Henry Jackson Thomas Jr.
September 9, 1971
(m. 2000; div. 2002)
(m. 2004; div. 2007)
Henry Jackson Thomas Jr. (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor. He began his career as a child actor and had a lead role in the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), for which he won a Young Artist Award and received Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and Saturn Award nominations. Thomas also had roles in films like Cloak & Dagger (1984), Fire in the Sky (1993), Legends of the Fall (1994), Suicide Kings (1997), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Gangs of New York (2002), 11:14 (2003), and Dear John (2010). Thomas was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role in the television film Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1997).
Thomas is more recently collaborated with filmmaker Mike Flanagan, appearing in the films Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Gerald's Game (2017) and Doctor Sleep (2019) as well as the television series The Haunting of Hill House (2018) and its follow-up series The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), the former of which earned him a Saturn Award. In 2021, he had a main role in Flanagan's horror series Midnight Mass.
Thomas was born on September 9, 1971, 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.
|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||Series regular|
|2021||Midnight Mass||Ed Flynn||Series regular|
|2021||Just Beyond||Crazy Chris||Episode: "Parents are from Mars, Kids are from Venus"|
|TBA||The Fall of the House of Usher||Filming|
|1981||3rd Youth in Film Awards||Best Young Motion Picture Actor||Raggedy Man||Nominated|
|1982||4th Youth in Film Awards||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Won|
|1983||40th Golden Globe Awards||New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Male||Nominated|
|36th British Academy Film Awards||Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles||Nominated|
|10th Saturn Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|1984||6th Youth in Film Awards||Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture: Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama||Cloak & Dagger||Nominated|
|1996||53rd Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Indictment: The McMartin Trial||Nominated|
|2006||6th DVD Exclusive Awards||Best Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie||11:14||Nominated|
|2019||45th 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. September 8, 1971. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
- ""E.T. sent my world crazy": Boy actor Henry Thomas from E.T. on how hit film changed his life". Mirror.co.uk. June 2, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
- 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 September 10, 2016.
- Leslie Felperin (July 9, 2004). "Review: 'Honey Baby'". Variety. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
- Cartwright, Garth (April 2, 2006). "Obituary: Nikki Sudden". The Guardian. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- "Forgotten Child Stars". express.co.uk. June 9, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
- Romanchick, Shane (January 31, 2022). "Mike Flanagan's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' Officially Begins Production". Collider. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
- Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, pp. 387–388.