Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks
Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks at an event in October 2008
Born Colin Lewes Dillingham
November 24, 1977 (1977-11-24) (age 33)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse Samantha Bryant (2010-present)
Children Olivia Jane (2011)

Colin Lewes Hanks (born November 24, 1977) is an American actor who is best known for his work as Shaun Brumder in the film Orange County and as Alex Whitman in Roswell. He also portrayed the role of Henry Jones in Band of Brothers and is currently on the sixth season of the Showtime crime drama Dexter. He is the eldest son of actor Tom Hanks.


Early life

Hanks was born Colin Lewes Dillingham[1] in Sacramento, California, the oldest son of actor Tom Hanks and his first wife, the late producer and actress Samantha Lewes[2] (née Susan Jane Dillingham), who died of bone cancer on March 13, 2002. His name was changed to Hanks after his parents married in 1978. He has a sister, Elizabeth (born 1982) and two younger paternal half-brothers, Chester Marlon Hanks (born 1990) and Truman Theodore Hanks (born 1995) from his father's second marriage to actress Rita Wilson. Hanks attended Sacramento Country Day School and then Chapman University before transferring to and graduating from Loyola Marymount University.


Hanks's best known film role may be in the teen movie Orange County (2002), with Jack Black and John Lithgow. His best known television role was Alex Whitman, the love interest of Katherine Heigl in the science fiction series Roswell between 1999 and 2001. Hanks also made an appearance in an episode of The OC. He appeared in part eight of HBO mini-series Band of Brothers.

Hanks had a large supporting role in the 2005 remake of King Kong, playing the assistant to film director Carl Denham (played by his Orange County co-star Jack Black). 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. He also played the fictional son of a character played by his real-life father in The Great Buck Howard.

Hanks plays Father Gill, a young Roman Catholic priest, in the popular AMC show Mad Men.[3] He is also featured alongside Jane Fonda in the Moisés Kaufman's Broadway play 33 Variations.[4]

In 2009 Hanks began work as director on a documentary about Tower Records.[5]

Hanks was starring in Fox's canceled summer series The Good Guys, playing a young detective (Jack Bailey), alongside Bradley Whitford who plays an old school detective (Dan Stark). He will star in an indie film, Lucky, alongside Ari Graynor, Ann-Margret and Jeffrey Tambor.[6] He has also joined the cast of Dexter for the show's sixth season, where he portrays a cultural anthropologist[7] who is involved in a murderous apocalyptic cult.[8]

Personal life

On May 8, 2010, he married former New York publicist Samantha Bryant.[9] They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Olivia Jane Hanks, on February 1, 2011.[10] He is the son of actor Tom Hanks.


Colin Hanks at the premiere of King Kong in Wellington, New Zealand, December 2005
Year Title Role Notes
1996 That Thing You Do! Male page
Roswell Alexander Charles "Alex" Whitman TV series
2000 Whatever It Takes Cosmo
2001 Get Over It Felix Woods
Band of Brothers Lieutenant Henry Jones TV miniseries
2002 Orange County Shaun Brumder
2003 11:14 Mark
2004 The O.C. Grady (from fictional series The Valley)
Standing Still Quentin
2005 King Kong Preston
Rx Jonny
2005, 2008 Numb3rs Marshall Penfield TV series: "Convergence" (season 2) and "Frienemies" (season 5)
2006 Alone with Her Doug
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Drunken fraternity brother
2007 Careless Wiley Roth
2008 Untraceable Griffin Dowd
My Mom's New Boyfriend Henry Durand Released in the UK as My Spy
The Great Buck Howard Troy Gable
The House Bunny Oliver
Mad Men Father John Gill TV series
W. Speechwriter
2009 Barry Munday Heavy Metal Greg
2010 The Good Guys Jack Bailey TV series
High School Brandon Ellis
2011 Lucky Ben Keller
Dexter Travis Marshall TV series (season 6)
Robot Chicken Sam Witwicky, Vanity Smurf TV series (Voice)


  1. ^ State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Gives name at birth as "Colin Lewes Dillingham"
  2. ^ Colin Hanks Biography (1977-) from
  3. ^ Vilkomerson, Sara (2009-03-03). Sic 'n' Span Son of Tom Hanks Shines Up the Great White Way:. The New York Observer, LLC. Retrieved on 2009-03-08
  4. ^ Celebroadway! NY Times, April 5, 2009
  5. ^ Q&A - Colin Hanks on Working With Jane Fonda (and His Dad), a March 18, 2009 interview from
  6. ^ Gina DiNunno (4 September 2009). "Colin Hanks and Jeffrey Tambor Get Lucky". Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Colin Hanks' 'Dexter' Role Revealed". The Huffington Post. May 10, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Ern, Matt (October 19, 2011). "T.V. That Matters: 10/20 "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Mr. Bob's Toddle Kaleidoscope"". Hofstra University. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Tom Hanks' son gets engaged from
  10. ^ Julie Jordan (3 February 2011). "It's a Girl for Colin Hanks". People (,,20463405,00.html. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 

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