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Hanks awarded for role in US history

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has won a National Archives Foundation award for his work in films reflecting US history such as "Saving Private Ryan," "Apollo 13" and "Bridge of Spies".

The 61-year-old will receive the Records of Achievement award in October at the National Archives Museum in Washington, the non-profit organisation said in a statement on Monday.

"As a dive into archives of almost any kind is, to me, a swim in the finest of waters, I'm dazzled to be a part of this event," Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, who last year was one of 21 people awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest US civilian honour, said in a statement on Monday.

"Part of my job has always been one not far from that of a lay-Historian, to understand that I am a part of the documenting of the human condition and the American idea, even in the silliest of stories."

Hanks has appeared in numerous films based on historical events and figures, including the World War Two drama "Saving Private Ryan" and crime thriller "Catch Me If You Can," based on the true story of fraudster Frank Abagnale.

More recently, Hanks played the title role in "Sully," based on pilot Chesley Sullenberger's 2009 emergency landing of a passenger flight on the Hudson River.

He was also an executive producer and co-writer/director on the 2001 World War Two television miniseries "Band of Brothers."

"He's served in World War II (in both the European and Pacific Theaters), negotiated for the US in the Cold War, fought in Vietnam, worked in Congress, and led the space program," said David Ferriero, archivist of the United States and board member of the National Archives Foundation.

A past winner of the award is Steven Spielberg, who directed Hanks in "Saving Private Ryan," "Bridge of Spies" and the upcoming Pentagon Papers movie "The Papers."

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