Who Is Henry Thomas?

After his star role as lonely 10-year-old Elliott in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982, actor Henry Thomas returned to his hometown where he focused on school. After returning to acting, Thomas has also made appearances in such notable films as Suicide Kings (1997), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Gangs of New York (2002) and The Last Ride (2011). Recently, he has been seen playing music and singing with Los Angeles band Farspeaker.

Early Life

Henry Jackson Thomas Jr. was born in San Antonio, Texas, on September 9, 1971. After playing the role of Elliott in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982, Thomas returned to his hometown of San Antonio, where he focused on school and took on film and TV roles sporadically. In the 1980s and 1990s, he returned to acting.

HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 01: Actor Henry Thomas arrives at the 'Dear John' Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 1, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

Henry Thomas
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Acting Career

In 1994, Thomas was cast in Legends of the Fall, as Samuel Ludlow, the younger brother of Tristan and Alfred Ludlow, played by Brad Pitt and Aidan Quinn, respectively. The film won critical acclaim, as well as an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

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Thomas went on to act in several notable films in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including Suicide Kings in 1997, All the Pretty Horses (2000) and Gangs of New York (2002). In 2011, he was cast as leading man Hank Williams in The Last Ride. Outside of acting, Thomas has dabbled in the music industry. In the 1980s and 1990s, he sang and performed with The Blue Heelers, based in Texas, and he continues to rock out with the Los Angeles band Farspeaker.


  • Name: Thomas Jackson Henry
  • Birth Year: 1971
  • Birth date: September 9, 1971
  • Birth State: Texas
  • Birth City: San Antonio
  • Birth Country: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Best Known For: Henry Thomas is an American actor best known for his role as Elliott in ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.’ He has also starred in films such as ‘Legends of the Fall’ and ‘Gangs of New York.’
  • Industries
    • Film
    • Music
  • Astrological Sign: Virgo

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  • Article Title: Henry Thomas Biography
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  • Last Updated: October 1, 2019
  • Original Published Date: April 2, 2014