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Pittsburgh Wedding Gets a Surprise Visitor in Tom Hanks

Photo: Rachel Rowland

Tom Hanks was spotted at Grace Gwaltney’s wedding in Pittsburgh and surprised everyone at the venue.

Hanks had been filming A Man Called Otto in the area when he decided to join the ceremony, a few months after Hanks also crashed a Santa Monica wedding.

“Hey! My name is Tom Hanks,” the actor said as he approached Gwaltney. “Can I take a photo with the bride?”

“I immediately froze and was just looking around,” Gwaltney told local news station KCRA. “I didn’t know what to do.” While Hanks was talking to her, Gwaltney said she was “thinking of Toy Story.”

“We all lost it,” wedding photographer Rachel Rowland added. “The bridesmaids shuffled out of the limo, and he posed with photos and congratulated everyone, and then as fast as he popped in, he was gone. It was just so sweet and fun!”

The special day was made even more special with a surprise guest suddenly on the list.

Hanks’ love of weddings, especially when he appears at them uninvited, is well-documented.

While filming Angels and Demons in 2008, he escorted a bride to her church wedding in Italy. He surprised a couple’s wedding in Central Park in 2016 while he was out for a jog and even asked if he could officiate the ceremony. Then, in 2018, he was invited to an Alabama wedding but didn’t attend.

You can’t plan a Hanks wedding visit—you just need to let it happen.

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