A few years ago, when I learned that Hooch really is crazy — the actor who played Hooch, Phill Lewis, was once convicted of manslaughter and spend some time in prison — I thought I’d scraped the bottom of the Scrubs fun facts barrel. It’s my favorite sitcom of all time, I like to think of myself as an encyclopedia of Scrubs knowledge, and I figured there was nothing new left to learn.
And then I found out that the Dr. Turner — from the the Turner and Hooch joke in Scrubs — is played by the brother of Tom Hanks.
TURNER IN SCRUBS IS PLAYED BY THE BROTHER OF TURNER IN TURNER AND HOOCH!
Best joke ever. (Go to 1:36)
And now I know every bit of Scrubs trivia known to man.
But before today, I didn’t even know that Tom Hanks had a brother. In fact, Jim Hanks was not only Dr. Turner in Scrubs, he also played Tom’s body-double in Forrest Gump. In fact, Tom based Forrest Gump’s mannerisms on the mannerisms of his younger brother, Jim Hanks, who actually didn’t grow up with Tom (Tom had three siblings, and after his parent’s divorce, the oldest three remained with their father while Jim moved to Sacramento with his mother).
Not only that, but when Tom doesn’t feel like doing the voice of Woody in Toy Story for all the various video games and straight-to-DVD movies, he just gets his brother to do it for him.
And yes: He sounds just like him.