Home Improvement star arrested for strangling girlfriend during argument

EUGENE, OR – Zachery Ty Bryan, famous for playing the role of Tim Allen’s son on Home Improvement, was arrested recently in Eugene, Oregon for allegedly strangling and striking his girlfriend.


Eugene Police responded to an apartment complex in North Eugene regarding a physical altercation allegedly between Bryan and his girlfriend. When the officers arrived on scene, they located Bryan, who was sitting outside, and his girlfriend, who was hiding in a neighbor’s apartment.

Bryan’s girlfriend alleged that they got into an argument, which lead to Bryan physically attacking her.  The unnamed girlfriend reported that Bryan strangled her, which caused her difficulty in breathing.

When she took out her phone to call 911, she alleges that Bryan took her phone away to prevent her from calling. There are no indications if Bryan’s girlfriend was injured in the attack, however, police noted that she did not seek out any type of medical attention.

Eugene Police released a statement regarding the apparent domestic violence investigation:

“An investigation found that during the dispute, Bryan is reported to have assaulted the victim, impeded her breathing, and taken the victim’s phone from her when she tried to call 911. The two have been in a relationship.”

Police were able to develop probable cause and placed Bryan under arrest. He was charged with strangulation, fourth-degree assault, and interfering with making a report.

Bryan had recently announced that he and his wife of over a decade, Carly Matros, had separated on October 1st when he posted on Instagram:

“Almost Fourteen years as best friends, soulmates, and 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.

“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.”

Bryan became famous in the 1990s while acting as Brad Taylor, the eldest son on Home Improvement.  He also acted in different roles on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Veronica Mars, and Smallville. In addition, he appeared in two movies, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and The Game of Their Lives.

Bryan decided to leave acting behind in 2009 and wanted to pursue interests in producing films. Bryan told Fox News:

“I don’t miss acting at all.  It’s my roots, so I will always be open to it, but I always knew that some day I would end working behind-the-scenes.” 

Bryan formed Lost Lane Entertainment and a biography on the company’s website says:

“After many fruitful years in front of the camera, Bryan transitioned to television and film production by launching his production entity, Lost Lane Entertainment. Sundance was a special moment for his film, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, winning best director and getting rave reviews for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance and selling to Netflix.

“He had another little Lost Lane gem titled SKIN premiering at TIFF & based on the Live Action Short Film, SKIN, which won the Oscar early 2019. The Feature Length film won the prestigious FIPRESCI award, voted on by critics.

“SKIN tells the true story of a Neo-Nazi who turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

A24 will distribute SKIN theatrically and has assured Zach that they will put their full might behind SKIN as they did for prior films, MOONLIGHT, LADY BIRD, THE FLORIDA PROJECT, AMERICAN HONEY, EX MACHINA etc…”