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Also Known As: Henry Jackson Thomas Jr. Died:
Born: September 9, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA Profession: actor, musician

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At the tender age of 11, actor Henry Thomas rose to overnight stardom in one of the biggest films of all time, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), only to recede temporarily from the spotlight before returning to a career marked by a combination of made-for-TV, independent, and mainstream film projects. As a young man he handled himself admirably in Milo Forman's "Valmont" (1989) opposite classically-trained thespian Colin Firth, and even managed to bring some depth to the role of a young Norman Bates in "Psycho IV: The Beginning" (Showtime, 1990). He found work in epics on both the big and small screen, playing the naïve younger brother of Brad Pitt in "Legends of the Fall" (1994), and as Ishmael, sole-survivor of Ahab's ill-fated quest for revenge in the miniseries "Moby Dick" (USA, 1998). While his supporting role in "All the Pretty Horses" (2000) may not have led to a hit film, his turn in Martin Scorsese's violent "Gangs of New York" (2002) helped move Thomas past the limitations of forever being Elliot from "E.T." Guest turns on television series, such as "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09), and supporting roles in major feature films like the romantic melodrama "Dear John" (2010), maintained a...

At the tender age of 11, actor Henry Thomas rose to overnight stardom in one of the biggest films of all time, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982), only to recede temporarily from the spotlight before returning to a career marked by a combination of made-for-TV, independent, and mainstream film projects. As a young man he handled himself admirably in Milo Forman's "Valmont" (1989) opposite classically-trained thespian Colin Firth, and even managed to bring some depth to the role of a young Norman Bates in "Psycho IV: The Beginning" (Showtime, 1990). He found work in epics on both the big and small screen, playing the naïve younger brother of Brad Pitt in "Legends of the Fall" (1994), and as Ishmael, sole-survivor of Ahab's ill-fated quest for revenge in the miniseries "Moby Dick" (USA, 1998). While his supporting role in "All the Pretty Horses" (2000) may not have led to a hit film, his turn in Martin Scorsese's violent "Gangs of New York" (2002) helped move Thomas past the limitations of forever being Elliot from "E.T." Guest turns on television series, such as "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09), and supporting roles in major feature films like the romantic melodrama "Dear John" (2010), maintained a consistently visible profile for the working actor. Avoiding the usual pitfalls experienced by most child stars - including "E.T." co-star, Drew Barrymore - Thomas wisely gave himself time to grow up off camera, which allowed audiences to accept him as a seasoned adult actor upon his return to the screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Big Sur (2013)
3.
 Dear John (2010)
4.
 Don't Look Up (2010)
5.
 Hard Easy, The (2007)
6.
7.
 Ghost Writer (2007)
8.
 Honey Baby (2006)
10.
 Tennis Anyone? (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

1977:
Decided he wanted to be an actor at age five
1980:
At age eight, asked his mother to take him to a local audition held in San Antonio
1981:
Feature debut at age nine, "Raggedy Man," starring Sissy Spacek
1981:
Made TV debut in the NBC special, "The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid"
1982:
Gained international celebrity as the star of Steven Spielberg's "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"
1984:
Received positive notices for his lead performance opposite Gene Hackman in "Misunderstood"
1984:
Received top billing over Dabney Coleman in "Cloak and Dagger"; last American film credit for nine years
1988:
Played a supporting role in Milos Foreman's international co-production, "Valmont"
1990:
Played the young Norman Bates in the made-for-cable sequel, "Psycho IV: The Beginning"
1993:
Returned to Hollywood films with a supporting role in the UFO drama, "Fire in the Sky"
1994:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt and Aidan Quinn in "Legends of the Fall"
1995:
Earned praise for his turn as Ray Buckey, accused of child abuse, in the HBO docudrama, "Indictment: The McMartin Trial"
1997:
Starred opposite Robin Tunney in the independent film, "Niagara, Niagara"
1998:
Co-starred as Ishmael in USA Network's remake of "Moby Dick"
1998:
Appeared in the ensemble film, "Suicide Kings," alongside Johnny Galecki, Jeremy Sisto and Christopher Walken
2000:
Appeared opposite Matt Damon in "All the Pretty Horses"
2002:
Appeared as Johnny Sirocco in "Gangs of New York"
2007:
Played a 'Man of God' in "The Last Sin Eater"
2010:
Played the close friend of Amanda Seyfried in the feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, "Dear John"
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Education

East Central High School: San Antonio , Texas -
Blinn College: Brenham , Texas -

Notes

Thomas performs in his spare time with the Rain Dogs, a Celtic folk-rock band.

"I became enchanted with the idea of being an actor. I'd graduated from my fireman and policeman ambitions and somehow this one just stuck...I see young actors who really want it bad and are never given a chance--so I consider myself fortunate. Right now I'm feeling good about my career, for the first time in awhile."--Henry Thomas, quoted in USA TODAY, 1/31/95

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Kelly Hill. Actor. Met in 1999; married in May 2000 in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Henry Jackson Thomas. Hydraulic machinist for Sony.
mother:
Carolyn Thomas. Homemaker.

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