The Cast of 'E.T.': Where Are They Now?

A Look at the Actors Thirty Years After the Film's Release

The Cast of 'E.T.': Where Are They Now?
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What is the cast of "E.T" up to lately?

Thirty years ago this week E.T. phoned home and the world fell in love with the tiny space creature from another planet. The film also introduced moviegoers to Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, the two young kids who hid the alien and helped him contact his spaceship. Here's the lowdown on what the cast of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" is doing now.

Henry Thomas (Elliot)

Elliot, the little boy who tempted the alien out of hiding with a trail of Reese's Pieces is all grown up. Thomas has worked consistently since his "E.T." days most notably as the young Norman Bates in "Psycho IV: The Beginning" and as Samuel Ludlow on "Legends of the Fall." In the last few years he has made TV appearances on shows like "The Mentalist," "CSI" and "Without a Trace." In his most recent big screen appearance he played Hank Williams in "The Last Ride" and later this year he can be seen in the Jack Kerouac bio "Big Sur" opposite Kate Bosworth.

Drew Barrymore (Gertie)

Gertie's scream when she first laid eyes on "E.T." made Drew Barrymore a familiar face, but she was already a household name hailing from the legendary Barrymore acting dynasty. Most people know her story. Fame at a young age led to a tough childhood and stint in rehab as a pre-teen. But Barrymore turned it all around and has become one of the most successful actors and producers in Hollywood starring in films like "The Wedding Singer" and "50 First Dates" and producing the "Charlie's Angels" film franchise. She currently is working on her most important project to date - she is expecting her first child any day now.

Dee Wallace (Mary)

Mary was the clueless mother, unaware that her children were hiding an alien in her closet. But Dee Wallace seemed to know what she was doing with her career. Since "E.T's" release she has appear in over 165 TV and film projects including the 1983 horror film "Cujo" and the 1989 TV series "The New Lassie." These days she makes guest appearances on numerous TV shows including "Warehouse 13," "Switched at Birth" and "The Office." She currently has nine film projects in various stages of production.

Robert MacNaughton (Michael)

Michael was the older brother, who was prone to picking on Elliot but helped him hide and ultimately save the space creature. MacNaughton went right from "E.T." to a starring role in "I Am the Cheese." He then made a few appearances on TV before leaving Hollywood for the stage. His Off-Broadway productions include "Henry V," "Tomorrow's Monday" and "The Diviners." But in 2000 MacNaughton gave up acting all together and became a mail handler and he currently works in a New Jersey branch of the USPS.

Peter Coyote (Keys)

The government agent trying to capture the alien is never referred to by name in the film, but adopts the moniker "Keys" because of the key ring hanging from his belt. After "E.T." Peter Coyote was unstoppable. Through the '80s and '90s he appeared in films like "Jagged Edge" and "Patch Adams." The actor also found lucrative work as a voice over artist and has been the voice of the iPad, the Olympic Games and the Oscars as well as narrator of many documentaries. He also has done numerous mini-series including "Alcatraz," "Seduced By Madness" and, most recently, the acclaimed TV movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn" starring Nicole Kidman.

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