Greece offered citizenship to Hanks, 64 his wife Rita Wilson, 63, and their children, in recognition of the family’s help in raising funds for the victims of a deadly wildfire near Athens in 2018.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis shared a photograph showing him and his wife Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotaki at a meeting with Hanks and Wilson, who were holding up their new Greek passports.
“Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks are now proud Greek citizens,” Mitsotakis wrote in the post.
Hanks, who’s mother is Greek, also owns a holiday home there.
The Forrest Gump actor and Mamma Mia star regularly travel to the country – including earlier this month as they celebrated Hanks’ 64th birthday on the Paros Island.
His whole family were granted Greek passports – which allow them to live and travel anywhere in the European Union – with Colin, 42, Elizabeth, 38, Chet, 29 and Truman, 24 all being granted citizenship.
Hanks and his family were praised after their efforts to help the country as it recovered from a wildfire which killed 103 people in Mati, outside Athens, in July 2018.
“The Hanks family gave a signal all over the world for immediate relief actions to help our fire-stricken fellow citizens,” said the order giving them honorary status signed by the Greek president, but also supported by the Prime Minister.
Hanks has said before that he is a big admirer of the country and reportedly spends nearly every summer on the Aegean island of Antiparos where his home is.
Neither Hanks nor Wilson has yet to comment on their exciting news yet.
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