'Home Improvement': Where Is Jonathan Taylor Thomas Now?

Jonathan Taylor Thomas at the WB Network's 2003 Winter Party at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel
December 11, 2019 - 13:29 / Laura Pérez

The actor who portrayed "Randy Taylor" in Home Improvement has been working in the film industry since he was a child. Do you know what has he been up to? Lucky for you we have all the information!

Jonathan Taylor Thomas was born in 1981 in Pennsylvania, he started his professional career at the age of seven as a model for advertisements and a couple of years later he started to appear in television commercials.

It was in 1989 when Jonathan got a role in television and portrayed "Kevin" in The Bradys, however his major breakthrough was one year later when he started to play the role of "Randy Taylor" in the sitcom Home Improvement alongside Tim Allen.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Patricia Richardson, Zachery Ty Bryan, Richard Karn, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith, the cast of Home Improvement, 1991 

Home Improvement: Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Home Improvement tells the story of "Tim Taylor" (Tim Allen), host of the home-improvement show Tool Time, who -with his wife- raises three young boys who are racing toward adulthood. 

"Randy Taylor" was the middle child of the family and fans would say that he was also the most level-headed one, but a bit of a troublemaker from time to time. Jonathan Taylor Thomas appeared in 179 episodes of the show from 1991 to 1998. Home Improvement was one of the highest-rated sitcoms for almost the entire 1990's.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Patricia Richardson, Zachery Ty Bryan, Richard Karn, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith, the cast of Home Improvement, 1991 

"Randy Taylor's" life after Home Improvement?

After his work in Home Improvement Jonathan Taylor Thomas appeared in films like Common Ground and The Tangerine Bear: Home in Time for Christmas, working as an actor and also as a voice talent.

He also played some other roles in television shows like Ally McBeal and Smallville. His most recent appearances on screen were in the 2006 Australian film The Extra, and in the 2011 American sitcom Last Man Standing, where he played the role of "John Baker", once again alongside Tim Allen.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Man of the House, 1995

Five quick facts about Jonathan Taylor Thomas

  • He was the voice of young "Simba" in the 1994 Disney film The Lion King
  • He has Portuguese ancestry
  • When he was younger he was a big fan of the music group Boyz II Men
  • He is a vegetarian and doesn't use products that are tested on animals
  • He got the role of "Randy Taylor" in Home Improvement because the casting directors thought that he looked a lot like Tim Allen