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Guy Who Voices Woody Toy Is Actually Tom Hanks' Brother

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Guy Who Voices Woody Toy Is Actually Tom Hanks' Brother

Siblings can be handy little things, especially if your Tom Hanks and your brother sounds just like you.

This is because instead of doing more work on the Toy Story franchise, he was able to palm the odd jobs off on to his brother: Jim Hanks.

Meaning that if you have one of them Sheriff Woody toys that say things such as 'there's a snake in my boot', it's not actually Tom Hanks' voice.


The 65-year-old actor revealed the secret (which probably wasn't a secret, it was just everyone assuming that Tom Hanks would have voiced the toy) when he was appearing on The Graham Norton Show back in 2011.

During his interview with Hanks, Norton tugged the string on the back of a Woody doll and asked Hanks if he was the person who voiced it.

"No, it's my brother Jim," Hanks admitted. "There are so many computer games and video things and Jim just works on those all year long.

Credit: TikTok/BBC
Credit: TikTok/BBC

"[Disney] said, 'You don't want to do this'," Hanks explained, referring to the smaller Woody roles between full Toy Story films. "So I said, 'Get my brother Jim, he'll do it'. So that's my brother Jim."

And yep, if you look at Jim Hanks' IMDb page you can see that it's full of credits where he has voiced Woody for various Toy Story projects.

Some of the things he was provided Woody's voice for include the video games for the three films of the Toy Story trilogy, as well as for the Disney Infinity game series.

That isn't the only impression Jim has done of his brother either: he has even impersonated Tom in The Polar Express, playing Tom's famous conductor character.

Credit: TikTok/BBC
Credit: TikTok/BBC

Despite the interview taking place a decade ago, there are still millions of people that have no idea that Jim was the voice of the toy.

After the clip was shared on TikTok, one person wrote: "I bet he works cheaper than Tom! Next animated movie the director will be calling his brother to do the voice of the character! Nobody gonna know."

Another added: "What a way to work with and look after your family... what a great man."


And a third simply commented: "He's such a God damn treasure."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/BBC

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Tom Hanks, Toy Story

Rebecca Shepherd
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