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Henry Thomas Biography

Birth Name:
Henry Jackson Thomas Jr.
Birth Place:
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Actor, singer-songwriter

Fast Facts

  • At 8, talked his mother into taking him to an open casting call for the Sissy Spacek film Raggedy Man (1981), and won the role of her son
  • His audition for E
  • T
  • : The Extra-Terrestrial left Steven Spielberg in tears
  • Was originally set to play the young King Arthur in the 1998 miniseries Merlin, but was denied entry into England because his working papers were not in order; he was replaced in the cast by Paul Curran
  • Was in a Texas band called the Blue Heelers in the mid-to-late 1990s and the California-based band Farspeaker in the 2010s
  • Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2013


  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1983BAFTA Film Awards-Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actor: nominated