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FIRST LOOK: Jonathan Taylor Thomas Is Calling the Shots Now – as the Director of an Upcoming Last Man Standing

FIRST LOOK: Jonathan Taylor Thomas Is Calling the Shots Now – as the Director of an Upcoming Last Man Standing

Originally posted 02/16/2016 09:30AM

Step aside, Toolman – Randy Taylor is is in charge now.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas has already reunited with his former on-screen dad Tim Allen on Last Man Standing four times, but now the tables have turned as the former child star is stepping behind the camera to direct an episode.

PEOPLE has an exclusive First Look at Friday's episode of the JTT-helmed episode of the ABC sitcom.

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas Returns to Last Man Standing

Jonathan Taylor Thomas Returns to Last Man Standing

Originally posted 01/09/2015 02:30PM

The Taylors are getting back together!

In tonight's episode of Last Man Standing that stars Tim Allen, Jonathan Taylor Thomas will make a "surprise" cameo – along with the previously announced Patricia Richardson – to help round out the impromptu Home Improvement reunion.

Richardson plays Helen Potts, a divorced neighbor of Allen's character, Mike. So how did the former Randy Taylor, aka the 33-year-old Thomas, end up in the episode, as well? Thomas came to the set to help promote the mini-reunion and the producers asked if he would step in to make a cameo. Lucky for Home Improvement fans, he did!

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'90s Nostalgia: Stars from Beverly Hills, 90210 and Home Improvement Reunite

Beverly Hills, 90210 and Home Improvement Stars Reunite at L.A. Premiere

Originally posted 08/15/2013 02:35PM

Attention '90s TV fans: Prepare to have your minds blown.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles red carpet premiere of Dark Tourist starring Melanie Griffith featured a double reunion of stars from two beloved '90s shows: Beverly Hills, 90210 and Home Improvement.

Beverly Hills' resident hunks Luke Perry and Jason Priestly, who played Dylan McKay and Brandon Walsh, looked as cooly casual as they found each other on the carpet and posed for photos with their signature smoldering stares. (Last year, the pair appeared together in an Old Navy commercial featuring fellow Beverly Hills alum Jennie Garth.)

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas Doesn't Regret Walking Away from Fame

Jonathan Taylor Thomas: I Don't Regret Walking Away from Fame

Originally posted 03/22/2013 07:30AM

Jonathan Taylor Thomas, formerly of TV's Home Improvement, left Hollywood at the height of his career, a decision he's never second-guessed.

"I'd been going nonstop since I was 8 years old," the 31-year-old actor, who appeared with Tim Allen on that ABC sitcom from 1991-99, tells PEOPLE. "I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break."

In the nearly a decade away from the limelight, he attended Harvard, Columbia and St. Andrew's University in Scotland, and relished his time as a student.

"To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool," says Thomas. "It was a novel experience for me."

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Tim Allen Reunite on Last Man Standing

Originally posted 03/20/2013 01:10PM

Once a family, always a family.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas makes a guest appearance on Tim Allen's ABC sitcom Last Man Standing this Friday. But several of the jokes are about a show that went off the air 14 years ago – Home Improvement, on which Allen and Thomas played father and son.

"Man, you look familiar," Allen says in Friday's episode (to much laughter from the audience) upon meeting Thomas's character, a restaurant owner who has designs on Allen's daughter Kristin.

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Home Improvement Star Arrested for DUI, Drug Possession: Report | Taran Noah Smith

Home Improvement's Taran Noah Smith Arrested for DUI, Drug Possession: Report

Originally posted 02/01/2012 11:45AM

Taran Noah Smith, who played youngest child Mark Taylor on the '90s sitcom Home Improvement for eight years, was arrested early Wednesday for DUI and drug possession, according to a report.

Smith, 27, was arrested around 1 a.m. in Los Angeles County, reports TMZ.com. Police say he was driving under the influence of marijuana and also had hash, a type of marijuana, in his car.

After Home Improvement went off the air, Smith has mostly retired from acting and stayed out of the limelight. In 2001, he sued his parents over the money he made as a minor, alleging they were squandering his trust fund.

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Home Improvement Reunion 'Just Like Old Times' | Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Home Improvement Reunion 'Just Like Old Times'

Originally posted 09/14/2011 07:10PM

Jonathan Taylor Thomas turned out for a Home Improvement reunion photo shoot. So does this mean the former teen heartthrob will make a long-awaited TV comeback?

"I think at this point, I’d eventually like to work behind the camera," Thomas, 30, who quit the sitcom in 1998, tells Entertainment Weekly. "That’s not to say I would never act again, I’m not quite sure to be honest. I still have a passion for TV and film [and] could see myself working in it."

As for his reunion with his former castmates, including his on-screen parents Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson, Thomas says, "It was like a family reunion, like old times."

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NEW PHOTO: Jonathan Taylor Thomas Reunites with Home Improvement Cast | Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Patricia Richardson, Tim Allen

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Jonathan Taylor Thomas Reunites with His Home Improvement Cast

Originally posted 09/08/2011 02:30PM

Since he abruptly left Home Improvement after its penultimate season in 1998, fans of Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who celebrates his 30th birthday Thursday, have been clamoring to know what the baby-faced actor has been up to.

Studying – for one thing.

Thomas, whose legal name is Jonathan Weiss, attended Harvard University from 2000-2002 (he spent one semester abroad in Scotland) and graduated from Columbia University in 2010, where he went by the name Jonathan Weiss. In class, recalls a fellow student, "He loved to talk. He'd say really intelligent things."

He also filmed TV guest spots on Veronica Mars and 8 Simple Rules but has stayed largely out of the public eye and hasn't appeared on camera since 2005.

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