Teen Beat, Tiger Beat, 16, Bop: these tween rags introduced us to all our first crushes. Every Tuesday, we remember the dudes that decorated our photo binders. This week, in honor of The Lion King turning 20: the incomparable JTT.

Credit: completelybackasswards on Tumblr Photo: 16: Leo, JTT, Devon Sawa, No Doubt

Name: Jonathan Taylor Thomas

We Called Him: JTT

How Old Is He Now? 32! (Born September 8, 1981)

Claims to Fame: Home Improvement, Tom and Huck, The Lion King (celebrating two decades of leogarchy) and the 90s crush all-star film Wild America which starred both JTT and Devon Sawa.

Credit: Amazon.com Photo: Wild America: JTT AND Devon Sawa


Why We Loved Him: 
Like an actual-human version of his biggest movie character, Simba, in pretty much 100% of his films he played a rebel with a heart. Since we were all children, his love of baggy clothes, playing nonstop video games, and being a total ham made him a super-cool bad boy.

Also, pretty eyeballs.

Credit: Brenda Chase/Stringer/Getty Images Photo: Jonathan Taylor Thomas at the 1998 Teen Choice Awards


What’s He Up To Now: JTT is keeping up with adulthood, being dreamy. He mostly stays out of the spotlight, but he did appear on a 2013 episode of his TV dad Tim Allen's latest sitcom, Last Man Standing... and they liked him so much they decided to keep him around for a couple more. Jonathan even directed two episodes of the series in 2014! It's a cool career move for Jonathan, who told People in 2011 that he’d like to eventually move behind the scenes.

Credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin

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