Jonathan Taylor Thomas recognized for the first time in years

Previous ’90s heartthrob, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, has been seen out in public for the first time in eight years.

The actor, most popular for his part on “Home Improvement” as Randy Taylor, was shot in June in Los Angeles walking two small dogs while wearing jeans, a hoodie, and New York Mets hat.

Thomas, 39, left Hollywood to focus on his education. He went to Harvard yet later moved on from Columbia University School of General Studies in 2010.

Other than featuring on the Tim Allen-led sitcom, he additionally had guest roles on “Ally McBeal,” “Smallville,” and “8 Simple Rules.”

One of his most remarkable roles was as the voice of youthful Simba in the notable 1994 Disney animated film “The Lion King.”

Thomas rejoined with Allen on his most recent show, “Last Man Standing,” which just finished after nine seasons. He had a guest role on four episodes between 2013 to 2015 and furthermore directed three episodes.

Thomas recently disclosed to People magazine he pulled back from acting to investigate various everyday issues.

“I’d been going nonstop since I was 8 years old,” Thomas told the outlet in 2013. “I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break… to sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool. It was a novel experience for me.”

“It was a great period in my life,” he said of acting. “But it doesn’t define me.”

“When I think back on the time, I look at it with a wink. I focus on the good moments I had, not that I was on a lot of magazine covers,” he admitted.