Colin Hanks

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Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks SXSW 2015.jpg
Hanks in 2015
Born Colin Lewes Dillingham
(1977-11-24) November 24, 1977 (age 39)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, documentary film-maker
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Samantha Bryant (m. 2010)
Children 2
Parent(s) Tom Hanks
Samantha Lewes

Colin Hanks (born Colin Lewes Dillingham;[1] November 24, 1977)[2] is an American actor and documentary film-maker. He is known for starring as characters in films such as Shaun Brumder in Orange County, Preston in King Kong, Oliver in The House Bunny, Troy Gable in The Great Buck Howard, and Greg Short in the 2015 CBS TV series Life in Pieces. His other television roles including Alex Whitman in Roswell, Henry Jones in Band of Brothers, Travis Marshall in Dexter, officer Gus Grimly in Fargo, and Jack Bailey in the 2010 Fox TV series The Good Guys. He is the eldest son of actor Tom Hanks. In the Talking Tom and Friends animated series, he voices Talking Tom.

Early life[edit]

Hanks was born and raised in Sacramento, California,[3] the eldest son of actor Tom Hanks and his first wife, producer and actress Susan Dillingham, (known professionally as Samantha Lewes),[2] who died of bone cancer on March 12, 2002. His paternal grandmother was of Portuguese descent, while his maternal grandfather's mother is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. His other ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, and German.[4] His surname was changed to Hanks after his parents married in 1978. He has a younger 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 earning a degree.[5]


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

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

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 Critics' Choice Television Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

In 2015, Hanks was in the show Talking Tom and Friends. He plays as Talking Tom, the main character and that what he is known for.

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.[12] Hanks also provided the voice of Luke in the series PAW Patrol.

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.[13] The couple married on May 8, 2010, in Los Angeles.[13] They have two daughters: Olivia (born 2011)[14] and Charlotte (born 2013).[15]

Hanks is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, 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.[16] He is also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings,[17] and Los Angeles Kings.[18] He was the official Kevin and Bean LA Kings playoff correspondent for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.[19]



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 a.k.a. My Spy
2008 The Great Buck Howard Troy Gable
2008 The House Bunny Oliver
2008 W. David Frum
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
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 Amios (Our Friends) Director; documentary
2017 Band Aid Uber Douche


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Roswell Alexander Charles "Alex" Whitman Main role in 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, 2015 PAW Patrol Luke (voice) 39 episodes
2013 Burning Love Allison Recurring role; 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 role (season 1), 10 episodes
Guest role (season 2), episode: "Palindrome"
2014–present Talking Tom and Friends Talking Tom Voice role
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
2015–2016 Drunk History Gordon Cooper / Ernest Thompson Seton / Steve Dahl 3 episodes
2015–present 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 Nominated
2014 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


  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.
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  5. ^ Anthony D'Alessandro (2014-08-13). "Colin Hanks Talks 'Fargo' and Career: Emmy Q&A". Deadline. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  6. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (2009-03-03). Sic 'n' Span Son of Tom Hanks Shines Up the Great White Way: Archived March 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-08
  7. ^ Celebroadway! NY Times, April 5, 2009
  8. ^ Alison Martino (2015-03-09). "The Legendary Past and Celluloid Future of Tower Records on the Sunset Strip". Los Angeles Magazine. 
  9. ^ Gina DiNunno (4 September 2009). "Colin Hanks and Jeffrey Tambor Get Lucky". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  10. ^ "Colin Hanks' 'Dexter' Role Revealed". The Huffington Post. May 10, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  11. ^ 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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  13. ^ a b "Colin Hanks Is Officially Off the Market". May 9, 2010. Archived from the original on April 19, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ Julie Jordan (3 February 2011). "It's a Girl for Colin Hanks". People. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  15. ^ Michaud, Sarah (July 2, 2013). "Colin Hanks Welcomes Daughter Charlotte". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ Exclusive Interview: Colin Hanks. (2011-09-14). Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  17. ^ Podkast with Colin Hanks: "Dexter," Bay Area sports, and the Sacramento Kings - Los Angeles Lakers Blog - ESPN Los Angeles. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  18. ^ Colin Hanks talks on Kings, 'High School' - Entertainment, Pop Culture, Style and Hot Trends - Trending Blog - ESPN Playbook - ESPN. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  19. ^ Kevin & Bean Podcasts – May 2013 « The World Famous KROQ. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.

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