Earl Hindman, who was unseen but often heard as a costar of ”Home Improvement,” died of lung cancer at age 61 in Stamford, Conn., the Associated Press reports. Hindman became a TV star on the soap opera ”Ryan’s Hope,” where he played Detective Lt. Bob Reid for 16 years, but he reached his biggest audience at night on ”Home Improvement,” where he played Wilson, the neighbor who was regularly heard dispensing common-sense advice from behind the backyard fence he shared with Tim Allen’s character. (Hindman’s character’s full name was Wilson W. Wilson Jr.) Hindman was also a regular on New York stages and appeared in a handful of films, including ”Taps” and ”Three Men and a Baby.”
(Earl Hindman: Newsmakers/NewsCom)
Posted December 29 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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