NEW YORK - Actor Earl Hindman, best known for playing a neighbor whose face was forever obscured by a fence on the television show "Home Improvement," died of lung cancer Monday in Stamford, Conn. He was 61.
As Wilson, the neighbor of Tim Allen (news)'s character on the long-running sitcom, Hindman dispensed folksy advice from behind a white picket fence, with only his eyes and forehead visible to audiences. Before appearing on the show, he played Detective Lt. Bob Reid for 16 years on the daytime drama "Ryan's Hope."
Hindman made his name in New York theater, appearing in "Dark of the Moon" off Broadway in 1970 and in "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" at the Public Theater in 1971. He also acted in two short-lived Broadway plays and in several movies, including "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" (1991) and "Final" (2001).
He was born in Bisbee, Ariz., and studied acting at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
----------------------- Damn, this is sad to hear. I always liked HI. You could always be waiting for 'Wilson' to be doing something weird outside. Another good TV lost.
(edited by XPacArmy on 30.12.03 1709) It's like a koala bear crapped a rainbow in my brain!
I've never understood the love for Home Improvement. Every episode was Tim messing something up, talking to Wilson about how to fix it, and then making up. The most interesting thing about it was when Mark became a goth.
Now, Roseanne...that was a sitcom...
Amazingly enough, the most Redskin-like play in football happened to New Orleans this week. Saints fans, I feel your pain.
Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastardHome Improvement was an incredibly formulaic show - and after about two seasons everything got really old. Wilson, however, was far and away the best part of that show.
I will agree with that. The show was horrible yet Wilson seemed to put a smile on your face when you least expected it.