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Also Known As: Died: December 29, 2003
Born: October 20, 1942 Cause of Death: died of lung cancer
Birth Place: Bisbee, Arizona, USA Profession: actor

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A lean, lanky character actor, Earl Hindman has played Wilson, the eccentric next door neighbor whose face is always obstructed by the backyard fence yet who provides the voice of experience and wisdom on the hit series "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1991-99). Born and raised in the Southwest, Hindman became interested in acting while still a high school student. When he was cast in his first professional role (in Shakespeare) at the Old Globe Theatre, he dropped out of college. Years of stage work followed, including parts in the national touring company of "The Great White Hope" (1969-70), an Off-Broadway production of "Dark of the Moon" with Rue McClanahan and Harvey Keitel, David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and the Broadway play "The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks". For close to a decade (1975-84), the veteran actor played the regular role of Bob Reid, intimate of the core family, on the ABC soap "Ryan's Hope". He later had supporting roles in such TV-movies and miniseries as "The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd" (CBS, 1980, as President Andrew Johnson), "One Police Plaza" (CBS, 1986) and its sequel "The Red Spider" (CBS, 1988) and "War and Remembrance" (ABC, 1988). In features, his credits...

A lean, lanky character actor, Earl Hindman has played Wilson, the eccentric next door neighbor whose face is always obstructed by the backyard fence yet who provides the voice of experience and wisdom on the hit series "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1991-99).

Born and raised in the Southwest, Hindman became interested in acting while still a high school student. When he was cast in his first professional role (in Shakespeare) at the Old Globe Theatre, he dropped out of college. Years of stage work followed, including parts in the national touring company of "The Great White Hope" (1969-70), an Off-Broadway production of "Dark of the Moon" with Rue McClanahan and Harvey Keitel, David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and the Broadway play "The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks". For close to a decade (1975-84), the veteran actor played the regular role of Bob Reid, intimate of the core family, on the ABC soap "Ryan's Hope". He later had supporting roles in such TV-movies and miniseries as "The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd" (CBS, 1980, as President Andrew Johnson), "One Police Plaza" (CBS, 1986) and its sequel "The Red Spider" (CBS, 1988) and "War and Remembrance" (ABC, 1988). In features, his credits include small roles in "The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three" (1974), "Silverado" (1985), four character voices in "Talk Radio" (1988) and "The Ballad of Sad Cafe" (1991).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Final (2001) Official
2.
 The Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (1991) Henry Macy
3.
 It's Always Something (1990) Donlevy
4.
 Rising Son (1990) Victor
5.
 Talk Radio (1987) Voice Of Chet/Black John/Jerry
6.
 Red Spider, The (1987) Stern
7.
 Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987) Danny Keeler
8.
 Three Men and a Baby (1987) Satch
9.
 One Police Plaza (1986) Detective Jake Stern
10.
 Silverado (1985) Jt
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Raised in the Southwest
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Stage debut, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego
1967:
Was a member of the Syracuse Repertory Theatre
1969:
Appeared in the national tour of "The Great White Hope"
1970:
Off-Broadway debut in "Dark of the Moon" with Rue McClanahan and Harvey Keitel
1971:
Cast in the original production of David Rabe's "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" at New Yorks Public Theatre
1971:
Feature debut, "Who Killed Mary Whats'ername"
1973:
TV-movie debut in the "ABC Theatre" docudrama "Pueblo"
1974:
Appeared in the PBS "Great Performances" production of Arthur Miller's "A Memory of Two Mondays"
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Company member at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival
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TV series debut on the ABC soap "Ryan's Hope", as the regular character Bob Reid
1988:
Cast in the ABC miniseries "War and Remembrance"
1988:
Provided character voices for callers in Oliver Stone's "Talk Radio"
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Played Wilson, the unseen neighbor, on the ABC hit sitcom "Home Improvement"
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Education

University of Arizona at Tucson: Tucson , Arizona -
Phoenix Junior College: Phoenix , Arizona -

Notes

Last name is pronounced with a long 'i' as in 'high'.

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wife:
Mollie Hindman. Episcopalian minister.

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