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Colin Hanks

Colin Lewes Hanks (born Colin Lewes Dillingham on 24 November 1977) is an American actor and filmmaker.

In 2011, he played Travis Marshall aka The Doomsday Killer, on Showtime's series DEXTER.


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He is known for roles such as Shaun Brumder in Orange County, Preston in King Kong, Oliver in The House Bunny, and Troy Gable in The Great Buck Howard. His television roles include Alex Whitman in Roswell, Hank Jones in Band of Brothers, officer Gus Grimly in Fargo, Jack Bailey in The Good Guys, and Greg Short in Life in Pieces. In 2002, he starred in his first film as Shaun Brumder in Orange County, alongside Jack Black and Schuyler Fisk. The comedy features Hanks trying to get into Stanford University after his guidance counselor mistakenly sends out the wrong transcript. In 2005, he appeared in the remake of King Kong, playing the assistant to Jack Black's character. In 2006, Hanks had a cameo role in Black's Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, playing a drunken fraternity brother. He starred in the romantic comedy The House Bunny, playing Oliver, a charming manager of a nursing home and the love interest of Anna Faris' character. Hanks appears in the 2012 comedy The Guilt Trip. with Yvonne Strahovski. In 2013, he starred as Allison in the second season of the web series Burning Love. The same year, he also portrayed Dr. Malcolm Perry in the historical film Parkland. In 2014, he played Officer Gus Grimly in the FX television series Fargo, for which he received Critics' Choice Television Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominations. In the Talking Tom and Friends animated series, he voices Tom, who is the title character. Hanks directed the documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records, released in 2015. The film received funding of nearly $100,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. In 2017, Hanks appeared as the adult Alex Vreeke in the film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a role he would later reprise in the film's 2019 sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level.

Personal Life

He was born and raised in Sacramento, California. He attended Sacramento Country Day School, and then Chapman University, before transferring to Loyola Marymount University. He left without earning a degree.

He married former New York publicist Samantha Bryant in 2010. Together, they have two daughters.

Colin Hanks is the eldest son of double Academy Award winner Tom Hanks and his first wife, producer and actress Samantha Lewes (born Susan Jane Dillingham; 1952–2002). He has a sister, Elizabeth, and through his father's marriage to his stepmother, actress Rita Wilson, he has two younger half-brothers, Chester and Truman.


  • Hanks is San Francisco Giants baseball fan, and attended their World Series–clinching victory in Texas in 2010. He is also a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Sacramento Kings, and Los Angeles Kings.