Who is Zachery Ty Bryan?
Zachery Ty Bryan is an American actor and producer. He is best known for portraying the character ‘Brad Taylor’ in the sitcom 'Home Improvement,' for which he has been awarded thrice. In his entire career to date, Zachery has worked in several TV series and films. However, he has more on TV than in movies. He has portrayed a high-school senior thrice, and four of his characters were named ‘Brad.’ Zachery has also produced several films and documentaries. One of the movies produced by him, 'Dark Tourist,' premiered at 'Filmfest München.' Zachery was the executive producer of the movie 'The Kindergarten Teacher’ that premiered at the 2018 'Sundance Film Festival.' Zachery is associated with two leading production houses and is currently working on several upcoming projects. A cryptocurrency enthusiast, he also wishes to make a documentary on 'Bitcoin.' He is also associated with several philanthropic causes and has volunteered for many campaigns related to AIDS and cancer. Zachery is married to Carly Matros, whom he has known since high school. They have three daughters and are expecting a son soon.
Childhood & Early Life
Zachery was born on October 9, 1981, in Aurora, Colorado, to Jenny and Dwight Bryan. Zachery grew up with his younger sister, Ciri.
Zachery attended 'La Salle High School,' from where he graduated in 2000. He was an active sportsman while completing his education and has played paintball and baseball for the 'New York Yankees.'
Zachery always had a keen interest in acting and dreamed of becoming an actor. He began following his dreams at an early age and even worked in a few TV commercials and print advertisements. However, Zachery’s career as an actor took off after he moved to California, where he got his breakthrough role.
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Zachery began his career as a model in Denver and appeared in a TV commercial for 'Burger King.' Later, in 1998, he did an advertisement for 'Until There's a Cure,' an HIV/AIDS awareness raising national organization. Zachery was at an event in New York City, where a talent agent representative scouted him. Soon after, he moved to California.
In California, Zachery got the offer to play ‘Brad Taylor,’ the lead role in the 'ABC' sitcom 'Home Improvement.' He continued playing ‘Brad’ for 203 episodes, from 1991 to 1999. The character was popular for its different hairstyles. Zachery has received 2 'Young Artist Awards' for his role, one in 1994 (shared with co-stars) and the other in 1999. He was also nominated for the award in 1993, in the ‘Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series’ category. He won a ‘YoungStar Award’ in 1999 for the same role.
Before this big break, Zachery was seen in the TV series 'ABC TGIF' in 1990. The same year, he also had an uncredited role in the TV movie 'Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501.' While continuing starring in 'Home Improvement,' Zachery made his big-screen debut with the 1994 independent family movie 'Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter.' Although Zachery was cast in a role (Brian Bosworth's son) in the 1991 action film 'Stone Cold,' his scenes were not included in the final print of the movie.
Zachery played characters named ‘Brad Taylor’ in two more 'ABC’ sitcoms, namely, 'Thunder Alley' (1994), and 'Soul Man' (1997). Meanwhile, he was seen in the 'NBC' sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' (1995) and the 'CBS' drama 'Picket Fences' (1996). In 1995, Zachery appeared as ‘Jack Carlisle’ in the fantasy–adventure–comedy direct-to-video film 'Magic Island.' In 1999, Zachery appeared in a few brief recurring roles in TV series such as 'Opposite Sex' (2000), 'Boston Public' (2000–2001), 'Family Law' (2001), 'Center of the Universe' (2004–2005), and 'Veronica Mars' (2005). His other notable TV credits include the 'CBS' supernatural series 'Touched by an Angel' (2001), the 'Showtime' series 'The Outer Limits' (2001), the supernatural drama 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (2002), 'Smallville' (2003), 'Cold Case' (2006), and 'Burn Notice' (2008).
Zachery has also acted in a few TV movies. Some of them are 'A Killing Spring' (2002), 'Plainsong' (2004), 'Code Breakers' (2005), and 'THOR: Hammer of the Gods' (2009). He earned a ‘YoungStar Award' nomination for the 1998 TV film 'Principal Takes a Holiday.' Zachery has a few notable film appearances under his belt, too. He played ‘Clay’ in 'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’ (2006), ‘Harry Keough’ in 'The Game of Their Lives’ (2005), and ‘Keith Gatlin’ in 'Rustin' (2001). He also played ‘Jake’ in the 2008 short film 'Trunk,' which he co-produced. The series 'Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets’ (2018) was one of Zachery’s latest acting projects.
Zachery is now focused on his production ventures. He is one of the investing founders of the production company 'Vision Entertainment Group' and is part of the team of 'Lost Lane Entertainment.' He is credited as the producer of the 2010 horror flick 'Prowl' and the 2012 psychological thriller ‘Dark Tourist,’ also known as ‘The Grief Tourist.'
Family & Personal Life
Zachery married his high-school sweetheart, Carly Matros, in 2007. They both attended ‘La Cañada Junior High School.' The two are now blessed with three daughters: Jordana Nicole and twins Gemma Rae and Taylor Simone. Zachery and Carly are expecting a baby boy in 2019. They live in Newport Beach, California.
Zachery and Carly got engaged in 2005. A double major from the ‘University of Southern California,’ Carly works in real estate. Zachery dropped his middle name after he left 'Home Improvement.' Zachery donated $25,000 to the 'Apu Screenwriting Contest,' to support the 'The Simpson' character ‘Apu.’
Zachery is an avid soccer player and has been the youth spokesman for the 1994 'World Cup Soccer.' He has also been heavily involved in cryptocurrencies. He has an investment portfolio in over 30 different cryptocurrencies, including 'Bitcoin' and 'Steem.' He has also invested in a few start-ups.