is a fictional character who first appears in the 1986 eponymous novel
by Winston Groom
. Forrest Gump also appeared on screen in the 1994 film of the same name
directed by Robert Zemeckis
. Gump was portrayed as a child by Michael Conner Humphreys and portrayed as an adult by Tom Hanks
, who won an Academy Award
for the role. The portrayal of Forrest in the novel is notably different from the portrayal in the film. He later reappears in the 1995 novel Gump and Co.
In 2008, Forrest Gump was named the 20th greatest movie character of all time by Empire
Gump was born near the small town, Greenbow, Alabama
, on June 6
(the same day the Allied forces began Operation Overlord
). His father was absent during his life; his mother said he was "on vacation". His mother named Forrest after Nathan Bedford Forrest
, a noted Confederate
general in the American Civil War
and the first Grand Wizard
of the Ku Klux Klan
, who is supposedly related to Gump. She intended his name to be a reminder that "sometimes we all do things that, well, just don't make no sense."
Forrest was born with strong legs but a crooked spine
. He was forced to wear leg braces
which made walking difficult and running near impossible. He also had a relatively low I.Q.
of 75, which nearly prevented him from being accepted into public school. (His mother managed... Read More