IS IT ME OR IS TIM GROWING ‘GIRLIE?’
Allen’s crowd-pleasing performances caught the attention of Hollywood, earning him his own sitcom, “Home Improvement,” which premiered on ABC in the fall of 1991. Following a well-deserved reign atop the ratings and seven consecutive People’s Choice Awards for favorite male TV performer, the show ended in the spring of 1999. In ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” Allen plays Mike Baxter, a guy’s guy fighting to preserve his masculinity in a world dominated by the women in his life.Touchstone Television/Everett Collection, ABC/Craig Sjodin – Monday, October, 10, 2011
I NEVER LIKED HER HAIR CUTS – THEY STRAIGHT F*CKED HER UP!
Before being cast as Tim’s wife, Jill Taylor, Patricia Richardson had a successful stage career. She soon found herself on TV’s top-rated program, “Home Improvement.” She appeared in 203 of the show’s 204 episodes, from 1991 until 1999. She was nominated four times for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy. Richardson has maintained a successful Hollywood career since the show wrapped. During the past two years, Richardson has starred in the highly rated made-for-TV movies “The Jensen Project” and “Bringing Ashley Home,” and she recently wrapped up shooting on another film, “Beautiful Wave,” co-starring Aimee Teegarden of “Friday Night Lights.”Touchstone Television/Everett Collection, Ryan Miller/Getty Images – Monday, October, 10, 2011.
I THOUGHT HE WOULD’VE BEEN PLAYING FOOTBALL BY NOW!
Zachery Ty Bryan — who turned 30 on October 9 — was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. After finding success as a young model, Bryan and his family moved to Los Angeles in the late ’80s so he could pursue an acting career. Within a few years he had secured the role of dimwitted Brad Taylor, Tim and Jill’s eldest son, on “Home Improvement.” He also played Clay in the big-screen hit “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” These days, the actor — who married his wife, Carly, in 2007 — keeps busy behind the scenes, running his own production company, Vision Entertainment Group.Touchstone Television/Everett Collection, Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com – Monday, October, 10, 2011
CUTE THEN, FREAKING HOT AS GLASS IN HELL, RIGHT NOW!
Jonathan Taylor Thomas was living in Sacramento, California, when he started to book TV commercials for Mattel, Kellogg’s, and Burger King. He and his family headed to Hollywood in search of bigger roles for Thomas. He soon won the role of Randy Taylor, Tim and Jill’s middle son, on “Home Improvement.” But as JTT mania swept the nation, Thomas started to withdraw from Hollywood. He wanted to experience life away from a sound stage and — to the shock of many — he left “Home Improvement” at the start of the show’s eighth and final season to pursue his education. In the years since, Thomas graduated from Columbia University. Thomas has recently stated that he’d like to get back into acting and possibly try his hand at directing.Touchstone Television/Everett Collection – Monday, October, 10, 2011
OMG, HE COULD TOTALLY PASS AS ANDY DICK’S SON.
Taran Noah Smith was barely 7 when he landed his first (and only) major role as Tim and Jill Taylor’s youngest son, Mark, on “Home Improvement.” Since the show ended, he has married and divorced a woman 16 years his senior, battled his parents in court for control of his multimillion-dollar trust fund, dropped out of USC film school, and started a vegan restaurant. He was also featured — along with his former TV family — in Entertainment Weekly’s Reunion Issue, which hit newsstands only a few days ago.Touchstone Television/Everett Collection, Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com – Monday, October, 10, 2011
HANDSOME BIG LUMBERJACK!
After earning a drama degree from the University of Washington in 1979, Richard Karn moved to New York City. While attending traffic school in Los Angeles, Karn met a Hollywood agent who mentioned that a new show, “Home Improvement,” was holding auditions. When another actor — who had already been cast to play Tim Taylor’s “Tool Time” assistant — had to depart the production, Karn accepted the role of Al Borland. From 2002 to 2006, he headlined a syndicated version of “Family Feud.” Since 2008, he has hosted GSN’s “Bingo America.”Touchstone Television/Everett Collection, GSN – Monday, October, 10, 2011
I’VE ALWAYS TRIED TO SEE IF I COULD ‘SEE’ HIM THRU THE FENCE!
Long before he popped up behind a fence on “Home Improvement” as the Taylors’ philosophical neighbor Wilson, Earl Hindman had carved out a rewarding career in Hollywood. After “Home Improvement,” Hindman guest-starred in “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He died of lung cancer in 2003. He was 61.Touchstone Television/Everett Collection, Jim Smeal/Ron Galella/WireImage.com – Monday, October, 10, 2011
SHE’S AGED MORE THAN THE MEN HAVE?! HMM
Pamela Anderson gained national attention when she landed on the cover of Playboy in October 1989. The following year, the model-turned-actress appeared in “Home Improvement” as Lisa, the original “Tool Time” girl. But Anderson’s star didn’t soar until she assumed her next role as scantily-clad lifeguard C.J. Parker on “Baywatch,” a show that would make Anderson a household name. More recently, Anderson partnered with Damian Whitewood on Season 10 of “Dancing With the Stars.” These days she’s busy raising her two teenage sons, Brandon and Dylan, making promotional appearances, and advocating for animal rights.Touchstone Television/Everett Collection, Samir Hussein/Getty Images – Monday, October, 10, 2011,
I LOVED THAT SHOW (IN TIM THE TOOL MAN’S VOICE)