Who is Elden Henson?
Elden Ryan Ratliff was born in Rockville, Maryland USA, on 30 August 1977 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor with close to 60 credits to his name, while he’s probably known best for his portrayal of Foggy Nelson in the action crime series “Daredevil”. It was created by Drew Goddard, starred Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio and Deborah Ann Woll, and follows a blind attorney who becomes the vigilante Daredevil at night, fighting crime in New York City. The series aired from 2015 to 2018, and won 10 of the 51 awards for which it was nominated, including five Primetime Emmys.
Elden Henson. With his Pullox hair and beard 🙂 pic.twitter.com/01ujJ2vgcw
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Early life and education
Elden was raised in Rockville alongside his two brothers Erick and Garette, both actors, by their mother Sayde Henson who was a photographer and an educator, and their father George Ratliff who was a theatre actor. He also has a half-brother named Ellington Ratliff.
Elden became interested in acting at a very early age, and thanks to his parents, launched his acting career aged five, when cast to play Paul Ryan in a 1982 episode of the romantic drama series “As the World Turns”. A couple of his following roles were in single episodes of the series’ “Amazing Stories”, “Fame”, and “What a Country”. Elden appeared in various commercials around this time too, and in 1987 made his debut voicing performance, by lending his voice to several characters in the adventure horror thriller movie “Jaws: The Revenge”.
He continued acting throughout his entire education, studying at John Burroughs High School, and upon matriculating in 1996, he enrolled at Emerson College, but from which he dropped out in less than a year, wanting to focus on his acting career.
Roles in TV series
For over a decade and a half, Elden was only cast to play supporting characters in an episode or two of various series, such as the sports comedy “1st & Ten”, the comedy “The Ben Stiller Show”, and the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.
He gained recognition in 2007, when he played Matthew Marley, in the crime thriller drama “Smith”, created by John Wells, and which starred Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Simon Baker. It follows the lives of professional criminals, and the series won Kesun Loder a nomination for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actor.
Elden was then invited to make a guest appearance in several critically acclaimed series, such as the romantic drama “ER”, another romantic drama “Grey’s Anatomy”, and the comedy “Workaholics”. In 2017, he was cast to play Foggy Nelson, one of the main characters in the action crime adventure mini-series “The Defenders”, created by Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie, and which also starred Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter. It follows four vigilantes who have teamed up to fight The Hand in New York City; it was nominated for nine awards, including a Primetime Emmy.
Elden’s most recent TV series role has been his portrayal of Fulton Reed, in the 2021 episode “Spirit of the Ducks” of the sports comedy drama series “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”.
Roles in movies
Elden gained recognition in 1989, when he appeared in the crime comedy drama “Turner & Hooch”, directed by Roger Spottiswoode, and which starred Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham and Craig T. Nelson. It follows a police detective who has adopted a dog, hoping it would help him catch the killer he’s after; the film won one of the two awards for which it was nominated.
The ‘90s saw Elden play supporting characters in various critically acclaimed movies, such as the drama “Radio Flyer” and the family comedy drama “The Mighty Ducks” both in 1992, and the 1999 romantic comedy “She’s All That”. He appeared alongside Tom Hanks in another movie – the 2000 romantic adventure drama “Cast Away” – and in 2001, he played Roger in the romantic thriller “O” – based on Shakespeare’s “Othello”, it was directed by Tim Blake Nelson, and starred Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles and Martin Sheen.
It follows the lives of teenagers who are attending a preparatory school, especially the life of the basketball player Odin. It won one, and was nominated for one other award.
Some of Elden’s most notable performances in the 2000s were in the 2003 romantic comedy “Under the Tuscan Sun”, the 2004 science fiction thriller “The Butterfly Effect”, and the 2006 action crime science fiction “Déjà vu”.
In 2013, Elden played the supporting character Andy Hertzfeld, in the biographical drama “Jobs”, which starred Ashton Kutcher, and he then played Pollux, in both parts of the adventure science fiction “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”, in 2014 and 2015.
Elden’s most recent movie role has been his portrayal of Kevin Oberkfell in the 2018 comedy “Spivak”.
Elden has received specials thanks for the 2013 romantic comedy movie “Don Jon”, and the 2015 documentary film “The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”.
He has been featured in a couple of documentaries, such as the 1999 short video “The Making of ‘Mighty”, the 2003 TV special “Young Hollywood Awards”, and the 2020 film “Stoner Headscape – An Interview with Eden Henson”.
Awards and nominations
Elden has been nominated for only a single award: a 1993 Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture, for he and his colleagues’ performance in the movie “The Mighty Ducks”.
Love life and wife
On 30 April 2014, Elden exchanged vows with Kira Sternbach, an American actress and casting director, who has been credited with appearing in around 20 movies and TV series.
They met on the set of a movie sometime in the early 2010s, and could’ve been seen attending most of their red carpet events together. Kira gave birth to their son Dodger around a year after the wedding, but in 2017, she and Elden divorced for unknown reasons.
Elden has also been in a relationship with Jana Ferrari, a non-celebrity woman – they were together for around a year, before breaking up. There were rumors circulating the internet, claiming that the two were planning to have children together, but this hasn’t been confirmed.
He hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he has perhaps been with, and as of June 2021, Elden seems to be single, was married once and has a son.
Hobbies and other interests
Elden’s interested in all kinds of art, especially in painting and photography, and has been to various galleries and museums around the US.
He’s interested in music, and plays the drums, the piano and the guitar, which he’s best at.
Elden’s passionate about travelling, and his acting career has taken him to many US states, and also to a couple of European countries, for both work and pleasure.
He enjoys watching the most popular sports in the US: football, basketball and baseball, with the latter being his favorite. Elden has watched many games live, and numbers of them on TV.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise and Natalie Portman, and a couple of his favorite movies are “GoodFellas”, “The Last Samurai” and “Black Swan”.
Age, height and net worth
Elden’s age is 43. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 174lbs (79kgs).
As of June 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $500,000.