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Early life

Thomas was born Jonathan Taylor Weiss in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Claudine Thomas (née Gonsalves), a personal manager and social worker, and Stephen Weiss, an industrial sales manager; the two divorced in 1989.[1][2] Thomas has part Portuguese ancestry.[3] He has a brother named Joel Thomas Weiss, whose middle name he adopted as his pseudonym, in order to avoid confusion with an existing actor named Jonathan Weiss. He was famously known by his initials "JTT". In 1986, Thomas moved with his family to Roseville, California, and was later cast in a Burger King commercial at the age of eight.

[edit] Career

In 1990, Thomas garnered the role of Greg Brady's son Kevin on the short-lived TV show The Bradys, a spin-off of the popular 70s TV show The Brady Bunch. In 1991, at the age of 10, he won the role of Randy Taylor on the popular 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. He served as guest timekeeper for then WWF's WrestleMania XI in 1995.

By this time, Jonathan had earned a reputation as a teen heartthrob and was a leading cover boy on teen magazines, and his fan base largely consisted of pre-teen and teenage girls. He starred in the Christmas comedy I'll Be Home for Christmas. He also appeared in the movies Man of the House, Tom and Huck, 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.




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