A working actor since age three, Elden Henson, who was variously billed as Elden Ratliff and Elden Ryan Ratliff, spent much of his life in the public eye. Previously a model, he made his film debut as a ring bearer in the romantic comedy "A Little Sex" (1981) and followed with small roles in two Sidney Lumet films, "The Verdict" (1982) and "Daniel" (1983). At age five, already a film veteran, Henson attempted television, with a regular role on the CBS daytime drama "As The World Turns." Guest starring roles on NBC's "Amazing Stories" (1985) and "Highway to Heaven" (1987) followed. He would next be seen on the small screen in the miniseries "Elvis and Me" (ABC, 1988), playing a character at age seven, that his older brother Erick portrayed at age ten. The round-faced, blondish and slightly chubby Henson had his first substantial film role in 1989's cop/dog buddy film "Turner & Hooch." More memorable was his work as Fulton Reed in Disney's "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), a film co-starring his younger brother Garrette. Noticed after a puck he hits breaks the hockey coach's car window, Fulton has to learn to skate to join the Ducks, and then becomes the team's enforcer and protector. He reprised this role for the popular 1994 and 1996 sequels. Big with the small set, "The Mighty Ducks" trilogy won Henson both fans and recognition, and helped to pave the way for larger roles. 1998 saw the young actor take a co-starring role, playing physically oversized but emotionally underdeveloped Max in "The Mighty," opposite Kieran Culkin's thoughtful and disabled Kevin. Henson re-teamed with Culkin in the teen ensemble comedy "She's All That" (1999), featured as the best friend of Rachael Leigh Cook's character Laney, while Culkin played Laney's younger brother. With the onslaught of teen-themed features came more work for Henson, who could next be seen featured alongside Devon Sawa and Seth Green in "Idle Hands," a 1999 horror-comedy. That same year he lensed the "Othello" update "O" (2001), starring Mekhi Phifer as the lead Odin, and Josh Hartnett as his friend and nemesis Hugo. In addition to acting, Henson has shown an interest in writing and directing, having worked on a number of amateur short films and written several scripts. Henson played one of the canny foursome trying to cheat their way through high school in the 2002 comedy "Cheats" and had a small role in the comedy prequel "Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" (2003) before a major appearance in the second "Project Greenlight" feature "The Battle of Shaker Heights" (2003) as Bart, the best friend of Kelly (Shia LaBeouf) who finds their relationship strained when Kelly's goes after Bart's sister (Amy Smart). Henson continued finding work as a character actor as he aged out of his teen years, appearing in Catherine Hardwicke's skateboard drama "Lords of Dogtown" (2005) and the climax of the young adult series "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" (2014) and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2" (2015). He next co-starred as Franklin "Foggy" Nelson in the Marvel Comics series "Daredevil" (Netflix 2015- ), a rose he reprised in companion series "The Defenders" (Netflix 2017).
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Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Began career as a child model at age two; signed by Eileen Ford
Made film debut as a ring bearer in "A Little Sex"
Had small role in Sidney Lumet's "The Verdict"
Appeared in bit part in Lumet's "Daniel"
Made TV acting debut as a child performer on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
Appeared in an episode of the anthology series "Amazing Stories"
Guest starred in a Halloween episode of NBC's family drama "Highway to Heaven"
TV-movie debut in the ABC miniseries "Elvis and Me"
First major film role in "Turner & Hooch"
Featured in the Showtime original "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School"
Appeared in "Radio Flyer"
Created role of Fulton Reed in "The Mighty Ducks"; reprised part in both sequels
Had co-starring role opposite Kieran Culkin in "The Mighty", billed as Elden Henson
Co-starred with Devon Sawa and Seth Green in "Idle Hands"
Appeared in the ensemble film "She's All That"
Featured in "O" (filmed in 1999), a modern retelling of "Othello" starring Mekhi Phifer and Josh Hartnett
Cast in the thriller "The Butterfly Effect," which starred Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart
Cast as Billy Z, co-owner of the Zephyr surf shop in "Lords of Dogtown" a fictionalized take on a group of skateboarders that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's
Appeared in the romantic drama "Not Since You"
Played Pollux in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
Reprised the role of Pollux in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"
Took on the starring role of Foggy on the superhero series "Daredevil"
Reprised Foggy Nelson role on "The Defenders"