Colin Hanks

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Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks SXSW 2015.jpg
Colin Hanks at the 2015 SXSW
Born Colin Lewes Dillingham
(1977-11-24) November 24, 1977 (age 37)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Samantha Bryant (m. 2010)
Children 2
Parent(s) Tom Hanks
Samantha Lewes
Rita Wilson (stepmother)

Colin Hanks (born Colin Lewes Dillingham;[1] November 24, 1977)[2] is an American actor. He is known for starring in the 2002 film Orange County, as well as television roles including Alex Whitman in Roswell, Henry Jones in Band of Brothers, Travis Marshall in Dexter and Officer Gus Grimly in Fargo, as well as co-starring in the 2010 Fox TV series The Good Guys.

He currently stars in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces as Greg Short.

Early life[edit]

Hanks was born and raised in Sacramento, California,[3] the oldest son of actor Tom Hanks and his first wife, producer and actress Samantha Lewes[2] (married and maiden names Dillingham), who died of bone cancer on March 12, 2002. His name was changed to Hanks after his parents married in 1978. He has a sister, Elizabeth (born 1982), and two younger paternal half-brothers, Chester Marlon Hanks (born 1990) and Truman Theodore Hanks (born 1995), from his father's second marriage, to actress Rita Wilson. Hanks attended Sacramento Country Day School, and then Chapman University, before transferring to Loyola Marymount University. He left without taking a degree.[4]


In 1999, Hanks won the role of Alex Whitman in the science-fiction series Roswell, where he appeared for the first two seasons (making a brief appearance in the third). During that time, he acted in the teen comedies Whatever It Takes with Shane West and Get Over It with Ben Foster. Hanks also made an appearance in an episode of The OC. He appeared in part eight of HBO mini-series Band of Brothers as Lt. Henry Jones. In 2002, he starred in his first film as Shaun Brumder in Orange County, alongside Jack Black and Schuyler Fisk. The comedy features Hanks trying to get into Stanford University after his guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcript. In 2005, he appeared in the remake of King Kong, playing the assistant to Jack Black's character. In 2006, Hanks had a cameo role in Black's Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, playing a drunken fraternity brother. He starred in the romantic comedy The House Bunny, playing Oliver, a charming manager of a nursing home and the love interest of Anna Faris' character.

In 2008, he appeared in The Great Buck Howard, which was produced by his father and also starred John Malkovich. He also played Father Gill, a young Roman Catholic priest, in season 2 of the TV show Mad Men.[5] In 2009, he made his Broadway debut, acting alongside Jane Fonda in the Moisés Kaufman play 33 Variations.[6] In 2009, Hanks began work as director on All Things Must Pass, a documentary about Tower Records, that premiered March 17, 2015 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.[7]

Hanks starred in the 2010 Fox TV series The Good Guys as young detective Jack Bailey, alongside Bradley Whitford who played an old school detective (Dan Stark). In 2011, he starred in the indie film Lucky, alongside Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret and Jeffrey Tambor.[8] He also joined the cast of Dexter for season six opposite Edward James Olmos, where he portrays an art historian Travis Marshall[9] who is involved in a murderous apocalyptic cult.[10]

In 2013, he starred as Allison in the second season of the web series Burning Love. That same year he also portrayed Dr. Malcolm Perry in the historical film Parkland. In 2014, he played Officer Gus Grimly in the FX television series Fargo, for which he received a Critics' Choice and Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Hanks directed the documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, released in 2015. The film received funding of nearly $100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In June 2009, Hanks became engaged to former New York publicist Samantha Bryant.[12] The couple married on May 8, 2010, in Los Angeles.[12] They have two daughters: Olivia Jane Hanks (born in 2011)[13] and Charlotte Bryant Hanks (born in 2013).[14]

Hanks is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, and attended their World Series–clinching victory in Texas in November 2010.[15] He is also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings,[16] and Los Angeles Kings.[17] He was the official Kevin and Bean LA Kings playoff correspondent for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 That Thing You Do! Male Page
2000 Whatever It Takes Paul Newby
2001 Get Over It Felix Woods
2002 Orange County Shaun Brumder
2003 11:14 Mark
2004 Standing Still Quentin
2005 King Kong Preston
2005 Rx Jonny Also co-producer
2006 Alone with Her Doug
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Drunken fraternity brother
2007 Careless Wiley Roth
2008 Untraceable Griffin Dowd
2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend Henry Durand AKA My Spy
2008 The Great Buck Howard Troy Gable
2008 The House Bunny Oliver
2008 W. Speechwriter #1
2009 Barry Munday Heavy Metal Greg
2010 High School Brandon Ellis
2011 Lucky Ben Keller
2012 The Guilt Trip Rob
2013 Parkland Dr. Malcolm Perry
2013 "Super Buddies" "Megasis/Captain Canine"
2014 The Anti-Mascot Director; short documentary
2015 No Stranger Than Love Clint Coburn
2015 Vacation Jake
2015 All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records Director; documentary
2016 Elvis & Nixon Egil Krogh In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Roswell Alexander Charles "Alex" Whitman Main role (seasons 1–2), 33 episodes
2001 Band of Brothers Lieutenant Henry Jones 2 episodes
2004 The O.C. Grady Episode: "The L.A."
2005, 2008 Numb3rs Marshall Penfield 2 episodes
2008 Mad Men Father John Gill 3 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Jack Bailey Lead role, 20 episodes
2011 Dexter Travis Marshall Recurring role, 12 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Sam Witwicky / Vanity Smurf (voices) Episode: "Terms of Endaredevil"
2012 Happy Endings Himself Episode: "Cocktails & Dreams"
2012 Comedy Bang! Bang! Movie Cop Episode: "Paul Rudd Wears a Red Lumberjack Flannel Shirt"
2013 Burning Love Allison Recurring role, 8 episodes
2013 NCIS Richard Parsons 3 episodes
2013 Key and Peele Director Episode: "The Power of Wings"
2014 Fargo Officer Gus Grimly Main role (season 1), 10 episodes
2014 Bad Teacher Coach Donnie 3 episodes
2015 Mom Andy Episode: "Godzilla and a Sprig of Mint"
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Colin Hanks Wears a Denim Button Down and Black Sneakers"
2015 What Lives Inside Taylor Delaney 4 episodes
2015 Drunk History Gordon Cooper / Ernest Thompson Seton 2 episodes
2015 Life in Pieces Greg Short Main role


Year Association Category Work Result
2002 MTV Movie Awards Best Male Breakthrough Performance Orange County Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries Fargo Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Fargo Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Fargo Nominated


  1. ^ State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Gives name at birth as "Colin Lewes Dillingham"
  2. ^ a b Colin Hanks Biography (1977-) from
  3. ^ Sweeney, Adam (September 14, 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Colin Hanks". Playmaker. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
    • a "I was born and raised in Sacramento, California, which most people don’t know is where Tower started and was based until the end." — ¶ 4.
  4. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (2014-08-13). "Colin Hanks Talks ‘Fargo’ and Career: Emmy Q&A". Deadline. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  5. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (2009-03-03). Sic 'n' Span Son of Tom Hanks Shines Up the Great White Way:[dead link]. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-08
  6. ^ Celebroadway! NY Times, April 5, 2009
  7. ^ Alison Martino (2015-03-09). "The Legendary Past and Celluloid Future of Tower Records on the Sunset Strip". Los Angeles Magazine. 
  8. ^ Gina DiNunno (4 September 2009). "Colin Hanks and Jeffrey Tambor Get Lucky". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Colin Hanks' 'Dexter' Role Revealed". The Huffington Post. May 10, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ Ern, Matt (October 19, 2011). "T.V. That Matters: 10/20 "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Mr. Bob's Toddle Kaleidoscope"". Hofstra University. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
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  12. ^ a b "Colin Hanks Is Officially Off the Market". May 9, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2013. [dead link]
  13. ^ Julie Jordan (3 February 2011). "It's a Girl for Colin Hanks". People ( Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  14. ^ Michaud, Sarah (July 2, 2013). "Colin Hanks Welcomes Daughter Charlotte". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ Exclusive Interview: Colin Hanks. (2011-09-14). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  16. ^ Podkast with Colin Hanks: "Dexter," Bay Area sports, and the Sacramento Kings - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  17. ^ Colin Hanks talks on Kings, 'High School' - Entertainment, Pop Culture, Style and Hot Trends - Trending Blog - ESPN Playbook - ESPN. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  18. ^ Kevin & Bean Podcasts – May 2013 « The World Famous KROQ. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.

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