Jim Hanks
Birth Date:
June 15, 1961
Birth Place:
Shasta County, California, USA
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Actor, voiceover artist, director and producer Jim Hanks is known by many as the younger brother of superstar Tom Hanks and replaced Tom in the role of Sheriff Woody in various Toy Story video games and spin-offs, including “Toy Story Treats” (1996), “Toy Story” (1996, video game), “Toy Story Racer” (2001), “Toy Story 3: The Video Game” (2010), “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins” (2000) and “Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure” (2003). Jim has also guest starred in numerous TV series, including “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “JAG,” “Zoe” and “Scrubs,” and acted in several TV films, such as “The Ransom of Red Chief” (1998) and “Shark Swarm” (2008). His film credits include “Buford's Beach Bunnies” (1993), “Inferno” (1999), “Swing” (2003), “Purgatory House” (2004), “Black Ops” (2008), “Road to the Altar” (2009) and “Acts of Violence” (2010). He has directed the short films “Wish” (2008), “The Floor” (2008) and “Collision” (2010) and his upcoming directing credits include “Hazelnut” (2011) and “When We Were Pirates” (2012).

Jim is married and has one son.

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Childhood and Family:

James Mathew Hanks was born on June 15, 1961, in Shasta County, California, to Amos Mefford Hanks and Portuguese-American Janet Marylyn, a hospital worker. After his parents divorced in 1961, the family's three oldest children, Sandra (now a writer), Larry (now a professor at the University of Illinois) and Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks, lived with their father while Jim himself remained with his mother in Red Bluff, California. After college, Jim moved to Sacramento, where he worked as a writer. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles. He later took acting classes.

Jim is married to actress Karen Praxel. They have one son and currently reside in Venice, California. Jim is the uncle of Colin Hanks (also an actor) and Elizabeth Hanks, Tom's children with his previous wife, actress Samantha Lewes. He also has two younger nephews, Chester and Truman, Tom's children with his current wife, actress and producer Rita Wilson.

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Jim Hanks began his acting career in 1992 with work in “Prison Planet,” a science fiction movie written and directed by Armand Gazarian, and in an episode of the ABC series “Homefront” called “First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage.” He quickly landed his first lead role in the 1993 film “Buford's Beach Bunnies,” where he was cast as Jeeter Buford, a son of a fast-food mogul who is forced to overcome his fear of women in order to inherit the empire.

In 1995, Jim was cast as Detective Wilder on the T.L. Lankford thriller “Portrait in Red,” which starred Lisa Comshaw, Clayton Norcross and Lawrence Tierney, supported J. Marvin Campbell, Douglas Cavanaugh and Robert Culp in the horror film “Xtro 3: Watch the Skies,” by Harry Bromley Davenport, and had an unaccredited part in the television movie “Falling from the Sky: Flight 174” (ABC), starring William Devane, Scott Hylands and Shelley Hack. The same year, he also appeared in the TV comedy series “The Clinic.”

Due to his voice similarity to Tom, Jim was chosen to substitute for his brother in the role of Sheriff Woody in “Toy Story Treats,” a series of short openings made by Pixar that were used for commercial breaks on ABC's “One Saturday Morning” lineup in 1996 shortly after the release of the original “Toy Story” movie. He has also voiced Woody in the video games “Toy Story” (1996), “Toy Story Racer” (2001) and “Toy Story 3: The Video Game” (2010).

In 1996, Jim also appeared as Les Barrish in an episode of “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” titled “It's a Small World After All” and as Jerry in “The True Adventures of Rudy Kazootie,” an episode of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” He then guest starred in “NightMan” (1997), “JAG” (2 episodes, 1998-1999) and “Smart Guy” (1999). He also provided the voice of Spike in two episodes of “Sunset Beach” (1998) and was the voice of Lieutenant Dwayne Hunter on the Fox animated series “Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot” (1999), which was adapted from the comic book of the same name by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow. In addition, he played the role of a mailman in the ABC movie “The Ransom of Red Chief” (1998), which starred Christopher Lloyd, Michael Jeter and Alan Ruck.

Meanwhile on the big screen, Jim portrayed Yuriel in the 1997 movie “Psycho Sushi,” directed and co-written by Lisa Haisha, worked with Nicolas Coster, Hudson Leick and Wolfgang Bodison in Kevin Williams' “Blood Type” (1999), and was cast in the comedy “Baby Geniuses” (1999), which was directed by Bob Clark and starred Kathleen Turner, Peter MacNicol, Kim Cattrall and Christopher Lloyd. He also appeared as a tour bus driver in the Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle “Inferno” (1999).

In 2000, Jim played the role of Officer Holbrook in “Blood on the Backlot,” a short comedy by Michelle Deal, and guest starred as Duane in The WB's “Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane.” He also provided the voice of Woody in Disney's animated direct to video film “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins” (2000), starring the voices of Tim Allen, Nicole Sullivan and Larry Miller. The next year, he teamed up with Keith Carradine, David Keith, Wendie Malick, Janet Gunn, Bill Erwin, Anne Lockhart and Katelin Petersen for the dramatic film “Cahoots,” written and directed by Dirk Benedict, and starred as Marv Chalsky in the short film “Spirit Rising,” by Jonathan Yudis.

Jim again voiced Sheriff Woody for the 2003 video game “Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure.” He also contributed his voice to the adventure video game “The Polar Express” (2004), based on the film of the same name that starred Tom Hanks. In addition, he appeared in “Swing” (2003), a film directed by Martin Guigui that starred Constance Brenneman, Innis Casey and Tom Skerritt, and starred as Saint James in the 2004 award winning independent film “Purgatory House,” which dealt with teen suicide and drug addiction from a teen's perspective. In 2005, he appeared as Dr. Turner in an episode of “Scrubs” called “My Faith in Humanity,” and two years later, appeared in a “Dexter” episode called “The Dark Defender.”

In 2008, Jim acted in the made for TV film “Shark Swarm” (Hallmark Channel), opposite Daryl Hannah, John Schneider, Armand Assante, F. Murray Abraham, Roark Critchlow, Heather McComb, John Enos III, Gene Davis and Mimi Michaels, and starred with Lance Henriksen, Gary Stretch, James Russo and D. C. Douglas in the horror film “Black Ops” (originally known as “Deadwater”), directed and co-written by Roel Reiné. The same year, he also entered the world of directing by helming two shorts, “Wish,” which he produced, and “The Floor,” written by Harry Eddleman and Brandon Ficara.

Jim next portrayed Dick in the comedy “Road to the Altar” (2009), which was directed and co-written by Annie Lynch, Detective Mike in “Acts of Violence” (2010), a movie written and directed by Il Lim that starred Lim, Ron Perlman, and Leelee Sobieski, and appeared in the short “Goofyfoot” (2010), opposite Wes Whitworth and Simon Peter Deveer. He returned to the director’s chair to helm John Burke, Monej Cruz and Joshua LeBar in the short “Collision.”

Jim will play a doctor in the Cindy Baer comedy “Seymour Sally Rufus,” which is set to be released on June 30, 2011. He will also be reunited with Baer for the comedy “Odd Brodsky,” which is for January 2012 release. He will make his feature directorial debut with the drama “When We Were Pirates” (2012), in which he plays the role of Mikey's dad.


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