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 Close" (2011). Raised in Piedmont, California, Horn displayed an intelligence that was far beyond his peers. Fluent in English and Croatian, he was an avid reader who listed National Geographic magazine, atlases, historical books, and non-fiction as his favorite reading materials. He also loved to read trivia books, which undoubtedly helped him become a champion during the 2010 finals of Kids Week on the popular quiz show "Jeopardy!" (CBS, 1984- ). For winning first place, Horn took home $31,000.