Zachery Ty Bryan Arrested: Look Back at His Career After Leaving 'Home Improvement'

Zachery Ty Bryan is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Police arrested the former Home Improvement star in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, Oct. 16 following an altercation with his girlfriend, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The one-time sitcom star, 39, reportedly assaulted the 27-year-old woman and took her phone away when she attempted to call 911. He was booked on a felony charge of strangulation and misdemeanor charges of assault in the fourth degree and interfering with making a report, according to Us Weekly. He was later released on bail and is due to appear in court Oct. 23.  

Zachery Ty Bryan played Tim Allen’s son on ‘Home Improvement’

Bryan is known for playing Brad Taylor, the oldest son of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor” (Tim Allen) in Home Improvement from 1991 to 1999. As the eldest of the three kids on the show, he often picked on his younger brothers, played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Noah Smith.  

Though the show ended more than 20 years ago, it produced lasting friendships. “I still keep in really good touch with Jonathan,” Bryan said during a 2018 appearance on Access. “We’ve been working on a few projects together.”  

What he did after ‘Home Improvement’

During his time on Home Improvement, Bryan appeared in several movies, including True Heart (1997) with Kirsten Dunst and First Kid (1996), as well as episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Picket Fences. 

After the show ended, he made appearances on a variety of television series, including Boston Public, Family Law, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Touched By an Angel, and Veronica Mars. In 2006, he played a villain named Clay in The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. In 2009, he was Thor in Thor: Hammer of the Gods, which aired on Syfy. That made-for-TV movie is his last credited acting role on IMDb. He has also worked as a producer on several films in more recent years.

Bryan recently split from his wife 

Two weeks before his arrest, Bryan announced his split from Carly Matos, to whom he’d been married since 2007. They have four children. 

“Almost fourteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage,” he wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, according to In Touch Weekly. “As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority. We understand this news lends itself to public dialogue, but in the interest of our children and our family, we’re asking for privacy, compassion and love during this time.”

The wording of Bryan’s post was identical to one from actor Armie Hammer announcing his split from his wife Elizabeth Chambers in July 2020, as a sharp-eyed Twitter user pointed out.

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