Jonathan Taylor Thomas was not only celebrated as an actor and voice artist but also reached the heights of a director. He is very popular for the dubbing performance of Simba in The Lion King, a 1994 Disney film.
Regardless, Mr. Thomas is also popular for his role in Home Improvement as Randy Taylor. The actor is of both Portuguese and Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. As a child actor, he has been nominated for awards about sixteen times and won five of them, including two Kids’ Choice Awards in 1998 and 1999.
Early Life And Rise to Fame
His birth name is Jonathan Taylor Weiss, and he was born on September 8, 1981, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States of America. His father, Stephen Weiss, was an industrial sales manager and his mother, born as Gonsalves but renamed Claudine, a personal manager, and social worker. They divorced in 1991.
His uncle, Jeff Weiss, is a well-known actor and playwright. When he was four years old, his family (including Joel Thomas Weiss, his older brother) moved from Bethlehem to California, where he spent a short but interesting time as a model and in television commercials.
Thomas Weiss is a highly educated person. He attended Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, California, which he graduated with honors. Jonathan then studied philosophy and history at Harvard University. He spent his third year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The actor also attended Columbia University School of General Studies and graduated with honors in 2010.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas made his television debut in the 1990s when the Bradys played the role of Kevin Brady, Greg Brady’s son. In 1991 he appeared in two episodes of a comedy series entitled In Living Color. From 1991-1998 Taylor played the role of Randy Taylor in the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, which brought him fame. He then announced a break from the screen to bring in the best from the academic world.
In 2000 Thomas appeared in an episode of The Wild Thornberrys and in Smallville (also 2004). He also appeared in an ABC sitcom entitled 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2004). Taylor disappeared from the screen again and reappeared as a guest star in the second season of the ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” in 2013. He also had guest appearances in the third and fourth seasons of the show in October 2013 and January 2015 respectively.
His works as a narrator include the Disney animation, The Lion King (as Simba, the cub), and Thru the Moebius Strip (as Prince Ragis in 2005). His television voice acting roles include The Adventures of Spot (as spot 1987 – 1993) and The Simpsons (as Luke Stetson in 2003). Video games with his voice include The Adventures of Pinocchio (as Human Pinocchio in 1996) and Kingdom Hearts II (as Young Simba in 2006).
The actor has also starred in several films, including Wild America (1997), Common Ground (2000), Disney’s Man of the House, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and Tom and Huck. In 2016 he directed The Extra – a short film.
Is Jonathan Taylor Thomas Married, Who’s His Wife?
It is reported that Thomas got engaged to Natalie Wright in 2007. Although almost nothing is known about the woman the actor intended to marry, it is known that the duo broke up that same year. Since he is a secretive person and does not seek fame, he has managed to keep details of his romantic affairs away from the public.
Is He Gay?
In 2011, Chelsea Handler, the host of the show Chelsea Lately, proclaimed Jonathan Taylor Thomas as gay. This provided food for thought and almost confirmed the years of suspicion that followed his perfect performance as a gay and bisexual hustler in Common Ground and Speedway Junky.
Well, Thomas defended himself by saying that his sexual orientation and that of his film characters were not related. Still, we know that you wonder, as much as we do, if he really is heterosexual.
Where Is He Today?
A Facebook posting recently confirmed the death of the actor, who gained more than a million sympathies until his representative denied it. He is said to be alive, alive, and well, but obviously not on our screen. Where is Jonathan Taylor Thomas? This is probably the most frequently asked question on the lips of many. Well, nobody can really say what’s going on with him right now.
Height And Other Body Facts
Height: 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm)
Weight: 64 kg (141 lb)
Eye color: Blue
Hair color: Light brown