Tom Hanks (b. 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning actor and Hollywood movie producer who first gained attention from the 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies before establishing himself as a leading man in films. He portrayed Professor G.H. Dorr in the Jim Henson's Creature Shop-effects movie The Ladykillers (chasing the animatronic cat Pickles).
In 2019, Hanks was one of the presenters at the Kennedy Center Honors, honoring Sally Field. Later on, during the Sesame Street tribute, Big Bird appears in the aisle looking for his seat and confers with Hanks about a card he's received reading "Thanks." When Big Bird learns Hanks' name, he unsuccessfully tries to fit into his row and even accuses Hanks of sitting in his seat.
Hanks has appeared in Forrest Gump as the title character, the comedic film version of Dragnet, Splash, Apollo 13 (telling the story of the April 1970 NASA mission to the Moon), Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, and Pixar's Toy Story films (as the voice of Woody). He was the co-producer of Where the Wild Things Are, which had effects provided by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
- The song "We're Doing a Sequel" from Muppets Most Wanted includes the lyric, "the studio wants more, while they wait for Tom Hanks to make Toy Story 4."
- While giving a tour of the ABC backlot in The Muppets episode "Pig Girls Don't Cry", Scooter points out to Elizabeth Banks, "Oh, look! There's the bench where Tom Hanks..." and then he's thrown from the car.
- Tweeting about the Academy Awards on February 28, 2016, Uncle Deadly said of Hanks, "Add wearing a tux to the list of things @tomhanks does extremely well. Along with acting, playing oversized pianos, and Parcheesi." 
- Kermit wished Hanks a Happy Birthday on Twitter on July 9, 2017, "Happy Birthday to the great @tomhanks! I've loved him since Splash! (Not the movie, but the splash he made when he visited me in the swamp.)" 
- On August 6, 2017, Gonzo tweeted, "It's weird that wax museums don't use crayon wax when they make celebrity figures. Who doesn't want to see a tie-dye @tomhanks?" 
- A member of Pentatonix tells Kermit he's supposed to be the short, green Tom Hanks in A Very Pentatonix Christmas.
- ↑ Joe Hennes email communication with Sesame Workshop
- ↑ Empire issue 272 "Stars Reveal Their Favourite Muppets" February 2012 (archive)