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1. When he showed up in a Carly Rae Jepsen video
It was a match made in heaven: First, a new Carly Rae Jepsen song; then, T-Hanks dancing around NYC as if filming the opening scene of a You’ve Got Mail follow-up. (Pause to remember that 1998 treasure.) But to be honest, the best part is how it all came about: During dinner with Jepsen’s manager, Hanks learned that the singer was looking for a male lead to lip sync and lead the brigade. So the actor piped up: “Why don’t you guys ever ask me?” Best dad ever.
3. When he and Rita Wilson properly utilized the Kiss Cam
At an L.A. Kings game on a beautiful night in 2013, Tom Hanks proved love is still real when he and Rita Wilson (his wife of 27 years) did what anybody caught on the Kiss Cam should do: Kiss adorably and make us believe that marriage can last. We love you, mom and dad.
4. When he became the ultimate hockey dad
As a Canadian, I can vouch for the importance of a father who’s willing to go out on a limb and fight for his right to argue a ref’s decision. Enter: Tom Hanks, who insisted the refs call Toronto at a 2013 Kings game to determine whether or not LA’s Justin Williams scored against Calgary. He did, but the Flames ended up taking the game, 2-1.
5. When he revisited his complete filmography
Tom Hanks shaped so many of our lives. So imagine our surprise and delight when, three decades into an illustrious acting career, he teamed up with James Corden this spring and re-enacted each and every movie role.