Tom Hanks is one of those actors who everyone loves. Honestly, try to think of a single person who doesn't think he is the absolute greatest... You can't. They don't exist. Tom Hanks is an amazing actor and from all accounts sounds like he is an amazing person as well.
One of the most interesting things about him is how he managed to become the huge star that he is, and more importantly, how he made all that money.
He made a bunch of hit movies, that's pretty obvious, but it's how he set up his pay structure that ended up getting him millions more than his usual pay check!
He was able to successfully pull this off more than once, but it started with Forrest Gump. The actor was set to star in the movie, but instead of taking his regular salary, he offered to take percentage points.
Actors will do this when they really trust in the movie. They will essentially wager some of the upfront money that they would get in hopes that the profits would actually end up as more than they would normally make. At the time, Tom Hanks probably would have been guaranteed a decently large paycheck, but by doing it this way, reports say that he made anywhere between $40 to $60 million!