Tom Hanks Talks Retirement From His 45-Year Acting Career

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Tom Hanks has been acting for more than four decades, and after the release of new films, fans want to know about his plans for retirement.

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Josh Baskin, Sam Baldwin, Detective Scott Turner, “Sully” Sullenberger, Forrest Gump, astronaut Jim Lovell, Colonel Tom Parker, Sheriff Woody, the incomparable Walt Disney. No matter which of Tom Hanks’s many award-winning roles is your favorite, there’s no denying this Hanks guy has a knack for acting.

A Man Called Otto

One of his recent films, A Man Called Otto, hit the box office a year ago on January 13, 2023. The story follows Hanks as Otto Anderson, a cranky old widower whose world is turned a bit upside-down when a young family moves in next door to him. Otto meets his match in an expectant young woman named Marisol, with which an unlikely friendship is forged.

The film surprised critics with a $12.6 million debut across more than 3,800 theaters in North America.

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Including Otto, Tom Hanks has appeared in nearly 80 feature films over his more than 45-year tenure as an actor.

When Will Tom Hanks Retire?

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Perhaps seeing Hanks in the role of an old widower reminded Hollywood and Hanks fans of the actor’s age and his long career, and at the premiere of A Man Called Otto in New York, the veteran actor was approached about the prospect of retirement.

“I don’t have any desire [to retire],” Hanks told Variety at the premiere. “I’m not working for the sake of working. I’m in a very lucky position. It’s got to be fabulous. Rita and I talk about it all the time–which is, there are only two reasons to go to work: It’ll be good, or it’ll be fun. And if it’s neither one of those, I’ll stay home until the cows come on. I don’t need to do anything.”

By his own admission, Hanks has no plans to retire anytime soon.

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More from Tom Hanks Ahead

The Forrest Gump actor released another movie in 2023 called Asteroid City. The film tells the story of some interesting events in 1955 that disrupted life as it was.

Per FocusFeatures.com:

Asteroid City takes place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955. The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.”

Most recently, Hanks has been a popular topic with his involvement in the World War II drama series, “Masters of the Air.” The series launches on Apple TV+ on January 26, 2024.

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Sadly, Tom Hanks is also trending on social media in a negative light among many users of X (formerly known as Twitter), attempting to tie Tom Hanks to the Epstein case even though it is reported that Hanks’ name does not appear in the documents as of January 8, 2024.

We hope Tom Hanks continues to share his talents for many, many years to come!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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