Who is Tom Hanks’ Ex-Wife, Samantha Lewes?

Samantha Lewes

Samantha Lewes was famous for being actor Tom Hanks’s ex-wife, she has also played on some sitcoms. On the other side, her husband is one of Hollywood’s finest actors who have played the best roles on mega-hit movies like Cast Away, Forrest Gump, and The Green Mile.

You can still check out the sitcoms which were played by Samantha her roles are in Bosom Buddies (1980) and Mr. Success (1984) but sadly in 2002 she died of cancer, we will talk about it later in this article.

Who was Samantha Lewes?

Samantha was born in 1952 and her full name is Susan Jane Dillingham, her birthplace was in San Diego, California USA. She was also an actor but her name was more famous being Tom Hanks’ wife at that time and being ex-wife at this time.

Her mother’s name is still unknown but she was an elementary English teacher and she spent most of her life as a teacher in England. Whereas, her father’s name is John Raymond Dillingham who was a US marine and also served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war.

Samantha was raised by a single mom and her life was not so good due to her parent’s trouble due to this, she spent her time being raised in many cities like California, Hawaii, Florida, and Virginia.

We know that she graduated from Sacramento State University, this is the same place where she met the actor Tom Hanks.

Samantha Lewes and Tom Hanks Love Story

Samantha and Tom’s first meeting took place in Sacramento State University where both were there to complete their higher education. She is just 4 years older than Tom when they were married she was 16 years old and Tom was in his 20’s early.

After their first relation, they first welcomed Colin Hanks, and later they changed their vows in a ceremony on the 24th September 1978. And they also welcomed their daughter Elizabeth Ann Hanks in 1982.

This all-family used to live together and happy until Tom fall in love with Rita Wilson.

Samantha Lewes Children

Samantha and Tom’s eldest son was born in 1977 and his name is Colin Lewes Dillingham his birthplace was in Sacramento, California USA. Colin completed his education at Sacramento Country Day School and later graduated from Chapman University and later he was transferred to Loyola Marymount University.

This boy walked in the same path as his father and he is also now one of the renowned names in Hollywood, you can also watch his roles as Shaun Brumder in Orange County, Preston in King Kong, and many other hit movies.

He made his first film debut in 1996 from the movie named That Thing You Do! which was also directed by Tom Hanks and later he also played in TV series called Roswell where he played the role of Alex Witman.

Colin has also made pretty impressive money from the world of the movie and his net worth is estimated to be around $15 million. By now Samantha’s eldest son Colin has married Samantha Bryant and they also have two children.


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Elizabeth Ann Hanks was the second child of Tom Hanks and Samantha, she was born in 1982 and her birthplace was in Los Angeles, USA. Elizabeth is also an actor like her mom, dad, and brother, she has played in some movies with her father as well.

But later she pursues her career in the writing world and also started to work as a Huffington Post editor also later she was editor of a children’s book at the Los Angeles Review of book.

Elizabeth completed her education at Archer School for Girls and later graduated from Vassar College where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and literature in 2004.

She is also proficient in the Spanish language which has given a boost in her career as well, you can also watch her role in “Forrest Gump” and “That Thing You Do!”. Elizabeth’s net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.

Tom and Samantha Divorce

This couple got divorced in 1987 and they started to live their life in their own way. As per Tom Hanks, the main reason for divorce was being very young, immature and loneliness and he also added that when he became a parent he was just 21 years old and his wife was still in her teenage.

He also said that he was irresponsible and being very young he cares a lot for his own rather than his family. Also, many sources claim that another reason for divorce was his relationship with Rita Wilson which led to a fraction inside this family.

Tom Hanks Opens Up About His First Marriage

Samantha Lewes with Tom

Talking with BBC host Kirsty Young he said, “At a very young age, I had children. As a 21-year-old, I had a son, Colin, and as a 25-year-old, I had a daughter, Elizabeth.”

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita have been together for more than 28 years old and this number is very impressive in the world of Hollywood where divorce seems very very easy and normal. Interviewing with Entertainment Tonight last year Hanks said, “Seeing each other for the first time, there was definitely a feeling of, ‘Hey, this is it!’ I thought it was good for me regardless,” he added. “I think it was really good for us to get married for such a great reason.”

How did Samantha Lewes die?

Samantha Lewes died due to bone cancer which was very devastating to Hanks’s family, she was diagnosed with cancer around 2000. Also, when the couple was already divorced at the time Tom did his best to get the cure he also hired top doctors and specialists for this.

But later it was found that her cell was dead and there was no chance of reviving for her cell as well. Later, in 2002 she died from cancer.

Samantha Lewes Net Worth

Samantha was a very serious mother who focused a lot on her family rather than on her career and she also managed to raise her kids well despite there were many ups and downs in her family.

Some sources still estimated that when she died her net worth was around $15 million were, her husband’s net worth is estimated to be around $350 million.

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