Zachery Ty Bryan

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Zachery Ty Bryan
Born (1981-10-09) October 9, 1981 (age 40)
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1990–2009
Known forBrad Taylor on Home Improvement
Carly Matros
(m. 2007; sep. 2020)
RelativesBrady Quinn (cousin)[1]

Zachery Ty Bryan (born October 9, 1981) is an American child actor and film producer. He is best known for his role as Brad Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. He also appeared in the films True Heart and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Early life[edit]

Bryan was born in Aurora, Colorado, to Jenny and Dwight Bryan.[2]


Before he starred in Home Improvement, he appeared in local print and television advertising in Denver. He then appeared at a showcase in New York City, directed by Peter Sklar, where he was seen by a professional talent representative.[3] This, and his interest in acting soon brought him to California, where he was cast in 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 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. In 2001, he portrayed an ice hockey player in an episode of Touched by an Angel.[4] 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.

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. Later, 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. In 2006, he played as a villain named 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.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, he married Carly Matros, whom he met while attending La Cañada High School. He is the father of twin girls (Taylor Simone Bryan and Gemma Rae Bryan) born in 2014, and Jordana Nicole Bryan, born in 2016. On March 18, 2019, Bryan announced the birth of their son, Pierce Alexander Bryan.[5]

Bryan's cousin is former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn.[1]

In October 2020, Bryan was held on several charges including felony strangulation, misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with making a police report, after an apparent argument with his girlfriend in their apartment in Lane County, Oregon.[6][7] In February 2021, Bryan pleaded guilty to two of the charges, while six others were dismissed. He was sentenced to three years of bench probation and ordered to partake in a batterer intervention program and to have no contact with the victim.[8]


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 The Rage: Carrie 2 Eric
2000 Held for Ransom Glenn Kirkland
2001 Rustin Keith Gatlin
2001 Longshot Deke
2004 Slammed Derek
2005 The Game of Their Lives Harry Keough
2006 Annapolis Johnson (uncredited)
2006 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Clay
2008 Trunk Jake Short film
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 The 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"
2000–2001 Boston Public Malcolm White Episode: "Chapter One"
Episode: "Chapter Five"
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 The Outer Limits Ray Episode: "Abduction"
2002 A 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
2004–2005 Center of the Universe Kevin Barnett Episode: "Good Parenting, Bad Parenting"
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"
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
Year Title Notes
2008 Trunk Co-producer
2010 The Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi Associate producer
2010 Prowl
2012 Rogue River
2012 The Grief Tourist




  • 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)


  1. ^ a b Patel, Avani (October 10, 2003). "Potential honey of a quarterback". Chicago Tribune.
  2. ^ "Zachery Ty Bryan Biography (1981–)".
  3. ^ Duckett, Richard (March 6, 2006). "Can he make you a STAR?". Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, Massachusetts. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Touched by an Angel Episode #719: "The Penalty Box"". Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ DeSantis, Rachel (March 19, 2019). "Home Improvement's Zachery Bryan and Wife Carly Welcomes Son Pierce Alexander". People. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  6. ^ "'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan arrested, faces charges of strangulation, assault". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. October 18, 2020. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Campbell, Kathy (October 17, 2020). "'Home Improvement' Alum Zachery Ty Bryan Arrested for Allegedly Strangling Girlfriend". Us Weekly. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Yasharoff, Hannah (February 24, 2021). "Home Improvement Zachery Ty Bryan convicted on two counts in domestic violence case". USA Today.

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