Tom Hanks broke out as a major comedic actor in the 1980s, first on the small screen with Bosom Buddies, then with major Hollywood hits including Splash and Big. Tom Hanks is a distant relative of President Abraham Lincoln—and Mr. Rogers. Tom Hanks worked as a hotel bellman—and a peanut vendor. “I thought I was rolling along with the natural order of thing,\" Hanks told BBC’s Kirsty Young of having kids at a young age. The world celebrates international Tom Hanks day in april.