TOM Hanks is a renowned actor known for his work in the films Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and the popular voice of Sheriff Woody in Disney’s Toy Story.
Hanks’ accolades include two Oscars and seven Primetime Emmy Awards.
Is Tom Hanks from Cleveland?
The beloved actor started trending on July 23 after recounting the video in which the MLB organization in Cleveland announced it was changing the name of its team.
However, many wonder why Hanks was chosen as the narrator of the video if he is not from Cleveland.
The 65-year-old actor was born and raised in California.
After his parents divorced in 1960, Hanks lived with his father, while his younger brother stayed with his mother in Red Bluff, California.
Hanks studied acting at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and transferred to California State University, Sacramento after two years.
Why was Tom Hanks chosen to tell the story of the Cleveland Indians’ renaming announcement?
The Oscar winner is one of the Cleveland Indians’ most famous fans.
His connection to Clevland dates back to 1977, when he landed his first professional job as an intern at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.
Hanks spent three summers at what is now known as the Great Lakes Theater and obtained his Actors’ Equity card in Cleveland.
According to Cleveland.com, the Toy Story actor became a huge Indian fan during this time and wore team gear and expressed his dedication to the city in numerous TV appearances over the years.
The connection was an instant success for the Cleveland and Hanks organization, who agreed to make it and were “incredibly personable” and “amazing” to work with, a source from the team at the point of sale said.
The music video also features the song “Little Black Submarines” by the Black Keys, Akron’s Grammy-winning rock band.
“Together we are all Cleveland Guardians,” Hanks said at the end of the video.
When will the new Cleveland Indians name come into effect?
The Cleveland organization video did not announce when the new name would take effect, as the 2020-2021 MLB season is currently underway.
However, the official MLB Twitter account said the new name will start appearing after the 2021 season.