Tom Hanks Once Competed with Tom Cruise and Will Smith For This Title

Most actors are fortunate if they land a single role that fans will remember forever. In the case of some stars — such as Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith — their on-screen legacies are more than secure. In fact, Hanks, Cruise, and Smith have starred in countless movies that will never be forgotten. The three actors even once competed for a very specific record in the industry. Here’s what it was and who ultimately won out.

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Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, and Will Smith were all hitmakers in the 1990s

After starring on TV’s Bosom Buddies, Hanks began a transition to movies with Splash and Bachelor Party in 1984. But it wasn’t until he landed his first Oscar nomination for 1988’s Big that his path to becoming an A-lister kicked in. Around the same time, Cruise was fast becoming one of the biggest stars in the world, having headlined mega-hits like Risky Business, Top Gun, and Rain Man.

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Tom Hanks Once Competed with Tom Cruise and Will Smith For This Title

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