Zachery Ty Bryan
|Zachery Ty Bryan|
October 9, 1981 |
Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
|Years active||1985 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Carly Matros (m. 2007)|
Bryan was born in Aurora, Colorado, the son of Jenny and Dwight Bryan. 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. He is the father of 3 daughters born in 2014 (twins) and 2016.
Before he starred in Home Improvement, he started in Denver with print and television advertising. He then appeared at a showcase in New York City, directed by Peter Sklar, where he was seen by a professional talent representative. This, and 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 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 Gomer 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. 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 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.
|1994||Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter||Cody|
|1995||Magic Island||Jack Carlisle||Video|
|1999||Rage: Carrie 2, TheThe Rage: Carrie 2||Eric|
|2000||Held for Ransom||Glenn Kirkland|
|2005||Game of Their Lives, TheThe Game of Their Lives||Harry Keough|
|2006||Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, TheThe Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Clay|
|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|
|2010||Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi, TheThe Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi||Associate producer|
|2012||The Grief Tourist|
- 1994 – Young Artist Awards for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series (Home Improvement) **Shared with Taran Noah Smith and Jonathan Taylor Thomas**
- 1999 – Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a TV Drama or Comedy Series - Leading Young Actor (Home Improvement)
- 1999 – YoungStar Awards for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series (Home Improvement)
- 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)