Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

Highest Rated: 98% E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Lowest Rated: 21% The Last Sin Eater (2007)

Birthday: Sep 9, 1971

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.


Highest Rated Movies



95% Showbiz Kids Actor 2020
No Score Yet Dreamkatcher Actor 2020
No Score Yet Girl in the Bunker Vinson Filyaw 2018
91% Gerald's Game Tom 2017
82% Ouija: Origin of Evil Father Tom $35M 2016
44% 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
21% 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 The Hard Easy Paul Weston 2005
50% Dead Birds William 2004
No Score Yet Honey Baby Actor 2004
92% 11:14 Jack 2003
79% I Capture the Castle Simon $1M 2003
No Score Yet Plain Dirty Edgar Macbeth 2003
73% 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
75% Moby Dick Ishmael 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
58% 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
42% 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
55% 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


93% The Haunting of Hill House
Young Hugh Crain 2018
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
58% Sons of Liberty
John Adams 2015
8% Betrayal
T.J. Karsten 2014
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Tommy Lisbon 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Jeremy Kent 2009
No Score Yet Without a Trace
Franklin Romar 2008
86% Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
Bobby Fornoy 2006
63% Masters of Horror
Jamie 2005


Samuel Ludlow says: Still hung over?

Tristan Ludlow says: Still drunk.

E.T. [uncredited] says: I'll be right here.

Elliott says: (tearfully) Bye.

Elliott says: [tearfully] Bye.

Avery Chasten says: We're no better than he is.

Avery Chasten says: You should listen to him, Mr. Barrett, his father's a doctor.

Charles Barrett says: Oh, I thought he was a serial killer.

Michael says: Did you explain school to him?

Elliott says: How do you explain school to higher intelligence?

Michael says: Maybe he's not that smart. Maybe he's like a worker bee who only knows how to push buttons or something.

Elliott says: He is too smart.

Michael says: Okay, I just hope we don't wake up on Mars or something surrounded by millions of little squashy guys.

Elliott says: You could be happy here, I could take care of you. I wouldn't let anybody hurt you. We could grow up together, E.T.

Hank Williams says: We ain't gonna make it are we?

Hank Williams says: You look like you have never been honky tonkin' before.

Elliott says: Ouch!

E.T. [uncredited] says: (E.T.'s finger lights up) oooooooooouuuuuuuuuch! (E.T. heals Elliot's cut on his finger)

E.T. [uncredited] says: [E.T.'s finger lights up] oooooooooouuuuuuuuuch! [E.T. heals Elliot's cut on his finger]

Elliott says: It wasn't like that penis breath!

Elliott says: It was nothing like that, penis-breath!

Tyler says: Where is he from, Uranus? Get it? Your anus?

Greg says: He doesn't get it, Ty

Greg says: He doesn't get it, Ty.

Tyler says: get it? Your anus?

Tyler says: Get it? Your anus?

Greg says: He doesn't get it.

Elliott says: Your so immature!

Elliott says: Zero charisma!

Greg says: Cintus suprimus!

Elliott says: You could be happy here, I could take care of you. I wouldn't let anybody hurt you. We could grow up together, E.T.

Jack says: Well, I wouldn't say I'm drunk...