What Happened to Elliott (Henry Thomas) From ET: The Extra-Terrestrial?

In ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, Elliot was the little boy that found, became friends with, and save ET. But what what has he done since then?

Well, his name is Henry Thomas, and according to IMDB, he has been busy acting in TV and film, you just might not have known it was him.

Here is his filography from IMDB (I've highlighted the ones I have actually heard of):

1. Dear John (2010) (post-production) .... Tim Wheddon
2. Don't Look Up (2009) (post-production)
3. Red Velvet (2009) .... Aaron
4. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" .... Jeremy Kent (1 episode, 2009)
5. If I Had a Hammer... (2009) TV episode .... Jeremy Kent
6. "Without a Trace" .... Franklin Romar (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
7. Under (2008) (TV)
8. Suffering Man's Charity (2007) .... Eric Rykell
9. The Last Sin Eater (2007) .... Man of God
10. "Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" .... Robert Fornoy (1 episode, 2006)
11.Desperation (2006) (TV) .... Peter Jackson
12. The Deal (2006/I) .... Frank
13. "Masters of Horror" .... Jamie (1 episode, 2005)
14. Tennis, Anyone...? (2005) .... Matt Erhorn
15 The Hard Easy (2005) .... Paul Weston
16. Dead Birds (2004) .... William
17. Honey Baby (2004) .... Tom Brackett
18. 11:14 (2003) .... Jack
19. Briar Patch (2003) .... Edgar MacBeth
20. I Capture the Castle (2003) .... Simon Cotton
21. Gangs of New York (2002) .... Johnny Sirocco
22. I'm with Lucy (2002) .... Barry
23. Dead in the Water (2002) .... Jeff
24. The Quickie (2001) .... Alex
25. All the Pretty Horses (2000) .... Lacey Rawlins
26. A Good Baby (2000) .... Raymond Toker
27. Happy Face Murders (1999) (TV) .... Dylan McCarthy
28. Fever (1999) .... Nick Parker
29. Moby Dick (1998) (TV) .... Ishmael
30. Suicide Kings (1997) .... Avery Chasten
31. Niagara, Niagara (1997) .... Seth
32. Hijacking Hollywood (1997) .... Kevin
33. Riders of the Purple Sage (1996) (TV) .... Bern Venters
34. Bombshell (1996) .... Buck Hogan
35. Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995) (TV) .... Ray Buckey
36. Legends of the Fall (1994) .... Samuel Ludlow
37. Curse of the Starving Class (1994) .... Wesley Tate
38. Beyond Obsession (1994) (TV) .... John Thompson
39. Fire in the Sky (1993) .... Greg Hayes
40. A Taste for Killing (1992) (TV) .... Cary Sloan
41. Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) (TV) .... Young Norman Bates
42. Valmont (1989) .... Danceny
43. Murder One (1988) .... Billy Isaacs
44. Frog Dreaming (1986) .... Cody
45. Cloak & Dagger (1984) .... Davey Osborne
46. Misunderstood (1984) .... Andrew
47. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) .... Elliott
48. The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid (1981) (TV) .... The Kid
49. Raggedy Man (1981) .... Harry

From Wikipedia:

Thomas returned to film in the late 1980s and early 1990s and began to prove himself in adult roles. His most prominent adult role to date was as Samuel Ludlow in 1994's Legends of the Fall. He is currently both an actor and musician. Moving to Los Angeles in 1998, the band The Blueheelers called it quits but Thomas continues to write and record songs. He posts them on his MySpace page.

And finally, some trivia from IMDB:

Performs with the band The Blueheelers.

Attended Blinn College in Brenham, Texas

Ranked #24 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"

Married Marie Zielcke in Las Vegas in the same Chapel in which Britney Spears married Jason Allen Alexander.

The godfather of his daughter Hazel is Mika Kaurismäki. He was the one who introduced him to his future wife Marie Zielcke.

His wife, Marie Zielcke, is a popular actress in Germany.

Was ranked #4 in E's 50 cutest child stars all grown-up.(2005)

Was turned down for the role of Eric Bates in The Toy (1982). The role went to Scott Schwartz.

He was originally cast in the four-hour miniseries, Merlin, but when Thomas arrived at London's Heathrow Airport, much to the actor's surprise, he was informed that his official working papers were not in order, apparently the result of an administrative mess up back home, and he was denied entrance to the country. His reps called the incident an "unfortunate misunderstanding," adding that her client "did not do anything illegal." Be that as it may, Thomas was dropped from the Merlin cast and subsequently replaced by actor Paul Curran.

He dropped out of Texas's Blinn College (where he studied philosophy and history) after one year to act full-time.

He said that at age 8, he wanted to become an actor after watching a PBS special on acting and decided he had found his calling.

At an open audition in a San Antonio, Texas hotel he promptly landed a part in the 1981 Sissy Spacek film Raggedy Man.

The only child of Carolyn, a homemaker, and Henry Sr., a hydraulic machinist.

He and his wife, Marie Zielcke, have a daughter named Hazel Thomas.


  1. whatever he does he will never do anything as good as 'E.T.' and will forever be remembered with that film. He was just beautiful as a child!

    1. Who are you too say Mr.Thomas was only beautiful as a child behond his acting career I'm sure he lived a fulfilled life with family an love!outside the box