Colin Hanks

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Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks in 2015.jpg
Hanks at South by Southwest in 2015
Colin Lewes Dillingham

(1977-11-24) November 24, 1977 (age 44)
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1996–present
Samantha Bryant
(m. 2010)
Parent(s)Tom Hanks
Samantha Lewes
RelativesChet Hanks (half-brother)
Rita Wilson (stepmother)
Jim Hanks (uncle)
Larry Hanks (uncle)

Colin Lewes Hanks ( Dillingham; born November 24, 1977) is an American actor, producer, and director.[1] He has played in films including Orange County, King Kong, The House Bunny, The Great Buck Howard, and the Jumanji film series. His television credits include Roswell, Band of Brothers, Dexter, Fargo, The Good Guys, and Life in Pieces. He is the eldest son of actor Tom Hanks.

Early life[edit]

Hanks was born Colin Lewes Dillingham[2] and raised in Sacramento, California,[3] to actor Tom Hanks and his first wife, producer and actress Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham; 1952–2002).[1][4][5] He has a sister, Elizabeth, and through his father's marriage to his stepmother, actress Rita Wilson, he has two younger half-brothers, Chester "Chet" and Truman.

Hanks attended Sacramento Country Day School, and then Chapman University, before transferring to Loyola Marymount University. He left without earning a degree.[6]


Hanks in 2005 at the premiere of Peter Jackson's King Kong in Wellington, New Zealand

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. Hank 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' character 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, Hanks 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.[7] In 2009, he made his Broadway debut, acting alongside Jane Fonda in the Moisés Kaufman play 33 Variations.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] He also joined the cast of Dexter for season six opposite Edward James Olmos, where he portrays an art historian Travis Marshall[11] who is involved in a murderous apocalyptic cult.[12]

In 2013, he starred as Allison in the second season of the web series Burning Love. The 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 Critics' Choice Television Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

In 2015, Hanks began a voice role in the show Talking Tom and Friends. He voices Talking Tom, the main character.[13][14]

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.[15]

In 2017, Hanks appears as the Adult Alex Vreeke in the film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a role he would later reprise in the film's 2019 sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level.

In 2018, Hanks portrays a young Mr. Rogers on the Comedy Central show Drunk History. The same year, Hanks appears as a guest judge on Netflix's baking competition Sugar Rush in Season 1, Episode 5; this episode was titled "Sweet Geeks" and Hanks presided over three rounds of cupcakes, desserts and ultimate cakes.

Personal life[edit]

Hanks dated Busy Philipps in the 1990s while in college. In June 2009, Hanks became engaged to former New York publicist Samantha Bryant.[16] The couple married on May 8, 2010, in Los Angeles.[16] Together, they have two daughters, one born in 2011,[17] and the other born in 2013.[18]

Hanks is a San Francisco Giants baseball fan and attended their World Series-clinching victory in Texas in November 2010. He also directed a 30 for 30 short about their disastrous Crazy Crab stint in the 1980s.[19] He is also a fan of Liverpool FC, San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings,[20] and Los Angeles Kings.[21] He was the official Kevin and Bean LA Kings playoff correspondent for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.[22]



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
2005 RX Jonny Also co-producer
2005 Standing Still Quentin
2005 King Kong Preston
2006 Alone with Her Doug
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Drunken fraternity brother
2007 Careless Wiley Roth
2008 The Great Buck Howard Troy Gable
2008 Untraceable Griffin Dowd
2008 My Mom's New Boyfriend Henry Durand a.k.a. My Spy
2008 The House Bunny Oliver
2008 W. David Frum
2010 High School Brandon Ellis
2010 Barry Munday Heavy Metal Greg
2011 Lucky Ben Keller
2012 The Guilt Trip Rob
2013 Super Buddies Megasis/Captain Canine (voice) Video
2013 Parkland Dr. Malcolm Perry
2015 No Stranger Than Love Clint Coburn
2015 All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records Director; documentary
2015 Vacation Jake
2016 Elvis & Nixon Egil Krogh
2017 Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) Director; documentary
2017 Band Aid Uber Douche
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Adult Alex Vreeke
2019 Jumanji: The Next Level Adult Alex Vreeke
2021 How It Ends Charlie


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Roswell Alexander Charles "Alex" Whitman Main role (seasons 1–2); 45 episodes
2001 Band of Brothers Lieutenant Henry Jones Episode: "The Last Patrol"
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 20 episodes
2011 Dexter Travis Marshall 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 8 episodes
2013 NCIS Richard Parsons 3 episodes
2013 Key and Peele Director Episode: "The Power of Wings"
2013 Ghost Ghirls Tom Wellington / Bloody Bat Episode: "Field of Screams"
2014 Bad Teacher Coach Donnie 3 episodes
2014–2015 Fargo Officer Gus Grimly Main cast (season 1)
Guest (season 2)
2014–present Talking Tom and Friends Talking Tom, Gardener, Wesley (occasionally) All 5 seasons
2015 The Anti-Mascot Director Short film in ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series
2015 Mom Andy Dreeson 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
2015–2019 Drunk History Various 6 episodes
2015–2019 Life in Pieces Greg Short Main cast
2017 The Amazing Adventures of Wally and The Worm Director Short film in ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series
2018 Sugar Rush Himself / Guest Judge Episode: "Sweet Geeks"[23]
2019–2021 Big City Greens Mark (voice) 2 episodes
2019 The Final Table Himself / Guest Judge Episode: "USA"
2020 American Dad! Alien Captain / Successful Classmate (voice) 2 episodes
2021 Impeachment: American Crime Story Mike Emmick 6 episodes
TBA The Offer Barry Lapidus Upcoming miniseries

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2005 King Kong Preston


Year Association Category Work Result
2002 MTV Movie Awards Best Male Breakthrough Performance Orange County Nominated
2005 Spike Video Game Awards Best Cast Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Won
2005 San Diego Film Festival[24] Soaring Star Award Body of Work Won
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards 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
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Nominated
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Life in Pieces Nominated


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