Thomas Horn was a first-time film actor when he was cast as the lead in the Warner Bros. film, “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. His only previous acting experience was playing the old grasshopper in his elementary school’s stage production of James and the Giant Peach. The newcomer was spotted by Scott Rudin during his winning appearance on “Kids Jeopardy!” where he ended up taking home $31,800.00.
Horn was born in 1997 in San Francisco, California. His parents are physicians and he has one younger brother. He spends most of his free time reading and learning languages—he is fluent in Croatian and has studied Spanish and Mandarin—and enjoys skiing, karate, tennis, cross-country running, playing piano and traveling. When he was in the sixth grade, he entered the National Geographic Geography Bee, taking third place in the state. He competed again the following two years, earning fourth and second place awards, respectively. He will begin his sophomore year of high school this fall.