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Richard Karn

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Richard Karn was born Richard Karn Wilson in Seattle, Wash., in 1956. He earned a B.F.A. at the University of Washington in their Professional Actor Training Program and played in off-Broadway and Broadway productions (his Broadway debut was playing the "suit of armor" in Me and My Girl), in the 1980s. However, it was his role as the shy, but confident Al Borland on the 1990s television sitcom Home Improvement that made Karn a star. It was a role he discovered by accident -- or almost an accident -- when he ran a stop sign, was sent to traffic school, and met an agent who told him about the Home Improvement audition. Looking back at the success of the series and Karn's beloved character, it seems hard to believe that the actor kept his job as an apartment manager during the first season, unsure of the fledgling show's future. During his years on the sitcom, Karn appeared as a host for TV specials and in made-for-TV films, including ABC's Picture Perfect (1995) and HBO's Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy (1998). Following Home Improvement, Karn found a new niche as a game-show host, replacing Louie Anderson as the host of Family Feud in 2002, and Patrick Duffy as the host of Bingo America in 2008. Karn is an avid golfer and has become a national spokesman for the "Mr. Handyman" franchise.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Horse Dancer
  • Jerry
2017
No Score Yet A Dog for Christmas
  • Santa
2015
No Score Yet A Perfect Christmas List
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet A Daughter's Nightmare
  • Cameron
2014
No Score Yet Gordon Family Tree
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Back-up Bride (Head Over Spurs in Love)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Mr. Blue Sky
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Snow Buddies
  • Patrick
2008
No Score Yet Mr. Blue Sky
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Air Buddies
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Foot Soldier: The Allies
  • Narrator
2006
No Score Yet Sex and the Teenage Mind
  • Stanley Heitmeyer
2002
No Score Yet Air Bud 4 - Seventh Inning Fetch
  • Patrick
2001
No Score Yet MVP 2: Most Vertical Primate
  • Ollie Plant
2001
No Score Yet Pooch and the Pauper
  • Drainville
2000
No Score Yet Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy
  • Brice Renard
1998
No Score Yet Picture Perfect
  • George Thomas
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
87% Detroiters
2017
  • Actor
  • 2017
No Score Yet Last Man Standing
2011
  • Bill McKendree Bill McKenzie
  • 2013
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Director
  • Al Borland
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991

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