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 main protagonist of the novel and its Academy Award-winning film adaptation, both of the same name. He is portrayed by Tom Hanks 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, the same friend-making part happened again, until he was invited by Benjamin Bufford Blue, known as "Bubba", who eventually died in the Vietnam War.


  • He has an IQ of 75.
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