Tom Hanks, the two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee, turns 59 today. Many of Hanks's most memorable roles were played in the context of great political change. In Philadelphia, Hanks's performance shed light on the under-reported AIDS epidemic. In Forrest Gump, he played an iconic role amidst the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War.

Off-screen, Hanks is just as politically active. According to our analysis of his campaign donations, which include contributions to the Democratic National Committee, Barack Obama, and Al Franken, Hanks has a Crowdpac score of 8.2L.

Considering his political engagement, would it be out of the question for Hanks to consider running for elected office? This may give an entirely new meaning to the line, "Run, Forrest, Run!"

Wondering which other celebrities are politically active? Check out our birthday post for Meryl Streep!

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