Earl Hindman (1942–2003)


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Earl Hindman was an American actor from Arizona. His most famous role was that of helpful neighbor Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. in the popular sitcom "Home Improvement" (1991-1999). The series lasted for 8 seasons, and a total of 204 episodes. In 1942, Hindman was born in Bisbee, Arizona, which at the time was a mining city. Bisbee was established in 1880... See full bio »

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Silverado J.T.
(1985)
The Parallax View Deputy Red
(1974)
Home Improvement Wilson Wilson, Jr. / Santa Claus
(1991-1999)

Filmography

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 2003 Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to 'Home Improvement' (TV Movie)
Narrator / Wilson Wilson Jr.
 2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Sheriff
- The Third Horseman (2002) ... Sheriff
 2001 Final
Official
 2000 Hopewell (TV Movie)
Police Chief
 2000 Deadline (TV Series)
 2000 Law & Order (TV Series)
Mr. Riley
- Black, White and Blue (2000) ... Mr. Riley
 1991-1999 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Wilson Wilson, Jr. / Santa Claus
- The Long and Winding Road: Part 2 (1999) ... Wilson Wilson, Jr.
- The Long and Winding Road: Part 3 (1999) ... Wilson Wilson, Jr.
- The Long and Winding Road: Part 1 (1999) ... Wilson Wilson, Jr.
- Dead Weight (1999) ... Wilson Wilson, Jr.
- Trouble-a-Bruin (1999) ... Wilson Wilson, Jr.
 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
Pericles
- Hercules and the Assassin (1998) ... Pericles (voice)
 1992 Stay the Night (TV Movie)
Mike Kettman Sr.
 1991 Fires Within
Sergeant
 1991 The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
Henry Macy
 1990 Rising Son (TV Movie)
Victor
 1990 Kojak: It's Always Something (TV Movie)
Donley
 1989 ABC TGIF (TV Series)
Wilson
 1975-1989 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Bob Reid / Lt. Bob Reid
- Episode #1.3515 (1989) ... Bob Reid
- Episode #1.3511 (1989) ... Bob Reid
- Episode #1.3507 (1989) ... Bob Reid
- Episode #1.3500 (1988) ... Bob Reid
- Episode #1.3498 (1988) ... Bob Reid
 1988 Talk Radio
Chet / Black John / Jerry (voice)
 1988 War and Remembrance (TV Mini Series)
Lt. Cmdr. Wade McClusky (Enterprise)
- Part III (1988) ... Lt. Cmdr. Wade McClusky (Enterprise)
 1988 The Red Spider (TV Movie)
Stern
 1987 Three Men and a Baby
Satch
 1987 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Harry Carson
- Let the Games Begin (1987) ... Harry Carson
 1986-1987 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Lt. Elmer / Lieutenant Elmer / Findlay
- Coal Black Soul (1987) ... Lt. Elmer
- The Cup (1986) ... Lt. Elmer
- Prelude (1986) ... Lieutenant Elmer
- Breakpoint (1986) ... Findlay
 1987 Kojak: The Price of Justice (TV Movie)
Danny
 1985-1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Max Ordella / Sgt. Clayton
- Mary Hamilton (1987) ... Max Ordella
- Resurrection (1985) ... Sgt. Clayton
 1986 One Police Plaza (TV Movie)
Detective Jake Stern
 1985 Silverado
J.T.
 1984 The Leatherstocking Tales (TV Mini Series)
Harry March
- Episode #1.4 ... Harry March
- Episode #1.2 ... Harry March
- Episode #1.1 ... Harry March
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Lombardo, FBI
- Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion (1984) ... Lombardo, FBI
 1983 Murder in Coweta County (TV Movie)
J.H. Potts
 1981/I Taps
Lt. Hanson
 1981 Nurse (TV Series)
- A Little Rain (1981)
 1979 Once Upon a Classic (TV Series)
 1978 The Brink's Job
F.B.I. Agent
 1977 Greased Lightning
Beau Welles
 1974 The Doctors (TV Series)
Det. Roy Griffin
- Episode #1.2987 (1974) ... Det. Roy Griffin (credit only)
- Episode #1.2986 (1974) ... Det. Roy Griffin (credit only)
- Episode #1.2985 (1974) ... Det. Roy Griffin (credit only)
- Episode #1.2982 (1974) ... Det. Roy Griffin (credit only)
- Episode #1.2981 (1974) ... Det. Roy Griffin (credit only)
 1974 The Parallax View
Deputy Red
 1973 Key West (TV Movie)
Rick
 1973 Pueblo (TV Movie)
QMT Charles B. Law, Jr.
 1971 You Are There (TV Series)
Meriwether Lewis
- Lewis and Clark Expedition (1971) ... Meriwether Lewis
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
William
- A Memory of Two Mondays (1971) ... William
 1969 The Ultimate Degenerate
Bruno (as Leo Heinz)
 1968 The Kiss of Her Flesh
Don (as Leo Heinz)
 1967 Teenage Mother (as Earle Hindman)
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Other Works:

: Plays Julius Caesar in "Julius Caesar" play by William Shakespeare (Lucille Lortel Theater, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

Alternate Names:

Leo Heinz | Earle Hindman

Height:

6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Spouse:

Molly McGreevy  (his death)  (2 children)

Parents:

Hindman, Eula | Hindman, Burl Chester
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Before moving to Stamford, he lived in New York City and Tucson. See more »

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