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Earl Hindman

Character:Wilson Wilson Jr. Number of Episodes:203 Birthday:October 20th, 1942 Birth Place:Stamford, CT


Of all the cast, Hindman was the veteran, having developed his chops as a character actor since his first screen credit in 1967. One of his first consistent roles was on the long-running proto-Soap Opera The Doctors in 1974 before landing villainous roles in two thrillers of that same year. In The Parallax View, he squares off against Warren Beatty as a detective wrapped up in an assassination conspiracy; in Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, he plays Mr. Brown, one quarter of a team of specialists determined to hold a train of civilians for ransom – a film that inspired Quentin Tarantino’s Reservior Dogs.

Coincidentally, Hindman’s chiseled, unenthusiastic face landed him many roles as police, military, or federal officials, as he worked his way through the 1970s and 80s, re-teaming a second time with Warren Beatty for Taps in 1981. In 1985, Hindman appeared in the western Silverado with soon-to-be star Kevin Costner, and in 1987 he appeared in the Leonard Nimoy directed comedy 3 Men and a Baby.

However, previous to Home Improvement, Earl Hindman is best known for his long tenure on the daytime soap opera Ryan’s Hope. He began his fan-favorite character of Lt. Bob Reid in 1975, and appeared regularly on the series until its end in 1989.

In 1991, Hindman joined the cast of Home Improvement, replacing another actor who left the role of Wilson only a week before recording the pilot.

Where Are They Now?

After the end of Home Improvement, Earl Hindman made only a few additional appearances in television on shows like Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent before his passing in 2003. His last credit is fitting to his legacy, as he provided the narration for the TV movie of the stage show Tim Allen Presents: A User’s Guide to ‘Home Improvement’.



Earl Hindman was not nominated for Home Improvement.


The Parallax View (1973)

Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Ryan’s Hope (1979-1989)

Taps (1981)

Silverado (1985)

3 Men and a Baby (1987)

Earl Hindman

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Earl Hindman

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