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An actor, a writer and a rapper: Inside the lives of Tom Hanks' four children.

When Tom Hanks accepted his Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes, he spoke about “five kids who are braver and stronger and wiser than their old man is.”

But Hanks only has four children: Colin, Elizabeth, Chet and Truman.

Colin and Elizabeth were born to Hanks’ first wife actress Samantha Lewes. Chet and Truman were born after his second marriage to wife of 31 years, Rita Wilson.

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The fifth child he referred to was reportedly Samantha Bryant, his daughter-in-law who has been married to his eldest son Colin since 2010. Hanks sees her ‘like a daughter’.

“I’m sorry,” he said after getting teary, taking a moment to gather his emotions.

“A man is blessed with a family sitting down front like that. A wife who is fantastic in every way, who has taught me what love is. Five kids who are braver and stronger and wiser than their old man is.”

In a November 2019 interview with the New York Times, Hanks said his children with his first wife grew up with a different version of ‘dad’ than his two younger children with Wilson.

“My son Colin was born when I was very young. As well as my daughter, but that means we have this gestalt understanding because they remember when their dad was just a guy trying to, you know, make the rent. My other kids, they were born after I had established a beachhead in every way. And so their lives were just different.”

Parenting is not easy, he said. But his love for his children knows no bounds: “The only thing really, I think, eventually a parent can do is say I love you, there’s nothing you can do wrong, you cannot hurt my feelings, I hope you will forgive me on occasion, and what do you need me to do? You offer up that to them. I will do anything I can possibly do in order to keep you safe.”

So, who are the four people lucky enough to call the 63-year-old legend ‘Dad’?

Colin Hanks.

The eldest of the Hanks children, Colin, 42, was born to Tom and Samantha Lewes when Tom was just 21 years old.

Colin has followed in his father’s acting footsteps, appearing in films including Orange County, King Kong and the Jumanji series, plus TV shows like The Good Guys, and Roswell.

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Samantha Bryant and Colin Hanks. Image: Getty.

He has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his role in TV series Fargo.

Colin dated Busy Phillips in college and the pair are still close friends, holidaying together with their respective families.

In 2010, he married former New York publicist Samantha Bryant, and they share two daughters: Olivia Jane Hanks, eight, and Charlotte Bryant Hanks, six.

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Plus, he owns a handkerchief company with the best name possible: Hanks Kerchiefs.

Elizabeth Hanks.

Elizabeth, 37, is a writer and actor who has made appearances in movies alongside her father.

As a child, she appeared as a child on the bus in Forrest Gump, who didn't allow young Forrest to sit next to her. She also appeared in That Thing You Do! and Anchouraged.

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Truman and Elizabeth Hanks with Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
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As a writer, Elizabeth's byline has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times and Buzzfeed. She is currently in the process of writing her first book.

Chet Hanks.

Chet is Tom and Rita Wilson's first child together.

The 29-year-old has been sober for a couple of years, after struggling with addiction.

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Truman, Elizabeth, Chet, daughter Michaiah and their parents at Rita's Hollywood Walk of Fame star unveiling. Image: Getty.

In 2018, Chet told Entertainment Tonight about how the impending arrival of his daughter Michaiah, who was born in April 2016, was the wake-up call he needed to take sobriety seriously.

"It was the prospect of having a kid, and I knew that in nine months there's gonna be a baby here," Hanks said.

"That gave me the motivation to be like, 'OK, I've had my time now, and I need to move on... For me, it took something drastic happening, like becoming a father, for me to make the change."

 

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He said his famous parents "couldn't be more supportive".

"Every step of the way… They've always been there for me and I'm really lucky."

Chet is a rapper and like this father, an actor too. He has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Shameless, and most recently played a rapper on Empire.

He will appear alongside his father in World War II film Greyhound, to be released this year.

Truman Hanks.

Truman, 24, is the baby of the Hanks family, and seems to prefer his time behind the camera rather than in front of it.

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He was a production assistant on 2019's Charlie's Angels and 2018's The Cloverfield Paradox, a cinematographer on 2019's short film The Ice Queen Society and a camera utility for upcoming 2020 drama News of the World.

According to his father, Truman also has a degree in mathematics from Stanford.

What a family.

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