Who Is Chet Hanks? Tom Hanks' Son Gives Video Update On His Parents' Coronavirus Status — Watch

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Who Is Chet Hanks? Tom Hanks' Son Gives Video Update On His Parents' Coronavirus Status — Watch
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One of the most beloved actors in Hollywood today is none other than Tom Hanks, who recently revealed on Instagram he and wife Rita Wilson contracted coronavirus in Australia, while filming a movie saying "we felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

As the winner of several awards for his acting, and responsible for bringing some of the world's most beloved characters to life — including Woody from the Toy Story movies and Mr. Rogers himself — the elder Hanks has been interwoven into our pop culture landscape, and we as Americans are richer for having Hanks in our lives. He is, in a word, wonderful. 

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The same, however, cannot necessarily be said for his second son, known commonly as Chet Hanks. His behavior, especially as of late, is strange and unusual, to say the least. Who is Chet Hanks? Let's look at what we know about him — plus the video update he gave on his parents' coronavirus status.

1. Who is Chet Hanks? He started out pretty "normally."

The firstborn son of Tom Hanks and his second wife, Rita Wilson — and the second-born son of Hanks himself — Chester Marlon Hanks got his start in the industry as an actor. The younger Hanks, who goes by his nickname "Chet," first came to fame in his tiny role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. 

He's also had parts in Empire, Shameless, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. So, in the beginning, it looked like he would be following in the footsteps of his famous father. 

2. He has a daughter. 

Yes, folks, our beloved Tom Hanks is a grandfather! The younger Hanks became a father to his daughter, Michaiah, back in 2016. His mother is the younger Hanks' former girlfriend, Tiffany.

Though he tends to keep his daughter out of the public eye, he will share a random Instagram post featuring her from time to time.

3. Hanks is a recovering addict. 

In posts on his Instagram page that have since been deleted, the younger Hanks frequently chronicled his struggles with addiction. 

"I've been struggling with substance abuse since I was 16 years old. Finally, at the age of 24 I decided to get some help," he said in the now-deleted post celebrating his newfound sobriety.

"With 50 days of sobriety under my belt, I can honestly say I'm the happiest I've ever been. I'm thankful for my family and everybody that cares about me, including my fans. I've been blessed with the programs of AA and NA which allow me to rise above this disease. I'm learning to accept my faults and be ok with being human. If anybody that sees this struggles with addiction, feel free to reach out. Thank you all for the love and support! GOD IS REAL!!!"

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4. He first came to fame when he remixed Wiz Khalifa's hit song, "Black & Yellow."

In what could be described as an ill-advised move, the younger Hanks — who also goes by the rap name Chet Haze — first came to our attention when he remixed Wiz Khalifa's hit song, "Black & Yellow."

The younger Hanks' remix, dubbed "White and Purple," he dubbed himself "Chet Haze," and quickly became a laughingstock amongst hip hop's glitterati for his audacity. 

5. Hanks attended the Golden Globes and faced criticism for adopting a patois accent. 

The elder Hanks was at this year's Golden Globes to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The younger Hanks thought it appropriate to celebrate his father's honor by adopting a fake patois (the dialectical language of Jamaica) accent and rapping. Check out the video below:

6. His reaction to the backlash is... interesting, to say the least. 

When the younger Hanks started receiving a backlash for adopting what was, in essence, an offensive accent, he responded on Instagram — in the same exact accent — captioning it, "Average citizens: damn this is scary I can't believe we're on the verge of WW3 let me check the news smh. @CNN: [laughing while crying emojis]."

While he certainly has a point (we do have bigger things to worry about these days), it's entirely possible that the younger Hanks did all this for attention. 

7. He gave an update on his parents' coronavirus status.

In the video, he says that Hanks and Wilson are "a're not even that sick," and "they're not even worried about [the virus]." You can watch the whole video below:

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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, publicist, and photographer whose work has appeared in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, BET.com, and more.