“Home Improvement” aired from 1991-1999, 8 seasons, 204 episodes. A pretty long run. If you weren’t under a rock (or on the rock) in the 90′s, then you probably know all about this show. (Sidenote, OG Air Diamond Turfs rocked by Zachery Ty Bryan above are killin’ y’all, and certainly a step above Tim Allen’s Air Tech Challenges, though I can’t really hate on an Agassi shoe). I’m going to spare you the spiel on this, because if you don’t know about “Home Improvement,” then you don’t really care about this post.
Tim Allen as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor
Since the sitcom went off the air, Tim Allen has pretty much stayed famous. He’s been in a ton of movies (Joe Somebody, Big Trouble, The Santa Clause 2, Christmas with the Kranks, The Shaggy Dog, Wild Hogs, and the upcoming Toy Story 3). In 1999, he was named as an official “Disney Legend” for his parts in the “Toy Story” and “Santa Clause” franchises. He is currently married to actress Jane Hajduk and they recently had their first child together, and Tim’s second.
Patricia Richardson as Jill Taylor
Mainly appearing in made-for-TV movies since 1999, Patricia Richardson has also appeared in “Law and Order : Special Victims Unit” and held a recurring role on the Lifetime series “Strong Medicine” until 2005. She also starred in the final two seasons of “West Wing.”
Zachery Ty Bryan as Brad Taylor
ZTB has rocked out on several brief TV roles since the sitcom ended. These include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Veronica Mars,” “Shark,” “Smallville,” “Cold Case,” and even “Reading Rainbow.” Most recently, he appeared in an episode of “Burn Notice.” He has recently started a company, Vision Entertainment Group and is working on a documentary for ESPN with his wife.
Johnathan Taylor Thomas as Randy Taylor
This dude may have been the biggest teen heartthrob of all time. I know it’s not politically correct or even that decent to say, but let’s call a spade a spade: This kid was swimming in bitches at one point. The amount of boy-band type ass he probably got is unparalleled. He ended up wanting to go to college so dropped out of the acting scene for a bit. However, he still maintained appearances on “Smallville,” “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Veronica Mars.” Couldn’t really find anything more recent than 2005 on him.
Taran Noah Smith as Mark Taylor
Seriously kids, what is up with the triple full names? Smith briefly attended USC. He is a huge environmentalist and in June 2006 was arrested for trying to save the South Central Farm, an urban community garden being destroyed by land developers. He also opened up a vegan eatery called Playfood with his then-wife. They have since divorced after Smith caught her embezzeling funds and won a court settlement in 2007. He still owns Playfood, Inc.
Richard Karn as Al Borland
From 2002-2006, Karn was the host of “FamilyFeud” and even appeared in a music video for The Strokes as the host. He is currently the host of “Bingo America” (replacing Patrick Duffy from “Step By Step” fame) and spokesman for the “Mr. Handyman” franchise of handymen. He has also written 2 home improvement books.
Debbe Dunning as Heidi the Toolgirl
We all know Pam Anderson was the toolgirl for a while, but for most years it was Dunning. She is currently married to American volleyball legend Steve Timmons and has 1 daughter and 1 son. In 2004 she was a spokesperson for a breast enlargement drink (REALLY? a DRINK?) and since 2008 has been a national spokesperson for bioMETRIX, Inc. which makes garage door openers, doorlocks and the like. She has also starred in “Wicked Wicked Games,” which is a telenovela. Not sure what the hell that is, but okay…
Earl Hindman as Wilson
I was very tempted to do a “fence picture” and not show you this dude’s face. In December of 2003, Hindman died of lung cancer at the age of 61.