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    Happy Birthday, Tom Hanks! Oscar Winner Turns 56

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    Tom Hanks has played an astronaut, a women's baseball coach, a prison guard and everything in between. In real life, he's known as a really nice guy. For that reason—and the fact that we'd believe him as pretty much any character—we're super excited to celebrate his 56th birthday today!

    "Thanx for the B'Day wishes.! Born in '56, turning 56. That mean anything?" the actor tweeted Monday. "Not bad looking for 56, eh?" He then linked to a comically distorted WhoSay picture of himself hamming it up for the camera.

    In honor of Tom's special day, take a look back through some of his best movie roles through the years!

    PHOTOS: Tom Hanks: Movie Star!

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