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).
Earl John Hindman
October 20, 1942
Bisbee, Arizona, U.S.
|Died||December 29, 2003 (aged 61)|
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
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
|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|
|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|
|1991–1999||Home Improvement||Wilson W. Wilson, Jr.||TV series, 203 episodes|
|2000||Law & Order||Mr. Riley||Episode: "Black, White and Blue"|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Sheriff||Episode: "The Third Horseman"|
- New York Times obituary.
- Notice of Earl Hindman's death Archived 2009-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
- Collins, Dan (December 30, 2013). "'Home Improvement' Actor Dies". CBS News. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
- Birkner, Gabrielle (January 2, 2004). "Wilson of TV's "Home Improvement,' Earl Hindman dies at 61 of cancer". Morning Call. Retrieved June 9, 2019.