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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."

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One Foot in the Grave (album)

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One Foot in the Grave
One Foot in the Grave cover
Studio album by Beck
Released 27 June 1994
Recorded October 1993
and January 1994
Dub Narcotic Studio, Olympia, Washington
Genre Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Length 37:11
Label K Records
Producer(s) Calvin Johnson
Professional reviews
Beck chronology
Stereopathetic Soulmanure
One Foot in the Grave

One Foot in the Grave is an indie rock album by Beck, released in June of 1994 on K Records, an independent label. Like predecessor Stereopathetic Soul Manure, the album never charted. However, One Foot in the Grave strengthened Beck's critical reputation, allowing him to break into the mainstream with Odelay in 1996. His third official album, One Foot in the Grave has a strong folk influence, more pronounced than in Beck's usual eclectic style. One Foot in the Grave was recorded prior to the release of his debut album Mellow Gold, but was not released until after that album met with critical and commercial success.

The album features the production talents and occasional backing vocals of Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records. It was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio, which was then housed in Calvin's basement.

[edit] Track listing

All songs by Beck.

  1. "He's a Mighty Good Leader" – 2:41
  2. "Sleeping Bag" – 2:15
  3. "I Get Lonesome" – 2:50
  4. "Burnt Orange Peel" – 1:39
  5. "Cyanide Breath Mint" – 1:37
  6. "See Water" – 2:22
  7. "Ziplock Bag" – 1:44
  8. "Hollow Log" – 1:53
  9. "Forcefield" – 3:31
  10. "Fourteen Rivers Fourteen Floods" – 2:54
  11. "Asshole" – 2:32
  12. "I've Seen the Land Beyond" – 1:40
  13. "Outcome" – 2:10
  14. "Girl Dreams" – 2:02
  15. "Painted Eyelids" – 3:06
  16. "Atmospheric Conditions" – 2:09
  17. "It's All in Your Mind" – 2:56 (Japanese version only)
  18. "Feather in Your Cap" – 1:12 (Japanese version only)
  19. "Whiskey Can Can" – 2:15 (Japanese version only)

[edit] Credits

Major label albums: Mellow Gold | Odelay | Mutations | Midnite Vultures | Sea Change | Guero | The Information
Remix albums: Guerolito
Independent releases: Stereopathetic Soulmanure | One Foot in the Grave
Unofficial releases: Golden Feelings | A Western Harvest Field by Moonlight
Singles: Loser | Pay No Mind (Snoozer) | Beercan | It's All In Your Mind | Where It's At | Devils Haircut
The New Pollution | Sissyneck | Jack-Ass | Deadweight | Tropicalia | Cold Brains
Nobody's Fault But My Own | Sexx Laws | Mixed Bizness | Nicotine & Gravy | Lost Cause
E-Pro | Girl | Hell Yes | Nausea
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