Johnathon Thomas – The Man Behind Randy Taylor on Home Improvement
Johnathon Thomas, best known as Randy Taylor in Home Improvement, is an American actor. Additionally, he is an accomplished athlete having played baseball at Texas Southern University.
From an art historical viewpoint, it would be wrong and disrespectful to edit Thomas out of the picture. He was an influential figure who put in hours of hard work on commissions ranging from Palace of Westminster to Manchester Free Trade Hall.
Early Life and Education
Randy Taylor from ABC sitcom “Home Improvement” was also an accomplished actor and voice actor, lending his vocal talents to films such as Spott, Tom & Huck, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Man of the House Wild America and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”.
Thomas was an accomplished athlete, setting world records in high jump. He is widely considered one of the greatest athletes ever seen on an Olympic stage. Additionally, Thomas became known as an author who wrote several books on sports and philosophy that have been translated into multiple languages. Additionally, Thomas followed both Dallas Cowboys and Toronto Blue Jays closely while remaining an active member of Richland Lodge No. 214 of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
Thomas first rose to stardom as Kevin Brady on The Bradys, an offshoot of The Brady Bunch that featured children from four ages 3-16. Thomas continued appearing in this role well into his teenage years but left in 1998 for education reasons.
His practice encompasses business, family and civil litigation in state and federal courts across the U.S. He is also an accredited arbitrator.
Thomas was previously Director of Community Engagement for both Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. Throughout his career he produced, directed, edited and produced 37 documentaries, shorts and commercial films on topics that span from aviation safety, automobile accident investigation, professional basketball, bluegrass music and solar energy – earning him his Certified Insurance Services Representative designation from National Alliance for Insurance Education.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas has served as dean of the School of Management since 2008 and championed new MBA curricular initiatives focused on technology entrepreneurship. Additionally, he was project director for grant funded international management education programs offered in Hungary and Latvia.
As well as teaching, he also continues his research of the glymphatic system – a plumbing network which works alongside brain blood vessels to pump cerebral spinal fluid through tissues and flush away waste – flushing away waste products from tissues in an effort to protect brain health. Maiken Nedergaard, professor of neurology and neurosurgery has made groundbreaking discoveries regarding this system, working closely together.
Thomas earned two District 5-5A Championships at St. Paul’s High School, garnering four cross country letters, three track letters, and two baseball letters over his time there. Additionally, Thomas was honored as an All-Coast offensive end.
JTT was an icon with millions of fans during the 90s; however, after his acting career dissipated he chose a quieter life focused on academics instead.
Thomas became a professor at the University of Rochester and conducted research into magneticohydrodynamic turbulence in solar physics. Additionally, he served as scientific editor of The Astrophysical Journal as well as chairperson of its solar physics division at American Astronomical Society.
Maiken Nedergaard recently made headlines for her groundbreaking discovery of the brain’s unique waste removal system that flushes cerebral spinal fluid while we sleep, promising new treatment possibilities for stroke and Alzheimer’s patients. Meanwhile, David is an enthusiastic rugby player himself; having captained Pembroke RFC for 10 years.
Thomas has kept a low profile since exiting the spotlight, opting not to have active social media accounts and dodging any children by keeping his personal life private.
He has amassed a net worth of approximately $16 Million. Much of it stems from residual payments received for his role on Home Improvement as well as other acting roles he’s performed.
JTT also appeared in several movies such as Man of the House, Tom & Huck and Wild America as a lead or supporting character, providing his voice for several animated features like The Lion King.
Although he had had an impressive career as a young actor, he decided not to remain in front of the camera anymore and focus instead on education and other interests.