Henry Thomas Net Worth: Having climbed to prominence presumably as an actor, he has appeared in over 40 films. As for his true beginning in the craft, he made it in the 1980s as a grad of Blin College in Brenham. It was in 1982 that he landed his best-known role to date, playing Elliot Taylor in “E.T., the Extraterrestrial”, a movie by Steven Spielberg. Next, he went on to star in other prominent pictures like Cloak & Dagger (1984), Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) and Gangs of New York (2002). In addition to the above, he also appeared in the 1994 movie “Legends of the Fall”, giving his finest prominent mature performance ever. In the mid to late 1990s, Thomas removed from acting to be a vocalist, composer, and musician into a band called “The Blue Heelers”, a San Antonio, Texas band. The band broken up in 1998, when Thomas moved to La. However, Thomas continued to compose songs that were later soundtracks on some pictures, including “Honey Baby” which featured four songs composed by him. As for his private life, Thomas wed and divorced Kelly Hill and is currently married to Marie Zielcke. He’s one child.
He and his wife, Marie Zielcke, have a daughter named Hazel Thomas.
The only child of Carolyn, a homemaker, and Henry Sr., a hydraulic machinist.
At an open audition in a San Antonio, Texas hotel he promptly landed a part in the 1981 Sissy Spacek film Raggedy Man (1981).
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.
He dropped out of Texas's Blinn College (where he studied philosophy and history) after one year to act full-time.
He was originally cast in the four-hour miniseries, Merlin (1998), 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 (1998) cast and subsequently replaced by actor Paul Curran.
It's really important to go back to where you come from.
Many times you walk into a room and people have already made up their minds. But it's always good to have something great associated with you.
The idea of a film staying in theaters for a year is something of a fantasy today.
The one thing I've always done is to try not to over complicate anything.
I don't know if I was so much of an outsider until after I started doing films. That put me on the outside. I grew up in Texas, and I wasn't the child of industry parents, and I didn't have a lot of friends in the industry or anything like that.
I grew up in a rural area, I was from kind of a poor family and my parents weren't showbiz people. But going back was strange, and perhaps stranger for the other students.
I understood why films were made, and if they made a lot of money, they were successful. All of these things I knew. As a ten-year-old boy, I didn't really think a lot about finances or celebrity. I always viewed films as kind of what I imagined a summer camp to be like.
I would inevitably get the girls who were interested in me because I was the guy from E.T. It was kind of tough. I can't deny ever capitalizing upon it but on the whole in my teens I was pretty virtuous.
It was like that for the first six months after 'E.T.' was in cinemas. I'd go out and get mobbed. I was a shy kid, and being approached by adults all the time just freaked me out.
Of course there have been times I regretted being the kid in 'E.T.' My world went completely crazy. I was that stupid kind of famous, where you can't go anywhere.
I probably complicate things unnecessarily now just to give the illusion of professionalism.
I have horses, I drive a truck, and I wear cowboy boots. First I'm a Texan.
Carloads of tourists would photograph the family mailbox, and there was weird mail, death threats.
Even if I had a tuxedo I wouldn't wear it to school.
I can't stay in L.A. too long or it starts to grow on me in a bad way.
I don't know if there aren't any films like 'E.T.' anymore. I just feel that the industry has changed so much. There are so many outlets now.
I think it's great when girls are artistic.
I was getting a lot of hassles from the public. Everybody recognized me.
I've got a lot of crazy plans.
If I can generate enough income, I'd like to get a castle, a historic castle that I can restore.