|Born||James Mathew Hanks
June 15, 1961
Shasta, California, U.S.
|Other names||Jimmy Hanks|
|Home town||Red Bluff, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Karen Praxel Hanks (1 son)|
|Parents||Amos and Janet Hanks|
|Family||Tom Hanks (brother)|
Jim Hanks is the youngest brother of Tom Hanks, but they were not raised together. After their parents Amos and Janet Hanks divorced in 1961, Jim went to Red Bluff, California with his mother, while older siblings Tom, Larry, and Sandra remained with their father. After college Jim lived in Sacramento working as a waiter, and in 1988, moved to Los Angeles. The agent who employed his actress wife Karen Praxel as a receptionist encouraged Jim to get into acting. Jim took acting lessons, and began his career with roles in B-movies and commercial voice-overs.
He also works with Los Angeles based "Feet First Films", a production company that provides actor demos as well as production support for short films. Jim and his wife have one son and currently reside in Venice, California.
Jim Hanks' first lead role was as Jeeter Buford in the film Buford's Beach Bunnies. Wishing to earn the role based upon his own abilities, he had auditioned as "Jim Matthews", using just his first and a modification of his middle name. While production noted his "resemblance to Tom Hanks", he won the role based upon his own comedic and acting skills and his true relationship to Tom was not revealed until paperwork was completed.
In 1995 A Current Affair revealed that Tom Hanks had created the mannerisms for the character of Forrest Gump in the film of the same name based upon the simpleton mannerisms earlier created by Jim for the role of Jeeter in 1993, including Forrest's "now-famous jerky run". Jim's physical resemblance to Tom allowed him to act as body-double in scenes in Forrest Gump, and due to his vocal similarity, Jim often substitutes for Tom in the role of Sheriff Woody in various Toy Story video games and spin-offs.
Hanks has also appeared on stage, including playing "Lennie Small" in Theatrical Arts Internationals production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
|1993||Buford's Beach Bunnies||Jeeter Buford|
|1995||Portrait in Red||Detective Wilder|
|Xtro 3: Watch the Skies||Prvt. Friedman|
|1999||Blood Type||Stew||Angel Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Baby Geniuses||Goon Ray|
|Inferno||Tour Bus Driver|
|2000||Blood on the Backlot||Officer Holbrook|
|Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Woody (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Spirit Rising||Marv Chalsky|
|2003||Swing||Club Jimbo Maitre D'|
|2004||Purgatory House||Saint James|
|2009||Road to the Altar||Dick|
|Acts of Violence||Detective Mike|
|2011||Seymour Sally Rufus||Doctor|
|1992||Homefront||Ball Player #4||Episode: "First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage"|
|1996||Toy Story Treats||Woody (voice)|
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Les Barrish||Episode: "It's a Small World After All"|
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Jerry||Episode: "The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie"|
|1997||Night Man||Episode: "Face to Face"|
|1998||The Ransom of Red Chief||Mailman||TV movie|
|1998-1999||JAG||CPO Kyle Anderson
Chief Kyle Anderson
|Episodes: "Jaggle Bells"
|1999||Smart Guy||Episode: "From a to Double D"|
|Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||Dwayne Hunter|
|2000||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Duane the Salesman||Episode: "Kiss of Death"|
|2005||Scrubs||Dr. Turner||Episode: "My Faith in Humanity"|
|2007||Dexter||Annoyed Man||Episode: "The Dark Defender"|
|2008||Shark Swarm||Nick Atkins||TV movie|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Chuck Noland (voice)||Episode: "Punctured Jugular"|
|2001||Toy Story Racer|
|2003||Extreme Skate Adventure|
|2004||The Polar Express||Conductor
|2009||Toy Story Mania!||Woody|
|2010||Toy Story 3: The Video Game|
- Wish (2008)
- The Floor (2008)
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