What was Tom Hanks’ film debut?

What was Tom Hanks’ film debut?
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It’s almost absurd when you start going down the list of all-time classics starring Tom Hanks, especially when you consider this is someone who got his start in the short-lived sitcom, Bosom Buddies.

Let’s pick, oh we’ll say seven random movies from his filmography: Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, A League of Their Own, Joe Versus the Volcano, Big, Cast Away, and we’ll go with The 'Burbs for the last one. From “there’s no crying in baseball” to “life is like a box of chocolates” to talking to a ball named Wilson, the roles Hanks plays aren’t just characters — they’re cultural icons.

With his movies making nearly $10 billion at the box office (so far), he’s one of the most successful actors in movie history. Oh right, then there are the back-to-back Academy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous accolades.

Even America’s dad had to get his start somewhere. What film marked Tom Hanks’ movie acting debut?

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