Tom Hanks is taking his acting chops to the stage. The two-time Oscar winner is set to make his Broadway debut next spring, and he will be honoring one of his most notable collaborators. Hanks's starring role will come in Nora Ephron's play "Lucky Guy." The actor previously worked with her on films like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail." He was in talks to take the lead role in the play when Nora passed away this summer. Given his talent, it's a safe bet that the actor will nail his performance. Over the years, plenty of other Oscar winners have taken their turns on the stage. Here is a look at some other winners to have a recent run on Broadway.
Robin is generally associated with comedy, but he has had plenty of strong dramatic roles. He has several Oscar nominations to prove it, including a win for his turn in "Good Will Hunting." In 2011, Robin took his talent to Broadway with the lead role in the play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." The serious play saw the actor portray the ghost of a tiger that is struggling to understand the war that surrounds him, and he was happy to take on the role. "People say, 'why?' Because it's an extraordinary piece," said the star. "I read it and went, 'This is worth doing.'"
With two Oscars, Tom already has something in common with Denzel. He would love to match his "Philadelphia" co-star by adding a Tony. Denzel earned that prestigious award for this performance as Troy in the revival of August Wilson's play "Fences." The production ran for three months in 2010, and Denzel's portrayal of the complicated lead character further added to his legacy as one of the best actors of this generation.
The accomplished actor first appeared on stage in the 1960s, but his most notable turn might have come in 2010 with a production of "The Merchant of Venice." The show earned a ton of money in its first week on Broadway, and much of the credit goes to "The Scent of a Woman" star's convincing portrayal of Shylock. Al was so good that he earned a Tony nomination for his work, but ended up falling short in that category.
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