Not all celebrity kids have it good. Chet Hanks is the firstborn son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. But unlike most of the Hanks kid, Chet fell down a rabbit hole of drugs and substance abuse. Unable to handle the fame that came with being a celebrity kid, Chet self-destructed and made quite a few errors back in the day. But as of late, Chet Hanks has come clean of substance abuse and is working as an actor. While Chet is a far cry from his father, he is just getting started. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Chet Hanks.
Chet Hanks was born on 4th August 1990 in Los Angeles, California. The first child of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Chet is the third Hanks sibling and is preceded by Colin Hanks (born November 24, 1977) and Elizabeth Hanks (born 1982). Before getting married to Rita Wilson, Tom was in a relationship with Samantha Lewes. The pair were together from 1978 to 1987 and had two children, Colin and Elizabeth. Chet also has a younger brother, Truman Theodore, who was born in 1995. After graduating from a local high school, Chet enrolled at NorthWestern University.
Down the rabbit hole:
Being a celebrity kid comes with its burdens. Not only do you have access to practically anything you want, but you are also thrust into the spotlight at a very young age. As the firstborn child of Rita and Tom, Chet was no different. While the other Hanks kid came out just fine, Chet stumbled along the way. During his teenage years, Chet became involved in drug addiction and kept making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In 2015, Chet was a wanted man in the UK after he had reportedly thrashed a hotel causing damages above $1,800.
However, following the incident, Chet decided to come clean and put himself into rehab. During his addiction days, Chet was also involved in a social media controversy. In one of his Instagram videos, Chet used the N-word and went so far as to say that it was okay to use the N-word. However, after turning sober in 2016, Chet apologized for his blatant mistake.
Life as an actor:
After turning sober in 2016, Chet started taking his acting job more seriously. He first made an appearance on the big screen in 2007. He was cast in a short role in the movie Bratz. This was followed by another short appearance in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008. In the same year, Chet made an appearance in the short movie Shocktrooper which was followed by a 2010 appearance in the movie, If I Can’t Have You. His next appearance came in 2011 in Lazy Crowne, which was followed by Project X in 2012.
After dealing with substance abuse for over three years, fans saw a sober Chet in the 2015 movie Fantastic Four. In 2016, Chet played the role of Trey in the TV series, Maron. In 2017, Chet starred in a single episode of Tales followed by a two-episode appearance in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Chet continued his run of TV series and made an appearance in Shameless from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, Chet was cast as Blake in the TV series Empire.
Chet Hanks is a married man. He tied the knot with Tiffany Miles at an unspecified date. In 2016, Chet revealed via Instagram that he was a father. He also credited the birth of his daughter, Michaiah Hanks, as a reason for him decided to come clean.
“I want to share something today because it’s about to be shared anyway in the press, which is the fact that I have a daughter. I do have a daughter. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, she’s the reason I turned my life around, got sober. I’ve been sober today over a year-and-a-half from everything.”