07:53 PM EDT 04/13/2013
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."
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.
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.
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."
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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