Henry Thomas

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Henry Thomas
BornHenry Jackson Thomas, Jr.
(1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 43)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Kelly Hill (2000–2002)
Marie Zielcke (2004–2007)
 
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Henry Thomas
BornHenry Jackson Thomas, Jr.
(1971-09-09) September 9, 1971 (age 43)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)Kelly Hill (2000–2002)
Marie Zielcke (2004–2007)

Henry Jackson Thomas, Jr. (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He has appeared in over 40 films and is best known for his role as Elliott Taylor in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Cloak & Dagger (1984), Gangs of New York (2002) and as a young Norman Bates in Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990).

Personal life[edit]

Thomas was born an only child in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Carolyn L. (née Davis), a homemaker, and Henry Jackson Thomas, a hydraulic machinist.[1] He attended East Central High School in San Antonio and Blinn College in Brenham.[2] Thomas is of Welsh descent.[3]

Career[edit]

Acting career[edit]

After E.T., Thomas returned to Texas and only occasionally acted (Cloak & Dagger and on TV) while attending school. He returned to film in the late 1980s and early 1990s and began to prove himself in adult roles, most notably as the younger version of Anthony Perkins' Norman Bates character in Psycho IV: The Beginning. His most prominent adult role to date was as "Samuel Ludlow" in Legends of the Fall (1994). In 2002, he starred as supporting character Johnny Sirocco in the Martin Scorsese historical fiction film Gangs of New York. He is currently both an actor and musician and starred in the 2011 film The Last Ride (2011) as musician Hank Williams Sr. In the ABC drama, "Betrayal," Thomas plays T.J. Karsten, the brain-damaged son of a powerful Chicago businessman (2013).

Music[edit]

Thomas wrote songs, sang, and played guitar for the San Antonio, Texas band The Blue Heelers from the mid to late '90s. Although the band was never signed to a record label, its self-produced album Twister was warmly received and enjoyed statewide radio play. Moving to Los Angeles in 1998, the band dissolved, but Thomas continued to write and record songs. In 1998, his song "Truckstop Coffee" (recorded with the Blue Heelers) appeared on V2's soundtrack to the film Niagara, Niagara in which Thomas appeared.[citation needed] In 2003, Thomas worked with Nikki Sudden on the music for Mika Kaurismäki's film Honey Baby, which featured four original songs written and performed by Thomas as the fictitious musician Tom Brackett. An album was in the works, but their collaboration ended when Sudden died in 2006.[citation needed]

Awards and honors[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981Raggedy ManHarry, Jr.Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
1982E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialElliott TaylorYoung Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
Nominated—BAFTA Film Award for Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1984MisunderstoodAndrew
1984Cloak & DaggerDavey OsborneNominated—Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film
1986Frog DreamingCody
1988Murder OneBilly Isaacs
1989ValmontRaphael Danceny
1993Fire in the SkyGreg Hayes
1994Curse of the Starving ClassWesley Tate
1994Legends of the FallSamuel Ludlow
1996BombshellBuck Hogan
1997Hijacking HollywoodKevin
1997Niagara, NiagaraSeth
1997Suicide KingsAvery Chasten
1999FeverNick Parker
2000A Good BabyRaymond Toker
2000All the Pretty HorsesLacey Rawlins
2001The QuickieAlex
2002Dead in the WaterJeff
2002I'm with LucyBarry
2002Gangs of New YorkJohnny Sirocco
2003I Capture the CastleSimon Cotton
2003Briar PatchEdgar MacBeth
200311:14Jack
2003Honey BabyTom
2004Dead BirdsWilliam
2005The Hard EasyPaul Weston
2007The Last Sin EaterMan of God
2007Suffering Man's CharityEric Rykell
2008Red Velvet
2009Don't Look UpJosh Petri
2009Sweet FlameBill
2010Dear JohnTim
2012The Last RideMr. Wells / Hank Williams
2013Big SurPhilip Whalen
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1981The Steeler and the Pittsburgh KidThe KidTV movie
1990Psycho IV: The BeginningYoung Norman BatesTV movie
1992A Taste for KillingCary SloanTV movie
1994Beyond ObsessionJohn ThompsonTV movie
1995Indictment: The McMartin TrialRay BuckeyTV movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1996Riders of the Purple SageBern VentersTV movie
1998Moby DickIshmaelTV movie
1999Happy Face MurdersDylan McCarthyTV movie
2005Masters of HorrorJamieEpisode: "Chocolate"
2006DesperationPeter JacksonTV movie
2007–2008Without a TraceFranklin Romar2 episodes
2009CSIJeremy KentEpisode: "If I Had a Hammer"
2011The MentalistThomas LisbonEpisode: "Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien?"
2013–2014BetrayalT.J. KarstenSeries regular
2014Sons of LibertyJohn AdamsMiniseries

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