James Mathew Hanks (born June 15, 1961) is an American actor, voice actor, director, producer, cinematographer and camera operator. He has played numerous minor roles in film and guest appearances on television, and often substitutes doing voice work for his older brother Tom Hanks. He has produced, directed, and filmed several short films. He also starred in every Owen Laramore Studios film.
James Mathew Hanks
June 15, 1961
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, director, producer, cinematographer, camera operator|
Karen Praxel (m. 1986)
Jim Hanks' first lead role was as Jeeter Buford in the film Buford's Beach Bunnies. His brother Tom Hanks was considered a strong candidate for the role, but was unavailable. Wishing to earn the role based on his own abilities, Jim auditioned as "Jim Matthews" (just his first and a modification of his middle name). While producers noted his "resemblance to Tom Hanks," he won the role based on his own comedic and acting skills, and his relationship to Tom Hanks was not revealed until paperwork was completed.
In 1995, A Current Affair revealed that Tom Hanks had created the mannerisms for the character of Forrest Gump in the film of the same name based on the simpleton mannerisms earlier created by Jim for the role of Jeeter, including Forrest's "now-famous jerky run". His physical resemblance to his brother allowed him to act as body double for him in scenes in Forrest Gump. Owing to his vocal similarity, he often substitutes for his brother in the role of Sheriff Woody in various Toy Story video games and spin-offs.
In November 2016, he guest-starred in a web series called "Gary CK Needs Work", a parody of the FX show Louie.
Hanks is the youngest brother of fellow actor Tom Hanks and entomologist Larry Hanks, but they were not raised together. After their parents Amos and Janet Hanks divorced in 1961, Jim went to Red Bluff, California with his mother, while older siblings Tom, Larry, and Sandra remained with their father. After college he lived in Sacramento working as a waiter, and in 1988, moved to Los Angeles. The agent who employed his actress wife Karen Praxel as a receptionist encouraged him to get into acting. He took acting lessons, and began his career with roles in B-movies and commercial voice-overs.
He works with Los Angeles-based "Feet First Films", a production company that provides actor demos as well as production support for short films. Hanks and Praxel have one son and currently reside in Venice, California.
|1993||Buford's Beach Bunnies||Yes||Jeeter Buford|
|1995||Portrait in Red||Yes||Detective Wilder|
|Xtro 3: Watch the Skies||Yes||Prvt. Friedman|
|Baby Geniuses||Yes||Goon Ray|
|Inferno||Yes||Tour Bus Driver|
|2000||Blood on the Backlot||Yes||Officer Holbrook|
|Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Yes||Woody||Voice|
|Spirit Rising||Yes||Marv Chalsky|
|2003||Swing||Yes||Club Jimbo Maitre D'|
|2004||Purgatory House||Yes||Saint James|
|The Floor||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2009||Road to the Altar||Yes||Dick|
|Acts of Violence||Yes||Detective Mike|
|2011||Seymour Sally Rufus||Yes||Doctor|
|Coveting Roses||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|Dog Gone Missing||Yes||Short film|
|Odd Brodsky||Yes||Actor playing God|
|A Leading Man||Yes||Darren Brandl|
|1992||Homefront||Ball Player #4||Episode: "First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage"|
|1996||Toy Story Treats||Woody||Voice|
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Les Barrish||Episode: "It's a Small World After All"|
|Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Jerry||Episode: "The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie"|
|1997||Night Man||Episode: "Face to Face"|
|1998||The Ransom of Red Chief||Mailman||TV movie|
|1998–1999||JAG||CPO Kyle Anderson
Chief Kyle Anderson
|Episodes: "Jaggle Bells"|
|1999||Smart Guy||Episode: "From A to Double D"|
|Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||Dwayne Hunter|
|2000||Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Duane the Salesman||Episode: "Kiss of Death"|
|2005||Scrubs||Dr. Turner||Episode: "My Faith in Humanity"|
|2007||Dexter||Annoyed Man||Episode: "The Dark Defender"|
|2008||Shark Swarm||Nick Atkins||TV movie|
|2012||I Married Who?||Director|
|2012–2018||Robot Chicken||Various Voices||Voice|
|2014||Rake||Fred Luntz - Director||Episode: "50 Shades of Gay"|
|2017||Milo Murphy's Law||Captain Wilson||Voice|
Episode: "The Note"
|1996||Toy Story: Activity Center||Woody|
|1996||Animated Storybook: Toy Story|
|1999||Toy Story 2: Activity Center|
|1999||Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue|
|2001||Toy Story Racer|
|2003||Extreme Skate Adventure|
|2004||The Polar Express||Conductor, Santa, Hobo, Scrooge|
|2009||Toy Story Mania!||Woody|
|2010||Toy Story 3: The Video Game|
|2011||Kinect Disneyland Adventures|
|2012||Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure|
|2014||Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0|
|2018||Lego The Incredibles|
|2019||Kingdom Hearts III|
|2008||Toy Story Midway Mania!||Woody|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1999||Angel Film Award||Best Supporting Actor||Blood Type||Won|
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- Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.