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Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Birth name Jonathan Taylor Weiss
Born September 8, 1981 (age 25)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
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Official site None
Notable roles Randy Taylor in
Home Improvement (TV)
Voice of Young Simba in
The Lion King

Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born Jonathan Taylor Weiss on September 8, 1981 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is an American child actor and former teen idol, best known for his role as middle child Randy Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement.



[edit] Biography

[edit] Early life

Thomas was born to Claudine and Stephen Weiss, who divorced in 1989; he has German, Jewish and Portuguese ancestry.[1] He has a brother, Joel Thomas Weiss, whose middle name he adopted as his pseudonym, in order to avoid confusion with an existing actor named Jonathan Weiss.

In 1986, Thomas moved with his family to Roseville, California, and was later cast in a Burger King commercial at the age of eight.

[edit] Career

In 1990, Thomas, garnered the role of Greg Brady's son, Kevin, on the short-lived TV show, "The Bradys" -- a spin-off of the popular 70s TV show, "The Brady Bunch". In 1991, at the age of 10, he won the role of Randy Taylor on the popular television show Home Improvement. He went on to voice Young Simba in Disney's The Lion King and Pinocchio in The Adventures of Pinocchio. He remained with Home Improvement well into his teenage years, but left the show in 1998 in order to concentrate more on his academics. He served as guest timekeeper at WrestleMania XI in 1995.

As Thomas got older, he earned a reputation as a teen heartthrob and was a leading cover boy on teen magazines. He starred in the Christmas comedy I'll Be Home for Christmas. He also appeared in the movies Man of the House, Tom and Huck, Wild America, Common Ground, Walking Across Egypt (film) and Speedway Junky. 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.

In 2006, he provided voice audio as the young Simba (via stock audio from The Lion King) in the PlayStation 2 video game Kingdom Hearts II, developed by Square Enix.

[edit] Personal life

Thomas attended Harvard University and spent spring semester of his third year at the University of St. Andrews.

[edit] References

  1. ^ [1] questions and answers w/ Jonathan Taylor Thomas; "I am, like, Heinz 57! I mean, I'm a mix of everything! But I'm part Portuguese. That's where I get the olive skin. I tan really easily."

[edit] External links

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