NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen and Tom Hanks paid tribute to the late director Jonathan Demme during a panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The rocker and the actor are linked to Demme through the director’s film “Philadelphia.” Each won an Oscar for his work on the 1993 movie, Hanks for best actor and Springsteen for best original song.

Springsteen called Demme, who died Wednesday, inspirational.

Hanks and Springsteen chatted casually during the panel discussion as Hanks questioned the rocker about his life and early career.

Hanks also called on the sold-out crowd to finish lyrics to Springsteen’s songs.