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Henry Jackson Thomas Jr. (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his breakout role in Steven Spielberg's film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his more recent recurring role in The Haunting of Hill House.
Henry Jackson Thomas Jr.
September 9, 1971
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Thomas was born in San Antonio, Texas. His mother, Carolyn L. (née Davis), is a homemaker and his father, Henry Jackson Thomas Sr., is a hydraulic machinist. He attended East Central High School and Blinn College. Thomas married actress Marie Zielcke on May 10, 2004. They had a daughter, Hazel. The couple were divorced in 2007. Thomas also has two children with his current wife Annalee.
Thomas struggled with the popularity he gained in the months following the release of ET.
Thomas wrote songs and played guitar for the San Antonio band, The Blue Heelers (named for the breed of dog), in the 1990s. Although the band was not signed to a record label, its self-produced album Twister was warmly received and enjoyed statewide radio play. Thomas continued to write and record songs. In 1998, his song "Truckstop Coffee" (recorded with the Blue Heelers) appeared on V2's soundtrack for Niagara, Niagara. In 2003, Thomas and Nikki Sudden collaborated on the music for Mika Kaurismäki's film Honey Baby, which featured four original songs written and performed by Thomas as the fictional musician Tom Brackett. An album was in the works, but Sudden died unexpectedly in 2006.
|1981||Raggedy Man||Harry||Film debut|
|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||The House That Screamed||Jack Gillton||Direct-to-video|
|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|
|2011||The Last Ride||Hank Williams Sr.|
|2013||Big Sur||Philip Whalen|
|2016||Ouija: Origin of Evil||Father Tom Hogan|
|1990||Psycho IV: The Beginning||Young Norman Bates||Movie|
|1992||A Taste for Killing||Cary Sloan||Movie|
|1995||Indictment: The McMartin Trial||Ray Buckey||Movie|
|1996||Riders of the Purple Sage||Bern Venters||Movie|
|1999||Happy Face Murders||Dylan McCarthy||Movie|
|2005||Masters of Horror||Jamie||Episode: "Chocolate"|
|2006||Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King||Robert Fornoy||Episode: "The End of the Whole Mess"|
|2007–08||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|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sean Roberts||Episode: "Making a Rapist"|
|2017||Better Things||Robin||4 episodes|
|2018||The Haunting of Hill House||Young Hugh Crain||Series Regular|
|2018||Girl in the Bunker||Vinson Filyaw||Movie|
|2020||Stargirl||Charles McNider / Doctor Mid-Nite||Recurring role|
|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|
|2019||Saturn Awards||Best Actor in Streaming Presentation||The Haunting of Hill House||Won|
- "Henry Thomas Biography (1971-)". Filmreference.com. 1971-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- "Forgotten Child Stars". express.co.uk. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
- ""E.T. sent my world crazy": Boy actor Henry Thomas from E.T. on how hit film changed his life". Mirror.co.uk. 2012-06-02. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1998-04-07). "Niagara, Niagara - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- Leslie Felperin (2004-07-09). "Review: 'Honey Baby'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
- Cartwright, Garth (2006-04-02). "Obituary: Nikki Sudden". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
- Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 387-388.