Child Star Henry Thomas

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on September 1, 2002

Has Henry Thomas done anything since E.T.?
—Doris M., New Mexico

He’s made just about 30 movies and television appearances. You probably even saw him in a few but didn’t connect the grown-up young man with the adorable child from E.T. For example, do you remember Brad Pitt’s youngest brother in Legends of the Fall? How about Matt Damon’s pal in All the Pretty Horses? Or the schoolteacher turned seaman, Ishmael, in the television version of Moby Dick? Most people probably didn’t make the connection though, since young Thomas was out of sight during his growing-up years. He kept working—mostly in foreign films, television movies, and independent or B films that went unnoticed by the public. He made some mainstream movies during this time, though, such as Cloak & Dagger and Valmont. In the latter, he co-starred alongside Annette Bening and Meg Tilly and had matured into a strapping 17-year-old. Now 31, the San Antonio native has a thriving career. Look for him in the upcoming Gangs of New York, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.