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After a long hiatus from Hollywood, the former child sensation, Jonathan Taylor Thomas is again in the spotlight.
The actor, now 37, was well known for voicing Young Simba in “The Lion King” in 1994, when his breakout tv performance as Randy Taylor on “Home Improvement” for seven years, has backed away from the public eye in recent years, however, has just thrown his hat in the ring for a position on the SAG-AFTRA national board.
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Jonathan Taylor Thomas quit his role in ‘Home Improvement’, to devote myself to studying full-time.
The SAG-AFTRA, a labor union that represents nearly 160,000 workers in the entertainment industry, and was formed following the merger of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Thomas, along with co-stars Ed Asner and Elliott Gould, are on the lookout for potential board seats as part of actor Matthew Modine is the president’s campaign in the european union.
“I never took the fame too seriously. It was a great period in my life, but it doesn’t define me.”
— Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Thomas was a media darling in the 1990’s, when, after a start as a young model, and acting in several commercials, he hit it big with “The Lion King.” His best-known stint on “Home Improvement” from 1991 to 1998 and ended up in the show’s last season, when he made the earth, he left the show to focus on his academic career. He was a student at Harvard, Columbia, and California. andrew’s University in Scotland.
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“To be able to sit in a big library amongst books and students, so that was pretty cool,” Thomas said to the People, in 2013. “It was a new experience for me.”
He Later reflected on his time in the spotlight, to add to his glory, no longer represents him as a person.
“I had been going non-stop since I was 8 years old,” he told the outlet. “I never took the fame too seriously. It was a great period in my life, but it doesn’t define me. When I think back to the time, and I look up to him with a nod and a wink. I’m going to focus on the good times I had, not that I have a lot of cover songs.”
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Since stepping away from acting, Thomas has made the minor shows here and there, especially with the reunion with his on-screen dad Tim Allen for a cameo, and three credits for directing, in his new show, “Last Man Standing.”
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.