Colorado native Zachery Ty Bryan began his career in commercials and print ads at the age of five before getting his first big role in the 1990 made-for-TV film Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501. His career maker came in 1991 when he was cast in the long-running sitcom Home Improvement as Brad Taylor, the oldest of the three sons, and the one prone to getting in trouble. Viewers watched Bryan grow up (and changed hair styles as frequently as sitcom dad Tim Taylor Tim Allen upgraded his power tools) in front of them as the series ran for nearly a decade. Bryan made appearances on many notable TV series, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, and Cold Case. As an avid soccer player who played competitively nationally and internationally, Bryan took roles that made use of his athleticism, including a swimmer on the 2005 ESPN film Codebreakers, a football player in The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), and a baseball player in his appearance on Smallville.
Biography by Bill Ecklund
- Began his career in commercial and print ads at the age of 5.
- Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who played Bryan's younger brother Randy on Home Improvement, is actually one month older.
- Served as the official youth ambassador for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, which was held in the United States.
- Won the 1999 YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series.
- Founded the production company Vision Entertainment Group Inc. with his writer-producer friend Adam Targum in 2009.
- Is a co-owner of the Hollywood sports bar Big Wangs.