Home Improvement was a show beloved by many, but what happened to the youngest son of the show’s main character? In this article we’ll take a look back into the history of Home Improvement and find out what happened to the actor who played the role of Tim Taylor’s youngest son, Mark Taylor. Read on to find out!
Introduction to Home Improvement & the Taylor Family
When it comes to home improvement, the Taylor family is no stranger. Tim Taylor, the patriarch of the family, was the host of the hit TV show “Home Improvement” for eight seasons. His wife Jill and their three sons – Brad, Randy, and Mark – were also featured on the show.
Now, 25 years after “Home Improvement” ended, Tim’s youngest son Mark is making a return to home improvement – but this time, he’s doing it on his own terms.
Mark Taylor first found his love for home improvement when he was just a kid helping his dad work on projects around the house. After high school, he decided to pursue a career in construction and began working as a contractor. He eventually started his own construction company, which he ran for 10 years until he sold it in 2018.
Now that he’s no longer running his construction company, Mark has more time to focus on his true passion: helping people improve their homes. He’s been working on a new home improvement TV show called “The Handyman,” which will premiere later this year.
In addition to his TV show, Mark is also launching a new website called HandymanHow-To.com. The website will feature step-by-step guides and videos on how to do common home improvement projects. Whether you’re looking to install new shelves or fix a leaky faucet, Mark will have you covered.
What Happened to the Youngest Son on Home Improvement?
The youngest son on Home Improvement was played by Zachery Ty Bryan. He appeared in the show for all 8 seasons from 1991 until 1999. After the show ended, Bryan continued to act in various television shows and movies. In 2009, he appeared in an episode of Burn Notice. In 2012, he had a role in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Bryan has also done voice work for video games such as Gears of War 3 and Halo 5: Guardians. As of 2016, the now 37-year-old actor is married with two children and living in Oregon.
Behind the Scenes of Randy’s Departure from Home Improvement
Randy left home to attend college at the University of Michigan, leaving his family and friends behind. He struggled to find himself and his place in the world, eventually finding comfort in alcohol and drugs. After a few years, he realized that he needed to get his life together and made the decision to leave home and return to college. This time, he attended community college and then transferred to the University of Washington. He eventually graduated with a degree in architecture.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas’ Post Home Improvement Career
After Home Improvement ended, Jonathan Taylor Thomas became somewhat of a Hollywood Heartthrob. He starred in a few movies like I Spy and Man of the House before taking a break from acting to focus on his education. He studied philosophy and history at Harvard before eventually transferring to Columbia University.
Nowadays, he seems to have taken a step back from the spotlight but he still pops up every now and then. In 2018, he made a guest appearance on Tim Allen’s show Last Man Standing. It’s always nice to see what the young actor is up to these days and it’s clear that he’s doing great things with his life.
How Has His Absence Affected Home Improvement?
When Jonathan Taylor Thomas announced he was leaving Home Improvement in 1998, fans were devastated. His character, Randy, was the middle child of Tim and Jill Taylor and was known for his smart mouth and mischievous antics.
While it’s been over 20 years since we’ve seen JTT on our screens, that doesn’t mean he’s been forgotten. In fact, his absence has had a big impact on Home Improvement. Let’s take a look at how:
1. The show became more focused on Tim and his projects.
With Jonathan gone, the focus of the show shifted to Tim and his never-ending home improvement projects. This meant that we saw less of the family dynamic that made the show so special.
2. Jill became a more central character.
With Randy out of the picture, Jill took on a more central role in the show. She was still the voice of reason to Tim’s hijinks but we got to see more of her own personality shine through.
3. Other characters stepped up to fill the void left by Randy.
There were a few characters who stepped up to try and fill the void left by Randy but no one quite managed it. Al Borland became a father figure to Brad and Mark but he didn’t have the same rapport with them as Randy did. Wilson took on more of a mentor role to Tim but again, it wasn’t quite the same as having Randy around.
Although Jonathan Taylor Thomas left the show mid-way through its eight-season run, his character remained an integral part of Home Improvement. As Randy grew up and developed a career in college, he became the person who connected Tim with technology while still providing comedic relief on occasion. The youngest son remains a fan favorite and many viewers would love to see him make an appearance on one of the upcoming revival series. Hopefully we’ll get our wish soon!