Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Where is he now?

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For us mere mortals, walking away from a successful Hollywood career sounds like an act of pure lunacy.


Getting paid shedloads of cash to play pretend is something millions of people dream of doing, but only a handful achieve.

But for Jonathan Taylor Thomas, the shine had worn off.

The Pennsylvania-born actor voiced young Simba in Disney's 1994 film The Lion King, as well as playing middle brother, Randy Taylor, on US sitcom Home Improvement, from 1991–1998.

You might also recognise him from minor roles in Smallville, 8 Simple Rules and Veronica Mars. Not to mention the cover of every teen magazine in the '90s.

But Thomas decided to walk away from the limelight at the height of his career.

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"I'd been going non-stop since I was eight years old,'' Thomas told People.

"I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break."

And that's exactly what he did, attending Harvard, Columbia and St Andrew's University in Scotland: "To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool.

"It was a novel experience for me."

(Did he meet Wills and Kate there? We don't know. But they were all there at the same time, JUST SAYING.)

But despite walking away, Thomas insisted that he doesn't have any regrets about his time as a child star: "It was a great period in my life, but it doesn't define me. When I think back on the time, I look at it with a wink. I focus on the good moments I had, not that I was on a lot of magazine covers."

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But what is Thomas up to now?

The 37-year-old is currently living in Los Angeles and made a very small acting comeback in 2013 when he guest-starred on US TV series, Last Man Standing, with his former Home Improvement co-star, Tim Allen.

Thomas also revealed that he has taken up more of a role behind the camera, directing and writing scripts.

According to Patricia Richardson, who played Thomas's mother Jill Taylor in Home Improvement, and also appeared in Last Man Standing, her former cast member has been working with Zachery Ty Bryan, who played Thomas's brother on the show where he first found fame.

Speaking to US Weekly, she revealed that the pair have "written a really wonderful pilot that is sort of R-rated and are shopping it around town."

That was back in 2016, and it doesn't look like anything has materialised, yet. But we'll certainly be keeping our eyes peeled.

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