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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 February 1956Seattle, Washington, USA
Birth NameRichard Karn Wilson
Nickname Rich
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Karn was born on February 17, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, the son of Gene and Louise Wilson. He has a sister named Sue. His birth name was Richard Karn Wilson, but he shortened it to Richard Karn because there was already a Richard Wilson registered with the Screen Actors Guild.

He did his first acting in the fifth grade and was very active in drama in high school. He spent six months in England and attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1979 with a degree in drama. During his career, Richard has performed in many off-Broadway productions. His filmography includes 11 feature films and several made-for-TV movies and television series, including nine years as Al Borland on Home Improvement with Tim Allen.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mandie <mandie95@starlink.com>

Spouse (1)

Tudi Roche (1985 - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Always wears Button-Down shirts or LumberJack outfits
Raspy Voice
Goatie
Beard

Trivia (12)

His wife, Tudi Roche, periodically appears on Home Improvement (1991) as Jill's sister.
Has one son, Cooper Karn (b. 1992).
Graduated University of Washington with B.F.A. from the Professional Actors Training Program.
Worked as an apartment building manager prior to his success on Home Improvement (1991), and even maintained that job during the show's first season until he knew that Home Improvement would be successful.
Is a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity from University of Washington
His last name is omitted from his stage name because it was discovered that the Screen Actors Guild already had an actor by the name of Richard Wilson.
His mother Louise was a painter; she died of bone marrow cancer in 1983.
His father Gene is a retired building contractor.
Graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington and was often a part of the drama program there.
His son, Cooper, goes to Campbell Hall. This school was also once attended by Andy Garcia's children, Denzel Washington's daughter (Olivia), Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen and Andrew Lawrence.
Richard and Casey Sander attended Nathan Eckstein Junior High School in Seattle together, though Richard was a year behind.
Was not the original actor chosen to be Al on Home Improvement. Strphen Tobolowsky was originally cast and Richard filled in as a favor to the directors in the pilot when Stephen wasn't available. Once Stephen decided to pursue a movie career Richard agreed to stay on as Al.

Personal Quotes (1)

(Commenting on the death of his mother, who succumbed to cancer in 1983): "I thought my parents were invincible. It never occurred to me she would die."

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