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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
1Very good friends with Danielle Fishel, one of the stars of another hit ABC sitcom, Boy Meets World (1993). He attended her 2013 wedding.
2Currently attending college. [April 2003]
3As 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.
4In 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).
5Moved 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.
6When 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.
7His brother is four years older than he is.
8Dog-Lhasa Apso. Cats-Tortoise Persian and Flamepoint Himalayan.
9His grandmother's name was Helen Weiss and he has an uncle named Jeff Weiss, who is a playwright and actor.
10His mother was a social worker then she managed his career.
11His mother attended Syracuse University.
12His father worked as a construction supplies salesman.
13Attends Columbia University Bachelor's Degree Program for adults General Studies.
14Brother, Joel, is an Assistant Coach for a college in Louisiana.
15Two nephews: Ben (b. 2005) and Jordan (b. 2007).
16(2007-2008) Enrolled in Columbia GS.
17Grew up in Sacramento and Los Angeles, California.
18Ranked #25 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
19Pets: two cats named Simba and Samantha, one dog called McCormick
20Attended 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.
21Was 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).
22Graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, California with honors [2000]
23Parents: 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.
24He 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.
25Loves to watch college basketball.
26Received 1996 NATO/ShoWest YoungStar of the Year Award. [1996]
27His stage name is derived from his real first name (Jonathan), his real middle name (Taylor), and his brother's middle name (Thomas).
28Has one brother: Joel Thomas Weiss.
29Has 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.
30Doesn't like the nickname JTT. He doesn't understand why people just can't say his whole name.
31Visited Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, as a possible college to attend.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Man Standing2013-2015TV SeriesJohn Baker / Randy
The Extra2006/IShortDirector (as Jonathan Thomas)
Thru the Moebius Strip2005Prince Ragis (voice)
Tilt-A-Whirl2005ShortCustomer #3
Veronica Mars2005TV SeriesBen
8 Simple Rules2004TV SeriesJeremy
Smallville2002-2004TV SeriesIan Randall
The Simpsons2003TV SeriesLuke Stetson
An American Town2001TV MovieRafe
Timothy Tweedle the First Christmas Elf2000TV MovieTimothy Tweedle (voice)
The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!2000VideoTangie (voice)
Ally McBeal2000TV SeriesChris Emerson
Common Ground2000TV MovieTobias
The Wild Thornberrys2000TV SeriesTyler Tucker
Walking Across Egypt1999Wesley Benfield
Speedway Junky1999Steve
Home Improvement1991-1998TV SeriesRandy Taylor
I'll Be Home for Christmas1998Jake
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died1998Boy at Beach
Wild America1997Marshall
Christmas in Oz1996Video shortScarecrow Jr. (voice)
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Video GameHuman Pinocchio
The Oz Kids1996TV SeriesScarecrow, Jr.
Who Stole Santa?1996VideoScarecrow Jr (voice)
The Nome Prince and the Magic Belt1996VideoScarecrow Jr. (voice)
Toto Lost in New York1996VideoScarecrow Jr. (voice)
The Adventures of Pinocchio1996Pinocchio (voice)
Tom and Huck1995Tom Sawyer
Man of the House1995Ben Archer (Little Wing)
The Lion King Activity Center1995Video GameYoung Simba
Pom Poko1994Shokichi (English version, voice)
The Lion King1994Young Simba (voice)
The Itsy Bitsy Spider1994TV SeriesGeorge
In Living Color1991TV SeriesMacaulay Culkin
The Bradys1990TV SeriesKevin Brady
ABC TGIF1990TV SeriesRandy
The Adventures of Spot1987TV SeriesSpot (USA version)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Last Man Standing2013-2016TV Series 3 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I'll Be Home for Christmas1998performer: "I Got Rolled"
Home Improvement1995TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Favorite Stars: Then & Now2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '991999TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-1998TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1998TV SeriesHimself
The 1998 Annual Kid's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The 19th Annual CableACE Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself
Fox After Breakfast1997TV SeriesHimself
The Big Help1996TV MovieHimself
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Comedy Series
Lauren Hutton and...1995TV SeriesHimself
The World of James Bond1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
WrestleMania XI1995TV SpecialHimself
WWE Raw1995TV SeriesHimself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Comedy Series
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade1994TV MovieHimself
Cybermania '94: Ultimate Gamers Awards1994TV SpecialCo-Host
The Big Help1994TV MovieHimself - Host
The Making of 'The Lion King'1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Voice of Young Simba
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '941994TV SpecialHimself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Comedy Series
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHimself
Maury1993TV SeriesHimself
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '921992TV SpecialHimself
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Program

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesSimba
Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+2007Video GameYoung Simba
Kingdom Hearts II2005Video GameYoung Simba
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentary
50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32005VideoHimself
Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to 'Home Improvement'2003TV MovieRandy Taylor
Home Improvement1999TV SeriesRandy Taylor
Home Improvement: Backstage Pass1999TV Special documentaryRandy Taylor
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryRandy Taylor - Home Improvement
Shawn Michaels: Mr Wrestlemania2014Video documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999Hall of FameKids' Choice Awards, USA
1998Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Television ActorHome Improvement (1991)
1997Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance in a Voiceover - Young ArtistThe Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
1996ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAYoung Star of the Year
1994Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsOutstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television SeriesHome Improvement (1991)· Zachery Ty Bryan
· Taran Noah Smith

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV ActorHome Improvement (1991)
1998YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV SeriesHome Improvement (1991)
1997Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger ActorThe Adventures of Pinocchio (1996)
1997Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Television ActorHome Improvement (1991)
1997YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy FilmTom and Huck (1995)
1997YoungStar AwardYoungStar AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV SeriesHome Improvement (1991)
1996Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie ActorTom and Huck (1995)
1996Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Leading Actor - Feature FilmTom and Huck (1995)
1995Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Performance by a Younger ActorThe Lion King (1994)
1995Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover - TV or MovieThe Lion King (1994)
1993Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Starring in a Television SeriesHome Improvement (1991)

TitleSalary
Tom and Huck (1995)$600,000

#Quote
1I can't tell you how many shows I've done with full-blown migraine headaches.
2The 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.
4An education is a more surefire guarantee that you have possibilities opened to you.

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

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