Former child star Johnathan Taylor Thomas has been photographed for the first time in 8 years.
Now, all those who remember the '90s will remember Johnathan Taylor Thomas. He is known for portraying Randy Taylor in the 90's hit show Home Improvement, voicing young Simba in Disney's 1994 film The Lion King and Pinocchio in New Line Cinema's 1996 filmThe Adventures of Pinocchio.
Since stepping down from acting in 2005, the actor has kept a relatively low profile, though he briefly revived his career in 2013 and 2015 to appear in four episodes of his former Home Improvement co-star Tim Allen's show Last Man Standing. He also directed three episodes of the series, which ended in May after nine seasons.
In the '90s, Thomas was known as a dreamboat to teens all over America. "You are a part of their life, and there is a lot that is owed them," he told the New York Times in 1997 of his fan base. "But it's difficult because you want to make everyone happy, but if you try to do that, you're setting yourself up for failure."
Thomas has been open surrounding the difficulties he faced growing up in the spotlight and why he decided to fly under the radar following eight seasons of playing Randy Taylor.
"I'd been going nonstop since I was 8 years old. I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break," he once said, according to Us Weekly. "To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool. It was a novel experience for me."
Thomas added that he "never took the fame too seriously" before walking away. "It was a great period in my life," he said. "But it doesn't define me."
Thomas went on to study philosophy and history at Harvard University and graduated from Columbia University in 2010.
"You should be focused on doing a good job, but … every job has an end," he told Premiere in 1996. "I think most [fallen child stars] weren't prepared for the end. I mean, it's not the end of your life! You can't base your life around one thing. So that's why I focus on school, I play sports, I learn the technical side of [filmmaking]. Because sometime it'll change, and I'll have my education to fall back on."
And finally, the former teen heartthrob was recently photographed for the first time in 8 years while walking his dogs in Hollywood.
Wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie, and a blue baseball cap adorned with the New York Mets logo, Jonathan cut a casual figure as he was seen with his face mask lowered and sunglasses over his eyes. He was seen walking two dogs on a lead as he strode along the LA street and also puffed on a vape. You can check out the snaps here.
There doesn't seem to be much to say about Thomas' private life, and I think that's the way he intends it to stay.