Before They Were Stars: Tom Hanks in “He Knows You’re Alone”

Man, every year around Halloween, I like to do “Before They Were Stars” features on famous actors who started out in horror films, but I can’t believe I haven’t done this one yet. In 1980, Tom Hanks was paid a grand total of $800 for his very first film role in an otherwise forgettable slasher flick called He Knows You’re Alone. He had a relatively small role and was initially going to be killed off, but gosh darn it, the filmmakers found Tom Hanks to be so darn likeable that they decided to let his character live.

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