Date of Birth: November 24, 1977
The son of two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks, Colin was born in Sacramento,
California. Although his father is an acting icon, Hanks wanted to follow
in his father's footsteps without a helping hand.
He studied theatre at
Loyola Marymount University in California, and during his school years he
starred in numerous student films and performed in countless theatrical
productions, which later led to professional roles in stage productions of
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Noises Off.
He received his first taste of working on a film set in 1995 when he was
hired as a production assistant for the film Apollo 13 (which starred
After that experience, the young actor decided to try and get a role
in his father's directing debut, That Thing You Do!. Not interested in
landing a role due to his name, Hanks used a stage name with producers while
He bagged a small role as a "male page."
In 1999, Hanks found work outside of his father's shadow, and was cast in a
starring role on the sci-fi television series, Roswell, playing Alex
During his off seasons from Roswell, he landed major roles in
two teen flicks: Whatever It Takes (2000) playing Cosmo, and Get Over
It (2001) playing Felix Woods.
Having proved his worth outside of Tom Hanks circles, Colin decided to work
with his dad in the mini-series, Band of Brothers, which Tom directed.
Colin went on to star in the comedy Orange County (2002) and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005). After starring in several other films, Hanks landed a recurring a role in 2010 on the television series The Good Guys. The following year, he played the character of Travis Marshall on Dexter. Hanks can also be seen in the comedy film High School (2012) about a student who tries to get his whole school high before a random drug test to avoid getting busted for smoking pot himself.
He also played a supporting role in the comedy The Guilt Trip about a mother and son (played by Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen) who go on a road trip together.
He most recently starred in Parkland(2013) alongside Zac Efron.
In addition to his acting interests, Hanks plays bass guitar for his hip-hop
band, The Underlords.
The Guilt Trip(2012)
The House Bunny(2008)
Homeland Security (2007)
The Great Buck Howard(2007)
Alone with Her (2006)
Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Under the Mimosa (2001)
Get Over It(2001)
Whatever It Takes(2000)
That Thing You Do! (1996)