IntroductionTo celebrate the 25th anniversary, Paramount Pictures held an outdoor screening of Robert Zemeckis' film May 24 on the National Mall in Washington D.C., in a nod to the scene in front of the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool. Wendy Finerman, Oscar-winning producer of the film, and retired Sergeant First Class Sammy L. Davis both attended the screening. Davis' real-life Medal of Honor ceremony appeared in the film, with Hanks superimposed.

The 1995 cast has gone on to star in more Oscar-nominated films, on Broadway and in television, and some have done their share of producing and directing. Read on to see what the cast has been up to since the movie first hit theaters on July 6, 1994.


Forrest Gump follows the story of a man whose slow-wittedness doesn't hold him back. As his life unfolds, he becomes a college football star, Medal of Honor-winning soldier, successful shrimp boat entrepreneur and a man in love with his first friend, Jenny. The film won six Academy Awards, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best film editing and best visual effects, along with a best actor statuette for Tom Hanks.

Tom hanks

Tom Hanks

Born: July 9,1956 in Concord, California, US

He played the character Forrest Gump.


Michael Conner Humphreys               

                Born: March 1,1985 Independence, Mississippi , US

He played the character Young Forrest Gump.

Sally field

Sally Field               

Born: November 6, 1946 Pasadena, California

She played the character Mother of Forrest Gump

Robin Wright

Robin Wright

8 April 1966Dallas, Texas, United States

She played the character Jenny

Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

March 4 1957, St. Louis, Missouri, United States

He played the character Bubba Blue

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

March 17 1955 ,Blue Island, Illinois, United States

                He played the character Lieutenant Dan

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment

April 10 1988, Los Angeles, California, United States

                He played the character Forrest Gump, Jr.

11 things you probably didn’t know about ‘Forrest Gump’

Life wasn’t exactly a box of chocolates when getting “Forrest Gump’’ to the screen 20 years ago this week. Casting was a struggle, there were many script rewrites — and one studio walked away from what became a beloved phenomenon that won six Oscars, including Best Picture, and sold more than $700 million in tickets worldwide, despite mixed reviews.

Winston Groom, who wrote “Forrest Gump,’’ originally sold his novel to Warner Bros. in 1985 before publication — but, after years of development, executives there reportedly decided in 1990 its mentally-challenged hero was too much like the one in the recent Oscar winner “Rain Man’’ and sold off the project to Paramount Pictures.

After several drafts and the move to Paramount, Groom was replaced as screenwriter by Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Several prominent actors like John Travolta, Nicole Kidman and Ice Cube passed on the project along the way.

Here are some other things you may not have known about this classic, which will arrive in IMAX theaters for a week on Sept. 5 — and will be released on Blu-ray in a commemorative edition Sept. 30, ironically by Warner Bros.

Running Edit

Tom Hanks’ younger brother Jim doubled for him in many of Forrest Gump’s running sequences.

School bus Edit

Hanks’ red-haired daughter Elizabeth and director Robert Zemeckis’ son Alexander play children who won’t let young Forrest (Michael Conner Humphreys) sit down on the school bus.

Home in Alabama Edit

Forrest’s home was built especially for the film in Colleton County, S.C., and torn down after filming because it didn’t conform to building codes. So don’t go looking for it.

That park bench Edit

The famous park bench where Forrest recounts his life story is a fiberglass prop made for the movie that was donated to a museum in Savannah, Ga. There are numerous replicas, including one near the elevator leading to Paramount’s screening room in Manhattan.

The scene was filmed in Chippewa Square in Savannah, where the traffic flow was reversed for filming so the bus doors open into the square at the end of the film.

Vietnam Edit

The Vietnam scenes were shot on what is now the Ocean Creek Golf Course on Fripp Island, S.C.

Forrest’s mother Edit

Sally Field, who plays Forrest’s mother, was around 45 at the time of filming — just 10 years older than Hanks. She was previously his love interest in “Punchline’’ (1988).

Forrest’s girlfriend

Robin Wright won the plum role of the troubled Jenny, and a Golden Globe for best supporting actress, after the part was turned down by Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman.

Forrest’s son Edit

Forrest’s son is played by young Haley Joel Osment, future star of “The Sixth Sense,’’ in his screen debut.

Bubba Edit

Mykelti Williamson got to play the shrimp-loving Bubba after Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle and David Alan Grier all passed.

Hanks, the Oscar and his payoff Edit

Tom Hanks won his second Best Actor Oscar in a row for “Forrest Gump,’’ a year after capturing the same award for “Philadelphia.’’

The only other winner of back-to-back Best Actor Oscars was Spencer Tracy for “Captains Courageous’’ (1937) and “Boys Town’’ (1938). Hanks took a percentage of the gross in lieu of a flat salary, reportedly receiving around $40 million for a role that had been turned down by Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and John Travolta.

Hanks declined to appear in a sequel based on Groom’s “Gump and Co.’’ that was never made.

That shrimp company Edit

There’s a worldwide chain of restaurants named after the film’s Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., which was formed in 1996. One of them is coincidentally in the Paramount building on Broadway in New York.


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