Only a few years ago, Thomas was stealing the hearts of every teenage girl in North America with his portrayal of Randy Taylor, Tim Allen’s TV son. Randy was the wisecracker who had lines like, “Let me get this straight. Mark gets fewer rules because he’s a dork, and I get more rules because Brad’s a dork.”
Aside from the Home Improvement gig, JTT also made a few cute movies in his prime, such as Tom and Huck, Man of the House, as well as the voice of Simba in Disney’s The Lion King.
So how is it possible that one of the ’90s biggest tween crushes has seemingly vanished into oblivion?
While it would have been humorous to learn JTT is now living in a trailer community with two divorces, 17 kids and a substance abuse problem (just like his dear old TV dad), the truth is that JTT has actually been up to some good.
His hiatus has included studying history and philosophy at Harvard, and filming a few indie flicks, where his portrayal of some more daring characters has sparked rumors of possible homosexuality. Can you say Ricky Martin? How about Tom Cruise? The rumours were put to an end when JTT denied them in 2000, in an interview conducted by The Advocate, a gay-lesbian magazine.
JTT has also been involved in politics. His conservative viewpoint on abortion led to his becoming a very vocal pro-life supporter. He even did the voice for an unborn fetus in a recent anti-abortion campaign.
According to the 2,500 fan club members on his shrine-site (http://jttarchive.net/) a comeback is inevitable. For these fans, there is a stirring of excitement, as JTT has finally decided to return to theatres and TV sets across the world. He has popped up on such shows as Smallville, Eight Simple Rules..., and Veronica Mars, and also joined the multitude of stars who have provided guest voices on The Simpsons.
Who knows, a comeback might really be in the cards for the least dorky Home Improvement kid.