Boy from E.T. movie arrested for drink driving

Henry Thomas (left and below) played Elliott in the 1982 science-fiction film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Henry Thomas played Elliott in the 1982 science-fiction film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.PHOTO: UIP
Henry Thomas (left and below) played Elliott in the 1982 science-fiction film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Henry Thomas played Elliott in the 1982 science-fiction film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.PHOTO: UIP

WASHINGTON • He is best known as the boy who rode a bicycle with the alien E.T. across the sky with the moon behind them in the 1982 movie, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

Actor Henry Thomas, who played Elliott in the science-fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg, was arrested earlier this week for driving under the influence in the American state of Oregon.

According to celebrity news website TMZ, Thomas, now 48, was detained by the police after they were alerted to a stationary car at a road junction on Monday night.

The police found Thomas passed out in the car and took him to Washington County Jail after he failed the field sobriety test.

According to CNN, he was released from custody on Tuesday and will return to court next Friday to answer the misdemeanour charge.

Thomas, who recently appeared in Netflix horror series The Haunting Of Hill House (2018), said in previous media interviews that he had struggled with fame after his breakout role in E.T. at the age of nine.

The movie, which also starred then child actress Drew Barrymore, went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

A digitally remastered version of the movie was released in theatres on its 20th anniversary in 2002.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2019, with the headline 'Boy from E.T. movie arrested for drink driving'. Print Edition | Subscribe