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Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Biography

Played Tim Allen’s TV son Randy Taylor in the popular display DO-IT-YOURSELF before departing in 1998 to spotlight academics. His genuine name is certainly Jonathan Taylor Weiss, but he got his brother’s middle name within his stage name. He supplied his tone of voice for the function of youthful Simba in the cartoon film The Lion Ruler. His parents are Claudine and Stephen and his sibling is known as Joel. He co-starred on DO-IT-YOURSELF with Zachery Ty Bryan.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Date Of Birth September 8, 1981
Place Of Birth Bethlehem, PA
Height 1.65 m
Profession TV Actor
Education Columbia University School of General Studies, Harvard University, Columbia University, University of St Andrews, Chaminade High School
Nationality American
Parents Claudine Gonsalves, Stephen Weiss
Siblings Joel Thomas Weiss
Awards Kids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Actor, Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame
Nominations Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Movies The Lion King, Pom Poko, Man of the House, Tom and Huck, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Wild America, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Speedway Junky, Walking Across Egypt, Common Ground, The Tangerine Bear, Thru the Moebius Strip
TV Shows The Big Help, Home Improvement, The Oz Kids, The Bradys, The Adventures of Spot, Itsy Bitsy Spider
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1 Very good friends with Danielle Fishel, one of the stars of another hit ABC sitcom, Boy Meets World (1993). He attended her 2013 wedding.
2 Currently attending college. [April 2003]
3 As of January 2000, is finishing his senior year of high school, and plans to enter college in the fall. He will likely attend either an Ivy League school, or Oxford University, and plans to double-major in theatre and history. He will continue to act during school vacations.
4 In Home Improvement (1991), Jonathan played the middle child, Randy, while Zachery Ty Bryan played the oldest brother, Brad. Their characters were 13 months apart. In reality, Jonathan is older than Zachery by a month and a day (Jonathan was born on September 8, Zachery was born on October 9).
5 Moved to Roseville, California, after Pennsylvania, and went to Sergeant Elementary before his parents got divorced. He moved to Sacramento with his mother to pursue his career.
6 When he was a young child, his mother worked for an organization for underprivileged adults. She often brought him to work and work-related functions because she wanted him to grow up to be thankful for what he had and to have the willingness to help others.
7 His brother is four years older than he is.
8 Dog-Lhasa Apso. Cats-Tortoise Persian and Flamepoint Himalayan.
9 His grandmother's name was Helen Weiss and he has an uncle named Jeff Weiss, who is a playwright and actor.
10 His mother was a social worker then she managed his career.
11 His mother attended Syracuse University.
12 His father worked as a construction supplies salesman.
13 Attends Columbia University Bachelor's Degree Program for adults General Studies.
14 Brother, Joel, is an Assistant Coach for a college in Louisiana.
15 Two nephews: Ben (b. 2005) and Jordan (b. 2007).
16 (2007-2008) Enrolled in Columbia GS.
17 Grew up in Sacramento and Los Angeles, California.
18 Ranked #25 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
19 Pets: two cats named Simba and Samantha, one dog called McCormick
20 Attended Harvard University for two years (2000-2002), then studied abroad for his third year at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He finally graduated from Columbia University in 2010.
21 Was the first actor to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '99 (1999) for his memorable nine year role as "Randy Taylor" on Home Improvement (1991).
22 Graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, California with honors [2000]
23 Parents: Claudine and Stephen Weiss (divorced in 1989). On his father's side, Jonathan is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent, with small amounts of Swiss-German, Irish, and French, ancestry. One of his paternal ancestors, the Rev. Benjamin Weiss (1849-1901), was a minister in the German Reformed Church. Jonathan's mother is of at least part Portuguese descent.
24 He was featured on a 2001 cover of "The Advocate" magazine, a gay and lesbian magazine, for his featured interview, to discuss, in part, his role in Common Ground (2000), a gay themed Showtime Networks movie.
25 Loves to watch college basketball.
26 Received 1996 NATO/ShoWest YoungStar of the Year Award. [1996]
27 His stage name is derived from his real first name (Jonathan), his real middle name (Taylor), and his brother's middle name (Thomas).
28 Has one brother: Joel Thomas Weiss.
29 Has done voice overs for cartoons and video games such as The Itsy Bitsy Spider (1994), The Adventures of Spot (1987), The Ivy Cottage, and Scooter's Magic Castle.
30 Doesn't like the nickname JTT. He doesn't understand why people just can't say his whole name.
31 Visited Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, as a possible college to attend.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Man Standing 2013-2015 TV Series John Baker / Randy
The Extra 2006/I Short Director (as Jonathan Thomas)
Thru the Moebius Strip 2005 Prince Ragis (voice)
Tilt-A-Whirl 2005 Short Customer #3
Veronica Mars 2005 TV Series Ben
8 Simple Rules 2004 TV Series Jeremy
Smallville 2002-2004 TV Series Ian Randall
The Simpsons 2003 TV Series Luke Stetson
An American Town 2001 TV Movie Rafe
Timothy Tweedle the First Christmas Elf 2000 TV Movie Timothy Tweedle (voice)
The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas! 2000 Video Tangie (voice)
Ally McBeal 2000 TV Series Chris Emerson
Common Ground 2000 TV Movie Tobias
The Wild Thornberrys 2000 TV Series Tyler Tucker
Walking Across Egypt 1999 Wesley Benfield
Speedway Junky 1999 Steve
Home Improvement 1991-1998 TV Series Randy Taylor
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 Jake
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died 1998 Boy at Beach
Wild America 1997 Marshall
Christmas in Oz 1996 Video short Scarecrow Jr. (voice)
The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 Video Game Human Pinocchio
The Oz Kids 1996 TV Series Scarecrow, Jr.
Who Stole Santa? 1996 Video Scarecrow Jr (voice)
The Nome Prince and the Magic Belt 1996 Video Scarecrow Jr. (voice)
Toto Lost in New York 1996 Video Scarecrow Jr. (voice)
The Adventures of Pinocchio 1996 Pinocchio (voice)
Tom and Huck 1995 Tom Sawyer
Man of the House 1995 Ben Archer (Little Wing)
The Lion King Activity Center 1995 Video Game Young Simba
Pom Poko 1994 Shokichi (English version, voice)
The Lion King 1994 Young Simba (voice)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider 1994 TV Series George
In Living Color 1991 TV Series Macaulay Culkin
The Bradys 1990 TV Series Kevin Brady
ABC TGIF 1990 TV Series Randy
The Adventures of Spot 1987 TV Series Spot (USA version)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Man Standing 2013-2016 TV Series 3 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'll Be Home for Christmas 1998 performer: "I Got Rolled"
Home Improvement 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Favorite Stars: Then & Now 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '99 1999 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-1998 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-1998 TV Series Himself
The 1998 Annual Kid's Choice Awards 1998 TV Special Himself
The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1997 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Himself
Fox After Breakfast 1997 TV Series Himself
The Big Help 1996 TV Movie Himself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Comedy Series
Lauren Hutton and... 1995 TV Series Himself
The World of James Bond 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
WrestleMania XI 1995 TV Special Himself
WWE Raw 1995 TV Series Himself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Comedy Series
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade 1994 TV Movie Himself
Cybermania '94: Ultimate Gamers Awards 1994 TV Special Co-Host
The Big Help 1994 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Making of 'The Lion King' 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Voice of Young Simba
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '94 1994 TV Special Himself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Comedy Series
Vicki! 1993 TV Series Himself
Maury 1993 TV Series Himself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '92 1992 TV Special Himself
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Program

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Simba
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ 2007 Video Game Young Simba
Kingdom Hearts II 2005 Video Game Young Simba
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 3 2005 Video Himself
Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to 'Home Improvement' 2003 TV Movie Randy Taylor
Home Improvement 1999 TV Series Randy Taylor
Home Improvement: Backstage Pass 1999 TV Special documentary Randy Taylor
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Randy Taylor - Home Improvement
Shawn Michaels: Mr Wrestlemania 2014 Video documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Hall of Fame Kids' Choice Awards, USA
1998 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Television Actor Home Improvement (1991)
1997 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Voiceover - Young Artist The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
1996 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Young Star of the Year
1994 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Home Improvement (1991) · Zachery Ty Bryan
· Taran Noah Smith

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Actor Home Improvement (1991)
1998 YoungStar Award YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series Home Improvement (1991)
1997 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
1997 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Television Actor Home Improvement (1991)
1997 YoungStar Award YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film Tom and Huck (1995)
1997 YoungStar Award YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series Home Improvement (1991)
1996 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Movie Actor Tom and Huck (1995)
1996 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Leading Actor - Feature Film Tom and Huck (1995)
1995 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Lion King (1994)
1995 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover - TV or Movie The Lion King (1994)
1993 Young Artist Award Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Home Improvement (1991)

TitleSalary
Tom and Huck (1995) $600,000

#Quote
1 I can't tell you how many shows I've done with full-blown migraine headaches.
2 The whole thing started on this Web site called Cyber Sleaze, which should probably tell you something. My agent called me and said, 'There's this stuff going around.' I got phone calls from my friends saying, 'What are you going to do about this?' It was just a blatant lie put on the Internet, and then it was just like a feeding frenzy. And I'm sure it was validated by my recent roles.
3 "It [rumors of his homosexuality] was just a blatant lie put on the Internet, and then it was just a feeding frenzy... And I'm sure it was validated by my recent roles. What startled me was how willingly people accepted it." Interview with The Advocate, February 1, 2000.
4 An education is a more surefire guarantee that you have possibilities opened to you.

#Trademark
1 His pearly, bright, white, toothy smile.
2 His natural blond hair.
3 Raspy voice

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