Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Actor
A talented, intelligent actor who struggled with his status as the ultimate teen idol for a certain generation, Jonathan Taylor Thomas became a star as the mischievous middle son Randy to Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor (Tim ... Read more »
Born: 09/08/1981 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Thru the Moebius Strip 2007 (Movie)

(Voice)

Walking Across Egypt 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Held for Ransom 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Speedway Junky 2001 (Movie)

Steven (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Common Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1999 (Movie)

Bystander (Actor)

In Living Color 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tangerine Bear 1999 (Movie)

of Tangie (Voice)

I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Take a Moment 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Moms 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Comedy 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild America 1997 (Movie)

Marshall (Actor)

1996 ShoWest Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 (Movie)

Pinocchio (Actor)

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybermania '94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Man of the House 1995 (Movie)

Ben Archer (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom and Huck 1995 (Movie)

Tom Sawyer (Actor)

Movie News Hot Summer Sneak Preview 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

of Young Simba (Voice)

The Making of the Lion King 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside America's Totally Unsolved Lifestyles 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 6th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Busch Gardens-Sea World Summer Safari 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bradys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A talented, intelligent actor who struggled with his status as the ultimate teen idol for a certain generation, Jonathan Taylor Thomas became a star as the mischievous middle son Randy to Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor (Tim Allen) on "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1991-99). The breakout star of the hit series, Thomas was dubbed "JTT" by young fans and showered with kid-friendly plaudits, including a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award. After lending his raspy voice to the young Simba in Disney's "The Lion King" (1994), Thomas toplined the kids vs. adults comedy "Man of the House" (1995), the Mark Twain adaptation "Tom and Huck" (1995), the adventure "Wild America" (1997) and the holiday comedy "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (1998). After leaving "Home Improvement" that same year, Thomas tackled grittier, more challenging roles in projects like "Speedway Junky" (1999), which led to rumors that he was gay. Denying the rumors, Thomas focused on his education and while he continued to make a handful of small appearances, including recurring roles on "Smallville" (The WB, 2001-06; The CW, 2006-2011) and "8 Simple Rules" (ABC, 2002-05), as well as providing voicework for "The Wild Thornberrys" (Nickelodeon, 1998-2004) and "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ), Thomas seemed happier to remain out of the spotlight. Although his massive popularity as a teen idol eclipsed his impressive acting talent, Jonathan Taylor Thomas remained one of the most fondly regarded crushes of many viewers, leaving many to hope that he would one day launch his comeback as an adult.

Relationships

Stephen Weiss

Father
divorced from Claudine Weiss in 1991

Claudine Weiss

Mother
divorced from Stephen Weiss in 1991 manages Thomas' career

Joel Weiss

Brother
born c. 1978

EDUCATION

attended public school in Los Angeles while "Home Improvement" was on hiatus

Columbia University

2010

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 2000 - 2002
Spent one semester abroad in Scotland

attended a private high school in Los Angeles after leaving "Home Improvement"

Milestones

2011

Reunited with the "Home Improvement" cast, including Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson, for an Entertainment Weekly photo shoot

2004

Appeared in three episodes of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" as Bridget's study partner-turned-crush

2000

Played a gay teen tormented by his peers in the "Mr. Roberts" segment of the Showtime drama "Common Ground," scripted by Terrence McNally

1999

Cast as drug-addicted hustler in "Speedway Junkie"; shown at film festivals

1998

Landed lead role in the holiday release "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

1997

Starred with Devon Sawa and Scott Bairstow as the wildlife photographer Stouffer brothers in the fact-based adventure "Wild America"

1996

Played the titular puppet-turned-boy in the live-action adaptation "The Adventures of Pinocchio"

1995

Starred alongside Brad Renfro in the children's adventure feature "Tom and Huck"

1995

Made his feature acting debut in "Man of the House," co-starring Farrah Fawcett and Chevy Chase (filmed in 1994)

1994

Provided the voice of young Simba in Disney animated feature "The Lion King"

1991

Cast as Randy Taylor on the ABC sitcom "Home Improvement"; left series during the 1998-1999 season to pursue education

1990

On his first trip to L.A., landed role on CBS' short-lived "The Bradys" as Greg's son Kevin

1989

Cast in a Burger King commercial at age eight

1986

Moved from Pennsylvania to Sacramento, California

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