Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Born

9/8/1981, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania USA

Birth Name

Jonathan Taylor Weiss

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Jonathan Taylor Weiss, Jonathan Weiss
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Biography

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas was born on September 8, 1981 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. When Jonathan was four years old, his family moved to Sacramento, California. He lived with his parents, Claudine and Stephen and his older brother Joel until 1991 when Jonathan's parents divorced. He lived with his mother…more

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  • Trivia

    • Tim Allen, who played Jonathan's father on Home Improvement, was upset when Jonathan wanted to leave the show and focus on college at the beginning of the show's last season, but he agreed to write him out. Later, Allen got angry when Jonathan spent that summer filming the movie I'll Be Home for Christmas instead of prepping for college. Jonathan did come back for one more episode, but he didn't appear in the series finale. In response to all the rumors about him being upset with Jonathan, Tim Allen says "I love Jonathan, and I loved working with him, and it felt like betrayal...I just missed the kid, that's all." They have since made up and have a good relationship to this day.

    • His first feature film appearance was in Man of the House.

    • Jonathan's favorites:
      Author: J D Salinger
      Basketball team: Boston Celtics
      Food: Tofu
      Sport to watch: College basketball
      TV shows: Roseanne and Grace Under Fire.

    • He graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, California with honors in 2000.

    • He was the first actor to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 1999 for his role as Randy Taylor on Home Improvement.

    • He two cats named Simba and Samantha, one dog named McCormick.

    • Jonathan attended Harvard University, studying History and Philosophy. He spent the spring semester of his third year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He then attended Columbia University in New York City, in the school of General Studies.

    • He has German, Jewish and Portuguese ancestry.

    • Even though Jonathan played the middle child on Home Improvement he was the oldest kid out of the three brothers. Jonathan is one month older than Zachery Ty Bryan, who played the older brother.

    • Is pro-life. He did a voice-over for a baby in an anti-abortion special, which gave out information on alternatives to abortions, such as adoption and charity care.

    • Jonathan's Eye color is blue.

    • Jonathan says that the qualities he look for in a girl are "intelligence, warmth, sense of humor".

    • Jonathan has received several awards during his career:

      1997 - Young Artist Awards: Best Performance in a Voiceover for The Adventures of Pinocchio1996 - ShoWest Convention: ShoWest Award for 'Young Star of the Year'1995 - Hollywood Reporter's Award: Best Actor in Comedy Series for Home Improvement1995 - YoungStar Award: Best Performance by a Young Actor in a TV Comedy Series for Home Improvement1994 - Young Artist Awards: Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series for Home Improvement1998 - Kids Choice Awards: Best TV Actor for Home Improvement

    • Jonathan has done voice overs for cartoons and video games such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Spot The Dog, The Ivy Cottage and Scooters Magic Castle.

    • Jonathan featured on the cover of 'The Advocate', a gay and lesbian magazine.

    • In Man of the House (1995), Ben Archer (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) can be seen sitting under a tree reading a comic book based on The Lion King (1994), which also starred Jonathan.

    • There have been many rumors about Jonathan being gay, however Jonathan has denied these rumors on several occasions.

    • Jonathan has chosen to focus on his studies, and that is the reason he hasn't been in any major films or TV shows since leaving Home Improvement. However, he has taken several guest roles in different TV shows, including parts in Veronica Mars and Smallville.

    • In the movie Speedway Junky you see Jonathan smoke, but he has never smoked in real life. He had to learn how to smoke on the set of the movie, but you never see Jonathan inhale the cigarette smoke because he was unable to do so.

    • He was in a Burger King commercial at the age of eight.

    • Jonathan Taylor Weiss is his real name. He changed it to Jonathan Taylor Thomas because their was already an actor with the name Jonathan Weiss. His stage name is derived from his real first name (Jonathan), his real middle name (Taylor), and his brother's middle name (Thomas).

    • He likes to collect basketball shoes.

    • He has one brother, Joel Thomas Weiss.

    • Jonathan is a health freak and a vegetarian. In his spare time, he likes to read, visit family and friends, play sports, fish and spend time outdoors.

    • He doesn't like the nickname JTT. He doesn't understand why people just can't say his whole name.

    • Jonathan is 5'6" (1.71 m)

  • Quotes

    • Jonathan Taylor Thomas: (about his "teen idol" status) I was in St. Patrick's Cathedral actually. My Mom was showing me how to light the candle and all that, and this person comes up and is like, "Can you sign this, please?" I was like, "Okay, let's get out of here, because I don't want a big old lightning bolt to come down on me, thank you very much!"

    • Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Success is not in never failing, but rising everytime you fall!

    • Jonathan Taylor Thomas (About the rumors of him being homosexual in an interview with The Advocate.): It was just a blatant lie put on the Internet, and then it was just a feeding frenzy... And I'm sure it was validated by my recent roles. What startled me was how willingly people accepted it.

    • Jonathan Taylor Thomas: An education is a more surefire guarantee that you have possibilities opened to you.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An amazingly gorgeous actor.

    10
    Jonathan Taylor Thomas is an amazing actor. And, it doesn't hurt any that he has to be the hottest actor like in the history of ever. Just saying. Anyway, JTT is an amazing actor. And, he can play almost any role. It's awesome to see him do what he does best. He is rather underused, as his last role was in '07. Although he is not as popular as he once was, he is slowly (as I have noticed) becoming popular again. Hopefully he will be in more again so we can see more JTT. Let's hear it for JTT!! WooT wOOt!!moreless
  • J.T.T.!!

    10
    I remember when he was a big teen star and was on all the teen magazines like Teen Beat, Bop and Bopper. I would tear out his posters in them and hang them all over the wall. I was disapointed when he went off Home Improvement. He hasn't been in many show lately. I wish he would come back to acting. I really enjoyed watching him act. I loved is character, Randy, on Home Improvement. He made him have a cute wit to his humor that always kept me laughing. I hope he will come back to tv or movies so we can see him on screen again.moreless
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