true stories Times Tom Hanks Was Just as Cool as You Hope He'd Be

Lisa Waugh
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Tom Hanks is not just a man. He's not just an actor. He is, perhaps, one of the actual greatest guys on the planet. Seriously, he has Bill Murray levels of skill at showing up in unexpected places and doing delightful things. Besides playing some of cinema and television’s most enduring characters, nice Tom Hanks stories include ones where he posed with a passed out fan, taped an Emmy to the hood of a Mercedes, and got inducted into the Army Ranger Hall of Fame.
Tom Hanks good deeds also include returning a Fordham University student’s ID via Twitter, gifting the White House press corp with an espresso machine, and befriending an NYC cab driver. Tom Hanks is that good guy we can look to when other celebrities start disappointing us. He’s our rock. He’s good natured, charming, and fairly good at catching random soccer balls with Wilson’s face on them. He’ll jump into a Carly Rae Jepson music video. He’ll perform the perfect poetry slam about Full House. He’ll write “FU” on an autograph at a fan's request. And he’ll still have time to invent a typewriter app and make more movies.  

When Bill Murray isn’t around to invade someone’s engagement photos, we’ve got Tom Hanks making a super fan’s day by showing her scrapbook some genuine love. He is the standard for aspiring celebs everywhere, and seems genuinely grateful for all that he has.  

Tom Hanks will no doubt continue to fill the annals of history with good deeds and Hanksian antics. Here are some of the best moments so far. 
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8 people just voted on That Time He Made a Super Fan’s Life

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Sarah Moretti got to meet her all-time favorite person/celebrity in 2013. Moretti has years worth of pictures, news articles, and just about anything else she can find about Hanks collected in a scrapbook. Tom took the time to meet Moretti, who has autism, backstage at his Broadway show Lucky Guy. He said that even his mother didn’t have that much material in her own collection.

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That Time He Posed with “Drunk” Fan

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After meeting a random fan in a restaurant, Hanks and the fan posed for some pretty funny pics, at the fans' request. The fan pretended to be passed out drunk in a North Dakota diner while Hanks made fun of him. When one of the photos surfaced, it instantly went viral. The other shots reveal that the two were having some fun. 
In 2012, reddit user groucho29 posted a link to the pictures, saying, “my friend met Tom Hanks, stole his glasses and pretended to be wasted.” 

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That Time He Helped Sell Girl Scout Cookies

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Hanks and his son Truman were on their way to a typewriter shop when they spotted Girl Scouts selling their delicious cookies. Hanks bought four boxes and donated $20 on top of that. And then he hung out and took pictures with people who also bought cookies. At first the Los Altos Scout moms didn’t recognize Hanks because he was wearing the grand celebrity disguise of a baseball cap and sunglasses. But his familiar voice eventually got their attention. “I never realized how distinctive his voice is. It was right out of a movie,” an impressed mom said. And of course everything was shared on Twitter for posterity.

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When He Crashed a Newlywed Couple's Photo Shoot

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In September 2016, Hanx crashed Elisabeth and Ryan's (last name undisclosed) post-wedding photo shoot in Central Park, NYC. American's most beloved thespian offered his congratulations, took some selfies, appeared in a few wedding photos, and merrily went on his way. Classic Hanks. Someone get that guy a Nobel Prize already. 

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When He Takes Pictures of His Wife on the Red Carpet

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Hanks doesn’t worry so much about how he’s coming across on the red carpet. He chooses to focus on his wife instead. He takes his own shots of Rita Wilson on his phone according to the Huffington Post.

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The Time He Taped an Emmy to the Hood of a Car

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In order to turn his limo into a Rolls Royce that would take him and wife Rita Wilson to the 64th Annual Emmy Awards, Hanks taped (using packing tape) his Emmy for producing Game Change to the hood of a Lincoln town car. The Emmy was Hank’s fifth. He then reportedly tweeted, “How I'm getting around these days! Hanx.”

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When He Brought Down the House at Michael Duncan Clark's Memorial

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Hanks and his Green Mile co-star were close. Hanks told a story actor’s memorial service that Duncan had once told him. It brought tears to everyone's eyes.


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11 people just voted on When He Took a Selfie with Steve Martin Onstage at the Governor Awards

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Martin was accepting an honorary Oscar from Hanks when the latter thought it would be a good time to grab a selfie. Definitely captures the moment for him and everyone else.