Multi-awarded actor Tom Hanks will receive the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 77th annual Golden Globe awards on January 5.
In an official statement, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said it was “proud” to recognize Hanks’ successful career and various accolades — including winning back-to-back Oscars and Golden Globes for his roles in “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump” in 1994 and 1995, respectively.
“For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters,” Lorenzo Soria, the association’s president, said. “As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director.”
In 1988, Hanks made his film debut playing a teenager trapped in an adult’s body in the movie “Big.”
Some of his most prominent films include titles such as “Saving Private Ryan,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” as well as the “Toy Story” series, where he voices cowboy doll Woody.
Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson spend their summers in Greece on the small island of Antiparos, near Naxos. The two have received widespread acclaim for their involvement in the Greek Orthodox Church, including Wilson’s “Ode to Greek Easter” — a personal essay which continues to be the most widely-read page on The Pappas Post.
Hanks was the center of attention during Holy Week of 2016 — when a photo of him carrying the epitaphio during Friday night’s procession went viral.
The actor also received viral media attention in 2018 during his summer vacation in Antiparos, from where he sent a postcard to a 13-year-old American teenager with leukemia.
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