Full Name : Thomas Alexander Dekker
Birth Date : December 28, 1987
Birth Place : Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
NickName : Tom
Trademark : Husky voice
Star Sign : Capricorn
E A R L Y L I F E
Dekker was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to a Dutch father and a Welsh mother. His mother is a concert pianist, acting coach, actress, and singer, and his late father was an artist, set designer, opera singer and actor. As a child, he and his parents moved all over the world, spending time in the United States, Europe (Yorkshire, England, in particular) and Canada. He has a half sister named Diana and a half brother named Erik.
B I O G R A P H Y
Since he was named one of the “Five Actors to Watch” in the 2010 Hollywood Reporter, Dekker has taken on a myriad of distinguished roles. In one of his most recent films “Angels Crest,” Dekker took on the character of a single father who deals with the tragedy of losing his son. “Angels Crest” premiered this year at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival with rave reviews for Dekker’s captivatingly vulnerable performance. Dekker was also recently seen in the Emmy-nominated television movie “Cinema Verite,” which premiered in April and tells the story of The Louds, the first family to be the subject of a reality series. He starred opposite Diane Lane and Tim Robbins, portraying the iconic Lance Loud.
Dekker also held lead roles in the feature films “Waska,” directed by Gaby Dellal, and “Kaboom,” directed by Gregg Araki. He starred in Michael Bay’s remake of “Nightmare on Elm Street,” opposite Jackie Earle Haley, and directed by Sam Bayer.
Dekker had his breakthrough role as John Connor in the 2008 series, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” He was also seen in “My Sister’s Keeper,” opposite Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin and Alec Baldwin. Dekker also starred in the film “From Within,” which premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Phedon Papamichael, the film focuses on the residents of a small American town who begin to die one-by-one by apparent suicide. Dekker directed the “behind the scenes” footage of the film, which appeared as a short on the film’s DVD and EPK.
Dekker wore multiple hats as writer, director, editor and co-star in the film “Whore,” alongside Megan Fox, Rumer Willis and Lena Headey. The film centers around a large group of teens living on the streets of Hollywood trying to make it in the movie business. This was the third film he has written, directed and self-produced. Dekker’s other credits include the hit series “Heroes,” where he played Zach, the engaging best friend to the cheerleader, Claire, played by Hayden Panettiere. He also spent three seasons as a lead role in the Disney series “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”
Dekker has been working professionally in both television and film since he was 5 years old, including a lead role in John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned.” In addition, his voice was featured in lead roles of various animated films, such as the character of Littlefoot in “Land Before Time” and Fievel in the sequels to “An American Tale.”
Dekker is also an accomplished composer, singer and songwriter with two albums completed. He is also an artist, painter and sculptor. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
C A R E E R
Starting his acting career at age six, Dekker was first seen in the soap The Young and the Restless. He then appeared in Star Trek Generations and Village of the Damned. Later, in 1997, he became a regular on the Disney Channel Original Show Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show based on the movie of the same name where he played Nick Szalinski for three years. After the show ended in 2000, he went on to appear in Run of the House, Fillmore!, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House, Boston Public, Reba and 7th Heaven. He appeared in films such as Campus Confidential and An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster. He has won three Young Artist Awards for his work in The Land Before Time films and one for his guest appearance on Boston Public.
2006 – Present
In 2006, Dekker landed a recurring role on Heroes playing the character of Zach, (Bennett’s best friend). He played Zach for eleven episodes before leaving Heroes to take a starring role in Fox’s new show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as John Connor, starring opposite Lena Headey and Summer Glau. That show debuted January 13, 2008 and was canceled on May 18, 2009. Dekker is currently playing the lead character Nate Palmer in the web based science fiction series IQ-145. In 2009, Dekker appeared in From Within, a thriller filmed in 2007, and My Sister’s Keeper, a drama in which he starred alongside Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Abigail Breslin and Medium star Sofia Vassilieva. Recent roles include Laid to Rest, which also stars Lena Headey, All About Evil, an indie horror film, Slaughter’s Road, a werewolf film co-starring Ray Stevenson and directed by David Hayter, and Cinema Verite, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family in which he plays Lance Loud. He starred in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, released on April 30, 2010. His character’s name was Jesse Braun, loosely based on the character Rod Lane in the original. Dekker stars in Gregg Araki’s Kaboom. It is the first film ever awarded the Cannes Film Festival “Queer Palm Award” for its contribution to LGBT presence in cinema. Dekker was a “top candidate” for the lead role in Paramount’s remake of Footloose but the role went to Kenny Wormald. In April 2011, Dekker starred as Lance Loud in the HBO original film Cinema Verite, about the creation of America’s first reality television series, An American Family. As of 2011, he has been cast as Adam, the male lead on the TV series The Secret Circle developed by The CW.
P E R S O N A N L L I F E
Dekker has stated that for much of his childhood, he was a victim of sexual molestation. In his teenage years, he was part of a “metalhead” subculture, where he “caused trouble in Las Vegas”, and was arrested “five or six times”.
Dekker was involved in an auto accident on October 15, 2009, when he hit a 17-year old cyclist training for a race on a freeway onramp. Originally charged with two counts of felony DUI, the charge was reduced to one count of misdemeanor reckless driving when it was found that the cyclist was at fault. He pleaded no contest, and was sentenced to a fine of $300 and two years of informal probation, and ordered to attend a 12-hour alcohol-education class. Dekker is a vegetarian. On April 20, 2011 in an interview with Out magazine Dekker spoke about his sexuality, which has been the subject of speculation. “I’ve only really had relationships with women, but I’m certainly not closed to it. If there are possibilities of being able to do anything in life, why would you say you would never take any up? In the later chunk of my teen years I was so all over the place with sex. It was terrible. I never really had a real relationship at all. During puberty, it’s all about sex, and it’s all about figuring yourself out. I think I overdid it when I was younger.”
T R I V I A
He started acting when he was six.
He took his first steps on the set of a movie his dad was working on.
Dekker was born to parents who possess very artistic and theatrical characteristics. His mother is an acting coach, actress, singer and concert pianist, while his father is an artist, set designer, opera singer and actor.
Has a step sister named Diana and a step brother named Erik.
Has the same name as the 17th century British poet.
His role model is River Phoenix. Thomas enjoys writing, drawing, listening to music such as David Bowie and Bob Dylan and swims and plays tennis. Amongst his favourite novels are King Of Shadows and Catcher In The Rye. He is a proud vegetarian and animal lover.
P E R S O N A L Q U O T E S
“I love acting because it’s an artistic way to release the million different personalities I have in my head. River Phoenix. I watched all of his films and thought he did some really revolutionary stuff for his age.”