Jonathan Taylor Thomas was born as Jonathan Taylor Weiss on September 18, 1981 in Pennsylvania. His parents are Claudine and Stephen Weiss. He has an older brother named Joel. He is of mixed ancestry which includes German and Portuguese. His mixed ancestry was not very public, even his most dedicated fans thought he was just white. Just by first appearance, he looks like a regular white male. If you look closer, you can see the Portuguese side in him.
Jonathan’s parents filed for divorce in 1989 when he was only eight years old. The divorce came at a time when Jonathan had just begun to rise in his career in the acting world. When he was just four years old, his family relocated from Bethlehem to the west coast in California. Two years later, he was working for print advertisements as a child model. The modeling jobs would spark in an interest in him to become an actor. It is unknown of his career put a strain on the relationship of his parents. It would be stressful for any young child to deal with a divorce of parents but Jonathan’s issue was compounded with the stress of being a child star.
Although Jonathan had a busy work schedule as an actor, he was still able to get an education. Balancing work and school was not easy but Jonathan managed to get it done. He completed his elementary education at Sergeant Elementary School. He graduated with honors from Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, California. He wanted to prove that he could do both without any problems. Not only did he finish high school, he finished at the top of his class with honors.
He could have decided to end his education and not attend college because of his acting career but he felt getting higher learning was a priority in his life. He proceeded to attend the prestigious Harvard University where he spent only two years from 2000 to 2002. There are some rumors that Jonathan didn’t actually earn his spot at Harvard and they only accepted him because of his famous name. It is speculated that he only lasted two years at Harvard because he wasn’t actually qualified to be a student there. When he left Harvard, he spent another year of college at St. Andrews University in Scotland. In 2010, he finally finished his college career and graduated from Columbia University.
At the age of seven, Jonathan worked with a print advertising company as a model in Sacramento. That was the encouragement that he needed because the positive feedback assured him that he would be able to make it as a child actor. After his stint as model, he did a lot of TV commercials for a lot of nationally known and brand name products such as Kellogg Cereals and Mattel toys. Getting his face on kid friendly merchandise was an important step in his career.
|Birth Date:||8 Sep, 1981|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Net Worth 2021:||16 million|