09:25 AM 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 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.
Originally posted 04/20/2009 11:00AM
Tim Allen, who became a father again last month, says that the experience has made him a relaxed dad.
"I like it. I like it even better the second time," he told reporters at the TV Land Awards, which airs Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST. "I'm not so worried as I was the first time."
Allen, who married Jane Hajduk in 2006, was present at the hospital when she gave birth to Elizabeth, who weighed in at 5 lbs., 13 oz. "It was a marvelous experience and I was the first one that got to look at [the baby] and poke her with a stick," Allen joked.
Originally posted 01/05/2009 04:35PM
Tim Allen and his wife Jane Hajduk are expecting, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"Tim and Jane are ecstatic about the upcoming birth of their first child together," the actor's rep, Marleah Leslie, tells PEOPLE. The baby is due in the spring.
The pair got married in October 2006 in an outdoor ceremony in Grand Lake, Colo. Allen, 55, has a teenage daughter, Katherine, from his previous marriage to college sweetheart Laura Deibel.
– Brian Orloff and Ulrica Wihlborg
Originally posted 10/09/2006 03:15PM
Tim Allen married his girlfriend of five years, actress Jane Hajduk, on Saturday in Colorado, his rep, Marleah Leslie, tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 11/22/2004 06:00AM
Jessica Biel has come a long way, baby, from her days as a preacher's kid on Seventh Heaven. Now that she's fighting vampires in the upcoming Blade: Trinity, Biel is letting her inner tough-girl out to play. "It was so much fun. I loved it," says the actress of the action in the movie, which also stars Wesley Snipes and Ryan Reynolds. "What a dream to be able to kick boys' butts all day long. Girl power!" Girl power, indeed: To get ready for her butt-kicking role as a "Nightstalker," Biel says she "trained about six days a week in the gym. There was weightlifting and then I had about an hour of fight training a day and an hour of archery. So it was intense, and it was for the whole shoot." All that training has certainly boosted her confidence, too: When we asked who would win in a fight between her character and that other vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy, Biel says: "She's got stakes, but I could get her from a hundred yards away." Blade: Trinity opens Dec. 8.
Originally posted 04/08/2003 01:00PM
Tim Allen is quickly filling up his dance card.
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