27 People Tweet About The Time They Met Tom Hanks And Were Not Disappointed

Tom Hanks is a legendary figure for many reasons. He’s entertained generations with his acting prowess. But the multi-awarded, established celebrity has endeared himself to the world for another reason. As a matter of fact, the two-time Oscar winner’s made a reputation for himself as the “nicest guy in all of Hollywood”. The actor’s fans and lucky strangers who’ve met him have only good things to say about Tom.

Meeting a celebrity is regarded as a special moment in any fan’s life. You are, after all, seeing the person who played your favorite character in your favorite movie, in the flesh. However, these encounters don’t always play out as nicely you’d hope. We’ve all heard about some star snubbing or being rude to a fan. After all, people aren’t always who you think they are. Those types of encounters can be pretty disappointing.


But Hanks is one of those rare individuals who never fails to be genuinely good. No matter who he’s talking to, or the circumstance of their encounter. He won’t run away from you just because he’s not “camera-ready”, unlike some celebrities. And he’ll really make an effort to make your interaction with him worth remembering. A couple days ago, people got together on Twitter to share their Tom Hanks experience, and here’s what they had to say:

“A real mensch.”

fan sends tom a lighter and tom remembers him


“He took the time to profusely shake everyone’s hand and chat with all these firefighters even though I’m sure he’d hoped he wouldn’t run into anyone up there.”

firefighters met tom hanks while out for a hike


“Hanks called in – himself! – and made a donation.”

hanks donated to a membership drive while shooting mrs rogers


“He and his wife do a lot of good charity work”

he entertained me for years


Tom Hanks supports his friends.

he showed up to support a friend


“Super cool guy!”

met him while he was shooting larry crowne


“One of the most genuine people I have ever met.”

met him while working as a trainee


Hanks knows how to praise others, too.

praised the talents at a ballet show


“Seen any movie stars today?”

seen any celebrities today

Throughout his career, Tom has starred in at least 82 films.  And you’ve probably seen most of them, at some point in your life. Hanks’s films are so popular that they’ve grossed more than $9.96 billion worldwide, making him the fifth-highest-grossing actor in North America!  Plus, Hanks is the one of the only two actors to win the Best Actor Oscar consecutively alongside Spencer Tracy. He won his first Best Actor Oscar in 1993 for his role in Philadelphia then again in 1994 for portraying Forrest Gump. What’s your favorite Tom Hanks film?

“Shook hands with Tom Hanks IN the Astronaut suit.”

shook hands with tom on the set of apollo 13

Oh, and did you know that Tom’s got an asteroid named after him? The “12818 Tomhanks”, an asteroid that orbits the Sun, was named after the actor whose childhood dream was to be an Astronaut! This happened in 1996, in honor of his performance in Apollo 13.

“Tom looked me in the eyes and asked me how I was doing.”

tom greeted a security details wife


Tom had more questions for this starstruck fan

tom asked more questions than i could ask him


He reportedly wrote ‘thank you’ notes to Pittsburgh’s crew

tom handwrote thank you notes


Tom gave everyone a box of popcorn at a game

tom hanks and john lovitz give people boxes of popcorn


“I left my iPhone unattended in the same room as Tom Hanks. The next day, I found this photo in my camera roll.”

tom hanks leaves a selfie on a phone someone left behind


“Tom makes introductions and includes me in the conversation.”

tom hanks includes a fan in a conversation


“Hanks stopped filming to escort them to the altar.”

tom hanks escorts a bride to her wedding


He even helped someone fix their flat tire on a snowy day

tom hanks helps guy fix a flat tire


“Tom Hanks donated a fancy espresso machine to our office”

tom hanks donated a fancy espresso machine

LA Review of Books isn’t the only office to receive a coffee-related gift from the actor. In 2004, while touring the White House, Tom saw that the press corps office didn’t have a coffee pot, so he donated an espresso machine. He sent newer models to the office in 2010 and again in 2017.  What can we say? He knows how important coffee is to people of the press!

“He is absolutely a good human.”

tom hanks attends a bookstore fundraiser and helps the event


“He’s stayed in touch with that group for decades.”

tom hanks makes an effort to stay in touch with old workmates

Tom isn’t the first famous person in his family. In fact, Hanks’ family is related to not one, but three previous presidents of the United States! Tom is actually Abraham Lincoln’s third cousin, four times removed. Furthermore, it’s been traced that he’s also Herbert Hoover’s 19th cousin, once removed, and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 15th cousin, thrice removed. Perhaps it’s because of this, that the celebrated thespian doesn’t shy away from political discourse. He’s supportive of same-sex marriage, environmental causes, and alternative fuels.

“Nicest man.”

tom hanks talks to a soldiers sibling


This fan received a typewritten letter from Hanks

tom hanks thanks a fan for the typewriter with a typewritten letter

Tom loves typewriters. He loves them so much that he’s got more than 250 of them in his collection. And as you can see in the photo above, he doesn’t let his typewriters gather dust in a shelf. Instead, he uses them to write letters and thank-you letters almost every day! Wonder if he’s got the music sheet typewriter too?

“One of the nicest customers I had the pleasure to serve.”

tom is one of the nicest customers


He didn’t discriminate on this then-writer’s equipment

tom praises writer for her old school approach



was sitting next to tom at a game