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Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born September 8, 1981) is an American actor, former child star, and teen idol. He was well known for his role of middle child Randy Taylor on the sitcom Home Improvement and as the voice of the young Simba in Disney's The Lion King.

Early life

Thomas was born Jonathan Taylor Weiss in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Claudine Weiss (née Gonsalves), a personal manager and social worker, and Stephen Weiss, an industrial sales manager; the two divorced in 1989.[1][2] His uncle is playwright and actor Jeff Weiss.[3] Thomas is of Portuguese and Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry.[4][5]


In 1990, Thomas garnered the role of Kevin Brady, the son of Greg Brady, on the short-lived TV show The Bradys, a spin-off of the 1970s TV show The Brady Bunch. In 1991, at the age of 10, he won the role of Randall William "Randy" Taylor on the television show Home Improvement. He remained with Home Improvement well into his teenage years, but left the show in 1998 in order to concentrate more on his academics. During his run on Home Improvement, Thomas voiced the role of young Simba in the 1994 Disney film The Lion King.

He starred in movies I'll Be Home for Christmas, Man of the House, Tom and Huck, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Wild America, Common Ground, Walking Across Egypt, 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.

After taking on a number of roles in such films as Common Ground and Speedway Junky, where Thomas portrayed gay characters, rumors began to surface that he himself was gay. These stemmed from comments made by LGBT activist Norman Jones IV and information published on website CyberSleaze. He denied these reports in 2000 in interviews with gay-lesbian magazine The Advocate and with talk-show host Jay Leno.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1994 The Lion King Young Simba Voice Role
1995 Man of the House Ben Archer (Little Wing)
Tom and Huck Tom Sawyer
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Pinocchio Active Role
1997 Wild America Marshall Stouffer
1998 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Boy at Beach
I'll Be Home for Christmas Jake Wilkinson Active Role
1999 Speedway Junky Steve Active Role
Walking Across Egypt Wesley Benfield
2000 The Tangerine Bear Tangie Voice Role
2004 Pom Poko Shokichi/Additional Voices Voice Role (English Dub)
2005 Tilt-A-Whirl Customer #3 Short film
Thru the Moebius Strip Prince Ragis Voice Role
2006 The Extra Director Short film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Bradys Kevin Brady
1991 In Living Color Macaulay Culkin Segment: Home Alone Again with Michael Jackson
1991–1999 Home Improvement Randy Taylor
1993 The Adventures of Spot Spot Voice Role (US English version)
Short TV-Movie
1994 The Itsy Bitsy Spider Voice Role
The Big Help Host Nickelodeon TV-Special
1996 The Oz Kids Scarecrow Jr. Voice Role
The Secret World of Alex Mack Kip Ulrich
1998 Common Ground Tobias Showtime TV-Movie
Ally McBeal Chris 'ThunderThighs' Emerson Episode: Do You Wanna Dance?
1999 The Judy Show Dumbo the Little Elephant, Bambi the Little Deer, Tod the Little Fox
The Wild Thornberrys Tyler Tucker Voice Role
Episode: Tyler Tucker, I Presume
Episode: Critical Masai
Episode: Queen of Denial
Episode: Island Trade
Episode: Birthday Quake
2000 Timothy Tweedle the First Christmas Elf Timothy Tweedle Disney Channel TV-Movie
2001 An American Town Rafe Unsold TV-Pilot
2002, 2004 Smallville Ian Randall Episode: Dichotic
Episode: Asylum
2003 The Simpsons Luke Stetson Voice Role
Episode: Dude, Where's My Ranch?
2004 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter Jeremy Episode: Opposites Attract, Part I
Episode: Opposites Attract, Part II
Episode: Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust, Part III
2005 Veronica Mars Ben Episode: Weapons of Class Destruction
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Human Pinocchio
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Young Simba

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Film or series
1996 Nominated Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actor Tom and Huck
1997 Nominated Favorite Television Actor Home Improvement
1998 Won Favorite Television Actor Home Improvement
1995 Nominated Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Lion King
1997 Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Adventures of Pinocchio
1993 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Home Improvement
1994 Won Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Home Improvement (shared w/Zachary Ty Bryan & Taran Noah Smith)
1995 Nominated Best Performance by a Young Actor in a TV or Movie Voiceover The Lion King
1996 Nominated Best Young Leading Actor in a Feature Film Tom and Huck
1997 Won Best Performance by a Young Actor in a TV or Movie Voiceover The Adventures of Pinocchio
1997 Nominated YoungStar Awards Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series Home Improvement
Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy Film Tom and Huck
1998 Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series Home Improvement


External links

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