People are confused as to whether this one particular photo is of Tom Hanks or Bill Murray... But we have the all-important answer now.

Now, Tom Hanks is one of the most famous and recognizable actors of all time...

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There's no doubt he's one of the biggest names in the business.

The star was born in 1956 in California.

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After his parents divorced when he was 5-years-old, he moved around frequently until finally settling in Oakland, California, where he attended high school.

After graduating from high school in 1974...

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Hanks attended junior college in Hayward, California, at which he eventually decided to pursue acting after reading and watching a performance of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. He was transferred into a theater program at California State University.

The stage was where Hanks first began performing...

In 1977, he was recruited to take part in the summer session of the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Lakewood, Ohio. He spent the following 3 years acting in various Shakespeare productions and portrayals and he spent his winters working backstage at a community theater company in Sacramento.

Hanks finally got his big break in 1984...

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After dropping out of college in 1980 and moving to New York City, he began landing small roles in movies and TV shows, such as slasher horror, He Knows You're Alone, and the sitcom series, Bosom Buddies. But, in 1984, Hanks got his first leading role in Splash, a movie about a young man who falls in love with a mermaid.

His major hit came in 1988...

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Big saw Hanks play a thirteen-year-old boy whose body was transferred into the body of a fully grown man overnight. It sounds a little strange, but it is a fantastic movie.

Hanks had proven that he could be a box office draw as well as a talented actor.

He starred in many smaller productions in the following years until he bagged the leading roles in A League Of Their Own in 1992, and Sleepless in Seattle in 1993.

Forrest Gump is probably one of Hank's most recognizable performances.

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Forrest Gump, which was released in 1994, followed the story of an Alabama man with a low IQ living through some of America's most iconic and life-changing events, such as the presidencies of J.F Kennedy and Johnson, the Vietnam war, and Watergate.

The movie touched hearts all around the world...


And Hanks' portrayal of the simple yet loyal Forrest Gump caused the entire world to fall in love with him.

The awards came pouring in...

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True to predictions, Forrest Gump was a phenomenal success and it won Oscars for best picture and director. Hanks took home a Lead Actor Oscar award and he was also awarded an Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1993 movie, Philadelphia, in which his portrayal as a man diagnosed with AIDS was considered honorable and, quite simply, magnificent.

More blockbusters were soon to follow...

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These include leading and starring roles in Apollo 13 and Disney Pixar's Toy Story in 1995.

Hanks' voiceover of Woody the Cowboy would span for generations.

Toy Story made movie history...


Back in 1995, when Disney's Pixar was just starting out, Toy Story was the first of its kind.

Speaking in an interview, Ed Catmull, who is now the Pixar and Disney Animation president, said: "At that point, none of us knew what we were doing. We didn't have any production expertise except for short films and commercials. So we were all complete novices."

“But there was something fresh about nobody knowing what the hell we were doing..."


Toy Story's success has been credited to Hanks in the past for his incredible portrayal of Woody the Cowboy and giving him that iconic voice we all know.

Throughout the production of the Toy Story franchise, Hanks went on to star in even more movies...

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This includes the adaptation of Stephen King's The Green Mile in 1995, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan in 1998, and Cast Away in 2000. There's truly no stopping him...

The list of Hanks' starring roles is endless...

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And it is his decades of contributions to the world of acting that has bagged him the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes.

It was a proud moment...

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The BBC reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) said it was "proud" to give the actor the 2020 Cecil B DeMille Award at the event on the 5th of January 2020. The Cecil B DeMille Award is awarded each year to a member of the film industry - be it through acting, directing, or production - that has had an enduring and lasting impact on the industry.

Hanks is one of the most loved and appreciated actors out there...


The HFPA also said that they had "grown to love and admire" the star.

An actor who has truly gripped the lives of audiences around the world...

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"For more than three decades, he's captivated audiences with rich and playful characters," said Lorenzo Soria, the organization's president.

A man of many talents...


"As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he's equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer, and director," she went on to say.

But there is also one other thing Hanks is known for...

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Many people seem to get him confused with fellow actor, Bill Murray.

And this one particular photo has really proved just how confusing it can get for fans...

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Have a look for yourselves:

The photo above is actually Bill Murray and Laura DiMichele-Ross holding her crying son at the Alfred Dunhill Links golf competition in 2012.

DiMichele-Ross posted the photo to a popular Facebook blog "Reasons My Son Is Crying" in May 2013 and later re-confirmed it was Murray.

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So there we have it folks!

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