Tom Hanks, who recently became Greece’s newest honorary citizen, was the recipient of the prestigious Cecil B. deMille Award at the 2020 Golden Globes!

Charlize Theron gave a warm, touching introduction for Hanks, relating a story about how he helped her calm down and gave her a second chance during a nervous early audition Theron had for a film with Hanks.
The beloved actor went up on stage to accept the award but immediately explained that he had a cold and was quite nervous. He became quite emotional when thanking his wife, Rita Wilson, and his children. As Hanks said, “a man is blessed when he has a family sitting down in front like that.”
He spent a great deal of time thanking the people who work to help him on every set, and expressed admiration for the many wonderful actors who had come before him.The 63-year-old actor has been working in Hollywood for 40 years, amazing audiences with unforgettable performances in films including “Big,” “Forrest Gump,” & “Saving Private Ryan”. He has also produced film, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” which he helped bring to the big screen alongside Greek-American wife Rita Wilson.
Hanks’ love for Greece has been well-known for a some time, as he spends most of his summers in the Greek islands with Wilson, and frequently attends services at Agia Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles.

On December 27, 2019, he officially became a citizen of Greece after President Prokopios Pavlopoulos signed the official naturalization papers.