David McCullough


David McCullough

"... I met Tom Hanks in Idaho in 2002, and he started out, 'I love your book.' I thought, well, OK. Then he reached down and picked up his copy of the book, which was all underlined, had marginal notes with Post-It notes sticking out of it. It became very clear quickly he had not only read the book, but studied the book. ... I knew he'd do it right. He's a solid, very talented man. I was willing to say 'Yeah, go ahead.' "


Jeff Gordon


Jeff Gordon

"Obviously, you've met a zillion famous people. But is there anyone famous you'd like to meet who you haven't met yet?
I've been asked this for years, and I always said Tom Hanks was somebody I'd love to meet – but I met him this year [2011].

No kidding? Where?
It was really cool. My wife and I were at an event after the Phoenix win, and I saw him and said hi to him. He couldn't have been a nicer guy."


Jim Lovell


Jim Lovell

"The man is a space enthusiast, he was a closet astronaut. I went to an interview with Ron Howard after he bought the option. This was before anybody was on board. We talked for over 5 hours. At the end he asked who do you want to play your part? I didn't know mcuh about actors or actresses, but I had just seen Dances With Wolves so I said how about Kevin Costner. Needless to say Tom has kidded me ever since. He is a wonderful gentleman and most important a true friend."


Louis Venditti (WWII Veteran)


Louis Venditti (WWII Veteran)

"He was very, very friendly and ordinary. Just like everyone else."


Lyndell Quiyou (Hair stylist)


Lyndell Quiyou (Hair stylist)

"Tom is such a great person to work for. He keeps the set up-beat and happy, and is a pleasure because he doesn’t do hundreds of takes. He tries to make the things as convenient as possible for the crew."


Oprah Winfrey


Oprah Winfrey

"He is exactly the man I had expected: kind, funny, humble, and honorable."


Peter Sagal (“Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” host)


Peter Sagal (“Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” host)

"It’s really hard to choose. We had Tom Hanks, and that was a tremendous honor. He was incredibly charming, but he is Tom Hanks".


Vincent Dowling


Vincent Dowling

"Here's what I recognized instantly in Tom when I met him: He's a great actor because he's a great person."