Born: September 9, 1971
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Henry Jackson Thomas, Jr. (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He made his breakout role for Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). He also starred in other films, including Raggedy Man (1981), Cloak & Dagger (1984), Misunderstood (1984), Fire in the Sky (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Suicide Kings (1997), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Gangs of New York (2002), 11:14 (2003), Dear John (2010) and Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016).
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. He attended East Central High School in San Antonio and Blinn College in Brenham.
Thomas made his film debut in Raggedy Man, which starred Sissy Spacek and Eric Roberts. At age nine, Thomas auditioned for the lead role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. He won the part by giving a genuinely tearful performance, during which he drew upon his real-life trauma of having seen his pet dog being killed by a neighbor’s dog. The film’s success exceeded expectations, and Thomas was troubled by the sometimes extreme reaction of the public.
Thomas returned to Texas and only occasionally acted (Cloak & Dagger and on TV) while attending school. He returned to film in the late 1980s and early 1990s and began to prove himself in adult roles, most notably as the younger version of Anthony Perkins' Norman Bates character in Psycho IV: The Beginning.
His most prominent adult role to date was as "Samuel Ludlow" in Legends of the Fall (1994). In 2002, he played Johnny Sirocco in Martin Scorsese's historical fiction film Gangs of New York. He is currently both an actor and musician and starred in the 2011 film The Last Ride (2011) as musician Hank Williams Sr. In the ABC series Betrayal, he plays T.J. Karsten.
Thomas wrote songs, sang, and played guitar for the San Antonio, Texas band The Blue Heelers (named for the breed of dog) from the mid to late 1990s. Although the band was never signed to a record label, its self-produced album Twister was warmly received and enjoyed statewide radio play. Moving to Los Angeles in 1998, the band dissolved, 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 in which Thomas appeared.
In 2003, Thomas worked with Nikki Sudden on the music for Mika Kaurismäki's film Honey Baby, which featured four original songs written and performed by Thomas as the fictitious musician Tom Brackett. An album was in the works, but Sudden died in 2006.
|1981||Raggedy Man||Harry, Jr.|
|1982||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Elliott|
|1984||Cloak & Dagger||Davey Osborne|
|1993||Fire in the Sky||Greg Hayes|
|1994||Curse of the Starving Class||Wesley Tate|
|1994||Legends of the Fall||Samuel Ludlow|
|1997||Suicide Kings||Avery Chasten|
|2000||A Good Baby||Raymond Toker|
|2000||All the Pretty Horses||Lacey Rawlins|
|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|
|2006||The Hard Easy||Paul Weston|
|2007||The Last Sin Eater||Man of God|
|2007||Suffering Man's Charity||Eric Rykell|
|2013||Big Sur||Philip Whalen|
|2016||Ouija: Origin of Evil||Father Tom Hogan|
|1990||Psycho IV: The Beginning||Young Norman Bates||Television film|
|1992||A Taste for Killing||Cary Sloan||Television film|
|1994||Beyond Obsession||John Thompson||Television film|
|1995||Indictment: The McMartin Trial||Ray Buckey||Television film|
|1996||Riders of the Purple Sage||Bern Venters||Television film|
|1998||Moby Dick||Ishmael||Television film|
|1999||Happy Face Murders||Dylan McCarthy||Television film|
|2005||Masters of Horror||Jamie||Episode: "Chocolate"|
|2006||Desperation||Peter Jackson||Television film|
|2007-2008||Without a Trace||Franklin Romar||2 episodes|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jeremy Kent||Episode: "If I Had a Hammer"|
|2011||The Mentalist||Thomas Lisbon||Episode: "Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien?"|
|2013-14||Betrayal||T.J. Karsten||13 episodes|
|2015||Sons of Liberty||John Adams||Miniseries|
|1982||Young Artist Award||Best Actor||Raggedy Man||Nominated|
|1983||Young Artist Award||Best Actor||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Won|
|British Academy Film Awards||Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Saturn Award||Best Actor||Nominated|
|1985||Young Artist Award||Best Actor||Cloak & Dagger||Nominated|
|1996||Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Indictment: The McMartin Trial||Nominated|
Henry Thomas supports the following charitable cause: Children.