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Henry Jackson Thomas Jr.
September 9, 1971
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
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.
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 struggled with the popularity he gained in the months following the release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. 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.
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. 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.
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, and in 2014 moved to Wilsonville, Oregon.
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.
|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|
|2019||The Great Alaskan Race||Thompson|
|2019||Doctor Sleep||The Bartender / Jack Torrance|
|2019||A Holiday Reunion||Elliott||Short film|
|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|
|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|
|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|
- VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
- 2005, ranked #4, E!'s "50 Cutest Child Stars All Grown-up"
- 2013, inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame.
- "Henry Thomas Biography (1971-)". Filmreference.com. 1971-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- ""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.
- Steinberg, Brian (November 28, 2019). "Comcast Brings 'E.T.' Back to Earth. He's Doing an Ad, Not a Sequel". Variety.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine (April 7, 1998). "Niagara, Niagara - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- Leslie Felperin (July 9, 2004). "Review: 'Honey Baby'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
- Cartwright, Garth (April 2, 2006). "Obituary: Nikki Sudden". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
- "Forgotten Child Stars". express.co.uk. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
- Kavanaugh, Shane Dixon (22 October 2019). "'E.T.' star Henry Thomas Jr. jailed for DUII near Portland, police say". oregonlive. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
- 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.