Who is Doctor Sleep actor Henry Thomas? Honouring The Shining!

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What is the greatest horror movie of all time?

The likes of The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Thing often come up a lot, but perhaps no film is mentioned more than The Shining when such a question is raised. 

Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece has withstood the test of time, remaining just as frightening, compelling and mysterious as the day it was released. The film has been analysed and dissected endlessly across the decades; it's a puzzle of a motion picture, and even after so many viewings, we find ourselves venturing back in attempts to fill in the blanks. 

So, when Doctor Sleep was announced, audiences were both sceptical and intrigued to explore the results. It's never easy following up one of the most beloved and admired films ever made, but on the whole, Mike Flanagan has done a superb job of honouring its predecessor while advancing the narrative in a refreshing manner. 

Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep: Henry Thomas

The Overlook Hotel is a place we could explore through film for hours on end - we don't care how eerie that time might be. 

As hoped, Mike's sequel takes us back to the home of horror, with Ewan McGregor's Danny Torrance revisiting the labyrinthine corridors which haunted his childhood and shook his family to the very core. 

Some fans were speculating as to whether Jack Nicholson would reprise his role as Jack - Danny's father - but as it turns out, he didn't. On the other hand, that doesn't mean the figures of the Overlook don't stop by this time around, as we're actually reunited with the bartender which Jack conversed with in The Shining

Here, the character is portrayed by 48-year-old American actor Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas: Movies & TV

Henry has been on our screens for decades now, appearing in some acclaimed favourites from the start. 

As highlighted on his IMDb page, the actor first appeared on screens back in the 1981 film Raggedy Man (he played Harry). However, most will know him for playing Elliot in Steven Spielberg's timeless family classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Later film roles include 1993's Fire in the Sky (Greg Hayes), Legends of the Fall (Samuel), Gangs of New York (Johnny Sirocco), Don't Look Up (Josh Petri), Dear John (Tim), Ouija: Origin of Evil (Father Tom) and Gerald's Game (Tom). 

He's also appeared in some notable TV projects over the years, including The Haunting of Hill House (Young Hugh Crain), Better Things (Robin), Sons of Liberty (John Adams) and Betrayal (T.J. Karsten).   

Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas speak onstage at the Netflix & Chills panel during New York Comic Con 2018 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 5, 2018 in New York City.Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas speak onstage at the Netflix & Chills panel during New York Comic Con 2018 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 5, 2018 in New York City.

Follow him on Instagram!

Be sure to head over to Instagram and check out his profile.  

You can find it at @hjthomasjr; he currently has 16.8k followers. We look forward to seeing what he has in store next, especially after seeing one of his recent posts displaying a script for The Haunting of Bly Manor, anchored by the caption: "I can’t tell you what’s in here, but it’s really really exciting..."

Other projects he has in the pipeline include Dreamkatcher (he'll play Luke), Stargirl (Dr. Mid-Nite), Riptide and Barely Afloat (Paul). We have plenty to look forward to!

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