Tom Hanks recalls his lonely childhood

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 May 2016
Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Oscar-winning star Tom Hanks has revealed he endured a "vagabond" childhood

Tom Hanks endured a "vagabond" childhood.

The Oscar-winning star had a nomadic start in life, living in ten houses in five years, and has revealed he found the experience to be incredible lonely.

However, hearing Strauss's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', which was used in the classic movie '2001: A Space Odyssey', for the first time transpired to be a turning point in Hanks' life.

The 'Captain Phillips' star shared: "This was the 'wow' moment of my life going from a kid trying to figure out what's interesting in this life to young man yearning to be an artist.

"I started asking myself: 'How do I find the vocabulary for what's rattling around in my head?'. Not long after I started going to the American Conservatory theatre by myself to see plays I had no idea even existed."

Meanwhile, Hanks also said his first marriage to actress Samantha Lewes, which produced children Colin and Elizabeth, helped to "quell the loneliness" he had previously been experiencing.

The Hollywood star told BBC Radio 4: "Having a kid at 21 was the greatest thing that ever happened to me because I didn't smoke pot. I didn't do drugs, I was not a party boy."

And Hanks admitted his second wife, Rita Wilson, convinced him he would never been lonely again following their marriage in 1988.

He said: "I don't think I'll ever be lonely any more, that's how I felt when I met my wife."

The admittance comes shortly after Hanks claimed he has the best job in the world, working as an actor in Hollywood.

He said: "Some people are in showbusiness for twisted reasons. Power. They want to get laid. The money is good.

"But when I stumbled into this, I did it because it was fun and I'm no good at anything else. To get paid to make movies? This is the greatest gig in the world."

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