Photo: Tom Hanks tears up on stage over Nora Ephron

Apr 3, 2013 at 7:43 p.m. ET

Tom Hanks' tears flowed on stage at Lucky Guy's opening night. Check out a photo of the emotional moment for the actor, who says he still misses the late Nora Ephron.

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Tom Hanks and the cast of Lucky Guy put on quite the show opening night — but it was an emotional tribute to late writer Nora Ephron that has caught the most attention.

While paying tribute to the Lucky Guy writer, who died last June after battling leukemia, Tom Hanks teared up while cameras snapped away. In the photo above, the 56-year-old's heightened emotions are on full display as he holds hands with Maura Tierney and Peter Scolari. The cast took their bows while a photo of Nora Ephron was displayed on stage.

"That was a tough moment," Tom Hanks later said of the tribute. "We were going to do this, and Nora and [the show's director] George C. Wolfe were going to walk out onstage. I miss her. What more can you say?"

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The actor went on to gush his late friend was a "magnificent hang" who was "fascinated by everything".

"You could be working, and you could be talking about personal things, you could be on vacation and talking about cultural history, you could be having a very lazy breakfast and you would be talking about Saddam Hussein," he shared.

"She was always doing things that were so interesting. She told me, 'Never turn down a front-row seat for human folly.'"

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It seems someone else got similar snag-a-seat advice. Meg Ryan, who we can't forget starred alongside Tom Hanks in the Nora Ephron films You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, was in the audience to witness the emotional tribute, as were Barbara Walters, Sting and Lorne Michaels.

Lightening things up, Tom Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, shared, "I think Nora would be happy to know this was actually happening. I have this strange sort of excitement seeing my husband onstage. Nothing weird, but something about that mustache reminds me of Tom Selleck."

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