Jonathan Taylor Thomas
|Jonathan Taylor Thomas|
|Born||Jonathan Taylor Weiss
September 8, 1981
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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.
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. His uncle is playwright/actor Jeff Weiss. Thomas is of Portuguese and Pennsylvania Dutch (German) ancestry.
In 2000, he graduated with honors from Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, California. 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. In 2010, he graduated from the Columbia University School of General Studies.
|1994||Lion King, TheThe Lion King||Young Simba (voice)|
|1994||Pom Poko||Shokichi (voice)|
|1995||Man of the House||Ben Archer (Little Wing)|
|1995||Tom and Huck||Tom Sawyer|
|1996||Adventures of Pinocchio, TheThe Adventures of Pinocchio||Pinocchio (voice)|
|1997||Wild America||Marshall Stouffer|
|1998||I Woke Up Early the Day I Died||Boy at Beach|
|1998||I'll Be Home for Christmas||Jake Wilkinson|
|1999||Walking Across Egypt||Wesley Benfield|
|2005||Tilt-A-Whirl||Customer #3||Short film|
|2005||Thru the Moebius Strip||Prince Ragis (voice)|
|2006||Extra, TheThe Extra||Director||Short film|
|1987||Adventures of Spot, TheThe Adventures of Spot||Spot (voice)||TV series short|
|1990||Bradys, TheThe Bradys||Kevin Brady||Episode: "Start Your Engines/Here We Grow Again"
Episode: "Hat in the Ring"
|1991||In Living Color||Macaulay Culkin||Episode: "Home Alone Again"
Episode: "The Jackson Bunch"
|1991–1998||Home Improvement||Randy Taylor||179 episodes|
|1993||In Living Color||Episode: "Forever Silky"|
|1994||Itsy Bitsy Spider, TheThe Itsy Bitsy Spider||George (voice)||Episode: "Spider Sense"|
|1996||The Oz Kids Who Stole Santa?||Scarecrow Jr (voice)||Video|
|1996||Oz Kids, TheThe Oz Kids||Scarecrow Jr (voice)||TV series|
|1996||The Oz Kids Christmas in Oz||Scarecrow Jr (voice)||Video short|
|1996||The Oz Kids The Nome Prince and the Magic Belt||Scarecrow Jr (voice)||Video|
|1996||The Oz Kids Toto Lost in New York||Scarecrow Jr (voice)||Video|
|1996||The Oz Kids Underground Adventure||Scarescrow Jr (voice)||Video|
|2000||Common Ground||Tobias||TV movie|
|2000||Ally McBeal||Chris Emerson||Episode: "Do You Wanna Dance?"|
|2000||Wild Thornberrys, TheThe Wild Thornberrys||Tyler Tucker (voice)||5 episodes|
|2000||Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!, TheThe Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas!||Tangie (voice)||Video|
|2000||Timothy Tweedle the First Christmas Elf||Timothy Tweedle||TV movie|
|2001||An American Town||Rafe||TV movie|
|2002||Smallville||Ian Randall||Episode: "Dichotic"|
|2003||The Simpsons||Luke Stetson (voice)||Episode: "Dude, Where's My Ranch?"|
|2004||Smallville||Ian Randall||Episode: "Asylum"|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Jeremy||3 episodes|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Ben||Episode: "Weapons of Class Destruction"|
|2013 - 2014||Last Man Standing||John Baker||Episode: "College Girl"
Episode: "Ryan vs. John Baker"
|1996||Adventures of Pinocchio, TheThe Adventures of Pinocchio||Human Pinocchio (voice)|
Awards and nominations
- 1994 – Young Artist Awards for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series (Home Improvement)
- 1996 – ShoWest Convention: ShoWest Award for Young Star of the Year
- 1997 – Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Voiceover – Young Artist (The Adventures of Pinocchio)
- 1998 – Kids' Choice Awards: Blimp Award for Favourite Television Actor (Home Improvement)
- 1999 – Kids' Choice Awards: Hall of Fame Award
- 1993 – Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series (Home Improvement)
- 1995 – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor (The Lion King)
- 1995 – Young Artist Awards for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Voiceover – TV or Movie (The Lion King)
- 1996 – Young Artist Awards for Best Young Leading Actor – Feature Film (Tom and Huck)
- 1996 – Kids' Choice Awards: Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor (Tom and Huck)
- 1997 – Kids' Choice Awards: Blimp Award for Favorite Television Actor (Home Improvement)
- 1997 – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor (The Adventures of Pinocchio)
- 1997 – YoungStar Awards for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series (Home Improvement)
- 1997 – YoungStar Awards for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film (Tom and Huck)
- 1998 – YoungStar Awards for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series (Home Improvement)
- 1999 – Kids' Choice Awards: 'Blimp Award' for Favorite TV Actor (Home Improvement)
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