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Tom Hanks
Personal information
BirthJuly 9, 1956
(Concord, California)
SpouseSamantha Lewes (1978-1987)
Rita Wilson (1988-present)
SiblingsJim Hanks, Larry Hanks, Sandra Hanks
ParentsJanet Marylyn and Amos Mefford Hanks
Children4, including Colin Hanks
Years active1978-present
Motion captureHero Boy, Hero Boy's Father, Conductor, Hobo, Ebenezer Scrooge Puppet, Santa Claus
VoiceHero Boy's Father, Conductor, Hobo, Santa Claus, Narrator (film only)
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Tom Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor who did the voice of the Conductor, the Hobo, Santa Claus, the Narrator and Hero Boy's father in The Polar Express, a total of five characters, which is more characters than any other actor in the film. He also did the motion-capture of Hero Boy.

The film's official soundtrack credit Tom Hanks as the performer in the songs, "The Polar Express" and "Hot Chocolate," both of which feature the Conductor, one of his characters, singing. The Conductor's vocals, however, are removed for "The Polar Express" song in the film, but the version in the credits does feature them.

When clips from the film were used in the video game, Tom's lines were kept, but his brother, Jim voiced his characters outside film clips.


  • When voicing Hero Boy, Daryl Sabara would mimic Hanks' voice.[1]
  • Tom Hanks starred in two other films directed by Robert Zemeckis: Forrest Gump in 1994 and Cast Away in 2000.
  • Hanks was also the founder of Playtone, one of the production companies that worked on The Polar Express.


  1. 8 Mindblowing Facts About the 'Polar Express' Movie

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