The drama, released in 1994, directed by Robert Zemeckis is based on the 1986 novel of the same name written by Winston Groom. It tells the story of several decades in the life of "Forrest Gump", a slow but good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama, who witnesses, and even influences, some of the most significant events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States. The film, which is still one of the best pictures of the nineties, was awarded three Golden Globe Awards and six Academy Awards in 1995.
Tom Hanks was already a famous actor when he was cast as "Forrest Gump". Yet the film lifted him to new heights of stardom. Hanks (deservedly) received the Academy Award in 1995 for Best Actor in a Leading Role., for instance.
More than 20 years later, it’s hard to imagine Hollywood without Tom Hanks. By now, he has also had success as a producer and still stars in great movies, such as Charlie Wilson’s War, Bridge of Spies and Sully.
Another one of Tom Hanks' amazing performances came in 2013 when he played "Richard Phillips" in the film "Captain Phillips", which tells the story of the pirate attack on the ship ‘Maersk Alabama’.
Robin Wright played "Jenny Curran", "Forrest Gump's" love of his life in "Forrest Gump".
„Jenny“ und „Forrest Gump“ verlieren sich zwischenzeitlich aus den Augen. Erst nach Jahren, als „Jenny“ kurz vor dem Tod steht, heiratet sie „Forrest“. Durch ihre Rolle schaffte Robin Wright ihren großen Durchbruch.
Today, Robin Wright is still a popular actress. She has starred in countless movies and for her role in "Forrest Gump", Wright has even been nominated for an Oscar. Currently, the Wright stars as "Claire Underwood" in Netflix’ flagship series "House of Cards". The actress also appears in "Justice League" and "Blade Runner 2049".
Mrs Wright has been married twice already. Her marriage to Dane Witherspoon only lasted two years, from 1986 until 1988. She married Sean Penn in 1996 and they were divorced in 2010. Wright and Penn have two kids together, Hopper Jack and Dylan Frances.
The two stars from "Forrest Gump" became friends while they were shooting the film and have stayed friends ever since.
Until he met "Jenny", his "Momma", played by Sally Field, was always the most important person for "Forrest". Actress Sally Field told reporters about her character: "She's a woman who loves her son unconditionally. … A lot of her dialogue sounds like slogans, and that's just what she intends."
Even in her seventies, she is still a great and very busy actress! In 2014, Sally Field played the part of "Aunt May" in "The Amazing Spiderman" and had a hit with her 2015 film "Hello, My Name is Doris". Field also went back to the stage and was featured in the 2017 production of "The Glass Menagerie" at the Belasco Theatre.
They played the young "Jenny" and "Forrest": Hanna R. Hall and Michael Conner Humphreys. At the time of the shoot, they were only nine years old.
Michael Conner Humphreys did a really great job embodying the young "Forrest Gump". Therefore the young actor honoured with a Young Artist Award back then. Humphreys afterwards worked just a few more times as an actor and then went to serve in the U.S. Army. Ultimately in 2011, he appeared as "Eddie" in "Pathfinders – In the Company of Strangers".
Hanna R. Hall still acts in front of the cameras today. Unfortunately, the really big career never came for her though. In 2015, Hall appeared in the series "Masters of Sex", for instance.
Haley Joel Osment at the 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2000, held in Los Angeles.
After "Forrest Gump", Haley Joel Osment became a pretty famous child actor, performing in "The Sixth Sense", "Bogus" and "A.I.". Nowadays, Haley is a dubbing actor for video games and is still an active actor also. In 2017, for instance, Osment appeared in the TV-series "Future Man".
"Forrest Gump" would not be the same without the grumpy "Lt. Dan Taylor" - neither the film nor "Forrest" as a character. The lieutenant lost a leg during the war and got rescued by "Forrest". Nobody could have played that important part better than Gary Sinise...
Gary Sinise appeared in series and movies like "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" or "The Green Mile". Besides acting, Gary Sinise is also passionate about making music and since 2003, he plays the bass guitar in the 'Lieutenant Dan band'. Gary Sinise has been married since 1981 and has three kids.
Mykelti Williamson played the part of the loveable "Bubba", who was "Forrest’s" "best good friend". And let's be honest, who could not love this sweet and funny shrimp-lover?
Mykelti Williamson ist immer noch als Schauspieler tätig. So war er in Serien wie „Justified“ oder „Hawaii Five-O“ zu sehen. Auch in Filmen wie „Final Destination“ oder „Fences“ übernahm Mykelti eine Rolle.