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Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Your ’90s Teenage Dream, Is 34 Today: See the Then-and-Now Pictures!

Jonathan Taylor Thomas turning 34
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who started on Home Improvement when he was 10 years old, is celebrating his 34th birthday on Sept. 8

Ready to feel old? Jonathan Taylor Thomas, the object of every teen and tween’s affection in the 1990s, is celebrating his 34th birthday today, Sept. 8.

The heartthrob — known to the Tiger Beat crowd as JTT — walked onto the scene (and into our hearts) way back in 1991, when he was just 10 years old. That means almost two and a half decades have passed since his debut on ABC’s Home Improvement.

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(Go ahead, take a moment and let that sink in.)

Thomas starred on the Tim Allen comedy from 1991 to ’98, playing middle son Randy Taylor alongside his TV siblings Zachery Ty Bryan (Brad) and Taran Noah Smith (Mark). Allen played his dad, Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor, while Patricia Richardson played his mom, Jill.

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cast of Home Improvement
The cast of Home Improvement in 1992.

During that time, the actor also built up his movie resume, voicing Simba in The Lion King, and lending his baby-faced charm to Tom and Huck, Man of the House, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas (among others).

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By the time he was 16, he had covered countless teen magazines — which fans cut up and plastered all over their walls or slipped into binder sleeves. Who among Us didn’t test out our first names with his last name to see how it would sound once we got married?

More recently, the Columbia University grad has appeared on shows including Smallville, Veronica Mars, 8 Simple Rules, and Last Man Standing, which stars his former TV dad. He even directed a couple of episodes of the show in 2013 and 2014.

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Indeed, he’s come a long way since his first Tiger Beat spread. But for many of Us, he’ll still always be our former future husband. Happy birthday, JTT.

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