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Colin Hanks

Hanks at the premiere of King Kong in Wellington, New Zealand, December 2005
Born Colin Lewes Dillingham
November 24, 1977 (1977-11-24) (age 32)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996 – present

Colin Lewes Hanks (born November 24, 1977) is an American actor.


Personal life

Hanks was born Colin Lewes Dillingham[1] in Sacramento, California, the eldest son of Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his first wife, the late producer and actress Samantha Lewes[2] (née Susan Jane Dillingham), who died of bone cancer on March 13, 2002. His name was changed to Hanks after his parents married in 1978. He has a sister, Elizabeth (born 1982) and two 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 Country School, Sacramento Country Day School, Loyola Marymount University and Chapman University. Hanks dated Rachael Leigh Cook and Busy Phillips between 1998 and 2002.

He is currently engaged to New York publicist Samantha Bryant.[3]


Hanks's best known film role may be in the teen movie Orange County (2002), with Jack Black and John Lithgow. His best known television role was Alex Whitman, the love interest of Katherine Heigl in the science fiction television series Roswell between 1999 and 2001. Hanks also made an appearance in an episode of The OC. He appeared in part seven of HBOmini series Band of Brothers.

Hanks had a large supporting role in the 2005 remake of King Kong, playing the assistant to film director Carl Denham (played by his Orange County co-star Jack Black). In 2006, Hanks further solidified his association with Black in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, in which he had a cameo as 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. He is also known for playing a character who is the fictional son of a character played by Hanks's real-life father, multiple Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, in The Great Buck Howard.

Hanks is currently playing Father Gill, a young Roman Catholic priest, in the popular AMC show Mad Men.[4] He is also featured player alongside Jane Fonda in the Moises Kaufman's Broadway play 33 Variations.[5] has reported that Colin will star in a new indie comedy, Lucky, alongside Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret and Jeffrey Tambor.[6]

Will being starring in Fox's new summer series The Good Guys.He will be playing a young detective (Jack Bailey), alongside Bradley Whitford who will be playing an old school detective(Dan Stark).


Hanks at an event in October 2008
Year Title Role Notes
1996 That Thing You Do! Male page
1999-2001 Roswell Alexander Charles "Alex" Whitman TV series
2000 Whatever It Takes Cosmo
2001 Get Over It Felix Woods
Band of Brothers Lieutenant Henry Jones TV miniseries
2002 Orange County Shaun Brumder
2003 11:14 Mark
2004 The O.C. Grady (from fictional series The Valley) TV series
2005 King Kong Preston
Rx Jonny
NUMB3RS Marshall Penfield 2 episodes - Convergence & Frienemies
2006 Alone With Her Doug
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Drunken fraternity brother
2007 Careless Wiley Roth
2008 Untraceable Griffin Dowd
My Mom's New Boyfriend (released in the UK as My Spy) Henry Durand
The Great Buck Howard Troy Gable
The House Bunny Oliver
Mad Men Father John Gill TV series
W. Speechwriter
2009 Barry Munday Heavy Metal Greg
2010 The Good Guys Jack Bailey TV series


  1. ^ State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Gives name at birth as "Colin Lewes Dillingham"
  2. ^ Colin Hanks Biography (1977-)
  3. ^ Tom Hanks' son gets engaged
  4. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (2009-03-03). Sic 'n' Span Son of Tom Hanks Shines Up the Great White Way: (HTML). The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-08
  5. ^ Celebroadway! NY Times, April 5, 2009
  6. ^ Gina DiNunno (4 September 2009). "Colin Hanks and Jeffrey Tambor Get Lucky". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 

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