Tom Hanks among the many famous alumni of Chabot College

Prospective students who are pursuing an acting career may want to start at the same school that academy award-winner Tom Hanks attended, Chabot College.

The successful actor was given his first Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy for portraying the adult Josh Baskins in the movie Big. The role netted him an Academy Award nomination for the same category.

He hit his stride in 1993, when he won Golden Globe Awards for best actor in a musical or comedy as well as one for drama for his roles in Sleepless in Seattle and Philadelphia, respectively. He was also honored with an Academy Award for best actor for Philadelphia.

In 1994, Hanks won best actor accolades from the Academy Awards, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild for his role as the lovable Forrest Gump.

Hanks studied theater at Chabot College and has accomplished much throughout his career, by winning multiple awards as an actor as well as a director and producer.

Although actors endure intense competition for roles, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities are expected to increase by 13 percent over the coming years.


  1. pamela bergman

    I feel the same way about chabot has affected my whole life in hundreds of ways.
    Without my exposure to the great minds in psychology. Literature. The arts I can’t imagine
    How I could have succeeded in life. My instructors were amazing and interesting. I was able to work in the admissions office in between classes which helped tremendously.When I went out into the world to find s job. I know now that I wouldn’t have been hired without being able to fill out the part on every application asking about your formal education. So thank you chabot college for preparing me for life and all of its challenges.

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