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PHOTO COURTESY OF COURTNEY SILLINGS
Actor Tom Hanks bundled up as he watched his nephew's football team lose to Excelsior Charter School at Victor Valley College on Saturday. After the game, Hanks mingled with fans and signed autographs before heading to In-n-Out in Hesperia.

Tom Hanks attends Victorville football game

Stops at In-n-Out after game

VICTORVILLE • Actor Tom Hanks sat bundled up as he watched his nephew's football team lose at the California Interscholastic Federation championship game on Saturday night.

“He was sitting there by himself, and he gave me this look and started grinning,” said Courtney Sillings, 19, who spoke with Hanks during the game. “I kept thinking what is he doing in the High Desert in the middle of nowhere?”

Sillings and Hanks watched as Excelsior Charter School destroyed Ojai’s Thacher High School 69-26 at Victor Valley College.

Despite signing autographs and having his photo taken multiple times during the game, the Academy Award-winning actor wasn’t bothered by all the attention.

“He really was the nicest guy,” said Sillings, a 2007 Excelsior graduate who played football on the school’s team. “We actually hung out for a while and he even joked about how the teams were playing.”

After noticing her injured shoulder in a sling, Hanks told Sillings she needed to be careful.

“I told him that it gives me a reason to stay home from work, so I can watch more of his movies,” said Sillings, who works at Disneyland and plans to attend college in January.

After the game, Hanks mingled with fans until the lights were turned off, Sillings said.

Hanks, who had frequently shared his love of In-n-Out Burger on TV, including on the Conan O’Brien show, stopped by the Hesperia restaurant on Main Street for a late night snack, according to various sources.

“You never know how some stars can be in public,” Sillings said. “It’s nice to know that he’s one of the nice guys.”

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