2015TV SeriesHimself
The Talk2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
@midnight2015TV SeriesHimself
Harmontown2015TV SeriesHimself
IMDb on the Scene2015TV SeriesHimself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2014-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2015 NHL Awards2015TV MovieHimself
Comedy Bang! Bang!2015TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Official 2014 World Series Film2014Himself (voice)
Fargo: Greetings from Bemidji2014Video documentary shortHimself / Gus Grimly
Fargo: Shades of Green2014Documentary shortHimself / Gus Grimly
Fargo: This Is a True Story2014Documentary shortHimself / Gus Grimly
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2014 NHL Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Chelsea Lately2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Conan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Show2013TV SeriesHimself
The Fogelnest Files2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Global Citizen Festival2012TV MovieHimself
The Soup2012TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Happy Endings2012TV SeriesHimself
18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Riding Shotgun with Adam Pally2011TV Series shortHimself
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2005-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Making of King Kong 360 3D2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Entertainment Tonight2006-2010TV SeriesHimself
The 63rd Annual Tony Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: 33 Variations
Girls Upstairs: Making of 'House Bunny'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Untraceable: The Personnel Files2008Video shortHimself
Extra2008TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'The Pick of Destiny'2007Video documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2002-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong'2006Video documentaryHimself
The Eighth Blunder of the World2006Video shortHimself / Preston
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
King Kong: The Post-Production Diaries2005Video documentaryHimself
King Kong: Peter Jackson's Production Diaries2005Video documentaryHimself
Total Request Live2005TV SeriesHimself
G-Phoria2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Player$2003TV SeriesHimself
Young Hollywood Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2001-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
North Hollywood2001TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Live with Kelly and Michael2016TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Dexter2012TV SeriesTravis Marshall
Biography2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Whatever It Takes: Making-Of Featurette2000Video documentary shortCosmo (uncredited)


Won Awards

2002Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsOne to Watch - Male

Nominated Awards

2015Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionFargo (2014)
2015Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, Comedy or MusicalLife in Pieces (2015)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieFargo (2014)
2014Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Movie/MiniseriesFargo (2014)
2014Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActorFargo (2014)
2014OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesFargo (2014)
2012ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDexter (2006)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBreakthrough Male PerformanceOrange County (2002)

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