Tom Hanks Revealed The Heartbreaking Journey That Restored His Faith In God

The hugely popular film Sleepless in Seattle rematched Tom with his Joe Versus the Volcano co-star, Meg Ryan. In the movie, he played the role of a recently widowed father, whose son calls in to a radio station in an attempt to find him a wife.

Tom charmed audiences and before long, hearts across the world fell in love with him.

In Philadelphia, he played a lawyer fired from his high-paying firm because he has AIDS; delivering a courageous performance that earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor.

The following year, Tom achieved what had never been done before by bringing home his second straight lead actor Oscar, for his iconic role in Forrest Gump (1994), becoming the first person in 50 years to accomplish that feat.

In Forrest Gump, he played the title role of a simple man with a low I.Q. and good intentions, who runs through childhood with his best and only friend “Jenny.” His ‘Mama’ teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny.

Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star, fighting in Vietnam, or captaining a shrimp boat, “Forrest” inspires people with his childlike optimism. But one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save — his childhood love, the sweet but troubled “Jenny.”

Tom’s emotional performance both inspired Americans and taught the world that even the most unlikely heroes can make a difference.

Tom went on to capture hearts across the globe in his phenomenal lead roles in several box office hits like Apollo 13 (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), and the romantic comedy, You’ve Got Mail (late 1998), once again co-starring with Meg Ryan for the third time.

In You’ve Got Mail, struggling boutique bookseller “Kathleen Kelly” (Meg Ryan) hates “Joe Fox” (Tom Hanks), the owner of a corporate Fox Books chain store that just moved in across the street. When they meet online, however, they begin an intense and anonymous online romance, oblivious of each other’s true identity.

Eventually Joe learns that the enchanting woman he’s involved with is actually his business rival. He must now struggle to reconcile his real-life dislike for her with the cyber-love he’s come to feel for.

Widely recognized as one of the highest-earning actors in movie history, it’s no secret that Tom Hanks has found unparalleled success in Hollywood.

But along the way, Tom has established himself as one of the finest and most respected actors of his generation, as well as “the nicest guy in show business” and “the most trusted celebrity”.


But for Tom, there’s more to life than lights, cameras, and action. On this side of eternity, he considers his wife and family his greatest gifts — and his actions prove it.

On April 30, 1988, Tom married actress Rita Wilson, with whom he co-starred in Volunteers.

Tom and Rita have two sons together, Chester (Chet) Marlon and Truman Theodore. Hanks also shares two children (Colin and Elizabeth) with his college-sweetheart, Susan Dillingham, and is undoubtedly a family man devoted to raising his children right.

Over the years, Tom’s love and devotion to his wife has been made perfectly evident to all.


Whether they’re walking the red carpet hand-in-hand, or casually attending a hockey game and get caught on the kiss-cam, Tom’s actions consistently reveal his devoted love and affection for his beautiful wife of over 28 years.

The couple recently revealed that God is their marriage secret.


Rita revealed, “God is a part of our life. Every single day, I prayed to God for I don’t know how many years that he would bring me somebody that I loved […] that loved me in the same way, and he brought me Tom, so I believe in that.”

But just before their anniversary last year, Tom and Rita revealed their heartbreaking reality: Rita had secretly been battling cancer.

In a heart-wrenching and emotional post Rita shared, “Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction for breast cancer after a diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma.”

But throughout the scariest season of their lives, Tom and Rita put their faith and hope in Jesus Christ. And despite the unimaginable battle, Rita pulled through with her supportive husband faithfully by her side.

“Who knew it would make you even closer?” Rita told The New York Times. “You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me. It was such a normal, intimate time.”

Throughout Rita’s battle, Tom refused to leave her side. And last year the adorable couple announced the miraculous news that thanks to God, Rita overcame and was announced cancer-free.

Tom was overjoyed and expressed his relief, “God bless my wife – and her courage. We’re very lucky.”

Recently, Tom revealed that he has has also been facing a health challenge — Type 2 diabetes.

He told David Letterman, “I went to the doctors and they said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been living with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated. You’ve got Type 2 diabetes.’”

But Tom isn’t concerned. Instead, he has made the firm decision to surrender his life to the Lord. When a reporter cornered Tom and Rita and asked if they believed in the power of prayer, the unashamed Christian couple revealed that they pray often, and encourage others entrust their lives to the Lord as well.

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