May 27, 2024


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Jonathan Taylor Thomas photographed for first time in years

Rejoice, ’90s kids!

Teen heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas was photographed for the first time in nearly eight years while walking his dogs in Hollywood.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Hollywood in June 2021.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas resurfaced after years of staying out of the spotlight.

The “Home Improvement” alum, 39, resurfaced on June 20 wearing jeans, a navy zip-up sweatshirt, gray New Balance sneakers and a New York Mets baseball cap.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas walks his dogs.
He looked relaxed as he walked his dogs.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas in 1998.
The actor, seen here in 1998, rose to fame in the early ’90s.
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He also sported sunglasses and had his black face mask pulled down over his chin.

Thomas multitasked during his rare outing, walking his two dogs on leashes, checking his phone and smoking a vape all at the same time.

The “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” star has kept a relatively low profile since stepping back from acting in 2005, 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.”

In the ’90s, Thomas was known as a dreamboat to many fellow teens.

”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.”

Jonathan Taylor Thomas walks his dogs.
Thomas was dressed casually for the outing.

The former child star has been open about the difficulties of growing up in the spotlight and why he decided to go under the radar after eight seasons of playing Randy Taylor on “Home Improvement.”

“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.”

Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Hollywood in June 2021.
He seemed to be keeping a low profile.

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.”

Jonathan Taylor Thomas smoking a vape.
The former child star smoked a vape while getting some fresh air.

Not much is known about the “Lion King” voice actor’s personal life today, though he seems to want to keep it that way.