Earl Hindman

Lowest Rated: 42% Final (2001)
Birthday: Oct 20, 1942
Birthplace: Bisbee, Arizona, USA
Supporting actor Earl Hindman was best known among fans of the long-running ABC sitcom Home Improvement for playing the over-educated, enigmatic but wise neighbor Wilson. Ask those fans if they would recognize Hindman's face and they would be at a loss, for he never showed his full countenance upon the show. Hindman was a pipeliner's son and had a peripatetic upbringing that took him to various Southwestern locales. He attended high school in Tucson, AZ, where he was a natural athlete. At the same time, he became interested in drama and then still photography. Following time at Phoenix Junior College, he enrolled in the University of Arizona where he renewed his interest in drama. Hindman's first professional acting job was to perform in a Shakespearean play at San Diego's Globe Theatre. The experience was such that Hindman dropped out of school to become a full-time actor. He learned his craft as he went, performing in countless repertory theaters. Eventually, he made it to New York, where he appeared on and off-Broadway. He made his feature film debut in the obscure Two Into Three Won't Go (1969). Hindman's subsequent film appearances were sporadic. Hindman was a cast member on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope for several years before gaining prominence on Home Improvement. Four years after the hit sitcom left the airwaves, Hindman succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 61.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
42% Final Official 2001
71% Hamlet Actor 2000
No Score Yet Fires Within Sergeant 1991
67% The Ballad of the Sad Cafe Henry Macy 1991
No Score Yet Rising Son Victor 1990
83% Talk Radio Jerry 1988
74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby) Satch 1987
77% Silverado J.T. $33.3M 1985
No Score Yet Murder in Coweta County J.H. Potts 1983
71% Taps Lt. Hanson 1981
80% The Brink's Job FBI Agent 1978
No Score Yet Greased Lightning Beau Welles 1977
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Brown 1974
93% The Parallax View Deputy Red 1974
No Score Yet Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue Garrity 1974
No Score Yet Who Killed Mary Whats'ername? Whitey 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Riley
  • 2000
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
Wilson Wilson Wilson
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Lt. Elmer
  • 1987

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