Young Thomas Horn makes leap from Jeopardy! to Hollywood

By Laurie Bennett

December 21, 2011 at 7:17am

He may not be the most famous person to win the Jeopardy! game show.

Not yet, anyway.

Rush Holt, the New Jersey congressman who defeated Watson, an IBM computer, may be better known.

But don’t underestimate the prospects of 14-year-old Thomas Horn, who is a Jeopardy! Kids Week champion.

Horn makes his acting debut in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” which opens Christmas day.

His co-stars, in this sad story about a boy whose father died on 9-11, are none other than Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

Horn’s appearance on Jeopardy!, where he won $31,800, led to his being cast in the movie. The film’s producer, Scott Rudin, saw him on the show and had a casting agent call the family to see if he would audition.

Bullock, who reportedly took him under her wing, predicts that Horn will succeed at whatever he chooses. Watch this WB interview, and you’ll be ready to send a second Jeopardy! winner to Congress:

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