THOMAS HORN (Oskar Schell) is a first-time film actor, whose
only previous acting experience was as the old grasshopper in his elementary
school's stage production of "James and the Giant Peach." The newcomer was first
spotted during his winning appearance on Kids Week on "Jeopardy!"
Horn was born in 1997 in San Francisco, California. His parents are
physicians and he has one younger brother. He spends most of his free time
reading and learning languagesâ€”he is fluent in Croatian and has studied Spanish
and Mandarinâ€”and enjoys skiing, karate, tennis, cross-country running, playing
piano and traveling. When he was in the sixth grade, he entered the National
Geographic Geography Bee, taking third place in the state. He competed again the
following two years, earning fourth and second place awards, respectively. He is
currently in his freshman year of high school.