With virtually no acting experience, Thomas Horn earned critical acclaim for his earnest and memorable portrayal of a young boy in search of answers in the searing drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly...
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|Appeared on the syndicated game show "Jeopardy" during Kids Week; won $31,800 in competition; episode caught attention of film producer Scott Rudin, who cast Horn in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"|
|Made his acting debut in the short film "Jeopardy"|
|Landed breakthrough role in "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel; co-starred opposite Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock|
During that fortuitous episode, the then-eighth grader was noticed by producer Scott Rudin, who eventually auditioned and then offered Horn a lead role in the 2011 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," based on the 2005 bestseller by Jonathan Safran Foer. In his film acting debut, Horn portrayed Oskar Schell, a nine-year-old inventor and pacifist, Francophile, who sets off on a cathartic journey to unlock the secrets of a key and a missing lock box left by his father (Tom Hanks), who died during the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack. Horn's searing performance in the film won him rave critical reviews and major Oscar buzz. The film also starred Sandra Bullock, Viola Davis, Jeffrey Wright, and John Goodman.
By Candy Cuenco
|Horn was fluent in English and Croatian. By the time he was 13, he had studied Spanish and learned Mandarin.|
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