Justin Henry

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Justin Henry
Born Justin Worthington Henry
(1971-05-25) May 25, 1971 (age 43)
Rye, New York, U.S.
Occupation Businessman, actor
Years active 1979–present
Known for "Billy Kramer" in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Justin Worthington Henry (born May 25, 1971) is an American, former child actor. He appeared in the 1979 film Kramer vs. Kramer (his first role) in a performance that earned him a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the youngest actor to be nominated in any category. The performance later earned him a spot (#80) on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.[1]

Early life and acting career[edit]

Henry was born in Rye, New York, the son of Michele (née Andrews), a real estate agent, and Clifford Henry, an investment adviser.[2] Henry began his acting career in Kramer vs. Kramer. For his performance in that film, he became the youngest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe. His next role was in a 1983 episode of the American television series Fantasy Island.[3] On the big screen, Henry appeared in the 1984 Brat Pack film Sixteen Candles, playing Molly Ringwald's younger brother.[4] Henry also played the son of a married couple played by Don Johnson and Susan Sarandon in the 1988 film Sweet Hearts Dance. In this role, critic Janet Maslin called him a "large and amusingly sullen teenager".[5]

He attended Skidmore College, earning a B.A. in psychology in 1993.[6] After graduation, his next widely seen performance was in 1997, as a medical student in a two-episode role during the fourth season of ER.[3] He starred opposite Ally Sheedy and Brian O'Halloran in the mockumentary The Junior Defenders, which was filmed that same year but released direct-to-video in 2007.[7]

Business career[edit]

Henry cofounded the Slamdunk Film Festival in 1998.[8] Although he continues to make occasional appearances in film and television,[3][4] he has been a Regional Director of Sales at Veoh since 2009.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Billy Kramer Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
YoungStar Award for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
Nominated— Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated— Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated— Golden Globe for New Actor of the Year
1983 Tiger Town Alex
1984 Sixteen Candles Mike Baker
1985 Martin's Day Martin
1985 Double Negative
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Kyle Boon
1996 Andersonville Tyce
2004 Lost Chester Gould
2007 The Junior Defenders Jimmy Fletcher

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VH1 Names Gary Coleman the top of the 100 Great Kid TV Stars". Entertainment Magazine. August 6, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/29/Justin-Henry.html
  3. ^ a b c Justin Henry at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ a b Justin Henry at AllMovie
  5. ^ "Love and Unhappiness in Sweet Hearts Dance". nytimes.com (The New York Times). September 23, 1988. Retrieved 2009-02-14. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Justin Henry Biography". All Movie Guide (The New York Times). Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Brian O'Halloran". View Askew. February 2, 1998. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  8. ^ "CANNES 2001: Attention-Getting? Slamdunk, Slamdance, Streaking, and a Sandwich Board". indieWIRE. May 15, 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 

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