Thomas Dekker (actor)

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Thomas Dekker

Thomas Dekker in June 2011
BornThomas Alexander Dekker
(1987-12-28) December 28, 1987 (age 24)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1993 – present
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Thomas Dekker

Thomas Dekker in June 2011
BornThomas Alexander Dekker
(1987-12-28) December 28, 1987 (age 24)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1993 – present

Thomas Alexander Dekker (born December 28, 1987) is an American film and television actor and a musician. He is also a singer and has written and produced two albums.

He is best known for his roles as John Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Nick Szalinski on Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, and Zach on Heroes. He also did the voice of Littlefoot in The Land Before Time V-IX (singing voice in The Land Before Time V) and as Fievel Mousekewitz in An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island and An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster. He is also known for playing Jesse Braun in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and recently, Smith in Gregg Araki's film Kaboom. Dekker most recently starred as Adam Conant on The CW series The Secret Circle.


Early life

Dekker was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. His mother, Hilary, is a concert pianist, acting coach, actress, and singer, and his late father, David John Ellis Dekker, was an artist, set designer, opera singer, and actor.[1][2] His mother is Welsh and his father was an American with Dutch ancestry.[3][4] As a child, he and his parents moved all over the world, spending time in the United States, Europe (Yorkshire, England, in particular) and Canada.[5]


Early career

Starting his acting career at age six, Dekker was first seen in the soap The Young and the Restless. He then appeared in Star Trek Generations and Village of the Damned. Later, in 1997, he became a regular on the Disney Channel Original Show Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show based on the movie of the same name where he played Nick Szalinski for three years. After the show ended in 2000, he went on to appear in Run of the House, Fillmore!, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House, Boston Public, Reba and 7th Heaven. He appeared in films such as Campus Confidential and An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster. He has won three Young Artist Awards for his work in The Land Before Time films and one for his guest appearance on Boston Public.


In 2006, Dekker landed a recurring role on Heroes playing the character of Zach, (Claire Bennet's best friend). He played Zach for eleven episodes before leaving Heroes to take a starring role in Fox's new show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as John Connor, starring opposite Lena Headey and Summer Glau. That show debuted January 13, 2008 and was canceled on May 18, 2009. Dekker also played the lead character Nate Palmer in the web based science fiction series IQ-145.[6]

In 2009, Dekker appeared in From Within, a thriller filmed in 2007, and My Sister's Keeper, a drama in which he starred alongside Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Abigail Breslin and Medium star Sofia Vassilieva.

Recent roles include Laid to Rest, which also stars Lena Headey, All About Evil, an indie horror film,[7] Slaughter's Road, a werewolf film co-starring Ray Stevenson and directed by David Hayter, and Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family in which he plays Lance Loud. He starred in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, released on April 30, 2010. His character's name was Jesse Braun, loosely based on the character Rod Lane in the original.

Dekker stars in Gregg Araki's Kaboom. It is the first film ever awarded the Cannes Film Festival "Queer Palm Award" for its contribution to LGBT presence in cinema. Dekker was a "top candidate" for the lead role in Paramount's remake of Footloose but the role went to Kenny Wormald.[8]

In April 2011, Dekker starred as Lance Loud in the HBO original film Cinema Verite, about the creation of America's first reality television series, An American Family.

As of 2011, he has been cast as Adam, the male lead on the TV series The Secret Circle developed by The CW.[9]


Dekker was brought up with a musical background, and started writing music at age ten while living in Canada. At the age of fifteen he landed a record deal; however after feeling that he wasn't as involved in the music as he would have liked, he left to concentrate on making his own music. At the age of sixteen, Dekker started writing and producing his own classical music influenced by electronica which he describes as "electrofolk". His' first album Psyanotic is complete and is currently in negotiations with record companies and he is working on a second. Some of his music is hosted on his MySpace page. His first album Psyanotic has recently been released for full download and purchase on the iTunes Store.

Personal life

On a panel at the 2008 Comic-Con

Dekker has stated that for much of his childhood, he was a victim of sexual molestation.[10] In his teenage years, he was part of a "metalhead" subculture, where he "caused trouble in Las Vegas", and was arrested "five or six times".[10]

Dekker was involved in an auto accident on October 15, 2009, when he hit a 17-year old cyclist training for a race on a freeway onramp.[11][12] Originally charged with two counts of felony DUI, the charge was reduced to one count of misdemeanor reckless driving when it was found that the cyclist was at fault. He pleaded no contest, and was sentenced to a fine of $300 and two years of informal probation, and ordered to attend a 12-hour alcohol-education class.[13] Dekker is a vegetarian.[14][15][16][17] On April 20, 2011 in an interview with Out magazine Dekker spoke about his sexuality, which has been the subject of speculation. "I’ve only really had relationships with women, but I’m certainly not closed to it. If there are possibilities of being able to do anything in life, why would you say you would never take any up? In the later chunk of my teen years I was so all over the place with sex. It was terrible. I never really had a real relationship at all. During puberty, it’s all about sex, and it’s all about figuring yourself out. I think I overdid it when I was younger."[18]



1994Star Trek: GenerationsThomas PicardCredited as Thomas Alexander Dekker
1995Village of the DamnedDavid McGowan
1998The Land Before Time V: The Mysterious IslandLittlefootSinging voice
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan IslandFievelVoice only
The Land Before Time VI: The Secret of Saurus RockLittlefootVoice only
1999An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night MonsterFievelVoice only
2001The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold FireLittlefootVoice only
The Land Before Time VIII: The Big FreezeVoice only
2002Help, I'm a Boy!MickeyVoice: English version
The Land Before Time IX: Journey to the Big WaterLittlefootVoice only
2006Simple JoysStephenShort film
2007The War PrayerThe SingerShort film
2008From WithinAidanMain role
WhoreTomMain role
2009Laid to RestTommy
My Sister's KeeperTaylor Ambrose
2010A Nightmare on Elm StreetJesse Braun
All About EvilSteven
KaboomSmithMain role
2011Angels CrestEthanMain role
ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2Tommy
1993The Young and the RestlessPhillip Chancellor IV #4
1994The NannyJ.B. Bingington's SonEpisode 1.11: "The Show Must Go On"
1994–1995SeinfeldPorter / SonEpisode 5.16: "The Stand In"
Episode 7.04: "The Wink"
1995Star Trek: VoyagerHenry BurleighEpisode 1.16: "Learning Curve"
Episode 2.08: "Persistence of Vision"
1996Caroline in the CityYoung RichardEpisode 2.09: "Caroline and the Therapist"
1997The Weird Al ShowSonEpisode 1.04: "Back to School"
Extreme GhostbustersUnknown roleVoice only; 2 episodes
1997–2000Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV ShowNick SzalinskiMain cast (Seasons 1–3; 1997–2000)
2000Touched by an AngelDennisEpisode 7.03: "The Invitation"
Grosse PointeLeslie BicksEpisode 1.09: "Boys on the Side"
2001Inside the OsmondsYoung DonnyMade-for-television film
Family GuyUnknown roleVoice only;
Episode 3.01: "The Thin White Line"
2001–2003Jackie Chan AdventuresLittle Valmont / Young ValmontVoice only;
Episode 2.01: "Through the Rabbit Hole"
Episode 3.11: "Little Valmont, Big Jade"
2002The Mummy: The Animated SeriesSimon MontgomeryVoice only;
Episode 1.12: "The Puzzle"
Family AffairJeremyEpisode 1.07: "No Small Parts"
2003Run of the HouseSethEpisode 1.03: "The Party"
Fillmore!Crockett, Biggie, James HeronVoice only;
Episode 2.04: "South of Friendship, North of Honor"
Episode 2.06: "The Nineteenth Hole Is A Shallow Grave"
Episode 2.07: "Links in a Chain of Honor"
Boston PublicJulien McNealEpisode 4.06: "Chapter Seventy-Two"
Episode 4.08: "Chapter Seventy-Four"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationJimmy JonesEpisode 5.03: "Harvest"
20057th HeavenVincent9 episodes
Campus ConfidentialBrettMade-for-television film
RebaBuzzerEpisode 5.10: "Issues"
2006HouseBoydEpisode 2.19: "House vs. God"
SharkBen ChanningEpisode 1.08: "Love Triangle"
2006–2007HeroesZach12 episodes
2008Psi-KixJacqueVoice only
IQ-145Nate Palmer10 episodes
2008–2009Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesJohn ConnorMain cast (Seasons 1–2; 2008–2009)
2009Glenn Martin, DDSUnknown roleVoice only;
Episode 1.07: "From Here to Fraternity"
2011Elvira's Movie MacabreElrick / Jack ShemanskyEpisode 1.15: "Lady Frankenstein"
Cinema VeriteLance Loud
2011–2012The Secret CircleAdam ConantMain cast




  • 1997: "Friends for Dinner", "Always There", "Big Water"
  • 1998: "Anywhere in Your Dreams"
  • 1998: "Bad Luck", "The Legend of the Lone Dinosaur", "On Your Own"
  • 1999: "Get the Facts", "Who Will"
  • 2000: "Beyond the Mysterious Beyond", "Good Inside"
  • 2001: "Family", "The Lesson"
  • 2002: "Imaginary Friends", "No One Has to Be Alone", "Chanson D'Ennui", "Big Water"
  • From the episode Red Socks
  • 2005: "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"
  • 2008: "From Within"


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