Actor Tom Hanks publishes book of short stories

11 authors who got their start as actors

Tom Hanks publishes first book

He's considered a great actor, and now he's an author, with his short story collection entitled "Uncommon Type: Some Stories." He's not the first Hollywood star to turn to literature. These other movie stars did it too.

11 authors who got their start as actors

Gene Wilder published late in life

Best-known as madcap Willa Wonka in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971), stage and screen actor Gene Wilder later went on to win an Emmy Award and be nominated for an Oscar twice. He took to writing in the last decade of his life. Though the jury's still out on whether his novels live up to his screenplays, Wilder put out two of them: "My French Whore" and "The Woman Who Wouldn't."

11 authors who got their start as actors

Carrie Fisher: more than just a princess

"Star Wars" skyrocketed teenager Carrie Fisher into the spotlight; her literary talents brought her accolades as an adult. Known for her wry sense of humor, Fisher turned her eye toward many of the issues she faced, from mental health and addiction to the difficulties of motherhood. Her most recent work, a memoir from filming — "The Princess Diarist" — was published one month before her death.

11 authors who got their start as actors

Franka Potente: Lola writes

After her debut in the cult classic "Run Lola Run," the German actress achieved international fame. She's less well-known for her books. In one, she exchanged letters with an acting colleague, Max Urlacher. It was followed by an exercise book, a collection of short stories and a novel.

11 authors who got their start as actors

An international Jewish family history: Adriana Altaras

Adriana Altaras used her Jewish family's turbulent history spanning several countries as the background for two books. Her debut, "Titos Brille" ("Tito's Glasses") was followed by the best-seller, "Doitscha — ein jüdische Mutter packt aus" ("Doitscha — a Jewish Mother Tells All"). In Germany, TV and movie productions followed.

11 authors who got their start as actors

The teenage angst of James Franco

The Oscar-nominated actor who appeared in films like "Spider-man" and "Milk" actually got his start on the TV series "Freaks and Geeks." The subject of being a misfit and feeling out of place in high school seems to be one that appeals to Franco, as his short story collection, "Palo Alto" is filled with self-destructive teenagers living out their angst.

11 authors who got their start as actors

Wizardry and poetry: Daniel Radcliffe's many talents

Publishing under the pen name Jacob Gershon at the age of 17, the man who played "Harry Potter" as a boy was found out in 2009 to have been writing poetry under the radar. In an interview with The Guardian, he said, "as an actor, there is room for a certain amount of creativity, but you’re always ultimately going to be saying somebody else's words."

11 authors who got their start as actors

What life allowed Hardy Krüger

The Hollywood star ("Hatari") and writer Hardy Krüger recently released his memoir, "Was das Leben sich erlaubt" ("What life allows") detailing his life beginning with a time when he revered Hitler and then rejected him before the war began. Since the end of the 70s, Krüger has placed his priorities in the written word, putting out 68 films and 18 books.

11 authors who got their start as actors

Employs his personal history for fiction: Joachim Meyerhoff

A theater actor and established member of the Burgtheater, Joachim Meyerhoff made his debut as a novelist in 2011. Pulling from his own biography and experiences, Meyerhoff created a fictionalized work about his childhood and youth spent at a psychiatric clinic as the son of the person in charge.

11 authors who got their start as actors

The love stories of Ethan Hawke

An actor and director before publishing books and writing screenplays, Ethan Hawke told The New York Times in 2013 that there really was no trick for making scripts like "Beyond Midnight" sound authentic. "There is no trick to writing a believable love story, a heartbreaking scene or real-sounding dialogue. All you need is to tell the truth. It's always heartbreaking."

11 authors who got their start as actors

Don't get 'Star Struck' by Pamela Anderson

After hanging up her orange life preserver, "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson took pen to page to write thinly-veiled fictional accounts of her life in books like "Star" and "Star Struck," released in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Both novels consider the lives of celebrity, with "Star" landing on at least one best-seller list after its release.

The award-winning actor flaunts his love of typewriters in the book "Uncommon Type: Some Stories." He's joining the ranks of many in Hollywood who have become authors.

Tom Hanks has put his love of vintage typewriters to good use. His collection of short stories, "Uncommon Type: Some Stories," has been released on Tuesday.

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The Oscar-winning actor's first book features 17 stories. One of them is about an immigrant arriving in New York City, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and still another involves an eccentric billionaire.

Each of the stories involves a different typewriter in some way. 

Hanks says he uses a typewriter almost every day to send memos and letters; he owns about 270 typewriters but often gives them away to people who show an interest. "No one is ever going to make the great typewriter ever, ever, ever again," he said in the documentary "California Typewriter," released last August. 

Hanks said in a statement that he began writing the stories in 2015 while working on films in New York, Budapest, Berlin and Atlanta. "I wrote in hotels during press tours. I wrote on vacation. I wrote on planes, at home and in the office."

Hanks is best known for his roles in "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," and "Apollo 13."

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The guy next door

Tom Hanks has become one of American cinema's biggest stars. He's managed to stay scandal-free and has enjoyed quite a picture book career since the 1980s. One of his most unforgettable roles was as the chocolate-loving, long-distance running Forrest Gump in the 1994 film.

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Hanks' first big splash

Tom Hanks' breakthrough came under water. In 1984, his friend, director Ron Howard, cast him in the romantic comedy, "Splash." Hanks played an unlucky guy who falls in love with a mermaid. While Daryl Hannah stole the show as the mermaid, Hanks proved he could swim with the big shots.

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Making it big

Four years after "Splash" came the next major step in the California native's career. In "Big," Hanks played a boy who finds himself in the body of a grown man. The film was a box office success and showed Hollywood that Hanks was a lucrative name.

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A romantic side

In 1993, Hanks revealed his softer side in "Sleepless in Seattle," co-starring Meg Ryan. The two played a couple who fall in love over the phone before they ever meet in person. As Sam Baldwin, a widowed architect looking for love, Hanks showed the world he could master romantic roles as well.

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First Oscar for 'Philadelphia'

Hanks' next film was a whopper. In "Philadelphia" (1993), he moved viewers to tears as an attorney battling AIDS. It was he first Hollywood film to grapple with such a challenging topic - and brought Hanks an Oscar for Best Actor.

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Working with Steven Spielberg

When Hanks raked in two Oscars the following year for "Forrest Gump," Hollywood's top producers and directors were fighting over him and the actor could choose his roles carefully. In 1998, he teamed up with friend and director Steven Spielberg and played the lead in the World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan."

12 films starring Tom Hanks

Alone on the island

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for an actor is to carry an entire film by themselves. Tom Hanks masters that in "Cast Away," in which he plays a man who survives an airplane crash and lands on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific. The full-length film is nearly a monologue.

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Co-starring with Leonardo DiCaprio

Steven Spielberg also directed "Catch Me If You Can," where Tom Hanks depicts an FBI investigator who's after a con man played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The pair were the perfect fit: DiCaprio as the charismatic check frauder and Hanks as the honest official.

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Stuck at the airport

Hanks' next project saw him once again stranded in a threatening environment. In "The Terminal," a comedy directed by Steven Spielberg, Hanks plays a man who is trapped at the JFK airport in New York when he's denied entry into the US but cannot return to his own country due to a military coup.

12 films starring Tom Hanks

At sea as Captain Phillips

After so much success as an actor, Hanks dabbled a bit in producing and voice-overs. But acting remains his first love. One of his best more recent films is "Captain Phillips" (2013), in which he plays a ship captain who is kidnapped by terrorists.

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Tom Hanks in Germany

In 2014, Tom Hanks joined Steven Spielberg in Germany to play an attorney in the Cold War drama, "Bridge of Spies." The filming took place at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin - and even Chancellor Angela Merkel stopped by for a visit. The film was released a year later and Hanks is pictured here at its 2015 premiere in Berlin.

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Stranded in the desert

Hanks' most recent project also had a connection to Germany. In German director Tom Tykwer's culture-clash-comedy "A Hologram for the King," Hanks plays a downtrodden salesman who gets stuck in the Middle East. The actor had partnered with Tykwer four years ago for the fantasy film "Cloud Atlas."

sh/ct/eg  (dpa, AP)


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