Zachery Ty Bryan (born October 9, 1981) is an American actor and film producer best known for his role as Brad Taylor on the American sitcom Home Improvement and his film appearances in True Heart (1999) and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).
Bryan was born in Aurora, Colorado, to Jenny and Dwight Bryan.
Before he starred in Home Improvement, he appeared in local print and television advertising in Denver. He then appeared at a showcase in New York City, directed by Peter Sklar, where he was seen by a professional talent representative. This, and his interest in acting soon brought him to California, where he was cast in the role of Brad, the oldest Taylor child, in the show Home Improvement. His character was known for experimenting with different hair styles as well as being the child most often in trouble. He is one month younger than Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who played his younger brother Randy on the show.
In the middle of Home Improvement Bryan made an appearance as Steve on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1995. After Home Improvement ended, Bryan made brief appearances in many other television shows including (2002) Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Peter Nicols, (2005) Veronica Mars as Caz Truman, and (2006) Shark as Scott Natterson, as well as a guest appearance on an episode of Reading Rainbow. Additionally, he made a cameo appearance on MTV’s I Bet You Will in which he portrayed himself and competed in a challenge where he wrestled female convicted felons. In 2001, he portrayed an ice hockey player in an episode of Touched by an Angel. He also appeared on Smallville in 2003 where he played Eric Marsh, a high school baseball player using steroids made from meteor rock. He was the second Home Improvement alum to make a guest appearance on the show after Jonathan Taylor Thomas. In 2005, Bryan appeared as Bryan Nolan in ESPN’s TV movie Code Breakers. Bryan also guest starred in Cold Case (as the young murderer in the flashback scenes) and in 2008 as a young man hiring a hitman to kill his stepmother on the show Burn Notice.
Bryan’s film roles include the school bully in the 1996 Sinbad comedy First Kid. He starred in the 1995 movie Magic Island as Jack Carlisle, and the 1998 TV movie The Principal Takes A Holiday. He also starred as Eric in 1999’s The Rage: Carrie 2. Later, he played defender Harry Keough alongside Gerard Butler in the 2005 movie The Game of Their Lives otherwise known as The Miracle Match about the 1950 US upset at the World Cup. In 2006, he played as a villain named Clay in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, then in the 2009 TV mini-series Meteor, which aired on NBC. He also played Thor in the made-for-TV Syfy channel film Thor: Hammer of the Gods. The film originally aired on November 29, 2009.
In 2007, he married Carly Matros, whom he met while attending La Cañada High School. He is the father of twin girls (Taylor Simone Bryan and Gemma Rae Bryan) born in 2014, and Jordana Nicole Bryan, born in 2016. On March 18, 2019, Bryan announced the birth of their son, Pierce Alexander Bryan.
Bryan’s cousin is former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn.
Two weeks after splitting from wife Carly Matros, Bryan was held on charges of felony strangulation, misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with making a police report. This followed the assault of his current girlfriend following an argument at his apartment in Eugene, Oregon on October 16, 2020. In February 2021, Bryan pleaded guilty and was convicted on two counts stemming from the assault on his girlfriend in October 2020.
|1994||Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter||Cody|
|1995||Magic Island||Jack Carlisle||Video|
|1999||The Rage: Carrie 2||Eric|
|2000||Held for Ransom||Glenn Kirkland|
|2005||The Game of Their Lives||Harry Keough|
|2006||The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Clay|
|1990||ABC TGIF||Brad||TV series|
|1990||Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501||Child (uncredited)||TV movie|
|1991–1999||Home Improvement||Brad Taylor||Lead role|
|1994||Thunder Alley||Brad Taylor||Episode: “First Date”|
|1995||The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Steve||Episode: “There’s the Rub: Part 1”
Episode: “There’s the Rub: Part 2”
|1996||Picket Fences||Episode: “Winner Takes All”|
|1997||Soul Man||Brad Taylor||Episode: “Public Embarrassment and Todd’s First Sermon”|
|1997||Promised Land||Ryan Gerhart||Episode: “Mr. Muscles”|
|1998||Principal Takes a Holiday||John Scaduto||TV movie|
|2000||Chicken Soup for the Soul||Daniel||Episode: “The Two Sides of Love”|
|2000||Opposite Sex||Chuck||Episode: “The Dance Episode”
Episode: “The Field Trip Episode”
|2000–2001||Boston Public||Malcolm White||Episode: “Chapter One”
Episode: “Chapter Five”
Episode: “Chapter Twenty-Two”
|2001||Family Law||Jamie Wilkins||Episode: “Liar’s Club: Part 1”
Episode: “Liar’s Club: Part 2”
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Jeff McHenry||Episode: “The Penalty Box”|
|2001||ER||Upsilon Psi Lambda Frat Brother||Episode: “Sailing Away”|
|2001||The Outer Limits||Ray||Episode: “Abduction”|
|2002||A Killing Spring||Val Massey||TV movie|
|2002||Philly||Brian Lee||Episode: “Lies of Minelli”|
|2002||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Peter Nicols||Episode: “Help”|
|2003||Smallville||Eric Marsh||Episode: “Witness”|
|2004||Century City||Teddy Paikin||Episode: “Love and Games”|
|2004||Plainsong||Russell Beckman||TV movie|
|2004–2005||Center of the Universe||Kevin Barnett||Episode: “Good Parenting, Bad Parenting”
Episode: “If You Love Something Leave It Alone”
Episode: “Oh Brother, What the Hell Were You Thinking?”
|2005||Veronica Mars||Caz Truman||Episode: “Ruskie Business”
Episode: “Kanes and Abel’s”
|2005||Code Breakers||Brian Nolan||TV movie|
|2006||Cold Case||Petey (1988)||Episode: “8 Years”|
|2006||Shark||Scott Natterson||Episode: “Déjà Vu All Over Again”|
|2007–||K-Ville||Ricky||Episode: “Critical Mass”
Episode: “Game Night”
|2008||Burn Notice||Drew||Episode: “Double Booked”|
|2009||Knight Rider||Terry Driscoll||Episode: “Knight and the City”|
|2009||Meteor||Deputy Koskey||TV miniseries|
|2009||THOR: Hammer of the Gods||Thor||TV movie|
|2010||The Wine Guy Unplugged with Anthony Gilardi||Associate producer|
|2012||The Grief Tourist|
Actor Zachery Ty Bryan – Wikipedia