Tom Hanks’ Ex-wife Samantha Lewes Death Cause – Bio/Wikis

Samantha Lewes
Tom Hank's ex-wife, Samantha Lewes, was a prominent actress before her tragic death, following a battle with bone cancer, eighteen years

Samantha Lewes is an actress who was the first wife of Tom Hanks. Her birth name is Susan Jane Dillingham and she was an actress and producer. She and Tom Hanks were a popular couple in the Hollywood industry. They also have children who are famous actors. However, they got divorced because of unknown reasons and later Lewes loosed her life because of cancer. Her former spouse Tom Hanks is a well-known actor in the industry who is now married to Rita Wilson. He has played a lot of comedy and dramatic roles and is one of the highest-grossing actors in North America. His age is sixty-four. So know all about the first wife of Tom Hanks, Samantha Lewes here. 

The background information of Samantha Lewes

Samantha Lewes’s birth date is 29th November 1952 and her place of birth is California, US. The names of her parents are John Raymond Dillingham and Harriet Hall Dillingham. As Samantha kept her life very private from others therefore there is not much information about her background. However, she is a well-educated woman and wanted to act from a very young age. Lewes knew Hanks for many years as they were good friends and colleagues. Then she became famous in the industry as Tom Hank’s wife. 

Information about Tom Hanks 

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is a renowned actor in Hollywood and a cultural icon in America. He has got nominated for six Academy Awards and won two. His birth date is July 9, 1956, and his birthplace is Concord, California. The names of his parents are Amos Mefford Hanks and Janet Marylyn. He comes from Portuguese and English ancestry. He grew up in a religious household that followed Catholic and Mormon faiths. The actor went to California State University, Sacramento for his education. 

Samantha Lewes Career

Hanks started his career by acting in the film He Knows You’re Alone. Then she got the starring role in Mazes and Monsters. The film Splash in 1984 became a blockbuster hit. Then he acted in Bachelor Party. Some of the other popular films that established him as an actor are Forrest Gump, A League of Their Own, Apollo 13, That Thing You Do!,  Saving Private Ryan, The Polar Express, Toy Story and more. In the future he is set to star in News of the World, A Man Called Ove, The Mighty Eighth and Elvis. 

Actress Samantha Lewes, Tom Hanks’ ex-wife Wiki:

Real Name Samantha Lewes
Birthday November 29, 1952
Birthplace San Diego, CA
Death Cause Died: March 12, 2002, Sacramento, CA
Nationality American
Religion Christianity
Profession American actress
Grandchildren Charlotte Bryant Hanks, Olivia Jane Hanks
Married/Wife Tom Hanks
Net Worth $15 million
Parents Harriet Hall Dillingham, John Raymond Dillingham
Children Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Colin Hanks

After divorcing Lewes, Hanks married Rita Wilson who acted with him on Bosom Buddies and Volunteers. Wilson is from Greek and Bulgarian descent. Hanks changed his faith for his second wife Rita. Moreover, they have two sons named Chester and Truman Hanks. Hanks and Rita were also infected with the Coronavirus however they recovered after some days by following strict precautions. 

Hanks is a supporter of environmental issues, same-sex marriages and alternative fuels. He is endorsing Joe Bidden for the 2020 Presidential election. Furthermore, many people have nicknamed Hanks as “America’s Dad” and he has lot of fan followers. He is one of the powerful celebrities in the world. 

The marriage of Samantha Lewes with Tom Hanks

Tom and Samantha married in a small hall in 1978. They had their first child in 1977 and named him Colin Hanks who came into the world before the wedding took place. Then after five years, they welcomed their daughter and her name is Elizabeth Banks. They were in a marital relationship for nine years but after that, they were not able to continue. They divorced in 1987. 

The death of Samantha Lewes 

After her divorce from Lewes, there was no news of her for many years. She started to live a low profile life with her family. Then she got diagnosed with bone cancer that took her life. Tom also provided the needed support for his former wife during those hard times. She struggled hard and died in 2002 at her residence located at Sacramento country, California. Her son and daughter miss her and will always remember her eventhough she is not present anymore. 

Samantha Lewes children 

Hanks and Lewes’s son Colin Hanks is now a popular actor, producer and director. He is well known for his parts in films such as in Orange County, The House of Bunny, Jumanji etc. He is also famous for his roles in Fargo, The Good Guys, Band of Brothers, Roswell and more. He went to Sacramento Country Day School and then graduated from Chapman University. 

The name of the daughter is Elizabeth Ann Hanks. Her birth date is May 17, 1982, and her birthplace is Los Angeles, California, USA. She has acted in films such as the famous series The Marvellous Mrs Maisel, Forrest Gump, The Thing You do and more. She is also having a promising acting career in the industry. 

Both the children have a good relationship with their stepmother Rita Wilson and her children. 


Samantha Lewis was a great actress. She has left a legacy that will be long remembered. Her children are great actors now.

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