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burritos
06-08-2010, 10:12 AM
Did he go to Cal?

RoseBowlBears
06-08-2010, 10:14 AM
He went to Skyline HS and grew up in Oakland.

drunkoski
06-08-2010, 10:14 AM
he didn't go to cal. i believe he grew up in concord

Cal_Fan2
06-08-2010, 10:19 AM
He went to Skyline HS and grew up in Oakland.

Not to name drop but I went to school with Tom Hanks at Skyline High in Oakland. He was the class of 74 and I was the class of 75. No, we were not buddies but I chatted with him on numerous occasions, sometimes after cast parties etc. He actually wanted to go to Cal but did not have the grades...he was a good student but not great. He ended up going to both Chabot College and I believe Sac. State... I still remember to this day my twin brother calling me and telling me to turn on the TV cause Tom Hanks was on Bosom Buddies....

RoseBowlBears
06-08-2010, 10:22 AM
he didn't go to cal. i believe he grew up in concord

Oh, maybe you're right. I just assumed he grew up in Oakland since he went to Skyline.

Cal_Fan2
06-08-2010, 10:28 AM
Oh, maybe you're right. I just assumed he grew up in Oakland since he went to Skyline.

He was born in Concord but his mom and dad divorced when he was young I believe and his dad remarried and they moved around a bit.... he ended up in Oakland during his high school years.

okaydo
06-08-2010, 10:53 AM
He was born in Concord but his mom and dad divorced when he was young I believe and his dad remarried and they moved around a bit.... he ended up in Oakland during his high school years.

I remember seeing a biograph of him and -- I may totally have this wrong -- he had a Chinese stepfamily and worked in a Chinese restaurant in Oakland's Chinatown.

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4643/21343658.jpg

Cal_Fan2
06-08-2010, 11:02 AM
I remember seeing a biograph of him and -- I may totally have this wrong -- he had a Chinese stepfamily and worked in a Chinese restaurant in Oakland's Chinatown.

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4643/21343658.jpg


Yes.....his stepmom is Chinese...not sure if he worked in Chinese restaurant though... he had many Berkeley and Skyline references....Kip's, Henry's... I remember in one episode about the prom...(we actually called ours the Senior Ball), he had a run in with Football Coach Fardello.. Skyline's football coach at the time was Coach Fardella.. LOL

BearDevil
06-08-2010, 11:24 AM
The Kip's/Henry's thing has come up before and it is just a coincidence. Henry's opened up following finals in Fall '81. I remember because Professor Slottman bought a round of drinks for my friends on the first day Henry's opened. Bosom Buddies premiered before Henry's opened.

Slottman used to give CalSO lectures all the time, and we used to take the parents' groups to the Bear's Lair before Henry's opened. Was kinda shocked when I saw some tipsy dad grab some mom's ass at Henry's the following summer, but at least they bought me and the other counselor a bunch of drinks before their scandalous behavior ruffled my tender sensibilities...

Knew the Skyline connection, but I thought Tom lived in Pleasant Hill before Oakland?

dupdadee
06-08-2010, 12:58 PM
When is the last time Tom Hanks even mentioned Cal? (I remember seeing a video once, but that was just one interview, no?)

Is he even considered a Cal FB fan?

Has he attended even one game after he became famous?




Adam Duritz is a Cal FB fan. Tom Hanks? I don't think so.

Cal_Fan2
06-08-2010, 01:04 PM
When is the last time Tom Hanks even mentioned Cal? (I remember seeing a video once, but that was just one interview, no?)

Is he even considered a Cal FB fan?

Has he attended even one game after he became famous?




Adam Duritz is a Cal FB fan. Tom Hanks? I don't think so.

I don't think he is a Cal Bear fan...but he was very fond of Cal in his youth and has great memories of wanting to go to Cal

calbear77x
06-08-2010, 01:38 PM
There's a fairly recent video of him saying he's a Cal fan. I would go along with you and say maybe he's not as hardcore as some of the people on this board, but he's probably more of a well-wisher, in that he does not wish us any particular harm. (Simpsons reference)

510Bear
06-08-2010, 01:42 PM
It would be awesome if Tom Hanks could be the narrator for a video like this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xT_dB5hbeE), played right before the team takes the field in the new Memorial in 2012.

AunBear89
06-08-2010, 02:05 PM
On Bryant Gumbel's Real Sports show, he asked Hanks what his biggest sports fantasy is.

Hanks replied "Winning the Heisman trophy for the Cal Bears" (or words to that effect).

Blueblood
06-08-2010, 02:10 PM
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AunBear89
06-08-2010, 02:59 PM
"Nice try" - do you have the exact quote, broblood? Or are you just being an ass?

calumnus
06-08-2010, 03:50 PM
On Bryant Gumbel's Real Sports show, he asked Hanks what his biggest sports fantasy is.

Hanks replied "Winning the Heisman trophy for the Cal Bears" (or words to that effect).

I think it was Bob Costas, and he asked, "Is there anything you would trade your Oscar for?"

Tom Hanks: "If it were a Heisman Trophy as running back for the California Golden Bears, now that... that would be something special." Or something to that effect.

ianbearnson
06-08-2010, 05:22 PM
Not to name drop but I went to school with Tom Hanks at Skyline High in Oakland. He was the class of 74 and I was the class of 75. No, we were not buddies but I chatted with him on numerous occasions, sometimes after cast parties etc. He actually wanted to go to Cal but did not have the grades...he was a good student but not great. He ended up going to both Chabot College and I believe Sac. State... I still remember to this day my twin brother calling me and telling me to turn on the TV cause Tom Hanks was on Bosom Buddies....

not trying to start anything but seeing that oakland tech is by far the best high school in the universe... GO BULLDOGS!!!

elbarto83
06-08-2010, 05:48 PM
Bob Costas: What would you rather have on your shelf, an Oscar, or a Heisman Trophy?
Tom Hanks: If I were to play, you know, halfback for the California Golden Bears, then that would be substantial."

Youtube video here, 26 seconds in (04-21-2009):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LOIzz_gl68

There was a thread on this as well (04-29-2009):
http://www.bearinsider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12582

OaktownBear
06-08-2010, 07:34 PM
How often does that come up for an actor? I've heard him several times talk about all the time he spent on Telegraph. I think saying you'd trade your Oscar for a Heisman specifically from Cal is a pretty good shout out.

Maybe the guy isn't at the Duritz level, but I don't think you say something like that unless you are a fan (and I'm sure he knows Cal has used it in marketing video also). Don't see any reason to question his fandom.

DeusEx
06-08-2010, 10:06 PM
Maybe the guy isn't at the Duritz level, but I don't think you say something like that unless you are a fan (and I'm sure he knows Cal has used it in marketing video also). Don't see any reason to question his fandom.

Saw that video on Youtube, Hanks is awesome. I mean, come on, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, You've Got Mail, etc., etc.

okaydo
06-08-2010, 11:36 PM
Saw that video on Youtube, Hanks is awesome. I mean, come on, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, You've Got Mail, etc., etc.

....The Pacific, Band of Brothers...

TouchedTheAxeIn82
06-09-2010, 12:22 AM
....The Pacific, Band of Brothers...

http://parlantdecinema.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/tom-hanks-in-apollo-13-19-001.jpg

"Houston, we have a problem" (http://movieclips.com/watch/apollo-13-1995/houston-we-have-a-problem/)

CalBearS916Fan
03-05-2012, 02:23 PM
their was a 2011 cal recruit video featurin hanks and mentionin Arod after he won the SB but i cant find it on youtube anymore

elbarto83
10-31-2013, 05:48 PM
Did he go to Cal?

Resurrecting this thread, looks like Cal Bears official youtube page has found and posted Tom Hanks' response, which hopefully should stay there for good this time.

Bob Costas: What would you rather have on your shelf, an Oscar, or a Heisman Trophy?
Tom Hanks: You mean a real Heisman Trophy?
Bob Costas: Assuming they were both yours, and they weren't stolen or pawned..
Tom Hanks: I can probably get one on ebay. Well, uh Heisman Trophy.. uh well, you know what, if, it it uh.. If I won it playing at, you know, halfback for the California Golden Bears, then that would be substantial, that would be a wonderful thing to have."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srk0DbP9_o4

NYCGOBEARS
10-31-2013, 05:51 PM
Resurrecting this thread, looks like Cal Bears official youtube page has found and posted Tom Hanks' response, which hopefully should stay there for good this time.

Bob Costas: What would you rather have on your shelf, an Oscar, or a Heisman Trophy?
Tom Hanks: You mean a real Heisman Trophy?
Bob Costas: Assuming they were both yours, and they weren't stolen or pawned..
Tom Hanks: I can probably get one on ebay. Well, uh Heisman Trophy.. uh well, you know what, if, it it uh.. If I won it playing at, you know, halfback for the California Golden Bears, then that would be substantial, that would be a wonderful thing to have."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srk0DbP9_o4
Can we send this to Mixon?

barabbas
07-28-2014, 05:17 PM
I have begged 3 different directors of development to send Tom Hanks Cal clothing, media guides, invite him to be on the sidelines for the game in L.A. etc.. I showed them the video and none ever made more than the slightest effort to do so. I even gave them a contact person to get in contact with his agent, but crickets. It's a frickin crime!:axe