Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthAugust 30, 1977
MarkOften plays the best friend.
FactElden appeared in both versions of Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990). He played the young Steve Mills in the 1990 short film, then Samson in the 2005 full-length feature. The interesting part is that the 2005 film used the 1990 film as flashback sequences, so, technically, Elden played two parts in the 2005 film-although 15 years had passed between when he had played the two roles.


Who is Elden Henson?

Born on 30 August, 1977, in Rockville, Maryland, under the earth sign of Virgo, Elden Henson is a 41-year-old American actor. He is best known for assuming the role of Fulton Reed in the “Mighty Ducks” series of movies, centered around a ragtag group of young hockey players. As this role marked Elden’s early career, he used the experience as a way to make a name for himself in the movie industry. Thus, he went on to appear as Foggy Nelson in the Netflix TV show “Daredevil”, which was inspired by the iconic comic book character of the same name. You can also see Henson in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”, and its sequel.

Early Life and Parents: An Artistic Family That Moved Around a Lot

Elden was born into an American family in rural Maryland. It’s safe to say that he was predisposed for a life in show business, especially given the fact that his father, George Ratliff, was a successful actor himself. Young Elden had an additional artistic influence in the form of his mother, who dabbled in professional photography. There is no available information on her, other than her vocation, but both she and her husband worked hard to instill a proper work ethic into their children.

Elden’s younger brothers, Garette Ratliff Henson and Erick Ratliff are also accomplished actors, with both of them appearing alongside their brother in several movies. However, not everyone in the Henson-Ratliff household was fascinated by acting. Ellington Ratliff, who is Elden’s half-brother, had a very successful stint as the drummer of the popular pop-rock band, R5. Due to George Ratliff’s acting obligations and the remote nature of his wife’s profession, the family moved a lot, including periods spent in Weehawken, New Jersey and Burbank, California. It turns out that his hectic lifestyle was just the preparation Elden needed for his future career.

Education: Emerson College

Given the fact that he was already an actor even as a child, Elden found it hard to balance between education and working on his craft. Despite the difficulties, he matriculated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California in 1996, with a subsequent enrollment at Emerson College. However, Elden abandoned his studies in 1997 to fully commit to his career.

Elden Henson

Career Beginnings: Acting in His Diapers

At the tender age of two, Henson had his first foray into show business, as he became a baby model. Even though his father was an actor, it was actually his mother who supported Elden the most, taking him to auditions and working with him on the lines he had to memorize. By the age of six, he was already in a large number of regional and national TV commercials, which earned him a stellar reputation that would end up being useful later on.

His first official credit is widely considered to be a cameo role in “Amazing Stories”, a hit 1980s TV series. When he was barely a high school student, Henson became a true star, being cast as Fulton Reed a no-nonsense tough guy and enforcer in the 1992 hockey movie “The Mighty Ducks”. Defying all projections and expectations, the movie ended up being a box office hit. Afterwards, he appeared in the two sequels, released in 1994 and 1996 respectively. Given the fact that he was a star before the age of 20, the sky seemed to be the limit for Henson and his talents.

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Sustained Success: The Mighty, Cast Away, The Butterfly Effect and More

Fresh off his “Mighty Ducks” success, Henson decided that he wanted to focus on movies. Therefore, in 1998 he attended an audition for the role of Maxwell Kane in “The Mighty”, allowing him to venture further away from the sports genre. Featuring a star-studded cast which included Sharon Stone and Kieran Culkin, the brother of “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin, the movie turned out to be a commercial success.

1999 was a particularly busy year for Henson, as we saw him in “She’s All That”, “Idle Hands” and “A Gift of Love: the Daniel Huffman Story”, which was one of his first lead parts; the role of Daniel Huffman ultimately showcased Elden’s potential to carry a film all by himself. In the early 2000s, Henson continued in the same direction, with appearances in “Cast Away”, “O”, “Cheats” and more. Fans particularly loved him in “The Battle of Shaker Heights” and “The Butterfly Effect”. While neither of these movies ended up propelling Elden to superstardom, they helped him build a reputation as a versatile and reliable actor, able to fully embrace the very fabric of every character he played.

The 2000s: Experimenting with TV

Even though his bread and butter was the silver screen, Elden wanted to expand his repertoire and try his hand at acting in TV series. Thus, we saw him play a small role in a 2004 episode of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”. In 2005, he focused solely on movies again, with “Lords of Dogtown”, “Deja Vu”, “The Amateurs” and “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing & Charm School” all crediting him in a span of mere months. This is yet another testament to Henson’s enviable work ethic and passion towards acting. In 2007, he appeared as Matthew Marley in “Smith”, a TV series about the personal lives of criminals.

Since then, he has rarely appeared in movies, with most of his focus being on smaller roles in popular shows. “Grey’s Anatomy”, “ER”, “Private Practice” and “El Dorado” are just some of the shows he contributed to. After some time focusing on TV shows, Henson returned to the big screen once again, with the role of Pollux in both parts of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, by far the most popular movie he has appeared in to date.

Foggy Nelson: Elden’s Place in the Marvel Universe

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s not uncommon to see characters from different movies and comic books interact with one another. With the expertise of Marvel’s directors and writers, fans can enjoy creative plotlines without the limitation of a single set of characters. One significant example of a character “transcending” his original place in Marvel’s Universe is Foggy Nelson, the best friend of Matt Murdock, aka The Daredevil. In the mini-series “The Defenders”, we saw Elden assume this role for the first time. Fans loved his performance so much that Marvel’s executives had no other choice but to feature Henson a couple more times, so we saw him assume the same role in “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage”. Despite Foggy Nelson not being a significant cog in the Marvel Universe, Elden took on the part in “Daredevil” yet again, but this time as one of the lead roles. It is not yet clear whether he will be assuming the role in the future, but fans have speculated on his return. This is mostly because a few of Marvel’s upcoming movies feature Foggy Nelson in the original comic book storylines.

Personal Life: Is Elden Henson Married? Does He Have a Girlfriend?

Despite his immense popularity, Elden has refused to reveal whether he is currently seeing someone or not. He is a very private person and refuses to let anything from his personal life interfere with his career, something Hensen has been known for, ever since the early 2000s. In 2014, he married longtime girlfriend, Kira Sternbach. The couple enjoyed a private ceremony, surrounded only by family and close friends. Even though things seemed to be going great for the couple, Elden ended up filing for divorce in 2016. In spite of a myriad of inquiries by both fans and journalists, both Sternbach and Henson refused to comment on the situation or reveal the true reason for their breakup, only that “irreconcilable differences” were the catalyst for the end of their marriage. They have a boy together who goes by the name of Dodger, born on 20 July 2014.

Elden Henson

Body Measurements: How Tall Is Elden Henson?

Elden Henson is 5ft 9in (175cm) tall; his weight and other measurements are currently unknown. He has blue eyes, with a hint of green under certain types of lighting, along with blond, almost golden hair.

Net Worth: How Rich is Elden Henson?

According to several authoritative sources, Elden Henson has a net worth of approximately $500,000, as of mid-2019, accumulated by consistently appearing in popular movies, and picking the right roles to showcase his talents. Given the fact that he is still active and focused on his work, it’s highly likely that we will see Henson have an even larger net worth in the near future.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. However, it doesn’t appear as though Elden is at all preoccupied with maintaining his involvement in this trend, seeing as his presence on social networks is all but ubiquitous at the moment. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts in his name don’t exist.

General Info

Full NameElden Henson
Date Of BirthAugust 30, 1977
Height1.75 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationJohn Burroughs High School, Emerson College
NationalityAmerican

Family

ParentsGeorge Ratliff
SiblingsGarette Ratliff Henson, Ellington Ratliff, Erick Ratliff

Accomplishments

MoviesThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, The Butterfly Effect, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Idle Hands, The Mighty, The Mighty Ducks, She's All That, D2: The Mighty Ducks, Déjà Vu, D3: The Mighty Ducks, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Lords of Dogtown, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met L...
TV ShowsDaredevil, The Defenders

Social profile links

Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Often plays the best friend.

Facts

#Fact
1Brother of Erick Ratliff and Garette Ratliff Henson. Half-brother of Ellington Ratliff.
2Elden's characters Lenny from The Butterfly Effect (2004), and Agent Gunnars from Deja Vu (2006) were both integral to both plots regarding alternate realities based on time travel.
3Elden appeared in both versions of Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990). He played the young Steve Mills in the 1990 short film, then Samson in the 2005 full-length feature. The interesting part is that the 2005 film used the 1990 film as flashback sequences, so, technically, Elden played two parts in the 2005 film-although 15 years had passed between when he had played the two roles.
4Started a production company called Roulette Entertainment with Josh Hartnett.
5Attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, but left after the fall semester in 1997.
6Went to John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Defenders2017TV Series filmingFoggy Nelson
Daredevil2015-2017TV SeriesFoggy Nelson
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 22015Pollux
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 12014Pollux
Intelligence2014TV SeriesAmos Pembroke
Jobs2013Andy Hertzfeld
The Death and Return of Superman2011ShortDoomsday
El Dorado2010TV Mini-SeriesGordon
Not Since You2009Joey 'Fudge' Fudgler
Grey's Anatomy2009TV SeriesMatt Smithson
Psych2009TV SeriesClive
Private Practice2007TV SeriesDamon
ER2007TV SeriesFingerless Guy
Rise: Blood Hunter2007Taylor
Smith2007TV SeriesMatthew Marley
Deja Vu2006Gunnars
Lords of Dogtown2005Billy Z
The Amateurs2005Salesman
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School2005Young Steve Mills Samson
The Butterfly Effect2004Lenny
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2004TV SeriesWill Caray
Evil Alien Conquerors2003Ron
Under the Tuscan Sun2003Author
The Battle of Shaker Heights2003Bart Bowland
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd2003Turk
Cheats2002Sammy
Pack of Dogs2002ShortSheep
O2001Roger
Manic2001Michael
Cast Away2000Elden Madden
A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story1999TV MovieDaniel Huffman
Idle Hands1999Pnub
She's All That1999Jesse Jackson
The Mighty1998Maxwell Kane
Saved by the Bell: The New Class1996TV SeriesDirk
D3: The Mighty Ducks1996Fulton Reed (as Elden Ryan Ratliff)
Foxfire1996Bobby (as Elden Ratliff)
D2: The Mighty Ducks1994Fulton Reed (as Elden Ryan Ratliff)
The Ben Stiller Show1993TV SeriesCub Scout
The Mighty Ducks1992Fulton Reed (as Elden Ratliff)
Radio Flyer1992Fisher Friend #3 (as Elden Ratliff)
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School1990ShortSteve Mills (as Elden Ratliff)
1st & Ten: The Championship1990TV SeriesBuddy
Turner & Hooch1989Eric Boyett (as Elden Ratliff)
Elvis and Me1988TV MovieDon Beaulieu, age 10 (as Elden Ratliff)
Highway to Heaven1987TV SeriesAlan Bailey
Jaws: The Revenge1987Additional Voices (voice, as Eldon Ratliff)
What a Country1987TV SeriesBoy
Fame1986TV SeriesMatthew
Amazing Stories1985TV SeriesFreckle-Faced Boy
As the World Turns1982-1985TV SeriesPaul Ryan

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don Jon2013thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Propos Team: Mockingjay Propaganda Films2015Video shortHimself
Utilitarian Chic: Makeup and Costumes2015Video shortHimself
The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 12015Video documentaryHimself
Young Hollywood Awards2003TV Special documentaryHimself
The Making of 'The Mighty'1999Video documentary shortHimself

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion PictureThe Mighty Ducks (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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