Harry and the Hendersons
American actor Zachary Bostrom is probably best known for portraying Ernie Henderson on the syndicated sitcom “Harry and the Hendersons” (1991-1993), which was based on the comedy film of the same name. The role brought the actor a Young Artist Award plus two additional nomination. He also received a Young Artist nomination for his voice role in the animated TV movie “Timmy's Gift: Precious Moments Christmas” (1991). Bostrom kicked off his television career in 1986. He has guest starred in a number of television series, including “The Twilight Zone,” “Full House” (2 episodes, as Jimmy), “Who's the Boss?,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “JAG,” “Will & Grace,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Close to Home.” He has also appeared in several television films.
Childhood and Family:
Zachary Bostrom was born on January 15, 1981, in Los Angeles, California. He stands 5' 10.”
Zachary Bostrom made his television acting debut in “All I Want for Christmas,” a 1986 episode of the drama/music series “Fame” (1982-1987). In the next year, he played Matthew Wolfe in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “The Card.” Besides, he made his television movie bow in “Dennis the Menace” (1987), where he was cast as Peewee, and appeared as waiter in an episode of the CBS soap opera “Knot Landing” named “Weak Moment” (1987).
Bostrom appeared as young boy in “The Secret Life of Kathy McCormick” (1988), an NBC television comedy/romance film about a woman who marries an underwear model that starred and co-produced by Barbara Eden. He portrayed Kevin Brady in the CBS television comedy/drama film “A Very Brady Christmas” (1988), which was based on the television series “The Brady Bunch.” The film starred all of the original actors who appeared in the series except Susan Olsen. Still in 1988, he played Teddy in an “ABC Afterschool Specials” episode entitled “Tattle: When to Tell on a Friend.” The actor landed the recurring role of Jimmy in the hit ABC family sitcom “Full House,” starring John Stamos, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and the twin Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. He appeared in the episodes “Middle Age Crazy” and “Divorce Court” (both 1989).
In 1990, Bostrom appeared with Robert Mitchum and Rhonda Fleming in “Waiting for the Wind,” a half hour film directed by Don Schroeder and penned by Douglas Lloyd McIntosh, and guest starred as Kevin in “Who's the Boss?,” an ABC sitcom starring Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond. He also played Bobby in the pilot episode of “Parker Lewis Can't Lose,” a teen situation comedy that appeared on Fox from September 1990 to June 1993.
After providing the voice of Timmy in the animated TV film “Timmy's Gift: Precious Moments Christmas” (1991), from which he was nominated for a 1993 Young Artist for Outstanding Young Voice-Over in an Animated Series or Special, Bostrom gained a big breakthrough when he landed the regular role of Ernie Henderson on the television comedy series “Harry and the Hendersons,” opposite Bruce Davison, Molly Cheek and Carol-Ann Plante as George, Nancy and Sara Henderson, respectively. Adapted from the 1987 William Dear film of the same name, the series aired in Syndication from January 13, 1991 to June 18, 1993. For his performance, Bostrom won a 1992 Young Artist for Best Young Actor Co-starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series and was nominated for the Young Artist Awards in the categories of Best Young Actor in a Off-Primetime Series (1993) and Best Youth Comedian (1994).
Following the demise of “Harry and the Hendersons,” Bostrom teamed up with Sinbad, Alfre Woodard, Teri Garr and Ben Savage for the telefilm “Aliens for Breakfast” (1994, directed by John T. Kretchmer), played the supporting role of Davey in the based on a true story made for television movie “Armed and Innocent” (1994), which was helmed by Jack Bender and starring Andrew Starnes, Kate Jackson and Gerald McCraney, and provided additional voice on “Unstrung Heroes” (1995), a Diane Keaton directed comedy/drama film. In 1997, he guest starred as Chad in the Tim Allen comedy series “Home Improvement.” He resurfaced two years later in an episode of “Beverly Hills, 90210” called “Family Tree” (as Henry Regan) and in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Johnny Tsunami” (as Brett).
Entering the new millennium, Bostrom did a voice over on the animated film “Dinosaur” (2000), which starred the voices of D.B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis, Max Casella, Hayden Panettiere, among other actors, appeared as Mitch in the direct to video “Power Rangers Time Force: Photo Finish” (2001), and guest starred in the Olsen twin comedy series “So Little Time” (2001). He then played Jesse McNichol in the made for television action/thriller movie “Night of the Wolf” (2002), alongside Anne Archer, Robert Urich, Michael Shamus Wiles, Peter Dobson, Sally Kirkland and C. Thomas Howell, and appeared as student assistant in “7 Songs” (2003), a film by Noah Stern.
After disappearing from the screen for about two years, Bostrom took the role of Recruit Walter Evans on “Fair Winds and Following Seas,” a 2005 episode of “JAG,” a legal drama series starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell. He went on to play Josh in an episode of “Will & Grace” called “Cop to It” (2006) and Young Frank in a 2006 episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” named “Double Cross.” He played Paul Harris in “There's Something About Martha” (2006), an episode of “Close to Home,” a crime/drama series that appeared on CBS from October 2005 to May 2007.
Young Artist: Best Young Actor Co-starring in an Off-Primetime or Cable Series, “Harry and the Hendersons,” 1992