Did Tom Hanks Sing the Theme Song to Bosom Buddies?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.

TV URBAN LEGEND: Tom Hanks sang the theme song to Bosom Buddies.

Bosom Buddies was a sitcom that lasted for two seasons from 1980-1982 that starred Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari as two friends who pretended to be women so that they could live in a cheap apartment that was in a building only for women.

The theme song for the show (although not for the DVD release or syndication, as I suppose they just didn’t want to pay for the song rights) was Billy Joel’s “My Life,” only not sung by Billy Joel (too expensive). The singer of the song is not credited in the closing credits of the series.

Years ago, a reader wrote in to ask me whether it was true that the mystery singer was, in fact, Tom Hanks. It is normal enough for the star of a show to also do the theme song. On the popular website, TV Tropes, they wrote the following on their Bosom Buddies page, “Tom Hanks sang the theme song and the rest of the cast provided backing vocals,” so this is not just something that an unnamed reader thought (sorry for losing your name, reader, feel free to write in and I’ll add your name in!).

So is it true?
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Ten Months After Its Release, Was Paramount Pictures Over $60 Million in the RED on Forrest Gump?

Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about movies and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the movie urban legends featured so far.

MOVIE URBAN LEGEND: Ten months after the release of Forrest Gump, the studio behind the film ostensibly were in the HOLE over $60 million on the film!

In 1986, Winston Groom wrote a novel called Forrest Gump…

It didn’t do particularly well, but in the early 1990s, Robert Zemeckis and Paramount Pictures optioned the book for a movie. He agreed to a $350,00 up front fee, plus 3% of the net profits of the film.

The movie then went on to become one of the biggest movie hits ever upon its release in July of 1994.

The film won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Tom hanks) at the Academy Awards, and by May 1995, it had sold over $600 million in ticket sales worldwide (and the VHS home movie had just recently been released).

However, by May 1995, Groom had yet to be paid ANYthing past his initial salary!

You see, Winston Groom, along with a few other people involved in the film (including the screenwriter, Eric Roth, and producers Wendy Finerman and Steve Tisch), only got percentages of the films’ NET profits, and in May of 1995, Paramount had yet to acknowledge that the film had actually MADE money yet!
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