Zachery Ty Bryan

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Zachery Ty Bryan
Born Zachery Ty Bryan
(1981-10-09) October 9, 1981 (age 33)
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Producer
Years active 1990– Present

Zachery Ty Bryan (born October 9, 1981) is an American actor and producer best known for his role as Brad Taylor on the American sitcom Home Improvement.

Personal life[edit]

Bryan was born in Ophir, Colorado, the son of Jenny and Dwight Bryan[1] He has a younger sister named Ciri. He attended La Salle High School, graduating in the Class of 2000. In 2007, he married Carly Matros whom he met while attending La Canada Junior High School. His first children, twin girls called Gemma Rae and Taylor Simone, were born at 9:40am on June 23rd, 2014.

Career[edit]

Before he starred in Home Improvement, he started in Denver with print and television advertising. His interest in acting soon brought him to California, where he received the role of Brad, the oldest Taylor child, in the show Home Improvement. His character was known for experimenting with different hair styles as well as being the child most often in trouble. He is actually one month younger than Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who played his younger brother Randy on the show.

In the middle of Home Improvement Bryan made an appearance as Steve on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1995. After Home Improvement ended, Bryan made brief appearances in many other television shows including (2002) Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Peter Nicols, (2005) Veronica Mars as Caz Truman, and (2006) Shark as Scott Natterson, as well as a guest appearance on an episode of Reading Rainbow. Additionally, he made a cameo appearance on MTV's "I Bet You Will" in which he portrayed himself and competed in a challenge where he wrestled female convicted felons. He also appeared on Smallville in 2003 where he played Eric Marsh, a high school baseball player using steroids made from meteor rock. He was the second Home Improvement alum to make a guest appearance on the show after Jonathan Taylor Thomas. In 2005, Bryan appeared as Bryan Nolan in ESPN's TV movie Code Breakers. Bryan also guest starred in Cold Case (as the young murderer in the flashback scenes) and in 2008 as a young man hiring a hitman to kill his stepmother on the show Burn Notice.[2]

Bryan's film roles include the school bully in the 1996 Sinbad comedy First Kid. He starred in the 1995 movie Magic Island as Jack Carlisle, and the 1998 TV movie The Principal Takes A Holiday. He also starred as Eric in 1999's The Rage: Carrie 2. In 2001, he portrayed an ice hockey player in an episode of Touched by an Angel.[3]

More recently, he played defender Harry Keough alongside Gerard Butler in the 2005 movie The Game of Their Lives otherwise known as The Miracle Match about the 1950 US upset at the World Cup.[4] In 2006, he played as Clay in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, then in the 2009 TV mini-series Meteor, which aired on NBC. He also played Thor in the made-for-TV Syfy channel film Thor: Hammer of the Gods. The film originally aired on November 29, 2009.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter Cody
1995 Magic Island Jack Carlisle Video
1996 First Kid Rob
1999 True Heart Sam
1999 Rage: Carrie 2, TheThe Rage: Carrie 2 Eric
2000 Held for Ransom Glenn Kirkland
2001 Rustin Keith Gatlin
2001 Longshot Deke
2004 Slammed Derek
2005 Game of Their Lives, TheThe Game of Their Lives Harry Keough
2006 Annapolis Johnson (uncredited)
2006 Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, TheThe Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Clay Cameo
2008 Trunk Jake Short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 ABC TGIF Brad TV series
1990 Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Child (uncredited) TV movie
1991-1999 Home Improvement Brad Taylor Lead role
1994 Thunder Alley Brad Taylor Episode: "First Date"
1995 Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, TheThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Steve Episode: "There's the Rub: Part 1"
Episode: "There's the Rub: Part 2"
1996 Picket Fences Episode: "Winner Takes All"
1997 Soul Man Brad Taylor Episode: "Public Embarrassment and Todd's First Sermon"
1997 Promised Land Ryan Gerhart Episode: "Mr. Muscles"
1998 Principal Takes a Holiday John Scaduto TV movie
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul Daniel Episode: "The Two Sides of Love"
2000 Opposite Sex Chuck Episode: "The Dance Episode"
Episode: "The Field Trip Episode"
2000 Boston Public Malcolm White Episode: "Chapter One"
Episode: "Chapter Five"
2001 Boston Public Malcolm White Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Two"
2001 Family Law Jamie Wilkins Episode: "Liar's Club: Part 1"
Episode: "Liar's Club: Part 2"
2001 Touched by an Angel Jeff McHenry Episode: "The Penalty Box"
2001 ER Upsilon Psi Lambda Frat Brother Episode: "Sailing Away"
2001 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Ray Episode: "Abduction"
2002 Killing Spring, AA Killing Spring Val Massey TV movie
2002 Philly Brian Lee Episode: "Lies of Minelli"
2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Peter Nicols Episode: "Help"
2003 Smallville Eric Marsh Episode: "Witness"
2004 Century City Teddy Paikin Episode: "Love and Games"
2004 Plainsong Russell Beckman TV movie
2004 Center of the Universe Kevin Barnett Episode: "Good Parenting, Bad Parenting"
2005 Center of the Universe Kevin Barnett Episode: "If You Love Something Leave It Alone"
Episode: "Oh Brother, What the Hell Were You Thinking?"
2005 Veronica Mars Caz Truman Episode: "Ruskie Business"
Episode: "Kanes and Abel's"
2005 Code Breakers Brian Nolan TV movie
2006 Cold Case Petey (1988) Episode: "8 Years"
2006 Shark Scott Natterson Episode: "Déjà Vu All Over Again"
2007 K-Ville Ricky Episode: "Critical Mass"
2008 K-Ville Ricky Episode: "Game Night"
2008 Burn Notice Drew Episode: "Double Booked"
2009 Knight Rider Terry Driscoll Episode: "Knight and the City"
2009 Meteor Deputy Koskey TV miniseries
2009 THOR: Hammer of the Gods Thor TV movie
Producer
Year Title Notes
2008 Trunk Co-producer
2010 Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi, TheThe Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi Associate producer
2010 Prowl
2012 Rogue River
2012 Grief Tourist, TheThe Grief Tourist

Awards[edit]

Wins[edit]

Nominations[edit]

  • 1993 - Young Artist Awards for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series (Home Improvement)
  • 1998 - YoungStar Awards for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Miniseries/Made-for-TV Movie (Principal Takes a Holiday)

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