Previously Known For: As Teddy on Full House, as T.J. Henderson on Smart Guy, and as Wade Load on Kim Possible
|Currently Known For: Baby Daddy|
“You can’t say yes to every role, and you have to make people miss you. I don’t want people to get sick of me.” Tahj Dayton Mowry mad his grand entrance into the world on May 17, 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii where his father was stationed in the United States Army and his mother looked after him, his brother and their twin sisters—Tia and Tamera. Much like little brothers are known to do, Tahj refused to let Tia and Tamera do much without him, which is exactly how Tahj landed up in show business after tagging along with his sisters to the first of many auditions. Fortunately, the youngster didn’t have to wait long to get his start in the business when he made his television debut in an episode of Who’s the Boss? in 1990.
Tahj’s luck improved in 1991 when he was cast as Michelle Tanner’s best friend, Teddy, on Full House where he won over audiences with his charm opposite Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. Spending the next four seasons on the show and appearing in over a dozen episodes, he also made cameos in films like Rappin’ N’ Rhymin and Disney Sing Along Songs: Let’s Go to the Circus in addition to snagging a recurring role on Out All Night. In 1994, he joined his sisters as Cousin Tahj Sammy T.J. Henderson on their hit series, Sister, Sister, and discovered his knack for voice acting when he lent his voice to characters in Sonic the Hedgehog, Timon & Pumbaa and What a Mess.
By 1997, Tahj cashed in on his growing fame and reprised his role as T.J. Henderson on his own series, Smart Guy, which ran for three seasons and earned Tahj nominations at the Young Artist Awards, the Young Star Awards and the Image Awards. After wrapping up the show in 1999, he appeared as Ollie in We Wish You a Merry Christmas and returned to the silver screen in the new millennium as Willie Donovan in Seventeen Again, the latter of which earned him his third Young Artist Award nomination.
Adding in credits in Hounded and The Poof Point, Tahj was 16 years old when he caught another huge break and was cast as the voice of Wade Load in Kim Possible. Voicing the character over the next five years on the series as well as in films like Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time and Kim Possible: So the Drama, Tahj found his schedule as a voice actor much more flexible and spent the next few years focusing on high school and his growing passion for football and music. “I took a break from acting in 10th grade and I told myself I was just going to play football,” he said. Doing exactly that, he played varsity football at Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California and, after graduation in 2004, he took the field with Savannah State University. He then transferred to the University of Wyoming but earned his degree from Pepperdine University.
During his time away from acting, Tahj pursued his interests in music and found inspiration from artists like Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Janet Jackson and The Black Keys. But, although he knew he wanted to eventually pursue music full time, Tahj received an offer he couldn’t refuse in 2012 when he was cast as the star of Baby Daddy on ABC Family. “I missed acting so much,” he admitted. “So, I figured I’d go back to entertainment.”
Although Baby Daddy wrapped in 2017, Tahj said the entire experience on the set was incredible thanks to his costars. “We have a lot of fun,” he said after filming the fourth season. “I don’t know how Jean-Luc Bilodeau and I get any work done—it’s like a comedy hour all day long. And anytime you’re around Melissa Peterman, someone’s laughing. I love those guys and I’m with them all the time. Derek Theler and I love action movies and will send each other texts about it all the time. It makes it easier when working because I don’t have to try so hard.”
Fortunately, the laidback nature of Baby Daddy allowed Tahj to pursue his interests in music, which is what led him to release his debut single, “Flirt,” in April 2015. “It’s been a dream come true, honestly,” he said shortly after the release. “I’ve been wanting to do this for years and years and years, and to be able to do the two things that I love—acting and singing—at the same time is truly a blessing, and to see the reaction from people and fans and new fans has been nothing but positive and I’m just so stoked and it’s like a new venture in my life and I’m excited to be able to perform more and I’m excited for my EP to come out… and then I’m going to come out with an album after that, so I’m just really excited for people to hear more.”
Following up the single with a six-song EP in August 2015, Tahj had big plans for his debut album and promised upbeat and unique music. “I don’t want to make something that someone is already doing or is already on the radio,” he said. “I want to be my own artist, my own person, and be true to myself. I’ve given it the name ‘future funk’—it’s a futuristic, funk soul. It’s a blend of old school and new school. If you were in the future and went to a jazz or funk club, my music is what you would hear.”
Once even hinting at going on tour with his music, the 31-year-old Tahj hasn’t hit the road just yet but might find time now that he’s wrapped up the final season of Baby Daddy. As for what the future holds, Tahj says the sky is the limit as long as he has his family to support him, which is also why he says he escaped his childhood stardom completely unscathed. “I think it’s definitely a testament to my parents. They definitely did the right thing with me for sure. Growing up, I was always in normal public school, which I think a lot of child actors are homeschooled so they don’t get having normal friends who aren’t actors,” he says.
Now that Tahj and his siblings are all grown with his sisters even starting families of their own, Tahj says they do their best to keep one another humble as they celebrate their favorite holidays together where their Hollywood success pales in comparison to the memories they’ve made together over the years. “We are all so driven and when we do see each other, it’s very loud and there is a lot of laughing,” Tahj says. Of course, the former Smart Guy star wouldn’t have it any other way!