Notable in the 90’s, child star Jonathan Taylor Thomas appeared on the likes of Wild America and Home Improvement.
Almost eight years since the star was last spotted, Thomas was papped out in Hollywood mid-June.
Who did Jonathan play on Home Improvement?
Likely his most noteworthy role, Jonathan Taylor Thomas played Randy Taylor on Home Improvement. The TV sitcom aired between 1991 – 1999 and starred the likes of Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson.
Famously, Thomas left the show back in 1998 before the sitcom ended in ’99.
Outside of Home Improvement, Jonathan also notably voiced young Simba in Disney’s 1994 The Lion King and had a starring role in Disney’s I’ll be Home for Christmas.
What does the star look like now?
Spotted out in Hollywood, Jonathan was photographed walking his dog whilst wearing a cap, hoodie and jeans.
The former child star, now 39, was seen vaping as he was papped for the first time in almost eight years.
Why did the actor leave the TV industry?
Jonathan, who started acting at just age 7, exited his role on Home Improvement in 1998 to focus on going to college.
Graduating from Chaminade College Preparatory School, the star later went on to study at Harvard University and Columbia University.
Thomas’ leave caught many of his sitcom co-stars by surprise, although it seems as though the former child star had been dropping hints about leaving the industry for years. In talks with Premiere magazine in 1996, Jonathan stated: “You can’t be trapped in this bubble called the acting industry.”
He continued: “The industry is neurotic and weird, and so when I go home and I play basketball with my friends, I’m not Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I’m just Jonathan. I don’t like hanging out with other actors and actresses.”
After leaving the sitcom, Jonathan starred in guest roles and dabbled in directing, but never fully committed back into acting.
Tim Allen, who portrayed Thomas’ on-screen father, spoke out in 1999: “He said it was about going to school, but then he did some films. Did he want to do films? Did he want to go to school? It got mixed up in the translation. I mentioned that I was confused. I don’t think he liked that.”
However, it seemed as though Jonathan was on the opposite end of the spectrum. Back in 1999, the actor commented: “Had I stayed at the show and tried to do academically what I’m doing now, I would’ve, you know, put myself in an early grave.”