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Every Malady Tom Hanks Has Played Onscreen

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Vote up the illnesses Hanks best handled on screen with his inimitable acting prowess.

Poor Tom Hanks. Every time he graces the silver screen, he seems to come down with an ailment. He should start drinking more orange juice or something. These various Tom Hanks maladies range from full blown AIDS in Philadelphia to the urinary tract infection he suffers in The Green Mile. Why do directors love to see him suffer so? Is it just a case of Hanks being Hanks? Or are these Tom Hanks onscreen illnesses a key to something happening in his life, or even the world at large?

The list of Tom Hanks characters medical problems is devastatingly severe once you realize the amount of time the beloved actor spends on set. He pretends to be sick almost as much as he gets to be healthy in real life. But don’t get too worried reading about Tom Hanks health problems. He’s got a loving family and a wonderful Hollywood support system backing him up, so if his Wilsonism flairs up again while he’s rehearsing for another stint on Saturday Night Live, someone will be there to dab his head with a warm towel and rock him gently to sleep.

Vote up the afflictions Tom Hanks handled with the most aplomb, and if you can remember any other illnesses that he had, add them in the comments. 

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  • Medically Diagnosed Stupidity
    1

    Medically Diagnosed Stupidity

    Forrest Gump

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    2

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Saving Private Ryan

  • AIDS
    3

    AIDS

    Philadelphia

  • Alcoholism
    4

    Alcoholism

    A League of Their Own

  • Wilsonism
    5

    Wilsonism

    Cast Away

  • UTI
    6

    UTI

    The Green Mile

  • Abnormally Large Bone Syndrome
    7

    Abnormally Large Bone Syndrome

    Big

  • Congenital Toyism
    8

    Congenital Toyism

    Toy Story

  • Brain Cloud
    9

    Brain Cloud

    Joe Versus the Volcano

  • Engine Deficiency
    10

    Engine Deficiency

    Sully

  • Debilitating Grief
    11

    Debilitating Grief

    Sleepless in Seattle

  • Sudden Onset of Somali Pirates
    12

    Sudden Onset of Somali Pirates

    Captain Phillips

  • Delusional Disorder
    13

    Delusional Disorder

    The Burbs

  • Sudden Onset Home Sickness
    14

    Sudden Onset Home Sickness

    Apollo 13

  • Multiple Personality Disorder
    15

    Multiple Personality Disorder

    Cloud Atlas

  • Digitalism
    16

    Digitalism

    The Polar Express

  • Cancer of the Hair
    17

    Cancer of the Hair

    The DaVinci Code

  • Sluggish Gait
    18

    Sluggish Gait

    Catch Me If You Can

  • Acute AOL
    19

    Acute AOL

    You've Got Mail

  • One Hit Wonderitis
    20

    One Hit Wonderitis

    That Thing You Do

  • Overwhelming Southern Accent Syndrome
    21

    Overwhelming Southern Accent Syndrome

    The Ladykillers