Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

Birth name: Henry Jackson Thomas, Jr.
Born: September 9, 1971
Age: 46
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
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Biography

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).

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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. He attended East Central High School in San Antonio and Blinn College in Brenham.

Career

Acting career

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.

Music

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.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1981 Raggedy Man Harry, Jr.
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Elliott
1984 Misunderstood Andrew
1984 Cloak & Dagger Davey Osborne
1986 Frog Dreaming Cody
1989 Valmont Raphael Danceny
1993 Fire in the Sky Greg Hayes
1994 Curse of the Starving Class Wesley Tate
1994 Legends of the Fall Samuel Ludlow
1997 Bombshell Buck Hogan
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 11:14 Jack
2004 Dead Birds William
2006 The Hard Easy Paul Weston
2007 The Last Sin Eater Man of God
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Eric Rykell
2008 Red Velvet Aaron
2010 Dear John Tim
2013 Big Sur Philip Whalen
2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Father Tom Hogan
2017 Gerald's Game Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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

Accolades

Awards and nominations for acting
Year Association Category Nominated work Result
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

Other honors

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

Henry Thomas supports the following charitable cause: Children.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]