From public appearances to social media presence, the 65-year-old has proven himself to be a larger-than-life father figure whose warm smile could dissolve all your problems.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 3, 2021. It has since been updated.
The year was 2006. Holding a beer with one hand and a grilled cheeseburger fresh off the grill with the other, a baby blue polo and khakis sporting Tom Hanks knowingly winked at readers from the cover of Esquire magazine's June edition. In big bold letters, the headline read: "Confessions of the Most Normal Guy in Hollywood." The cover practically screamed "American dad" and in the decade and a half since the "Forrest Gump" star has further established himself worthy of this title. From public appearances to social media presence, the 65-year-old has proven himself to be a larger-than-life father figure whose warm smile could dissolve all your problems.
Nowhere is it more obvious than on Hanks' Twitter account where his self-description gives the uninitiated a taste of what to expect. "I'm that actor in some of the movies you liked and some you didn't. Sometimes I'm in pretty good shape, other times I'm not. Hey, you gotta live, you know?" it reads. Does it get more dad than that?
Here are 25 tweets from the universally beloved actor that reveal exactly why the internet goes gaga over him:
A guy named Tony found my credit card on the street in NYC and returned it! Tony! You make this city even greater! Thanx. HANX.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 13, 2015
This is the scariest building I've ever seen! WTF goes on inside?? Hanx. pic.twitter.com/nXeUI64rXm— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) June 2, 2017
30 years on April 30. ‘88 To ‘18. Magic numbers. Hanx and @RitaWilson pic.twitter.com/ZhVISOia6o— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 30, 2018
To all the Grads of 2020, you Chosen Ones! Print this up on a sheepskin! Hanx pic.twitter.com/4llw7fPtxB— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) May 22, 2020
March 17, 2020
Here’s last week's bag of plasma. Such a bag! After the paperwork, it’s as easy as taking a nap. Thanks @arimoin and UCLA. Hanx pic.twitter.com/15WblGiVwe— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 29, 2020
Kids sock, washed ashore. Lost ashore. Bondi Beach. New South Wales. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/wI2c08UNm6— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 7, 2020
Someone’s arms are going to be unbalanced after the workout. Hanx pic.twitter.com/uEtY5vMBAX— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) December 23, 2019
Dear Internet- my beard loved its time with you. Hanx pic.twitter.com/270KSrde74— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) December 15, 2019
From a Kindergarten class. Hanx pic.twitter.com/VJl0uMo038— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 9, 2017
Celebrating the intake of a legal, addictive Canadian-made stimulant. Hanx pic.twitter.com/AVdCx5pvNJ— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) September 9, 2019
Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park. If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/Ee9kK4V4qf— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 6, 2015
Oh, I HAVE my costume! Any questions??! Hanx pic.twitter.com/gjYz7t47YI— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 31, 2016
Look at the cool beach clothes I got for my 63rd Birthday! Hanx! pic.twitter.com/r89pNZp02L— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 9, 2019
Well, howdy partner! Where’s Buzz? Hanx pic.twitter.com/sY4jjMJslT— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) May 23, 2019
Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers! Hanx pic.twitter.com/nx0uJpumQ3— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 20, 2019
The Spirit of Pittsburgh! Great town. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/Yn1GanTX2g— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 15, 2018
It’s true. Lived on this from ‘73-‘76. Amos, Frances and me. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/BlXC0AUPFy— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 10, 2018
Park these socks for me. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/tsfsuEOOvG— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 21, 2020
Excited about my new car!! Hanx. pic.twitter.com/5xAsrjtYDW— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) August 6, 2018
There’s no hot water. Why is there no hot water? Hanx. pic.twitter.com/AdsLpGQ3ow— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) July 30, 2018
When you put it that way, I’m getting my license! Hanx. pic.twitter.com/UZ2dXNPMnE— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 23, 2018
One writ large. One small. Hard to do both,eh? Hanx. pic.twitter.com/VhK0LhSZHw— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 9, 2018
Ski boot rentals Half Off! Hanx. pic.twitter.com/K37FxcEZem— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) December 26, 2017
Lost (g)love. Looking for a mate. Good luck. Hanx. pic.twitter.com/ApH7rEGkeA— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) October 16, 2017