Where Are They Now? The Cast of "Home Improvement"
by Suggest Team
"Home Improvement" launched its actors, particularly Tim Allen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, into mainstream Hollywood stardom. However, most of the show's cast has not enjoyed mainstream success since the "Tool Time" days.
Tim Allen's role as Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor launched him into stardom. During the show's run, he starred in many films, including "The Santa Clause" and "Toy Story." After "Home Improvement," he reprised some of his popular roles in sequels such as "The Santa Clause 2" and "Toy Story 3." He made a glorious return to television in 2011 with the hit series "Last Man Standing".
Patricia Richardson still gets the most recognition for her role as Jill Taylor. However, her career did not end with the end of "Home Improvement." She appeared in a season of "The West Wing" and had roles in various indie films, such as "Lost Dream" and "Avarice." So far, her role as Jill Taylor remains her most relevant role.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Randy Taylor) was quite the teen heartthrob in the 1990s. As a teen, he starred in movies like "The Lion King," "Tom and Huck," and "Wild America." However, his popularity waned as he grew up. Lately, he has had small roles on television shows like "Last Man Standing" and "8 Simple Rules," but he has not had a starring role since "Home Improvement" ended.
Zachery Ty Bryan
Like his co-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas, "Home Improvement" launched Zachery Ty Bryan (Brad Taylor) into teen stardom. He continues to appear on television shows like "Burn Notice" and "Cold Case," but his roles tend to be small. On the plus side, he has had a few supporting roles in movies, including "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "The Game of Their Lives".
Taran Noah Smith
Taran Noah Smith (Mark Taylor) was a child star who actually decided not to pursue acting after "Home Improvement" ended. He decided to live a quieter life and live off his earnings from the show. In 2005, he invested in a vegan cheese company and restaurant. He married Heidi van Pelt in 2001, but the couple divorced in 2007.
Richard Karn played lovable Al Borland in the series. He continues to land supporting roles in small movies and television shows. He has appeared in productions such as "Ctrl," "Mr. Blue Sky," and "Gordon Family Tree." He also hosted "Family Feud" between 2002 and 2006.
The audience never saw Wilson's (Earl Hindman) face on "Home Improvement," but he played an important role on the show. After the series ended, he made a couple of small appearances on "Law & Order" and "Deadline." Hindman passed away on December 29, 2003, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Debbe Dunning played Heidi, the tool girl on "Tool Time." She was a replacement for Pamela Anderson, who originally played the "tool girl" role. After "Home Improvement," she appeared on the television show "Wicked Wicked Games." However, she has not had an acting role since 2007. She now works as a spokesperson in commercials.