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Colin Hanks Bio: What Alex Whitman’s Real Life Looks Like

Colin Hanks Bio: What Alex Whitman’s Real Life Looks Like

Colin Lewes Hanks, born on November 24th, 1977, is an American actor who you may recognize from films such as The House Bunny, Orange County, and King Kong. If television shows are more your thing, he’s had quite a few hit shows, such as Band of Brothers and Roswell. His latest project includes Impeachment: An American Crime Story. 

Who is Colin Hanks?

Sacramento, California-born Colin Hanks is an American actor and producer, the son of Gold Globe and Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and the late actress Samantha Lewes. His sister is Elizabeth. His father’s second marriage was to actress Rita Wilson, and, through that union, he has two younger half-brothers: Truman and Chester “Chet” Hanks.

Hanks studied at Sacramento Country Day School, Chapman University, and Loyola Marymount University; however, he didn’t finish his degree program at LMU.

Colin Hanks Bio: What Alex Whitman’s Real Life Looks Like

Colin Hanks Net Worth in 2024

Bringing in a net worth of $14 million, Colin Hanks is an American actor, producer, voice actor, and director. His film debut was in That Thing You Do!, which was written and directed by his father, Tom Hanks, in 1996. Since then, he has appeared in over 50 films and numerous television projects.

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Colin Hanks Wiki

Real Name Colin Lewes Hanks
Net Worth$14 Million
ProfessionActor, Producer, Voice Actor, Director
Age46 years (as of 2024)
D.O.BNovember 24, 1977
BirthplaceSacramento, California, USA
Zodiac SignSagittarius
EducationChapman University, Loyola Marymount University
Salary$172,560 per year (for directing)
AssetsReal Estate: Modern farmhouse (2.85 million)
Cars: Airstream trailer, FJ40 Land Cruiser, Tesla, and Ford F-450 
FamilySamantha Bryant (spouse, 2010)
Olivia Jane Hanks (daughter)
Charlotte Bryant Hanks (daughter)
Social MediaTwitter, Instagram

Colin Hanks Early Career

Hanks worked on Roswell for two seasons before landing small arcs in season three and then guest-starring in The OC. He also acted alongside Shane West during his time on Roswell, appearing in Whatever It Takes and Ben Foster’s Get Over It.

Hank Jones had a minor role in HBO’s Band of Brothers series, Lt. Hank Jones. In 1997, he starred alongside Schuyler Fisk and Jack Black in Orange County. Hanks’ character in the comedy is trying to get into Stanford University after his guidance counselor messes up and sends out the wrong transcript.

Hanks starred in 2002’s King Kong as the assistant to Jack Black’s character. The following year, he had a cameo in Black’s Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, portraying a drunken fraternity brother. Then, in 2008, he played Oliver, a nursing home manager and romantic interest of Anna Faris’ character in the comedy “The House Bunny.”

In 2009, Hanks appeared in The Great Buck Howard, produced by his father and featuring John Malkovich. His television debut came soon after as Father Gill in Mad Men. In 2012, he made his Broadway debut with Jane Fonda’s 33 Variations.

Hanks played young detective Jack Bailey in the Fox TV series The Good Guys back in 2010. Then, in 2013, he starred as Lucky in the indie film of the same name and was joined by Ann-Margret, Jeffrey Tambor, and Ari Graynor. Later on, he landed a role in season six of Dexter, where he portrays Travis Marshall, an art historian involved in a murderous apocalyptic cult, opposite Edward James Olmos.

Colin Hanks Bio: What Alex Whitman’s Real Life Looks Like

Colin Hanks’s Personal Life

Hanks and Busy Philipps dated throughout college in the 1990s. In 2009, he proposed to Samantha Bryant, a former New York publicist. The couple got married on May 8, 2010, in Los Angeles and they have two daughters born in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

Hanks is a big sports fan, and some of his favorite teams include the San Francisco Giants (he attended their World Series-clinching victory in Texas in 2010), the San Francisco 49ers, Liverpool FC, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Sacramento Kings. He even directed a 30 for 30 short about one team’s tough times: when they became known as Crazy Crab during the 1980s. Hanks was also Bean and Kevin’s LA Kings playoff correspondent for 2012 and 2013.

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Lesser-Known Facts about Colin Hanks

  • Colin Hanks has a dog named Taz
  • His friends from Chapman University worked as extras in his father’s 1996 film That Thing You Do!
  • Colin attended Loyola Marymount University at the same time as Sarah Vato, Busy Phillips, and Linda Cardellini
  • Colin Hanks was one of People Magazine’s 25 Hottest Bachelors in 2003
  • His mother died of bone cancer in the year 2002
  • Colin auditioned for the 2005 Elizabethtown but the role was given to Orlando Bloom


What was Colin Hanks’s first role?

His film debut was in That Thing You Do!, which was written and directed by his father, Tom Hanks, in 1996.

Why did Colin Hanks change his name?

At birth, Colin Hanks was assigned the last name Dillingham, but later, upon his parents’ marriage, they changed it to Hanks.

What is Colin Hanks famous for?

For the portrayal of characters such as Alex Whitman in Roswell and Jack Bailey in The Good Guys, Colin Hanks is famous.

Where did Colin Hanks go to college?

He went to Chapman University and Loyola Marymount University.

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Steven Ly is the Startup Program and Events Manager at TheNextHint Inc. She recruits rockstar startups for all TC events including Disrupt, meetups, Sessions, and more both domestically and internationally. Previously, she helped produce Dreamforce with Salesforce and Next '17 with Google. Prior to that, she was on the advertising teams at both Facebook and AdRoll, helping support advertisers in North America and helped grow those brands globally. Outside of work, Steven enjoys Flywheel, tacos, the 49ers, and adventuring around the globe.

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