Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are well known for their incredible chemistry. They first starred together in John Patrick Shanley's Joe vs the Volcano in 1990. Three years later, though only sharing approximately two minutes on screen, they worked together again in one of the most famous romantic comedies of all time, Sleepless in Seattle, directed by Nora Ephron. Finally, You've Got Mail was their third movie together and was also directed by Nora Ephron.
Tom Hanks's most famous collaboration with Paul Giamatti was for the miniseries John Adams (2008), produced by Tom Hanks and in which Paul Giamatti played the title character. But it turns out they had co-starred in Saving Private Ryan, in 1998. Paul Giamatti also lent his voice to the 2006 movie The Ant Bully, produced by Tom Hanks. They are set to team up again for K Blows Top which is still in development. Tom Hanks will serve as producer while Paul Giamatti will play the main character.
Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari's first collaboration was the TV show that started Tom Hanks's career, Bosom Buddies. Ten years later, Peter Scolari starred in the episode of Fallen Angel that marked Tom Hanks's first project as a director. A few years later, when Tom Hanks directed his first full-lenght movie, That Thing You Do!, he offered a part to Peter Scolari. In 1998, Tom Hanks produced the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon in which Peter Scolari appeared as Pete Conrad in the first episode, directed by Tom Hanks. They both played in Robert Zemeckis's The Polar Express in 2004 and the two actors worked together again on the documentary Magnificent Desolation since both of them were narrating and Tom Hanks served as executive producer. A year later, Peter Scolari had a small part in an episode of HBO's Big Love, a TV show produced by Tom Hanks.
Peter Scolari was supposed to star in Tom Hanks's Larry Crowne but due to a scheduling conflict, he had to drop out.
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson first met on the set of Bosom Buddies in 1981. They co-starred again three years later in Volunteers, then in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Sleepless in Seattle (1992) sharing a very funny scene, and Tom Hanks gave her a small part in his first movie, That Thing You Do! in 1996. In 1998, she starred in 3 episodes of the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon produced by Tom Hanks. Together, they produced several movies and TV shows over the years : My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Life (2003), Connie and Carla (2004), Mamma Mia! (2008) and My Life in Ruins (2008). In 2005, Rita Wilson lent her voice to the documentary Magnificent Desolation : Walking on the Moon 3D produced and narrated by Tom Hanks. They co-star again in Larry Crowne, which is also wrote, directed and produced by Tom Hanks.
They have 13 projects in common :
Bosom Buddies - Volunteers - The Bonfire of the Vanities - Sleepless in Seattle - That Thing You Do! - From the Earth to the Moon - My Big Fat Greek Wedding - My Big Fat Greek Life - Connie and Carla - Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D - Mamma Mia! - My Life in Ruins - Larry Crowne
Tom Hanks and Sally first starred together in the movie Punchline in 1988. Though she is only ten years older than Tom Hanks, she then played his mother in Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump six years later. In 1998, Tom Hanks created the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Sally Field directed episode 11 which was written by Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks and Steve Zahn starred together for the first time in 1996 in That Thing You Do! which was also written and directed by Tom Hanks. Two years later, they worked together again in Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail. The same year, Tom Hanks produced the miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and directed the first episode in which Steve Zahn starred. Though they didn't share a scene together, they both starred in The Great Buck Howard in 2008.
Wendie Jo Sperber
Tom Hanks and Wendie Jo Sperber starred together in Bosom Buddies from 1980 to 1982. They worked together again two years later in Bachelor Party in which she played the wife of Tom Hanks's brother. Wendie Jo Sperber died of cancer in November 2005.