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Full NameLarry Hanks
First NameLarry
Last NameHanks
Professionentomologist and professor
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
SibilingsTom Hanks
Date of Birth26,1953

Larry Hanks is an American entomologist and professor in the field of the entomology department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign.

He is also the brother of actor, comedian, and filmmaker Tom Hanks.

His real name is Lawrence

When Larry was born, his initial name was Lawrence Michael Hanks to Amos Mefford and Janet Marylyn Frager. He got the nickname Larry since childhood and the name initially stuck. 

Hanks had a difficult childhood

During his childhood, Larry's parents got divorced as their marriage was very unhealthy. 

This took a mental toll on the child. Also, being one of the eldest among three siblings was already quite stressful for Larry.

Despite being famous, Larry has kept his life undercover

There is very little information about the professor despite being very famous. There is no information if he's married or has children.

Hanks has probably decided to live a low-key and normal lifestyle. 

Early life, education, and achievements

Larry Hanks and his brothers Tom and Jim at an event
Larry Hanks and his brothers Tom and Jim at an event Source: Twitter

Larry received his early education in the school of UC Davis in 1978. He later attended the University of Nevada in 1982.

 As a graduate student, he became curious about why trees in forest settings were almost free of a pest that infected multiple trees in urban landscapes. 

Subsequently, Clifford Sadof of Purdue University published a study on the subject, which showed that woodlands contained natural organisms that were preying on tree pests. 

He completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of California, where he researched ways of fighting the effects of a pest borer on eucalyptus trees. 

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, college park, in 1991. His  Ph.D. supervisor was Robert Denno

Hanks took a great deal to pursue his passion for entomology. 

His scientific career continued to unravel as he won the 2000 National Recognition Award in Urban Entomology from the Entomological Society of America in 2000.

Tom Hanks felt overshadowed by Larry's intelligence 

Larry is the older brother of Tom Hanks and he is an insect specialist and works as a tenured entomology professor. 

Hanks appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2017 and recounted a moment when his big brother temporarily one-upped him on a visit to California's Joshua Tree National Park. 

Tom bumped into a group of entomology students at the University of California at Riverside with his wife, Rita Wilson

Tom said, 

"Well, I'm Tom Hanks." And they said, "Oh, and Dr. Larry Hanks is your brother." 

So he was like the brother of that popular man. Tom said that the incident rattled him.

Hanks added that Larry 

"insists on being called Professor Lawrence around our house." And my brother Jim is still mad about it and my sister Sandra Hanks doesn't do anything about it."

Relationship, marriage, and kids

Larry has been extremely secretive when it comes to his personal life. He seems to live life in a low profile. 

According to sources, there is no information about Larry's marriage, nor does he have any children. 

There are pictures of him with Debora Robins, but they seem to have a special relationship.

Larry is singing with Debora in a small concert Source: Cornell Events

Net worth and earnings

Larry's net worth has been covered till his day. Meanwhile, his brother is one of the highest-paid actors in the movie industry.

Tom's net worth is estimated to be $350 million. His earnings and sources are calculated below:

Sources Estimated earnings
Per movie$30-$40 million 
Movie productions (2020)$4.9 billion 
Annual salary$31 million

Age, height, and weight 

  1. Larry was born on 26th January 1953, making him 67 years old.
  2. His height is 5 feet 9 inches.
  3. He weighs about 65 kilograms.
  4. He loves music and nature.
  5. Hanks plays the guitar.

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Updated On 4 days ago Published On Wed Dec 09 2020 By paper-boat

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