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10 Facts That Will Make You Love Tom Hanks Even More Than You Already Do

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I think we can all agree that Tom Hanks is a national treasure. He is in some of the greatest movies we all know and love like Forrest Gump, Toy Story, and Big. But how much do you know about the man himself?

Tom Hanks has had a long and wonderful career and his life surrounding that is full of interesting stories. See how many of these facts you knew about the world's favorite actor!

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Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln

It's obviously pretty distant, but Hanks is Lincoln's third cousin, four times removed.

He shares that connection with another Hollywood actor

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George Clooney is also related to Lincoln, which also means he is related to Hanks through a very, very distant connection.

He almost died during the filming of the movie "Cast Away"  

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He ignored a wound on his leg while they were filming and when the swelling still hadn't gone down he finally went to the doctor. Hanks said the doctor told him that "I have to put you in the hospital as soon as possible...because you're about an hour away from having blood poisoning that will kill you."

There's an astroid named after Tom Hanks

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It's called "12818 tomhanks". NASA discovered it after Apollo 13 and decided to honor the actor.

Tom Hanks was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

He blames himself saying that "I'm part of the lazy American generation that has blindly kept dancing through the party and now finds ourselves with a malady... I thought I could avoid it by removing the buns from my cheeseburgers. Well, it takes a little bit more than that."

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