Amos Mefford was the itinerant cook and owner of a restaurant. He is popularly known as the father of renowned American actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks.
Tom Hanks, Successful Son
Tom Hanks is a celebrated actor popular for his comedy and dramatic roles. He is also known to the world as an American cultural icon.
His captivating acting successfully attracted an audience enough to make his movie box office hit with earnings of $4.9 billion in North America and more than $9.96 billion throughout the world.
This has helped him to grasp the position of the fourth-highest grossing actor in North America.
Some of the breakthrough movies that helped him skyrocket his fame are Splash, Big, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, etc. Apart from being an actor, he is also a director, producer, and screenwriter.
All these started when he collaborated with film director Steven Spielbern on movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Bridge of Spies, The Post, and other miniseries, Band of Brothers.
He is bestowed with several awards for his outstanding performance, including Academy Awards, Primetime Emmy Award, and AFI Life Achievement Award.
Married many times
Amos was at first married to Janet Marlyn Frager. After some years of togetherness, the couple got divorced in 1690.
As per his son, Tom, his life faced lots of up and down after the divorce. He got married many times during his nomadic life.
There is no exact information about all of them, but one of them is available and is Frances Wong.
She was a resident of San Francisco who belongs to Chinese descent.
Before tying the knot with her in 1965, she was already a single mother of three kids, in which two of them stayed with the couple for their high school education.
Ex-Wife left the world at age 84
His first ex-wife left the world on July 12, 2016, when she was 84 years of age.
She used to work in the hospital and has impacted and made a difference in many lives. Her son gave the news through his Instagram account, with the post to say goodbye to her.
Her daughter in law also posted about the news on her social media account with a gratitude note.
Twice the wedding of the son
His actor son held his wedding twice. The first one was with Samantha Lewis, who is an actress and producer.
The couple was in love since their college days and finally organized their nuptial in 1978.
The couple was blessed with a son, Colin, and a daughter, Elizabeth, from their togetherness. But after living together for nine years, they divorced in 1987.
The second one is with Rita Wilson in 1988. She is also an actress, producer, and singer.
Their first meeting happened on the set of TV comedy Bosom Buddies in 1981.
Four years after, they again worked together in Volunteers.
Witnessed the murder of the father
At a very young age of about ten years, Amos witnessed the murder of his father in a fight. This incident traumatized him, and he had to struggle his entire life to live a carefree life.
As he was the only member of his family who witnessed that incident, he had to testify with lawyers and judges at that young age.
Unfortunately, his father's killer was not punished for the murder as he proved that it was done for self-defense.
All these experiences had a negative impact on his young mind regarding fairness and injustice.
He was blessed with four children. His elder daughter is Sandra Hanks and is a writer.
His second child was son Larry, the entomology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign.
The third one is Tom himself, and the fourth one is the son Jim who is also an actor and producer like his brother.
The net worth of his son and daughter-in-law are as follows:
Cause of death
- He died at the age of 68 in Alameda, California. There is not much information about the cause of his death, and thus the reason is unspecified till now.
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