Can You Name These Tom Hanks Roles From a Screenshot?

By: Jonnathan Chadwick
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Toy Story Do you know this "Toy Story" cowboy?
Chucky
Frankie
Buzz Lightyear
Sheriff Woody
Pixar released "Toy Story," its first animated feature film, in 1995, and it revolutionized CGI. The gang of Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, and even Andy and his neighbor Sid were all brought to life via CGI, the first time for a major film. Tom Hanks has voiced Woody in all of the films.

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Cast Away FedEx employee What role does Tom Hanks play in "Cast Away"?
World explorer
Police detective
FedEx employee
Tom Hanks portrayed an imaginary FedEx employee who gets stranded on a deserted island and befriends a volleyball in the 2000 hit "Cast Away." His character's name is Chuck Noland. FedEx ultimately supported the film, although hesitant at first.
Army soldier

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Forrest Gump Who taught the world that life is like a box of chocolates?
Charlie Wilson
Larry Crowne
Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump's mother taught her son the "box of chocolates" mantra, and he taught it to the world in one of America's most famous movie lines. Tom Hanks won the Best Actor Oscar for the role, his second in a row.
Captain Phillips

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Scott Turner Can you name this detective who adopts a dog named Hooch?
Joe Fox
Sheriff Woody
Scott Turner
Detective Scott Turner has to solve a murder case that only has one witness, a dog. He adopts the dog to save its life and develops a lifelong bond with the Dogue de Bordeaux. Four dogs played the role of Hooch.
Carl Hanratty

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Captain Phillips What American sailor was hijacked by pirates in this movie based on a true story?
Jimmy Dugan
Captain Phillips
This is another true story where Tom Hanks portrayed a real-life hero. Sailor Richard Phillips was navigating an American cargo ship around one of the most dangerous areas in the world when pirates boarded the boat and held everyone for ransom.
Sam Baldwin
Sully

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Jimmy Dugan Who's this guy who said, "there's no crying in baseball"?
Jimmy Dugan
"A League of Their Own" is Tom Hanks at his most versatile — it's a pretty underrated role. He played the hard drinking baseball manager Jimmy Dugan in this comedy about women who take over baseball during WWII.
Allen Bauer
Michael Sullivan
Josh Baskin

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Philadelphia He won his first of back-to-back Oscars for this role. Do you know it?
Forrest Gump
Andrew Beckett
Tom Hanks with a shaved head means only one thing: Andrew Becket in "Philadelphia." He starred alongside Denzel Washington in this film that was one of the earliest to tackle issues of sex, relationships and HIV.
David Jones
Chuck Noland

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"Sully" Sullenberger
Tom Hanks teamed up with Clint Eastwood to tell the true story of Captain Chesley Sullenberger and his harrowing "Miracle on the Hudson" in 2009. Captain Sully was able to land a failed aircraft in the Hudson River, preventing disaster and achieving hero status.
Jim Lovell
Captain Phillips
Larry Crowne

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Big What is this kid's name, who wakes up one day in the body of an adult?
Josh
Be careful what you wish for. We've seen this trope play out in numerous stories before, but when a kid wishes to be an adult and wakes up in the body of Tom Hanks, it turns into a classic tale. Tom Hanks got his first Oscar nod for his role in "Big."
Mark
Tony
Ben

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The Polar Express In what film does Tom Hanks play five different characters, including Santa Claus?
"The Polar Express"
This classic children's story graced classrooms all over the country for close to 20 years before getting a big screen adaptation. Tom Hanks is the biggest name voicing characters in the movie, and he takes on the task of voicing five of them for the film.
"Saving Private Ryan"
"Cloud Atlas"
"Road to Perdition"

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Road to Perdition In what film does Tom Hanks play a mob associate, tasked with protecting his family?
"The Polar Express"
"Inferno"
"Splash"
"Road to Perdition"
Tom Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan Sr. in this story about a family involved with the Irish mob. "Road to Perdition" also features Paul Newman and Daniel Craig, and it received positive reviews all around, including an Oscar win for Best Cinematography.

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Splash Can you name this film where Tom Hanks falls in love with a mermaid?
"A Hologram for the King"
"Splash"
This film might not sound like the greatest plot, but it nabbed an Oscar nod for best original screenplay at the 1985 Academy Awards. Daryl Hannah played the mermaid and John Candy also starred in the film.
"The Great Buck Howard"
"Joe Versus the Volcano"

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The 'Burbs Can you name this paranoid husband who thinks his neighbors are satanists?
Sam Baldwin
Ray Peterson
When you look back at Tom Hanks' earliest movie roles, they were mostly comedies, like this one called "The 'Burbs" that came out in 1989. It's the classic story about a young couple who moves to the perfect neighborhood, only to find out it's the opposite of perfect.
Jimmy Dugan
Scott Turner

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Sheriff Woody
James B. Donovan
You've got to hate it when the CIA comes knocking on your door and forces you to spy for them. That's the role Tom Hanks played in "Bridge of Spies," directed by Steven Spielberg and written by the Coen brothers. The story takes place during the Cold War.
Joe Fox
Scott Turner

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Nothing in Common 1986 He plays an ad exec who is nothing like his father in what movie?
Bachelor Party
Nothing in Common
Comedy legend Jackie Gleason made his final film appearance in the 1986 movie "Nothing in Common," starring alongside Tom Hanks as his father. As expected, the two have nothing in common and end up learning a lot from each other.
Splash
Road to Perdition

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You've Got Mail Do you know his character's name in "You've Got Mail"?
Scott Turner
Joe Fox
The verge of the millennium was the perfect time to tackle the proliferation of internet dating. In "You've Got Mail," two people fall in love online but despise each other in real life. This timely movie is titled after an AOL notification.
Allen Bauer
Forrest Gump

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Sam Baldwin Tom Hanks played what character that moves to Seattle and falls in love?
Joe Fox
Rick Gassko
Allen Bauer
Sam Baldwin
Tom Hanks really started dominating the Hollywood scene in the early 1990s, and he teamed up with Meg Ryan in 1993 for this romantic comedy, "Sleepless in Seattle." He starred in "A League of Their Own" the year before, and he was about to star in the two biggest roles of his career, "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump."

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Paul Edgecomb He played the prison officer in charge of death row (a.k.a. the green mile) in this film. Can you remember his name?
Paul Edgecomb
This Stephen King masterpiece is told through a flashback from the point of view of Tom Hanks' character in the film, Paul Edgecomb, who is the head guard in charge of death row. It's a classic Stephen King story that was adapted into a memorable movie.
Mark Storey
Captain Phillips
Carl Hanratty

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Joe Fox Can you name this character who considers jumping into a volcano?
Alex
Joe
When Tom Hanks' character, Joe, learns that he is dying in the movie "Joe Versus the Volcano," he is offered a way to die with purpose and dignity: by jumping into a volcano. It was one of many times he starred alongside Meg Ryan.
Ben
Mark

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Saving Private Ryan (Captain John H. Miller) He's tasked with saving Private Ryan in this film. What's his name?
Captain Miller
This is one of the best war movies ever made, and Hanks and Spielberg were both at the top of their games. Hanks' character in the film is the captain tasked with saving Private Ryan, played by Matt Damon.
Sully
Carl Hanratty
Captain Phillips

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Angels & Demons 2009 What professor and master of cryptography is this?
Andrew Beckett
Sheriff Woody
Robert Langdon
Tom Hanks plays Professor Robert Langdon in the movie adaptation of Dan Brown's novels. Three of Brown's books that feature the professor have already been adapted to the screen, most famously "The Da Vinci Code."
Allen Bauer

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The Circle Tom Hanks played the founder of a fictional company that is a combination of Facebook and Google in what film?
"Volunteers"
"The Circle"
This story is another one from David Eggers, and it tackles a dystopian future where giant tech companies control everything we do. It's grim, but not as grim as the book. Emma Watson stars as the lead character, Mae Holland.
"Punchline"
"Dragnet"

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Carl Hanratty What was the name of the detective who chased Leonardo DiCaprio around the world in "Catch Me If You Can"?
Henry Goose
Scott Turner
Joe Fox
Carl Hanratty
"Catch Me If You Can" is the true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who was played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale was known for being a con man and check forger, but he did pass the bar exam on his own. Hanks played Carl Hanratty, the detective who chased him around the world.

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Commander Jim Lovell (Apollo 13) Do you know what astronaut he portrayed in "Apollo 13"?
Jim Lovell
Who can forget Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell, doing 15-digit math problems in his head and double checking them with pen and paper while hurtling through the universe in a doomed spaceship? Ron Howard directed the 1995 flick that went on to win two Oscars.
Fred Haise
Neil Armstrong
Buzz Aldrin

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The Terminal Can you remember the name of this character who lived at JFK Airport for several months?
Sully
Charlie Wilson
Viktor Navorski
Tom Hanks played the fictional Viktor Navorski from the fake country of Krakozhia in "The Terminal." The story was inspired by the real-life 18-year stay of an Iranian refugee at France's Charles de Gaulle Airport from 1988 to 2006.
Captain Phillips

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Charlie Wilson's War Do you know this Texas congressman?
Ray Peterson
Thomas Schell
Dermot Hoggins
Charlie Wilson
"Charlie Wilson's War" tells the story of the time the United States of America decided to fund this small rebel group in the Middle East as they fought Russia. The small group of rebels eventually turned into a terrorist group led by the world's most notorious terrorist.

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Professor G.H. Dorr Have you ever seen "The Ladykillers"? What role did he play?
David Basner
Kip Wilson
Dermot Hoggins
Professor G.H. Dorr
Hanks plays a Southern professor, Goldthwait Higginson Dorr, who puts together a ragtag crew to rob a casino, and the only person who might stop them is a sweet old landlady. If it sounds like a Coen brothers film, that's because they wrote and directed it.

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Lawrence Bourne III What's the name of this rich kid who joins the Peace Corps to escape angry debtors?
Joe Fox
Lawrence Bourne III
Tom Hanks played the wealthy Lawrence Bourne III in the 1985 comedy "Volunteers," about a rich kid who grows a heart and experiences how the other half lives. Hanks starred alongside John Candy in this film, the second time the two joined forces.
Michael Sullivan
Rick Gassko

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Robert Langdon
Mr. Banks
Walt Disney
Australian author P.L. Travers began her "Mary Poppins" book series in 1934, and in 1964 Walt Disney wanted to adapt the story for the big screen. This movie tells that story, and Walt Disney is played by Tom Hanks.
Ray Kroc

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Cloud Atlas He travels through time and plays six different roles in this genre-bending mystery. Can you name the movie?
"The Polar Express"
"Road to Perdition"
"Angels & Demons"
"Cloud Atlas"
Hanks has played roles in two adapted novels from David Eggers, and he also starred in the lead role in this David Mitchell story, so he's clearly a fan of contemporary literature and does a great job portraying these characters.

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Alan Clay
This Eggers novel was shortlisted for awards around the world and was adapted for the screen in 2016 when Tom Hanks took over the lead role. It was the first time Hanks would star in an Eggers adaptation, but not the first time he'd adapt a contemporary American novel.
Eamon Bailey
Dwayne Twitchell
Sherman McCoy

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That Thing You Do What was his character's name in "That Thing You Do"?
Josh
Mr. Black
Joe
Mr. White
Tom Hanks wrote, directed and starred in this film that centers around a local band in Pennsylvania. It was the first movie credit for his son, Colin, who has since gone on to star in dozens of TV shows and movies.

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Larry Crowne Who is this guy who decided to go back to school after losing his job?
Larry Crowne
It's never too old to go back to school — "Larry Crowne" taught us that in 2011. It obviously helps if you go back to school and happen to fall into a relationship with Julia Roberts, but this is a movie after all, and it's not based on a true story.
Robbie Wheeling
Kip Wilson
Jimmy Dugan

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Bachelor Party What's his character's name in "Bachelor Party"?
Rick Gassko
Tom Hanks plays a groom-to-be who hasn't had the most successful life and is hated by his in-laws. His friends decide to do what all good friends do: throw him an epic bachelor party. To no one's surprise, everything goes haywire.
Streebeck
Ray Peterson
Thomas Schell

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The Money Pit What was his character's name in "The Money Pit"?
Michael Sullivan
Isaac Sachs
Chuck Noland
Walter Fielding
Most newlywed couples dream of buying a house in the perfect neighborhood one day, and when the Fieldings find an offer they simply can't refuse, they pounce on it. As expected, the offer turns out too good to be true, and they spend a fortune on renovations.

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Scott Turner
Ben Bradlee
The best movie about Ben Bradlee and the "Washington Post" will always be the 1976 classic "All the President's Men," but Hanks does a pretty good job starring alongside Meryl Streep in "The Post," about the Pentagon Papers. The role earned him a Best Actor nod at the Golden Globes.
Rick Gassko
Professor G.H. Dorr

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He Knows You're Alone Tom Hanks played a man named Elliot in his first ever movie. Do you know what it was called?
He Knows You're Alone
Everybody has to start somewhere, right? Back in 1980, Tom Hanks played the role of Elliot in this low budget horror thriller that didn't exactly go on to achieve greatness. Hanks focused on TV roles for the next four years after this movie.
Splash
Dragnet
Punchline

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 Do you know what role Hanks played in the 9/11 drama?
Thomas Schell
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" was one of the first major films to tackle the 9/11 attacks and was ultimately nominated for two Oscars, including Best Picture. The film follows a boy who copes with the loss of his father after the attacks. Hanks played the father.
Dermot Hoggins
Sherman McCoy
David Basner

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Dragnet 1987 Do you remember what character he played in "Dragnet"?
Streebek
Hanks stars alongside Dan Aykroyd in this 1987 film about a strait-laced detective (Aykroyd) who has to work with a man who looks like he crawled out of the gutter (Hanks) to solve a crime mystery. The film is part of the "Dragnet" franchise that includes the TV show.
Friday
Hanratty
Turner

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The Great Buck Howard 2008 Tom Hanks played his real-life son's father in "The Great Buck Howard." What's his name?
Mr. Gable
Colin Hanks plays Troy Gable and Tom Hanks plays Mr. Gable in this film about a declining magician and his personal assistant. The first movie Colin Hanks appeared in with his father was "That Thing You Do" in 1996.
Buck Howard
Dermot Hoggins
Allen Bauer

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