16 Facts About Jonathan Taylor Thomas AKA Your '90s Boyfriend

Diply 31 Aug 2017

If you were a fan of Home Improvement and also have eyes, then you probably had a crush on Jonathan Taylor Thomas. He played the role of Randy Taylor, the sitcom's whiz kid who stole our hearts with his quirky one-liners and charming good looks. He was basically everyone's celebrity dream date and hopeful M.A.S.H. husband back in the day.

Here are some facts you may not have known about JTT.

1. His real name is Jonathan Taylor Weiss.

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Say whaaa?

That's right, Jonathan Taylor Thomas is just his stage name. He tacked on his brother's middle name, Thomas, to create the alias "Jonathan Taylor Thomas."

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2. He was the voice of Simba in The Lion King.

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Jonathan voiced the King of the Jungle in one of Disney's most popular films. Simba's musical scenes, however, were sung byJason Weaver.

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3. He directed three episodes of Last Man Standing.

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In 2013, Jonathan reunited with his former on-screen dad, Tim Allen, when he directed an episode of Last Man Standing.

He later directed two more episodes and even starred in a few others.

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4. He appeared as a guest timekeeper at WrestleMania XI. 

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In 1995, Jonathan showed up as a timekeeper for a match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon.

This must have been a real treat for the WWE (known as the WWF at the time)'s crossover Home Improvement fans.

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5. He was the voice of Spot in The Adventures of Spot.

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Whoa, major flashback. Who else remembers these books from their childhood?

As it turns out, Jonathon voiced Spot in the 1987 cartoon series.

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6. He was a member of the Brady Bunch family.

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Before he was Randy Taylor, Jonathan appeared as Kevin Brady on The Bradys. The sitcom was a '90s spin-off of the 1970s original series, The Brady Bunch.

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7. He's isn't a fan of the nickname JTT.

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Apparently, Jonathan prefers to be called by his full name, rather than merely his initials.

We get it, but Jonathan Taylor Thomas is a bit of mouthful.

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8. He's a vegetarian and an animal lover.

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Not only does Jonathan refuse to eat meat (he became a vegetarian at just four years old), but he also opts out of any personal care products that are tested on animals.

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9. He was a guest star on Veronica Mars.

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In 2005, Jonathan made a guest appearance on Veronica Mars, the hit series starring Kristen Bell. He played Ben, a potential suspect in a bomb threat at Neptune High.

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10. He wrote a TV pilot with his Home Improvement co-star, Zachery Ty Bryan.

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In a Reddit AMA, Jonathan's other Home Improvement co-star, Patricia Richardson, revealed that the on-screen bros had been shopping a pilot around town.

"Town" likely meaning Hollywood.

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11. He was actually older than his on-screen brother.

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In Home Improvement, Jonathon played the younger brother and his co-star, Zachery Ty Bryan, played the older brother.

In real life, however, Johnathon is older than Zachery by 31 days.

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12. He's gone to work despite having a series of migraines.

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"I can't tell you how many shows I've done with full-blown migraine headaches," he once admitted.

Yikes! That doesn't sound like too much fun.

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13. In 1999, it was his own decision to leave Home Improvement.

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"I'd been going nonstop since I was 8 years old," he once said about leaving the show.

Jonathan wanted to take some time to travel and attend school.

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14. He was featured on the cover of The Advocate.

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In 2001, Jonathon posed for The Advocate, a U.S. LGBT-interest magazine. His feature interview included questions about his role in Common Ground (2000), an LGBT Showtime film.

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15. He never took fame too seriously.

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Jonathon was a huge child star, but he never allowed his fame to change him.

"It was a great period in my life, but it doesn't define me," he once said. "I focus on the good moments I had, not that I was on a lot of magazine covers."

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16. He was ranked #7 in VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars." 

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Landing in the top 10, Jonathon ranked ahead of Miley Cyrus and just behind Jaleel White aka Steve Urkel.

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