You Decide: Fans Torn Over Photo That Either Depicts Tom Hanks or Bill Murray

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There are stars, and then there are Disney stars. No, we aren’t talking about traditional Disney stars like Hilary Duff, Zac Efron, or Miley Cyrus. Instead, we mean those big box office names that have graced the screen for Disney over the years. Amidst names like Johnny Depp, Tim Allen, Kristen Bell, and Dwayne Johnson in Disney fandom sits Tom Hanks, academy-award winning actor, and most notable to Disney fans, the voice of Woody!

An Award-Winning Career

Tom Hanks is an accomplished actor known for his versatility and captivating performances. With a long and successful career in the entertainment industry, he has established himself as one of the most recognized and beloved actors of our time. From his breakthrough role in the hit sitcom Bosom Buddies (1980) to his iconic portrayal of Forrest Gump (1994) in the eponymous film, Hanks has displayed his immense talent and range.

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One of Hanks’ most memorable collaborations has been with acclaimed director Steven Spielberg. Together, they have worked on several highly acclaimed films, including Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Bridge of Spies (2015). Hanks has consistently showcased his ability to bring complex and relatable characters to life, earning him numerous accolades and critical acclaim. He has received five Academy Award nominations and won the best actor for his roles in Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).

Outside of notable award-worthy performances for best actor and a Golden Globe, Hanks may best be known in the Disney-verse as Woody from 1995’s Toy Story. The talented voice actor, who has also lent his vocal talents to films like Polar Express (2004), has reprised the iconic role of Woody several times, with a fifth and final Pixar film rumored to be on the way.

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Tom Hanks isn’t just an onscreen personality, however. In addition to his remarkable acting career, Hanks has also ventured into other aspects of filmmaking. He made his directorial debut with the film That Thing You Do! (1996) and has served as a producer on various other projects. Hanks has proven his versatility not only in front of the camera but also behind it.

Beyond his professional achievements, Hanks is also known for his philanthropic endeavors. He has actively supported causes such as AIDS research, veterans’ rights, and education. Hanks has used his platform and influence to make a positive impact, further solidifying his status as an influential figure in the entertainment industry.

Tom Hanks and Disney

One of the many highlights in Hank’s illustrious career has been his collaboration with Disney, the iconic entertainment company. Although we’ve already mentioned Toy Story, it’s worth revisiting, as his voice performance alongside Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear created a major motion picture masterpiece for Disney fans who adore the playful toys to this day.

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Toy Story is a wholesome journey that saw Tom Hanks’ association with Disney kickstart. Hanks lent his voice to the iconic character of Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy. With Hanks’ unmatched voice acting skills, Woody became an endearing and memorable character, capturing the hearts of both children and adults alike. The Toy Story series has become a pinnacle of animation, and Hanks’ portrayal of Woody has been pivotal to its success.

The Golden Globe-winning actor and husband to Rita Wilson didn’t stop there. In a memorable moment for Disney fans, the heartwarming film Saving Mr. Banks (2013) saw Hanks portray the legendary Walt Disney himself. The movie tells the story of how Disney pursued the rights to adapt P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins” novels into a major motion picture. Hanks brought Disney’s charismatic charm to life, showcasing his dedication to storytelling and his unwavering determination to create something magical. Hanks’ exceptional performance added depth and authenticity to this captivating Disney production.

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Lastly, the best actor winner portrayed the role of Geppeto in Disney’s 2022 live-action remake of Pinocchio. Although not a major project in comparison to other Disney projects, Hanks was a highlight in the film, bringing the wary toymaker to life in live-action.

Other Notable Films with Tom Hanks

In the thought-provoking film The Circle (2017), Hanks took on the role of Eamon Bailey, the charismatic CEO of a powerful technology corporation. The movie explores the ethical implications of surveillance and the invasive nature of targeted advertising. Hanks’ versatile acting skills allowed him to embody a character who is both captivating and enigmatic, ensuring the audience remains hooked throughout the film.

He also took on a more somber role late in the Netflix film A Man Called Otto (2022), which follows a grumpy old window’s interactions with his more-than-friendly neighbors. The film, a serious look at loneliness and aging shielded by comedy, earned several nominations for awards both domestically and internationally.

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Most recently, Tom Hanks also played the snow-balling manager of famed rock star Elvis Presely, Colonel Tom Parker in 2022’s epic biography Elvis. The film saw Hanks undergo a visual transformation as he took on the role of the muddied manager, who eventually was sued by Elvis Presely Enterprises after he squandered most of their money on gambling in Vegas.

Enter Bill Murray

You’re probably wondering what Bill Murray has to do with Tom Hanks. Honestly, not much. Except in a new Wes Anderson project, where many are comparing the international star to the famous funny man from movies like Scrooged (1988), Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), and, of course, Groundhog Day (1993).

However, it would seem that they have more in common than you probably noticed, at least as both actors age. Fans are in an uproar of an argument online regarding a recent photo in which you can’t tell the two actors apart.

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According to, although the photo is actually of Bill Murray, many are struggling to tell the difference between the two, leading to online arguments on popular social media sites.

Although Hanks is 67, only a few years younger than Murray at 73, the two bear an uncanny resemblance in this particular photo, which depicts Murray with “Laura DiMichele-Ross holding her crying son, Alexander, at the Alfred Dunhill Links golf competition at St. Andrews in October 2012.”

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So, what do you think? Do they look alike?

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!