Henry Jackson Thomas Jr.
 (born September 9, 1971) is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his breakout role in Steven Spielberg's film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Personal life

Thomas was born 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 married 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.



Thomas struggled with the popularity he gained in the months following the release of ET.


Thomas wrote songs and played guitar for the 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, its self-produced album Twister was warmly received and enjoyed statewide radio play. 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Raggedy Man Harry Film debut
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Elliott
1984 Misunderstood Andrew
1984 Cloak & Dagger Davey Osborne
1985 Frog Dreaming Cody
1989 Valmont Raphael Danceny
1993 Fire in the Sky Greg Hayes
1994 Curse of the Starving Class Wesley Tate
1994 Legends of the Fall Samuel Ludlow
1997 Niagara, Niagara Seth
1997 Suicide Kings Avery Chasten
1997 Bombshell Buck Hogan
1999 Fever Nick Parker
2000 The House That Screamed Jack Gillton Direct-to-video
2000 A Good Baby Raymond Toker
2000 All the Pretty Horses Lacey Rawlins
2001 The Quickie Alex
2002 Dead in the Water Jeff
2002 I'm with Lucy Barry
2002 Gangs of New York Johnny Sirocco
2003 I Capture the Castle Simon Cotton
2003 11:14 Jack
2004 Dead Birds William
2006 The Hard Easy Paul Weston
2007 The Last Sin Eater Man of God
2007 Suffering Man's Charity Eric Rykell
2008 Red Velvet Aaron
2010 Dear John Tim
2011 The Last Ride Hank Williams Sr.
2013 Big Sur Philip Whalen
2016 Ouija: Origin of Evil Father Tom Hogan
2017 Gerald's Game Tom
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Young Norman Bates Movie
1992 A Taste for Killing Cary Sloan Movie
1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial Ray Buckey Movie
1996 Riders of the Purple Sage Bern Venters Movie
1998 Moby Dick Ishmael Miniseries
1999 Happy Face Murders Dylan McCarthy Movie
2005 Masters of Horror Jamie Episode: "Chocolate"
2006 Desperation Peter Jackson Movie
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 Movie
2020 Stargirl Charles McNider / Doctor Mid-Nite Recurring role


Awards and nominations for acting
Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1982 Young Artist Award Best Actor Raggedy Man Nominated
1983 Young Artist Award Best Actor E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Won
British Academy Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actor Nominated
1985 Young Artist Award Best Actor Cloak & Dagger Nominated
1996 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Indictment: The McMartin Trial Nominated
2019 Saturn Awards Best Actor in Streaming Presentation The Haunting of Hill House Pending

Other honors

  • 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.

Elliott is a character from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and he's a young boy who befriends E.T. He was born on February 13, 1971, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Elliott's best friend is E.T.

During Science class, Elliott's connection made him release hundreds of frogs which were going to be dissected and told the frogs to run, claiming he was saving them. (Elliott did this because E.T. was reading a comic that showed a superhero rescuing an alien.) At home, E.T. then turned on the Television and saw the movie The Quiet Man and saw the scene where Elliott hugged Casey. The psychic connection with Elliott and E.T. caused Elliott to kiss a girl in her class who he did not really like in the same manner while the rest of the kids were panicking because of the frogs, who were rapidly escaping the school.

Because he disturbed in the class, Elliott was sent to the principal's office and sent home, most likely suspended.

Then Elliott came home from school not having much memory on what happened at school and he came to his room and E.T. said "E.T. phone home" and that was Elliot's sign saying he needs to go home.

The following day(Halloween), he rode his bike with E.T. in it to find a place to build the communicator and to get there faster E.T. made the bike fly!They also crossed the moon and as soon as Elliot saw them cross the moon, he shouted with joy!

Elliott and E.T. stayed in the forest the whole night. In the morning, Elliott's mother was telling the police what Elliott looked like and etc. when he came home.She was happy but Elliott had been cold. Later, Elliott tells Micheal to go find E.T. Micheal does but finds E.T. in a river,almost dead. He brings him home. Elliot and his siblings are in the bathroom when Mary (the mother) comes in and is terrified of E.T. They all rush downstairs when astronauts start invading their house like a mob of zombies. Scientists rush in and set up. E.T. and Elliott are being tested on and E.T. loses his connection with him,dying after. He isn't dead,oh no, E.T. was very much alive. He escapes with the help of Elliott, his brother, and his brother's friends,who all help escape the police and scientists.They head towards the ship. E.T and Elliot share a hug before he departs. E.T points his glowing finger at Elliot's forehead and says "I'll be right here". As the ship takes off, it leaves a beautiful rainbow in the sky, with everyone looking happily at it.

Finding E.T.[1]

Elliott found E.T. when he heard strange noises outside and finally led the alien into his room with Reese's Pieces.

Elliott soon befriended E.T and the next day feigned illness so he could stay home to play with E.T. Elliott found out the Alien had an expendable neck and could breathe underwater.

The next day, Elliott had to go to school. However, he unknowingly had a psychic connection to E.T. and did whatever the alien did and felt whatever the alien felt.


In The Many Adventures of Jiminy Cricket and Jiminy Cricket's Grand Adventure: The Search For Henry Thomas He played as Christopher Robin

In Floop and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Henry Thomas and the Chocolate Factory He played as Charlie Bucket

In The Rescuers Down Under (brucesmovies1 style) He played as Cody

In Bernard and Friends He played as Derek

In Dodger (Shrek) He played as Pinocchio

In The Yellow Man in Cenntral Park He played as Gus

In Judahzan He played as Young Tarzan

In Bart Simpsonambi He played as Young Thumper

In Bedknobs and Broomsticks (brucesmovies1 style) He played as Paul

In Limpet Pan He played as Michael Darling

In Beauty and the Simpson He played as Chip (Human)



Main Article: Henry Thomas/Gallery


Henry Thomas audition för E.T. "Ok kid, you got the job"

Henry Thomas audition för E.T. "Ok kid, you got the job".

Henry Thomas - Portrait of a Child Actor

Henry Thomas - Portrait of a Child Actor.mp4

Drew Barrymore & Henry Thomas Reading - Golden Globes 1983

Drew Barrymore & Henry Thomas Reading - Golden Globes 1983

Interview with Henry Thomas

Interview with Henry Thomas

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