What happened to cast of ET?
Henry Thomas (Elliott)
Then and now... Henry Thomas (Copyright: Universal)
The main human star of the film was E.T.'s best mate, the red hoodie-wearing kid Elliott – played by 11 year-old Henry Thomas. The Texas-born actor is all grown-up now and has steadily built up a fairly impressive CV. True, he's not exactly set the world on fire since his alien-in-a-bicycle-basket days, but he's certainly done okay for himself. He played a young Norman Bates in 'Psycho IV: The Beginning', starred alongside Brad Pitt in 'Legends Of The Fall' and Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's 'Gangs Of New York'. Next up, he's in 'Big Sur', an adaptation of the classic Jack Kerouac novel with Kate Bosworth.
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Drew Barrymore (Gertie)
You probably know what happened to cute little Gertie... John Barrymore's granddaughter was a revelation in 'E.T.'. She followed it up with a string of comedic child roles until controversy with drink and drugs as a young teenager led her slightly off-track. She announced herself as an adult actress with sexy femme fatale roles in films like 'Poison Ivy' and then settled on a less controversial rom-com route. She's remained popular ever since and even proved a capable director after helming enjoyable 2009 roller derby movie 'Whip It!'
Young stars... Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton (Copyright: PA)
Robert MacNaughton (Michael)
Elliott's older brother Michael was played by an actor with less drive to make it big. Robert McNaughton bagged a few roles in several US TV series, but retired in 1987. Hollywood's loss was the Arizona Postal Services' gain, though. Robert's now a Phoenix postman.
Pat Bilon (E.T.)
Actor Michael Patrick Bilon was one of the smallest adult dwarves in the US when he was cast as the eponymous alien. The heavy rubber costume Pat had to wear during filming weighed in at just under five stone (the same weight as him!). Unfortunately, Pat died a year after 'E.T.'s release from pneumonia.