Henry Thomas

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Henry Thomas
Henry Jackson Thomas Jr.

(1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 49)
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1981–present
  • Kelly Hill
    (m. 2000; div. 2002)
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  • Annalee Fery
    (m. 2009)

Henry Jackson Thomas Jr. (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his breakout role as Elliott in Steven Spielberg's film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and his more recent role in The Haunting of Hill House.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]



Thomas struggled with the popularity he gained in the months following the release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[2] In November 2019, Thomas reprised his role as Elliott for an Xfinity & Sky UK commercial, in which E.T. returns to visit a now-adult Elliott and his family for the holidays.[3]

Since 2016, Thomas has worked frequently with filmmaker Mike Flanagan, appearing in his films Ouija: Origin of Evil, Gerald's Game and Doctor Sleep, as well as in the Netflix horror series The Haunting of Hill House, which Flanagan created and directed. Thomas also has a role in Flanagan's follow up to The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Flanagan's mini-series Midnight Mass.


Thomas wrote songs and played guitar for a 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, it self-produced an album, Twister. 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.[4] 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.[5] An album was in the works, but Sudden died unexpectedly in 2006.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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,[7][2] and in 2014 moved to Wilsonville, Oregon.[8]

On October 21, 2019, Thomas was arrested and charged with DUII ("driving under the influence of intoxicants") in Tualatin, Oregon, and pleaded no contest on November 18, 2019. He was ordered to participate in a year long diversion program and install a breathalyzer in his car.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Raggedy Man Harry Film debut
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Elliott
1984 Misunderstood Andrew
1984 Cloak & Dagger Davey Osborne
1985 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 Niagara, Niagara Seth
1997 Suicide Kings Avery Chasten
1997 Bombshell Buck Hogan
1999 Fever Nick Parker
2000 The House That Screamed Jack Gillton Direct-to-video
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
2011 The Last Ride Hank Williams Sr.
2013 Big Sur Philip Whalen
2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Father Tom Hogan
2017 Gerald's Game Tom
2019 The Great Alaskan Race Thompson
2019 Doctor Sleep The Bartender / Jack Torrance
2019 A Holiday Reunion Elliott Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Young Norman Bates Television film
1992 A Taste for Killing Cary Sloan 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 Miniseries
1999 Happy Face Murders Dylan McCarthy Television film
2005 Masters of Horror Jamie Episode: "Chocolate"
2006 Stephen King's Desperation Peter Jackson Television film
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 Television film
2020 FBI: Most Wanted Dr. Justin Brock Episode: "Dopesick"
2020 Stargirl Charles McNider / Doctor Mid-Nite, Voice of Chuck Recurring role
2020 The Haunting of Bly Manor Henry Wingrave Guest Role
TBA Midnight Mass N/A Upcoming series


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
2019 Saturn Awards Best Actor in Streaming Presentation The Haunting of Hill House Won

Other honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Henry Thomas Biography (1971-)". Filmreference.com. 1971-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ a b ""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.
  3. ^ Steinberg, Brian (November 28, 2019). "Comcast Brings 'E.T.' Back to Earth. He's Doing an Ad, Not a Sequel". Variety.
  4. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (April 7, 1998). "Niagara, Niagara - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  5. ^ Leslie Felperin (July 9, 2004). "Review: 'Honey Baby'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  6. ^ Cartwright, Garth (April 2, 2006). "Obituary: Nikki Sudden". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  7. ^ "Forgotten Child Stars". express.co.uk. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  8. ^ Kavanaugh, Shane Dixon (22 October 2019). "'E.T.' star Henry Thomas Jr. jailed for DUII near Portland, police say". oregonlive. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  9. ^ Oregonian/OregonLive, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh | The (2019-11-18). "'E.T.' star Henry Thomas Jr. pleads no contest to DUII near Portland". oregonlive. Retrieved 2020-01-13.


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 387-388.

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