Tom Hanks Doesn’t Believe His Children Are Nepo Babies

His children are just in the “family business”
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As the discussion surrounding Hollywood’s ‘Nepo Babies’ continues to grow it, seems more and more actors and musicians are adding their two cents. 

Refusing to admit the inherent privilege that comes with being the offspring of famous parents, more and more celebs are speaking out on claims of nepotism and now, Tom Hanks is joining in. 

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The actor, whose four children themselves are in the acting business, recently spoke with Reuters via The Sun, hitting back at claims his children were beneficiaries of nepotism. 

Instead, he claims they were simply entering the “family business” – comparing his family to others who run small businesses. 


Tom Hanks Family
Such a cute family! (Credit: Getty)

“Look, this is a family business. This is what we’ve been doing forever,” he explained when speaking on his son’s appearance A Man Called Otto. 

“It’s what all of our kids grew up in. We have four kids, they are all very creative, they are all involved in some brand of storytelling, and if we were a plumbing supply business or if we ran the florist shop down the street, the whole family would be putting in time at some point, even if it was just inventory at the end of the year.”

“Doesn’t matter what our last names are,” he continued. “We have to do the work in order to make that a true and authentic experience for the audience and that’s a much bigger task than worrying about whether anyone’s going to try and scathe us or not.”

Chet Hanks
Tom and Chet Hanks (Credit: Getty)

How many kids does Tom Hanks have?

Tom Hanks has four children. Colin Hanks, 45, Truman Hanks, 27, Chet Hanks, 32, and Elizabeth Ann Hanks, 40. 

How many children did Tom Hanks have with Samantha Lewes?

Tom Hanks and Samatha Lewes were married in 1979 and had two children together; Colin Hanks in 1977 and Elizabeth Hanks born in 1979.

Tom also shares two sons with their current partner Rita Wilson; Chet and Truman. 

How old was Tom Hanks when he had his first child?

Tom Hanks was 21 when he welcomed his first child and has been open about the difficulties of juggling fatherhood with his career. 

Meet Tom Hanks’ Children

Colin Hanks. (Credit: Getty)

Colin Hanks

The eldest of Tom’s four children, Colin Hanks was the first to follow in his father’s famous footsteps.

Making his acting debut in 1996, Colin has gone on to star in Hollywood blockbusters including King Kong, Jumanji: The Next Level, Dexter, and Fargo.

Elizabeth Ann Hanks. (Credit: Getty)

Elizabeth Ann Hanks

Born May 17, 1982, Elizabeth Ann is Tom’s only daughter and his second child with childhood sweetheart Samantha Lewes.

Dipping her toe into the acting world, Elizabeth Ann starred alongside her dad in Forest Gump. After graduating from university, Elizabeth pursued a career as a writer, with her work featuring in publications such as The Guardian, TIME, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

Chet Hanks. (Credit: Getty)

Chester Marlon Hanks

The first of Tom’s children with wife Rita Wilson, Chester ‘Chet’ Marlon was born August 4, 1990.

Similarly to his siblings, Chet has also tried his hand at acting, starring in the hip-hop drama series Empire. Chet also has pursued a music career under the stage name Chet Haze, with his latest single Ticket Out My Head being released in 2020. 

Slightly distancing himself from his famous family, Chet has spoken openly about growing up in an A-list household. 

“I’m very privileged, but I wasn’t spoiled. My parents didn’t spoil me. I was never just given money or an allowance. I had to work and earn everything that I’ve made, and it’s been that way for my entire life,” he said in a 2021 YouTube video. 

Truman Hanks. (Credit: Getty)

Truman Theodore Hanks

Born December 26, 1995, Truman is the youngest of Tom Hank’s four children. 

While he has starred in front of the camera in A Man Called Otto, Truman’s career in film has flourished in the production space, working on Hollywood blockbusters West Side Story and Black Widow. 

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