For much of the 1990’s, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was a TV star. The child actor even threatened to make the jump to movies for a bit, but his big screen efforts were less successful. Eventually Thomas left Home Improvement to focus on his education. Ever since, he has remained mostly out of the Hollywood spotlight. This profile from the August 1997 issue of Movieline took place when Thomas still seemed like he might be a movie star. But even at fifteen, Thomas seemed like he was ready to enjoy some privacy.
It may seem odd to ask “what the hell happened” about a guy who is currently starring on a network sitcom. Tim Allen definitely didn’t disappear. He’s still a decent-sized TV star. But once upon a time, Allen was more than that. At the peak of his career, Allen had the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States. Since that time, his track record at the box office has been spotty. He hasn’t starred in a mainstream movie in nearly a decade!
What the hell happened?