Colin Hanks

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Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks at a Night on the Town 2.jpg
Colin Hanks at an event in October 2008
BornColin Lewes Dillingham
(1977-11-24) November 24, 1977 (age 36)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Samantha Bryant (m. 2010)
ParentsTom Hanks
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Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks at a Night on the Town 2.jpg
Colin Hanks at an event in October 2008
BornColin Lewes Dillingham
(1977-11-24) November 24, 1977 (age 36)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Samantha Bryant (m. 2010)
ParentsTom Hanks

Colin Hanks (born Colin Lewes Dillingham;[1] November 24, 1977)[2] is an American actor. Hanks is best known for starring in the 2002 film Orange County, as well as television roles including Alex Whitman in Roswell, Henry Jones in Band of Brothers and Travis Marshall in Dexter. He is the eldest son of actor Tom Hanks.

Early life[edit]

Hanks was born and raised in Sacramento, California,[3] the oldest son of actor Tom Hanks and his first wife, the late producer and actress Samantha Lewes[2] (née Dillingham), who died of bone cancer on March 12, 2002. His name was changed to Hanks after his parents married in 1978. He has a sister, Elizabeth (born 1982), and two younger paternal half-brothers, Chester Marlon Hanks (born 1990) and Truman Theodore Hanks (born 1995), from his father's second marriage, to actress Rita Wilson. Hanks attended Sacramento Country Day School, and then Chapman University, before transferring to and graduating from Loyola Marymount University.


In 1999, Hanks won the role of Alex Whitman in the science fiction series Roswell, where he appeared for the first two seasons (making a brief appearance in the third). During that time, he acted in the 2000 teen comedy Whatever It Takes with Shane West and Aaron Paul. Hanks also made an appearance in an episode of The OC. He appeared in part eight of HBO mini-series Band of Brothers as Lt. Henry Jones.

In 2002, he starred in his first film as Shaun Brumder in Orange County, alongside Jack Black and Schuyler Fisk. The comedy features Hanks trying to get into Stanford University after his guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcript.

In 2005, he appeared in the remake of King Kong, playing the assistant to Jack Black's character. In 2006, Hanks had a cameo role in Black's Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, playing a drunken fraternity brother. He starred in the romantic comedy The House Bunny, playing Oliver, a charming manager of a nursing home and the love interest of Anna Faris' character.

In 2008, he appeared in The Great Buck Howard, which was produced by his father and also starred John Malkovich. He also played Father Gill, a young Roman Catholic priest, in season 2 of the TV show Mad Men.[4]

In 2009, he made his Broadway debut, acting alongside Jane Fonda in the Moisés Kaufman play 33 Variations.[5]

In 2009 Hanks began work as director on a documentary about Tower Records.[6]

Hanks starred in the 2010 Fox TV series The Good Guys, playing young detective Jack Bailey, alongside Bradley Whitford who plays an old school detective (Dan Stark).

In 2011 he starred in the indie film Lucky, alongside Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret and Jeffrey Tambor.[7] He has also joined the cast of Dexter for the show's sixth season opposite Edward James Olmos, where he portrays an art historian Travis Marshall[8] who is involved in a murderous apocalyptic cult.[9]

He starred as Allison in the second season web series Burning Love. In 2013, he portrays Dr. Malcolm Perry in the historical film Parkland.

Personal life[edit]

In June 2009, Hanks became engaged to former New York publicist Samantha Bryant.[10] The couple married on May 8, 2010 in Los Angeles.[10] They have two daughters: Olivia Jane Hanks (born in 2011)[11] and Charlotte Bryant Hanks (born in 2013).[12]

Hanks is an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, and attended their World Series-clinching victory in Texas in November 2010.[13] He is also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings,[14] and Los Angeles Kings.[15] He is the official Kevin and Bean LA Kings playoff correspondent for 2012 and 2013.[16]


Hanks at the premiere of King Kong in Wellington, New Zealand, December 2005
1996That Thing You Do!Male Page
1999–2001RoswellAlexander Charles "Alex" WhitmanTV series (44 episodes)
2000Whatever It TakesCosmo
2001Get Over ItFelix Woods
2001Band of BrothersLieutenant Henry JonesTV miniseries
2002Orange CountyShaun Brumder
2004The O.C.GradyTV series (1 episode "The L.A.")
2004Standing StillQuentin
2005King KongPreston
2005, 2008Numb3rsMarshall PenfieldTV series (2 episodes)
2006Alone with HerDoug
2006Tenacious D in The Pick of DestinyDrunken fraternity brother
2007CarelessWiley Roth
2008UntraceableGriffin Dowd
2008My Mom's New BoyfriendHenry Durandaka My Spy
2008The Great Buck HowardTroy Gable
2008The House BunnyOliver
2008Mad MenFather John GillTV series (3 episodes)
2008W.Speechwriter #1
2009Barry MundayHeavy Metal Greg
2010The Good GuysJack BaileyTV series (20 episodes)
2010High SchoolBrandon Ellis
2011LuckyBen Keller
2011DexterTravis MarshallTV series (12 episodes)
2011Robot ChickenVarious voicesTV series (1 episode "Terms of Endaredevil")
2012Happy EndingsHimselfTV series (1 episode "Cocktails & Dreams")
2012The Guilt TripRob
2013Burning LoveAllisonWeb series (Season 2, Julie's season)
2013NCISRichard ParsonsTV Series (3 episodes)
2013ParklandDr. Malcolm Perry


  1. ^ State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Gives name at birth as "Colin Lewes Dillingham"
  2. ^ a b Colin Hanks Biography (1977-) from
  3. ^ Sweeney, Adam (September 14, 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Colin Hanks". Playmaker. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
    • a "I was born and raised in Sacramento, California, which most people don’t know is where Tower started and was based until the end." — ¶ 4.
  4. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (2009-03-03). Sic 'n' Span Son of Tom Hanks Shines Up the Great White Way:. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-08
  5. ^ Celebroadway! NY Times, April 5, 2009
  6. ^ Q&A - Colin Hanks on Working With Jane Fonda (and His Dad), a March 18, 2009 interview from
  7. ^ Gina DiNunno (4 September 2009). "Colin Hanks and Jeffrey Tambor Get Lucky". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  8. ^ "Colin Hanks' 'Dexter' Role Revealed". The Huffington Post. May 10, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Ern, Matt (October 19, 2011). "T.V. That Matters: 10/20 "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Mr. Bob's Toddle Kaleidoscope"". Hofstra University. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Colin Hanks Is Officially Off the Market". May 9, 2010. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ Julie Jordan (3 February 2011). "It's a Girl for Colin Hanks". People ( Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  12. ^ Michaud, Sarah (July 2, 2013). "Colin Hanks Welcomes Daughter Charlotte". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
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