Jim Hanks (born June 15, 1961 in Shasta, California) is an American film and television actor, and voice-over artist.[1][2][3][4]


Jim Hanks is the youngest brother of Tom Hanks, but they were not raised together. After their parents Amos and Janet Hanks divorced in 1961, Jim went to Red Bluff, California with his mother, while older siblings Tom, Larry, and Sandra remained with their father. After college Jim lived in Sacramento worked as a waiter.[1], and in 1988 moved to Los Angeles. The agent who employed his actress wife Karen Praxel as a receptionist encouraged Jim to get into acting.[1] Jim took acting lessons, and began his career with roles in B-movies and commercial voice-overs.[2]

He also works with Los Angeles based "Feet First Films", a production company that provides actor demos as well as production support for short films.[5] Jim and his wife have one son and currently reside in Venice, California.


Jim Hanks' first lead role was as Jeeter Buford in the film Buford's Beach Bunnies. Wishing to earn the role based upon his own abilities, he had audtioned as "Jim Matthews", using just his first and a modification of his middle name. While production noted his "resemblance to Tom Hanks", he won the role based upon his own comedic and acting skills and his true relationship to Tom was not revealed until paperwork was completed.[6]

In 1995 A Current Affair revealed that Tom Hanks had created the mannerisms for the character of Forrest Gump in the film of the same name based upon the simpleton mannerisms earlier created by Jim for the role of Jeeter in 1993,[7] including Forrest's "now-famous jerky run".[8] Jim's physical resemblance to Tom allowed him to act as body-double in scenes in Forrest Gump,[2] and due to his voice similarity, Jim often substitutes for Tom in the role of Woody in various Toy Story video games and spin-offs.[9][10]

Hanks has been the voice of Geoffrey the Giraffe in the Toys "R" Us commercials since 2001,[11] and is also the voice of Rudy from the Red Robin Gourmet Burgers commercials.

He guest-starred in an episode of Scrubs, appearing as a "Dr. Turner", partnered with a doctor called "Hooch" (in reference to one of his brother's films, Turner and Hooch).

In the 1996 film adaptation of O. Henry's The Ransom of Red Chief Jim Hanks played the role of the mailman who was the town gossip.

Hanks has also appeared on stage, including playing "Lennie Small" in Theatrical Arts Internationals production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

Partial filmography

As actor
As voice artist
Video game voice
As director/cinematographer
  • Wish (2008)
  • The Floor (2008)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pecchia, David (January 17, 1995). "Tome Hanks' younger brother finds acting is an adventure". Reading Eagle. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Sibling Revelry". People. March 13, 1995. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  3. "Jim Hanks bio at Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  4. "Jim Hanks Biography (1961-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  5. "A little about Jimmy". Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  6. Tales from the Casting Couch. Phoenix Books, Inc. p. 174. ISBN 1597776424. Retrieved 28 May 2010.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help); |coauthors= requires |author= (help)
  7. "Filmmaker Mark Pirro on A Current Affair (1995)". A Current Affair. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  8. Yourse, Robyn-Denise (September 22, 2006). "Taking Names". Washington Times. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  9. Strauss, Bob (May 17, 1996). "Disney's Animated Storybook: Toy Story". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  10. Hartl, John (Aust 4, 2000). "Sequels to `Toy Story,' `Tail' go straight to video". Seattle Times. Retrieved 28 May 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. Howard, Theresa (February 10, 2002). "Toys R Us ads hit target: Moms". USA Today. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  12. "Blood Type (1999)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 

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