Danny Pintauro

Danny Pintauro (born January 6, 1976)[1] is an American actor and film producer, best known for his role as Jonathan Bower on the popular American sitcom Who's the Boss? as well as his role as Tad Trenton in the 1983 film Cujo.

Danny Pintauro
Born (1976-01-06) January 6, 1976 (age 45)
OccupationActor, voice artist, film producer
Years active1982–1992, 2006-present
Spouse(s)Wil Tabares (m. 2014)

Early lifeEdit

Pintauro was born in Milltown, New Jersey, the son of John J. Pintauro, a manager and Margaret L. Pintauro (née Sillcocks), an agent.[1]


Pintauro first appeared on the television soap opera As the World Turns as the original Paul Ryan. After this, he played Tad in the film Cujo. He first came to prominence on the television series Who's the Boss?.[2] After the series ended, he was less frequently cast. Pintauro went on to act in stage productions like The Velocity of Gary[3] and Mommie Queerest.[4]

He appeared as a contestant on a special TV child stars episode of The Weakest Link in 2001 where he got voted off in round 4.

Pintauro also worked as a Tupperware sales representative[5] and a restaurant manager in Las Vegas.[6]

Pintauro and his husband relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2016. As of May 2019, Pintauro is working as a vet tech at Austin Pets Alive.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Pintauro was born in Milltown, New Jersey, the son of John J. Pintauro, a manager, and Margaret L. (née Sillcocks).[8] In 1994 he took time off from professional acting and attended Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, and later Stanford University to study English and theater; he graduated in 1998.

In 1997, the National Enquirer tabloid[9] outed him as gay. In April 2013 he was engaged to his boyfriend, Wil Tabares,[6] and they married in April 2014.[10]

Pintauro revealed in 2015 that he was HIV positive, having contracted the virus as the result of unsafe oral sex in 2003.[11] He also disclosed that he had previously been addicted to methamphetamine.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Cujo Tad Trenton
1984 The Beniker Gang Ben Beniker
1987 Timestalkers Billy McKenzie Television film
2006 The Still Life Stefan
Year Title Role Notes
1982–1985 As the World Turns Paul Ryan
1987 Highway to Heaven Alex 2 episodes, Man's Best Friend Parts 1 & 2
1984–1992 Who's the Boss? Jonathan Bower 196 Episodes
2001 The Weakest Link Himself TV Child Stars edition
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Episode: Ben There, Done That
2015 Oprah: Where Are They Now? Himself Interview with Oprah Winfrey
2016 Unsure/Positive.[13] Greg Web series


  1. ^ a b "Danny Pintauro Biography (1976-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Wiegand, David (September 5, 2000). "For Actor Danny Pintauro, There's Life Beyond TV". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Jones, Kenneth (1999-07-30). "Last Chance: Danny Pintauro in Velocity of Gary Closes July 30". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  4. ^ Brunyanszki, Raymond (October 17, 2012). "Camden Harbour Inn announces Internationally acclaimed actor for leading role Mommie Queerest". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Blair, Tom (January 26, 2011). "There's no business like show business". U-T San Diego. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Ravitz, Justin (April 5, 2013). "Danny Pintauro Engaged to Wil Tabares: Who's the Boss Star to Marry Boyfriend". Us Weekly. New York City. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Finan, Kristin. "Remember Jonathan from 'Who's the Boss'? Check out his heartwarming new job in Austin". Austin 360. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  8. ^ "Danny Pintauro Biography (1976-)". Film Reference. Advameg Inc. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Hadleigh, Boze (2000). In or out?: gay and straight celebrities talk about themselves and each other. Fort Lee, New Jersey: Barricade Books. p. 56. ISBN 9781569801567.
  10. ^ Webber, Stephanie (April 3, 2014). "Danny Pintauro Marries Wil Tabares: Details on Who's the Boss Star's Wedding". Us Weekly. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  11. ^ McRady, Rachel (October 5, 2015). "Danny Pintauro: I Got HIV From Oral Sex -- Exclusive Video Interview". Us Weekly. New York City. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Capretto, Lisa (September 26, 2015). "'Who's The Boss?' Star Danny Pintauro Reveals He Is HIV-Positive". The Huffington Post. New York City: Huffington Post Media Group. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  13. ^ Wong, Curtis M. (November 19, 2016). "New Series Explores The Challenges Of Coming Out Of The HIV 'Closet'". Huffington Post. New York City: Huffington Post Media Group. Retrieved July 5, 2018.

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