What?! Tom Hanks Is Part of a 30-YEAR Feud?!

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Tom Hanks as Walt Disney at Disneyland in Saving Mr. Banks

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When you think about beloved celebrities who sit at the top of the list of people you would like to meet, odds are, Tom Hanks falls somewhere close to the top of that list. Tom Hanks is so much more than a great actor, he is also a very talented producer and writer.

Over the years, Hanks has starred in some of our favorite films, including Splash (1983), Big (1988), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Castaway (2000), and so many more.

Daryl Hannah (L) and Tom Hanks (R) in 'Splash'
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Of course, Disney fans have fallen in love with him for his roles as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks (2013) and, of course, Woody in the iconic Toy Story franchise.

There are few actors who seem more well-liked than Tom Hanks, and we always hear stories about him being wonderful to fans. But, of course, not everyone is loved by everyone. And the Pinocchio (2022) star is no exception to that rule.

Tom Hanks interacting with Pinocchio
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In fact, there is one person who has been feuding with the Oscar-winning actor for more than 30 years! And the person who has been riding the anti-Tom Hanks train is none other than Happy Days star, Henry Winkler!

It’s hard to believe that two such well-liked celebrities would have a decades-long dislike for each other, but things all started when Winkler was brought on to produce Hanks’ hit 1989 film, Turner & Hooch.

Tom Hanks smiling for the camera
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Turner & Hooch starred Tom Hanks as Detective Scott Turner, a police detective who inherits a destructive Mastiff dog named Hooch when his friend is murdered. At first, Scott does everything he can to pass Hooch off to someone else. However, things quickly change, and their relationship blossoms when Scott realizes Hooch might be the key to solving his friend’s murder.

According to Mr. Winkler, he did nearly three months of prep work on the film and became good friends with the “slobbery mastiff,” but things did not go so well in his relationship with Hanks.

A man sits on stairs holding a blue towel, looking at a large brown dog sitting on a mat. The dog is gazing intently at the man. A can and a food bowl with dog food are in front of the dog. The scene, reminiscent of something out of a Tom Hanks movie, takes place in a kitchen with various items in the background.
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On the How to Fail podcast, Winkler said that he thought Hanks did not like him because of an interaction the two had with a fan in Carmel, California. The fan was excited to meet Winkler — AKA “The Fonz” from Happy Days — but didn’t seem too concerned with Hanks.

“We were in Carmel, this little seaside wonderful town on the coast of California, looking for a location, and a woman comes, honest to God, comes running out of a shop and says ‘Henry, Fonz! Oh, my god!’ and I say, ‘And, of course, you know Tom Hanks.’” 

“The director of photography, when I was fired 13 days into filming, said, ‘I knew that this was going to happen, on that day in Carmel.’” 

Three men are conversing in a diner. One is dressed as a chef, holding a plate and cup. Another man, wearing a leather jacket, stands with his hands on his hips like Henry Winkler. The third man, in a striped shirt, leans on the back of a booth. The diner has a warm, retro atmosphere reminiscent of Tom Hanks' movies.
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The feud even became an issue for legendary director Ron Howard. Howard has worked with Hanks on a number of big films, including Splash (1993), Apollo 13 1995), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Angels & Demons (2009), and Inferno (2016). And, of course, Howard worked alongside Winkler for years when he starred as Richie Cunningham in Happy Days.

Howard called the feud “unfortunate,” saying that he thought it was simply a matter of the two men’s different working styles that just didn’t fit together. He said it was “painful,” but he was happy to lend an ear when the two men needed to talk.

Tom Hanks (L) and Tim Allen (R) with Woody and Buzz Lightyear characters at Walt Disney World
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Thankfully, it appears that the two have put the past behind them. Winkler said that just before the pandemic, he crossed paths with Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, and the two were “cordial” to one another.

Are you surprised to hear that Tom Hanks was in a feud with Henry Winkler for 30 years? Let us know in the comments!

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