Elizabeth Ann Hanks | Tom Hanks | Source: Getty Images
Elizabeth Ann Hanks | Tom Hanks | Source: Getty Images

Elizabeth Ann Hanks Is Tom Hanks’ Second Child and Only Daughter: Facts about Her and Her Siblings

Akhona Zungu
Sep 09, 2022
06:55 P.M.

Elizabeth Ann Hanks, a Los Angeles native, was born to critically acclaimed actor Tom Hanks. Hanks is famous for roles such as "Forest Gump" in the film and Dr. Robert Langdon in "Inferno." Hanks fathered a brood of performers who are all leading careers in the house of arts and entertainment.


Elizabeth Ann Hank was born on May 17, 1982, to her father, Tom, and her late mother, Samantha Lewes. She is a Vassar alumna with a bachelor's degree in English and Literature who also spent a year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2003.

Elizabeth Ann is also working on her first children's novel "Piper Peregrine Vs. The Consortium For Better Thinking". She is an actress, producer, and writer, known for her walk-on roles in 1994's "Forrest Gump" 1996's "That Thing You Do!" and 2016's renewal of "The Powerpuff Girls".

Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks are posing at the Dinner Party for the Tastemaker Screening of "STARTER FOR 10" in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks are posing at the Dinner Party for the Tastemaker Screening of "STARTER FOR 10" in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Elizabeth Ann Hanks Is Tom Hanks's Only Daughter

Elizabeth Ann Hanks may have appeared on the big screen from a young age, but she didn't set her heart on an acting career. After graduating with her bachelor's degree, the Huffington Post hired her as an associate news editor.


Elizabeth Ann and her brother, Colin, arrived four years apart during Tom Hanks's first marriage, which ended in 1987. The following year, Hanks remarried and had two more sons with a former co-star, actress, and singer Rita Wilson.

Hanks reflected on how his children from his first marriage grew up differently from the children in his second. The actor became a father for the first time at the age of 21 years and was a young man doing his best to make an honest living and care for his children.


He spoke of how he and his first two children have a unique and wholesome understanding of each other. The actor also reflected on how he felt he wasn't grown enough when he had Elizabeth Ann and Colin. However, when he had his last two sons, he was much more at ease with the flow of things.

After all, Chet and Truman arrived after Hanks's career began soaring to great heights. Hanks won the Oscar for "Best Actor In A Leading Role" for "Forest Gump", where Elizabeth Ann is credited as "The Schoolbus Girl". He wrote and directed "That Thing You Do!" where his daughter also appeared.

Elizabeth Ann leads an impressive writing career, having been hired by some of the most prominent magazines, including The Guardian, the New York Times, Jezebel, Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, and more. Her pen name is E.A. Hanks, and the same goes for her social handles.


As reported by Heavy, Elizabeth Ann is based in Los Angeles for work. However, according to her Instagram, she also enjoys traveling. In July 2019, the writer visited Alabama and the Florida panhandle. That year in May, she traveled to Austin, Texas; in April, she was in New Mexico.

Elizabeth Ann Hanks's Siblings

Elizabeth Ann's older brother, Colin, is a professional actor. Colin Hanks was born on November 24, 1977, and his acting career began at the same time as Elizabeth Ann's, appearing in their dad's movies, but he decided to stay the course.

Hanks landed his first starring role as Katherine Heigle's love interest in the show "Roswell," which aired between 1999-2001. While on the show, he also appeared in a small role alongside James Franco in the 2000 movie "Whatever It Takes".

Colin Hanks is posing at the premiere for the Paramount+ new series "The Offer" in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Colin Hanks is posing at the premiere for the Paramount+ new series "The Offer" in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images


Hanks continued accumulating more credits under his belt, including 2002's "Orange County" opposite Jack Black, "Mad Men", "King Kong", "The House Bunny", "Dexter", "Jumanji: The Next Level", "Fargo", and more. While in college, Nicki Swift reported that he dated actress Busy Philips.

The ex-lovers remain on friendly terms, even after Hanks married and had children. Hanks tied the knot with Samantha Bryant in 2010, and the couple had two children named Charlotte and Olivia. His first younger brother, Chester 'Chet' Hanks, is an aspiring rapper.

Chet is the firstborn of Tom Hanks's second marriage. While he also dabbled in acting, appearing in films such as 2008's "Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Stull" and 2015's "The Fantastic Four", the rapper is infamous for being the center of controversy, including a few counts of cultural appropriation.


According to Nicki Swift, Chet once admitted to distributing cocaine in a since-deleted Instagram post. The actor has also battled with substance abuse. However, he has since been rehabilitated and has worked with organizations such as On Campus and Visions Teen organizations to push for sobriety.

Chet welcomed his daughter, Michaiah, in April 2016, who inspired him to get better. He was also heavily criticized, where the bulk of his career was credited to nepotism. However, the rapper insisted he had no help while carving out his path in Hollywood.

When he responded, Chet stated that due to his connection to his father and his status in the entertainment industry, the public will inevitably resort to their own "preconceived notions" of him and will always have their minds made up.


Earlier this year, Chet was the center of another controversy that involved his ex-girlfriend, Kiana Parker. He posted a video in which the actor was heavily wounded and had an intense argument with Parker. According to a news report obtained by Meaw, Parker attacked Chet with a knife.

The ex-lovers had had a heated confrontation the previous day, where Chet accused Parker of stealing from him. The next day, Parker visited Chet, accompanied by a muscular man who carried a gun, after which she attacked him.

The last of the Hanks siblings, and Elizabeth Ann's youngest brother, is Truman Theodore Hanks. Truman Theodore found himself enamored with the world of film; however, he preferred to stay behind the scenes and the camera.

Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Truman Hanks are photographed as they arrive at the Tom Ford fashion show in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Truman Hanks are photographed as they arrive at the Tom Ford fashion show in New York City | Source: Getty Images


The baby of the Hanks family, Truman Theodore, was born in 1995 and is credited as the cinematographer for the 2019 film "The Ice Queen Society". He was a production assistant while filming 2019's "Charlie's Angels", a trainee in the camera department on the set of "Babylon Berlin".

Truman Theodore also worked on MCU's "Black Widow" photography team and is currently doing camera and digital work for the upcoming projects "News of The World" and "Cash Time".

Who Is the Mother of Elizabeth Ann Hanks and Her Siblings?

Elizabeth Ann and Colin Hanks's mother, Samantha Lewes, married their dad in 1978, and the pair divorced in 1987. Sadly, Lewes died of bone cancer on March 12, 2002.

Before marrying Rita Wilson in 1988, she and Hanks had already known each other for some time, having met on the comedy show "Bosom Buddies" in 1981.

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