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Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas, July 2007
Born Henry Jackson Thomas Jr.
September 9, 1971 (1971-09-09) (age 38)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Years active 1981 ─ present
Spouse(s) Marie Zielcke (2004–present)
Kelly Hill (2000 - 2002)

Henry Jackson Thomas, Jr. (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in more than 40 films and is best known for his role as Elliott in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.


Personal life

Thomas was born an only child in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Carolyn L. (née Davis), a homemaker, and Henry Jackson Thomas, a hydraulic machinist.[1] In San Antonio he attended East Central High School, in the ECISD district, and Blinn College in College Station, Texas.[2]

Acting career

Shortly after his appearance in E.T., Thomas also made some appearances in commercials for the Intellivision console by Mattel, alongside George Plimpton,[3] whom he always referred to as "Mr. Intellivision". In all these commercials, Plimpton always asked what Thomas's name is, but is never mentioned. According to Intellivision Products, Inc., Atari threatened to sue Mattel if Thomas was identified in the commercials, since Atari was securing at that time the rights for the Atari 2600 E.T. video game.

After E.T., Thomas returned to Texas, acting in film and on TV from time to time while attending school.

Thomas returned to film in the late 1980s and early 1990s and began to prove himself in adult roles. His most prominent adult role to date was as Samuel Ludlow in 1994's Legends of the Fall. He is currently both an actor and musician. He will be featured in the film "The Last Ride" where he has the lead role of Hank Williams Sr. The film is currently in production.


Thomas wrote songs, sang, and played guitar for the San Antonio, Texas band 'The Blue Heelers' from the mid to late 90's. Although the band was never signed, their self produced album 'Twister' was warmly received and enjoyed statewide radio play. Moving to Los Angeles in 1998, the band called it quits but Thomas continued to write and record songs. In 1998, his song 'Truckstop Coffee' recorded with the Blue Heelers appeared on V2's soundtrack to the film 'Niagara, Niagara' which Henry Thomas also performed in as an actor. In 2003, Thomas worked with Nikki Sudden on the music for Mika Kaurismaki's film 'Honey Baby' which featured four original songs written and performed by Henry Thomas as the fictitious musician Tom Brackett. An album was in the works, but their collaboration was ended by Nikki Sudden's untimely death in 2006. Thomas continues to live and play in the L.A. area.


Year Title Role Other notes
1981 Raggedy Man Harry, Jr.
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Elliott
1984 Misunderstood Andrew
1984 Cloak & Dagger Davey Osborne
1986 Frog Dreaming (aka The Quest) Cody
1988 Murder One Billy Isaacs
1989 Valmont Raphael Danceny
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Young Norman Bates
1993 Fire in the Sky Greg Hayes
1994 Curse of the Starving Class Wesley Tate
1994 Legends of the Fall Samuel Ludlow

1995 "selena"

1996 Bombshell Buck Hogan
1997 Hijacking Hollywood Kevin
1997 Niagara, Niagara Seth
1997 Suicide Kings Avery Chasten
1999 Fever Nick Parker
2000 A Good Baby Raymond Toker
2000 All the Pretty Horses Lacey Rawlins
2001 The Quickie Alex
2002 Dead in the Water Jeff
2002 I'm with Lucy Barry
2002 Gangs of New York Johnny Sirocco
2003 I Capture the Castle Simon Cotton
2003 Briar Patch (aka Plain Dirty) Edgar MacBeth
2003 11:14 Jack
2003 Honey Baby Tom
2004 Dead Birds William
2005 The Hard Easy Paul Weston
2006 Desperation Peter Jackson TV movie
2007 The Last Sin Eater Man of God
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Eric Rykell
2009 Red Velvet Aaron
2009 Don't Look Up
2009 Sweet Flame Bill
2010 Dear John Tim
1981 The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid The Kid
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Young Norman Bates
1992 A Taste for Killing Cary Sloan
1994 Beyond Obsession John Thompson
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Ray Buckey
1996 Riders of the Purple Sage Bern Venters
1998 Moby Dick Ishmael
1999 Happy Face Murders Dylan McCarthy
2005 Masters of Horror Jamie One episode
2007–2008 Without a Trace Franklin Romar Two episodes
2009 CSI Jeremy Kent Episode 214

Awards and honors

  • VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
  • 2005, ranked #4, E!'s "50 Cutest Child Stars All Grown-up"


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