Everyone and everything loves Tom Hanks, including the Internet. Scratch that, especially the Internet. The delightful, Oscar-winning actor has captured the attention and admiration of the web thanks to his iconic movie career, and his general good-guy demeanor. This has resulted in everything from memes to movements like Tom Hanks Day.
But what makes Tom Hanks such an especially great Internet star, is that he’s in on the fun. Whether he’s taking part in viral videos (like his recent visit to The Late Late Show with James Corden) or playing along with a fan’s hilarious request, Hanks just continues to be the best, both on and offline.
In honor of Tom Hanks just being, you know, the coolest, here are his best contributions to the net.
Tom Hanks Reenacts All of His Movies in Six Minutes with James Corden
The man can do everything, including effortlessly transitioning from A League of Their Own to You’ve Got Mail to That Thing You Do! in a matter of seconds. What’s even more impressive is that Hanks got us all to want to re-watch all of these movies, which we’ve seen a million times.
Of course, it’s not the first time Hanks has done a re-enactment of his famous scenes during a talk show appearance. With a little help from Sandra Bullock, Hanks played on the iconic giant piano from Big, during a visit to The Jonathan Ross Show back in 2013.
Tom Hanks Appears on Toddlers & Tiaras
Okay, not really, but this insta-viral clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live! is still a classic.
Tom Hanks Earns the Scorn of Sarah Jessica Parker
We couldn’t help but wonder what would cause such an epic eye roll, but anything that ticks off Carrie Bradshaw this much can’t be a bad thing, can it?
Tom Hanks Really, Really Likes Carly Rae Jepsen
We really, really, really, really like the respected actor for appearing in the pop starlet’s inspired music video.
Tom Hanks Helps “Drunk” Kid Take the COOLEST PHOTOS EVER
Hey, if you can manage to get Tom Hanks to play along with your gag that you’re passed out drunk and he’s messing with you, why wouldn’t you upload the photos to Reddit to share with the whole world? Because that’s exactly what happened to some smart, lucky, fans who encountered the star at a pizzeria in North Dakota back in 2012, and got him to participate in the hilarious, viral gag.
Tom Hanks Day
— Chicagoist.com (@Chicagoist) March 27, 2015
Tom Hanks Day happens to fall on April 1, but as the group’s founders will tell you, it’s no joke. Tom Hanks Day, which originated in Chicago back in 2004, is an internationally celebrated holiday to honor the man, the myth, the legend that is the Nicest Guy in Hollywood. Even better, the various events that celebrate holiday go to Lifeline Energy and Hanks himself takes part in the fun.
The Tom Hanks is a Bunch of Animals Meme
There are countless fan-made Tom Hanks memes out there (including everything from street artist Hanksy to the glorious T. Hanks trash can), but there’s none more entertaining than the Tom Hanks is a Bunch of Animals tumblr. The name is not deceiving (it is literally Tom Hanks’s head imposed on animals and made into hilarious gifs) and it is as awesome as it is oddly mesmerizing.
Tom Hanks Technically Started the Team Coco Movement
Wanna know why some fans call Conan O’Brien Coco? Well, it’s thanks to Tom Hanks, of course. Hey, it’s a damn good nickname.
Tom Hanks is a Twitter Master
The Forrest Gump star is one of the best celebrities to follow on Twitter, not only because he signs off all of his tweets with “HANX” but because he shares some genuinely funny and sincere musings with his followers. All hail Hanx.
Carly Rae Jepsen explains the first time she met the Oscar winner.
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