Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas
BornJonathan Taylor Weiss
(1981-09-08) September 8, 1981 (age 33)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1987–present
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas
BornJonathan Taylor Weiss
(1981-09-08) September 8, 1981 (age 33)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1987–present

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born Jonathan Taylor Weiss on September 8, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, former child star, and teen idol. He is known for his roles as the middle child Randy Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement, as the voice of the young Simba in Disney's The Lion King, and a guest role in an episode of Smallville.



In 1990, Thomas garnered the role of Kevin Brady, the son of Greg Brady, on The Bradys, a spin-off of the 1970s TV show The Brady Bunch. In 1991, at the age of 10, he won the role of Randall William "Randy" Taylor on the television show Home Improvement. He remained with Home Improvement well into his teenage years, but left the show in 1998 to focus on academics. Thomas also appeared in three episodes of the sketch comedy series In Living Color.

He had a guest role on the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter in early 2004, and appeared in the WB's Smallville in 2002 and 2004. In 2005, he had a guest role in UPN's high school detective drama Veronica Mars and was also featured on The E! True Hollywood Story's show on Home Improvement.

On March 22, 2013, Thomas guest starred on the 2nd season finale of ABC’s Last Man Standing and once again in Season 3, Episode 4 on October 11, 2013, reuniting with Tim Allen, his TV father from Home Improvement.[1]


During his run on Home Improvement, Thomas voiced the role of young Simba in The Lion King.

He starred in such films as I'll Be Home for Christmas, Man of the House, Tom and Huck, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Wild America, Common Ground, Walking Across Egypt, and Speedway Junky.

Personal life[edit]

Thomas was born Jonathan Taylor Weiss in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Claudine (née Gonsalves), a personal manager and social worker, and Stephen Weiss, an industrial sales manager; the two divorced in 1991.[2] His uncle is playwright/actor Jeff Weiss.[3] Thomas is of Portuguese and Pennsylvania Dutch (German) ancestry.[4][5]

In 2000, he graduated with honors from Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, California.[6][7] Upon graduation, he enrolled at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy and history and spent his third year abroad at St. Andrews University in Scotland.[8][9][10] In 2010, he graduated from the Columbia University School of General Studies.[11]

He has been a vegetarian for much of his life.[12][13]


1994Lion King, TheThe Lion KingYoung Simba (voice)
1994Pom PokoShokichi (voice)
1995Man of the HouseBen Archer (Little Wing)
1995Tom and HuckTom Sawyer
1996Adventures of Pinocchio, TheThe Adventures of PinocchioPinocchio (voice)
1997Wild AmericaMarshall Stouffer
1998I Woke Up Early the Day I DiedBoy at Beach
1998I'll Be Home for ChristmasJake Wilkinson
1999Speedway JunkySteve
1999Walking Across EgyptWesley Benfield
2000Help! I'm a FishFly (voice)(Credited Jeff Pace)
2005Tilt-A-WhirlCustomer #3Short film
2005Thru the Moebius StripPrince Ragis (voice)
2006Extra, TheThe ExtraDirectorShort film


1987Adventures of Spot, TheThe Adventures of SpotSpot (voice)TV series short
1990Bradys, TheThe BradysKevin BradyEpisode: "Start Your Engines/Here We Grow Again"
Episode: "Hat in the Ring"
1991In Living ColorMacaulay CulkinEpisode: "Home Alone Again"
Episode: "The Jackson Bunch"
1991–1998Home ImprovementRandy Taylor179 episodes
1993In Living ColorEpisode: "Forever Silky"
1994Itsy Bitsy Spider, TheThe Itsy Bitsy SpiderGeorge (voice)Episode: "Spider Sense"
1996The Oz Kids Who Stole Santa?Scarecrow Jr (voice)Video
1996Oz Kids, TheThe Oz KidsScarecrow Jr (voice)TV series
1996The Oz Kids Christmas in OzScarecrow Jr (voice)Video short
1996The Oz Kids The Nome Prince and the Magic BeltScarecrow Jr (voice)Video
1996The Oz Kids Toto Lost in New YorkScarecrow Jr (voice)Video
1996The Oz Kids Underground AdventureScarescrow Jr (voice)Video
2000Common GroundTobiasTV movie
2000Ally McBealChris EmersonEpisode: "Do You Wanna Dance?"
2000Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild ThornberrysTyler Tucker (voice)5 episodes
2000Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!, TheThe Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!Tangie (voice)Video
2000Timothy Tweedle the First Christmas ElfTimothy TweedleTV movie
2001An American TownRafeTV movie
2002SmallvilleIan RandallEpisode: "Dichotic"
2003The SimpsonsLuke Stetson (voice)Episode: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"
2004SmallvilleIan RandallEpisode: "Asylum"
20048 Simple RulesJeremy3 episodes
2005Veronica MarsBenEpisode: "Weapons of Class Destruction"
2013 - 2014Last Man StandingJohn BakerEpisode: "College Girl"
Episode: "Ryan vs. John Baker"
Episode: "Tasers"

Video games[edit]

Video games
1996Adventures of Pinocchio, TheThe Adventures of PinocchioHuman Pinocchio (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ "Jonathan Taylor Thomas Returns To 'Last Man Standing' (VIDEO)". Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Jonathan Taylor Thomas Biography (1981-)". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Walnutport Girl, 6, Already A New York Commuter ... Backstage - Morning Call". 1993-02-26. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Questions and answers w/ Jonathan Taylor Thomas". 2007-09-29. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  5. ^ Pacheco, Patrick (1986-04-06). "Off-Off-Broadway's king goes Public". Newsday. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan Taylor Thomas' Birthday: Star Turns 30 Years Old (PHOTOS)". 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  7. ^ Nahas, Aili (2011-09-08). "Jonathan Taylor Thomas Pictures with Home Improvement Cast". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Jonathan Taylor Thomas : News". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  9. ^ Alana Daley (2005-09-22). "Whatever happened to: child star Jonathan Taylor Thomas?". The Gazette. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  10. ^ Jonathan Taylor Thomas - Biography
  11. ^ "Notable Alumni". Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  12. ^ "The Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive Search". 
  13. ^ "Vegetarian Starter Kit". Retrieved 2011-12-05. 

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