Earl Hindman

Earl John Hindman (October 20, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American actor, best known for his role as the kindly unseen neighbor Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. on the television sitcom Home Improvement (1991–99).[1]

Earl Hindman
Earl John Hindman

(1942-10-20)October 20, 1942
DiedDecember 29, 2003(2003-12-29) (aged 61)
Years active1968–2003
TelevisionHome Improvement
(m. 1976)

Long before this role, however, he played villains in two 1974 thrillers, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and The Parallax View. He also appeared in the films Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? (1971), Greased Lightning (1977), The Brink's Job (1978), Taps (1981), Murder in Coweta County (1983), and played the part of J.T. in the Lawrence Kasdan film Silverado (1985).

Hindman's most famous pre-Home Improvement role was as Bob Reid in Ryan's Hope. He played the role from 1975–84 and later returned for its final episodes in 1988–89. Hindman's wife (Molly McGreevey) was also on the soap 1977–81 as Polly Longworth, best friend to media tycoon Rae Woodard.

Personal life and deathEdit

Hindman was born in Bisbee, Arizona, the son of Eula and Burl Latney Hindman, who worked in the oil pipeline business.[2][3] He studied acting at the University of Arizona.[4]

On May 21, 1976, Hindman married Molly McGreevey, with whom he later acted on Ryan's Hope. McGreevey later became an Episcopal priest.[5]

Hindman died of lung cancer on December 29, 2003, at the age of 61, in Stamford, Connecticut.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Teenage Mother
1968 The Kiss of Her Flesh Don
1969 The Ultimate Degenerate Bruno
1971 Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? Whitey
1974 The Parallax View Deputy Red
1974 Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue Garrity
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three George Steever aka Mr. Brown
1975–1984, 1988–1989 Ryan's Hope Bob Reid TV series
1977 Greased Lightning Beau Welles
1978 The Brink's Job FBI agent #3
1981 Taps Lieutenant Hanson
1985 Silverado J.T.
1987 Three Men and a Baby Satch
1988 Talk Radio Chet / Black John / Jerry Voice
1989 War and Remembrance Lt. Commander Wade McClusky TV Miniseries
1991 The Ballad of the Sad Café Henry Macy
1991 Fires Within Sergeant
1991–1999 Home Improvement Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. TV series, 203 episodes
2000 Law & Order Mr. Riley Episode: "Black, White and Blue"
2001 Final Official
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sheriff Episode: "The Third Horseman"


  1. ^ https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/tim-allen-says-hes-very-interested-in-a-home-improvement-reboot-exclusive/ar-BBJUHVe?li=BBnb7Kz
  2. ^ New York Times obituary.
  3. ^ Notice of Earl Hindman's death Archived 2009-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Collins, Dan (December 30, 2013). "'Home Improvement' Actor Dies". CBS News. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Birkner, Gabrielle (January 2, 2004). "Wilson of TV's "Home Improvement,' Earl Hindman dies at 61 of cancer". Morning Call. Retrieved June 9, 2019.

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