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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were among the first celebrities to test positive for the deadly virus, and now they've been approved to donate their blood to help develop a vaccine.

Hanks has now spoken out about the donation. Keep scrolling to find out how the whole thing will work...

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

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Hanks has starred in and produced so many timeless productions.

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 theatre 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 theatre company in Sacramento.

Hanks finally got his big break in 1984...

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 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 4 was released just last year.

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 bagged him the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's 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.

In March, Hanks and his wife tested positive for the virus.

Now, they've finally beaten it. The star even made a (virtual) return to our screens on Saturday Night Live - which had previously been on a filming hiatus due to the pandemic.

Now, the stars could have a part to play in developing a vaccine.

Speaking to NPR, Hanks revealed that he and Rita have both taken antibody tests, which confirmed they have had the virus, and now have antibodies in their blood - which are crucial to helping develop a vaccine.

The pair were asked to donate blood plasma.

"We have not only been approached; we have said, 'Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?' And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine," the actor joked.

NPR host Peter Sagal then chimed in...

"There could be no better ending to this international catastrophe than if the cure turns out to be the blood of Tom Hanks." For more on Hanks, keep scrolling to watch the trailer for his upcoming movie...