C. Thomas Howell, is an American actor and film director.
He starred in the films The Outsiders as Ponyboy Curtis and in The Hitcher as Jim Halsey. He has appeared in The Da Vinci Treasure, Soul Man, Red Dawn, Secret Admirer, Grandview U.S.A., Gettysburg, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stopped, and Gods and Generals. He appeared in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.