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Tom Hanks better love the 80s -- his career took off during those magical years. Hanks, who turns the big Five-Ohmigod years old today, had his first acting credits in 1980 as "Elliot" in He Knows You're Alone and as "Rick Martin" on an episode of Love Boat.

But it was 1891 that Hanks would make his big entrance, playing cross-dressing Kip on Bosom Buddies. (Anyone else out there love Hanks in 1982's Mazes and Monsters? Classic.) The flood doors opened with Splash in 1984. Hanks ended the decade with THIRTEEN big-screen appearances. Can anyone say he didn't own the 80s?

It'd be easy to give you a top 5 list of our favorite Hanks movies. Instead, I'ved a different birthday present for the The Most Likeable Guy in Hollywood ...

Five Most Underrated Tom Hanks movies from the 80s:

5. The Man With One Red Shoe  (1985):  Any 80s movie that also stars Lori Singer, Dabney Coleman and Jim Belushi is high on my list.
Signature quote: "I'm not tense. Well, I did pass out today ... and got hit in the head by a basebal l... and brushed my teeth with shampoo ... then butchered Rimsky- Korsakov in front of 1,500 people, and my clothes fell apart. But I'm not tense."

4. Volunteers (1985): Hanks met his future wife, Rita Wilson, during the making of this film. John Candy and Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong in 16 Candles) co-star.
Signature quote: "It's not that I can't help these people. It's just I don't want to."

3. Nothing in Common (1986): The final film for co-star Jackie Gleason, who plays Hanks' dad.
Signature quote (Gleason this time): That was something we all had in common... your grandfather, me, you. We always knew had to talk a girl into bed.

2. Bachelor Party (1984): Possibly the funniest movie Hanks has ever done. Supported by a cast of actors who no one would hear from again.
Signature quote: "Attention, passengers, we are now leaving Nun Central on our journey to Hell and beyond."

1. Punchline (1988): This movie suffered at the box office because people weren't ready for a drama about comedy. Too bad. With Sally Field, John Goodman and Taylor Negron, it's one to remember next trip to the video store.
Signature quote: "If you're sending someone down, you better send him fast - 'cuz Funny Steve's going under."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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