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My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
~ Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump is the titular main protagonist of the novel and its Academy Award-winning film adaptation, both of the same name.

He is portrayed by Academy-Award winner Tom Hanks (who also played Woody in Toy Story and Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) as an adult and Michael Conner Humphreys as a child.


His mother had named him after Nathan Bedford Forrest. It is unknown why this is, but his father was "on vacation", meaning he left forever. He also developed polio, causing him to wear leg braces. It was during childhood that he had met his love interest Jenny Curran while they were riding on the bus (that is, after trying to sit in certain spaces but was rejected by other kids, and then Jenny herself invited him to sit with her). He and Jenny got along and taught each other certain things, and they were friends throughout high school. Since childhood, Forrest had been running long ways.

When Forrest was in the army, he befriended Benjamin Bufford Blue, known as "Bubba", who eventually died in the Vietnam War, and started a successful shrimp company in Bubba's memory along with Lieutenant Dan, one of the many soldiers he saved in Vietnam. Forrest invested much of his newfound fortune into Apple, turning him into a millionaire and allowing him to give Bubba's family a more comfortable life, but never lost sight of the two women who he loved the most: Jenny and his own mother, both of whom he would lose to illness after the successful and adventurous life Forrest had led. He carried Jenny's legacy in raising their son Forrest Jr., whose genius Forrest holds in high esteem.


  • He has an IQ of 75.
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