Justin Henry (born May 25, 1971) is an American actor, known for playing the object of the titular custody battle in the 1979 film Kramer vs. Kramer, a debut role that earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, when he was eight years old. As of 2018, he is the youngest actor to be nominated in any category, and the only actor ever nominated in the same decade as his or her birth. The performance later earned him a spot (No. 80) on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Kid Stars. Most of his film and television credits came as a child or teenager, although he has continued acting as an adult.[1]

Early life and education

Justin Henry was born in Rye, New York, the son of Michele (née Andrews), a real estate agent, and Clifford Henry, an investment adviser.[2] He was educated at Brunswick School, an all-boys college-preparatory private day school located in Greenwich, Connecticut, followed by Skidmore College, a private liberal arts college in Saratoga Srings, New York, where he earned a B.A. in psychology in 1993.[3]

Life and career

Acting career

Henry began his acting career in Kramer vs. Kramer. For his performance in that film, he became the youngest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe. His next role was in a 1983 episode of the American television series Fantasy Island.[4] On the big screen, Henry appeared in the Brat Pack film Sixteen Candles (1984), as Mike Baker, one of Samantha Baker's siblings.[5] Henry also played the son of a married couple played by Don Johnson and Susan Sarandon in the film Sweet Hearts Dance (1988). In this role, critic Janet Maslin called him a "large and amusingly sullen teenager".[6]

After graduation, Henry's next widely seen performance was in 1997, as a medical student in a two-episode role during the fourth season of ER.[4] He starred opposite Ally Sheedy, Jason David Frank and Brian O'Halloran in the mockumentary The Junior Defenders, which was filmed that same year but released direct-to-video in 2007.[7]

Business career

Henry co-founded the Slamdunk Film Festival in 1998.[8] Although he continues to make occasional appearances in film and television,[4][5] he has been a Regional Director of Sales at Veoh since 2009.[citation needed] He is currently a platform director for AOL.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer Billy Kramer Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor
YoungStar Award for Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Drama
Nominated— Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated— Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated— Golden Globe for New Actor of the Year
1983 Tiger Town Alex
1984 Sixteen Candles Mike Baker
1985 Martin's Day Martin
1985 Double Negative
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Kyle Boon
1996 Andersonville Tyce
1997 ER Med Student James Sasser Season 4 Episodes 4 and 5
2003 Finding Home Prescott
2004 Lost Chester Gould
2007 The Junior Defenders Jimmy Fletcher


  1. ^ "VH1 Names Gary Coleman the top of the 100 Great Kid TV Stars". Entertainment Magazine. August 6, 2009. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Justin Henry Biography (1971-)". 
  3. ^ "Justin Henry Biography". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  4. ^ a b c Justin Henry on IMDb
  5. ^ a b Justin Henry at AllMovie
  6. ^ "Love and Unhappiness in Sweet Hearts Dance". nytimes.com (The New York Times). September 23, 1988. Retrieved 2009-02-14. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Interview with Brian O'Halloran". View Askew. February 2, 1998. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  8. ^ "CANNES 2001: Attention-Getting? Slamdunk, Slamdance, Streaking, and a Sandwich Board". indieWIRE. May 15, 2001. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  9. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-henry-1210943.  Missing or empty title= (help)


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 386-387.

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