‘Home Improvement’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

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    Does everybody know what time it is? That was the famous phrase that came out of Home Improvement, the ABC sitcom that aired from September 1991 to May 1999. The 30-minute comedy followed Tim “The Toolman” Taylor (Tim Allen) as he hosted a home-improvement show titled “Tool Time,” even though he’s not at all a handyman.

    When not at work with sidekick and best friend Al Borland (Richard Karn), Tim spent time at home with wife Jill (Patricia Richardson) and their three sons: Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan); Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas); and Mark (Taran Noah Smith).

    The series, which launched Allen’s television career, ran for eight seasons and was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards. Thomas, whose career took off while the show was airing, exited the show during the eighth season to go to school.

    While both Allen and Richardson were reportedly offered between $25 and $50 million to do a ninth season, both turned it down.

    In 2020, Allen revealed he “always thinks about” doing a reunion of some sort. “I like the idea of doing it as a one-off, like a one-hour movie. I like the idea of finding out where the boys are now,” the comic told TVLine. “Tool Time would be in today’s world. I just think it’s a marvelous idea, and all the actors think it’s a great idea.”

    Scroll through the gallery below to see where the cast is today.

    Tim Allen

    The comedian’s actor has not slowed down since the sitcom wrapped. As he voiced Buzz Lightyear in every Toy Story film, he led the Santa Clause film trilogy and starred in hit movies including Galaxy Quest, Christmas with the Kranks, Wild Hogs and Ralph Breaks the Internet. On the TV front, he returned to the sitcom world in 2017, leading and executive producing Last Man Standing. Allen was married to Laura Deibel from 1984 to 2003 and the pair share one daughter, Katherine, who was born in 1989. He married Jane Hajduk in 2006 and the duo welcomed their daughter, Elizabeth, in 2009.

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    Patricia Richardson

    Richardson has continued to act since the end of Home Improvement, landing a main role on Strong Medicine from 2002 to 2005 and The West Wing from 2005 to 2006. She also reunited with Allen on Last Man Standing for two episodes in 2015 and made a cameo in Blindspot in 2019. In addition to multiple film roles, Richardson also served on the SAG-AFTRA board and has returned to her stage roots. She starred in Cruel Intentions: The Musical in 2017. The Maryland native was married to actor Ray Baker from 1982 to 1995. They have three children: Henry, born in 1985, and twins Roxanne and Joseph, born in 1991.

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    Jonathan Taylor Thomas

    The former child star rose to massive fame in the ’90s. He exited the show before the end of the series to attend school, with his last episode airing during season 8 in December 1998. In 2000, he graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School in California, then went on to study philosophy and history at Harvard University. In 2010, he graduated from Columbia.

    After Home Improvement, he appeared in multiple TV shows and movies, including 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Smallville, Veronica Mars and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. His last acting role was in 2015, as he appeared as a guest star on Allen’s Last Man Standing. He also directed an episode in 2016.

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    Richard Karn

    In addition to being known for playing Al Borland, Karn is also recognized as the fourth host of Family Feud, a job he took on from 2002 to 2006. Karn has starred in dozens of TV shows and movies, including That ’70s Show, Ctrl, The Bold and the Beautiful and PEN15. He also cohosted Bingo America from 2008 to 2009. Karn married actress Tudi Roche in 1985 and they have one son.

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    Zachery Ty Bryan

    The Colorado native appeared on many TV shows following Home Improvement, including Boston Public, Family Law and Veronica Mars. He landed movie roles in Longshot, Slammed and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, among others. He married Carly Matros in 2007 and the pair share four children: twin daughters, Taylor Simone Bryan and Gemma Rae Bryan, born in 2014, daughter Jordana Nicole Bryan, born in 2016, and son Pierce, born in 2019.

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    Taran Noah Smith

    Smith, who starred on the show from age 6 to 16, did not want to act after the series ended. He briefly ran a vegan restaurant and catering company called PlayFood, volunteered in the Philippines for the not-for-profit organization Communitere and later worked for the Community Submersibles Project. Smith married Heidi van Pelt in April 2001 when he was 17 and she was 33. The two divorced in 2007.

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    Debbe Dunning

    After portraying Heidi on the TV show from 1993 to 1999, Dunning went on to appear in multiple comedies, including The Misery Brothers and Now You Know. In 2017, she began hosting a travel show, “Debbe Dunning’s Dude Ranch Round-Up,” on DirecTV’s The Cowboy Channel. Dunning married volleyball pro Steve Timmons in 1997 and the pair share three children: Spencer, born in 1996; Stoney, born in 2000; and Sysco, born in 2008. The duo split in 2018.

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    Earl Hindman

    Best known for his role as Wilson on Home Improvement, Hindman went on to appear in Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Final. The actor died of lung cancer in 2003 at the age of 61. He was survived by his wife of more than 20 years, actress Molly Wheaton McGreevy. She passed away two years later.

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    Pamela Anderson

    Anderson, whose first recurring TV part was on the series from 1991 to 1993, then landed her breakout role on Baywatch and later V.I.P. The model, who covered dozens of magazines, also starred in multiple movies, many times playing an exaggerated version of herself. Anderson has been married four times.

    She was married to Tommy Lee from 1995 to 1998 and the pair had two children, Brandon in 1996, and Dylan in 1997. She married Rick Salomon in 2007 but they had their marriage annulled the following year. In 2014, she announced they had remarried but they divorced for good in 2015. In January 2020, she married Jon Peters, but the pair split only one month later. However, she has since denied that they were legally married.

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