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Henry Thomas

Lowest Rated:   19% The Last Sin Eater (2007)
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Birthplace:   San Antonio, Texas, USA
Known to millions of early-'80s filmgoers as Elliot, the young boy who befriends a leathery, long-necked alien, Henry Thomas rocketed to fame with his starring role in Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster E.T. the Extra-terrestial and then, just as quickly, plummeted out of sight. Unlike countless other child actors who seem to fall off the face of the earth with the onset of their first pimple, however, Thomas remained somewhat active in low-profile projects while maturing in the relative obscurity of his native Texas. When he eventually re-emerged on the big screen in the mid-'90s, he did so in a variety of projects that emphasized his versatility, until he was granted a sort of second coming, with his acclaimed supporting turn as a wandering cowboy in Billy Bob Thornton's 2000 epic All the Pretty Horses.By the time he was cast in E.T. the Extra-terrestial, Thomas had already made an impressive screen debut as Sissy Spacek's son in the 1981 drama Raggedy Man, which also starred Sam Shepard. A native of San Antonio, where he was born the son of a hydraulics mechanic on September 9, 1971, he returned to Texas after all of the hype surrounding E.T. the Extra-terrestial, acting in film and on TV from time to time while attending school and generally leading the life of a regular kid. In 1989, he appeared in his most high-profile project since E.T., playing the chivalrous young man who dispatches Colin Firth's titular ne'er-do-well in Valmont, Milos Forman's adaptation of Choderlos DeLaclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Although the film was nowhere near as successful as Stephen Frears' adaptation of the same work the previous year, it did give Thomas exposure in one of his first adult roles. Substantially greater exposure followed for the actor in 1994, when he was cast as one of Anthony Hopkins' three sons in Edward Zwick's Legends of the Fall. Co-starring with Hopkins, Brad Pitt, and Aidan Quinn, Thomas was on the screen for a relatively brief length of time, but the popularity of the lavish, big-budget film did allow the young actor to make an impression on audiences who hadn't seen him since E.T. He subsequently switched gears to portray a troubled drifter in the independent production Niagara Niagara (1997), in which he co-starred with Robin Tunney, and then returned to large budgets and lavish production values when he won a major role in the most hotly anticipated project to date of his adult career, Thornton's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses. Featuring stunning Southwestern cinematography and equally photogenic turns by co-stars Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz, the film cast Thomas as Lacey Rawlins, Damon's best friend. Although the film came in for very mixed reviews, most critics were in agreement about Thomas' wry, low-key performance, with some even asserting it was the best thing about the picture. Despite the adulation surrounding his work, Thomas kept a low profile, playing in his band the Blueheelers and spending time in Italy to shoot Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2001) alongside the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, and Leonardo DiCaprio.Thomas continued to work throughout the 2000's on a wide variety of projects, completing at least a few films a year, including the horror film Dead Birds and the comedy Tennis, Anyone?.... In 2007, he signed up to star alongside Anne Heche, Carrie Fisher, and David Boreanaz in the Alan Cumming-directed black comedy Suffering Man's Charity.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
83% Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Father Tom
$35M 2016
41% Big Sur
  • Philip Whalen
$36.4k 2013
44% The Last Ride
  • Mr. Wells/Hank Williams
$16.8k 2012
No Score Yet The Legend of Hell's Gate
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Don't Look Up
  • Josh
2010
29% Dear John
  • Tim
$79.7M 2010
No Score Yet Red Velvet
  • Actor
2009
19% The Last Sin Eater
  • Man of God
$0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Suffering Man's Charity (Ghost Writer)
  • Eric
2007
No Score Yet Stephen King's 'Desperation'
  • Peter Jackson
2006
No Score Yet The Deal
  • Actor
2006
43% Tennis, Anyone...?
  • Matt Erhorn
2005
No Score Yet Masters of Horror: Chocolate: Mick Garris
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Trabajo Fácil
  • Paul Weston
2005
50% Dead Birds
  • William
2004
No Score Yet Honey Baby
  • Actor
2004
92% 11:14
  • Jack
2003
80% I Capture the Castle
  • Simon
$1M 2003
No Score Yet Plain Dirty
  • Edgar Macbeth
2003
75% Gangs of New York
  • Johnny Sirocco
$77.7M 2002
40% Dead in the Water
  • Jeff
2002
No Score Yet I'm with Lucy
  • Barry
2002
No Score Yet The Quickie
  • Actor
2001
32% All the Pretty Horses
  • Lacey Rawlins
$14.8M 2000
No Score Yet A Good Baby
  • Raymond Toker
1999
No Score Yet The Happy Face Murders
  • Dylan McCarthy
1999
50% Niagara, Niagara
  • Seth
1998
80% Moby Dick
  • Actor
1998
34% Suicide Kings
  • Avery Chasten
1997
No Score Yet Hijacking Hollywood
  • Kevin Conroy
1997
No Score Yet Bombshell
  • Buck Hogan
1997
No Score Yet Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Bern Venters
1996
No Score Yet Indictment: The McMartin Trial
  • Ray Buckey
1995
56% Legends of the Fall
  • Samuel Ludlow
1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class
  • Wesley Tate
1994
No Score Yet Beyond Obsession
  • John Thompson
1994
41% Fire in the Sky
  • Greg Hayes
1993
No Score Yet A Taste for Killing
  • Cary
1992
No Score Yet Psycho IV: The Beginning
  • Young Norman Bates
1991
No Score Yet Paul McCartney's Get Back
  • Producer
1989
54% Valmont
  • Chevalier Danceny
1989
No Score Yet Murder One
  • Billy Isaacs
1988
No Score Yet The Quest
  • Cody
1986
64% Cloak and Dagger
  • Davey Osborne
1984
No Score Yet Misunderstood
  • Andrew
1984
98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Elliott
1982
83% Raggedy Man
  • Harry
1981
85% Moby Dick
  • Actor
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
  • 2016
58% Sons of Liberty
2015
  • John Adams
  • 2015
8% Betrayal
2013-2014
  • T.J. Karsten
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Tommy Lisbon
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Jeremy Kent
  • 2009

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