ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

The first episode of the family-centric show Home Improvement aired on September 17, 1991, and the final episode aired on May 25, 1999. That's 8 awesome seasons of spending time with the Taylor gang, and 15 long years since we've seen them or been able to indulge in a show-within-a-show episode of Tool Time.

So what have the stars of this classic '90s TV show been up to in the last decade and a half?

Tim Taylor - Tim Allen

Tim Taylor, the sport-loving, accident-prone patriarch was the head of the family, the host of Tool Time, and everyone's surrogate '90s dad.

Do I even need to go into listing all of the things Tim Allen has done since Home Improvement ended? In the earlier '90s he played a number of roles, including Scott Calvin/Santa in The Santa Clause (one of my personal favorite holiday movies). And if you didn't already know, he went on to voice Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise. Tim Allen is also slated to reprise his voice role in [Toy Story 4](movie:335430). Despite his massive animated fame, Tim Allen has stuck to his TV roots. His show Last Man Standing ran for four seasons and hosted many of this HI costars. So, Tim's been keeping very busy.

Jill Taylor - Patricia Richardson

Being the only woman in this very hectic household was not always easy, but everyone could count on Jill to hold things together and play moral compass when necessary.

Patricia Richardson has mainly stuck to television shows and movies after portraying Connie in the 1997 film Ulee's Gold. From 2002 to 2005 she played Dr. Andy Campbell on Lifetime's medical drama Strong Medicine.

Brad Taylor - Zachery Ty Bryan

Ahh Brad.The oldest of the Taylor boys. Strong, athletic, and look at those eyes!

Zachery has had stints on multiple famous TV series, including Veronica Mars and Burn Notice. People also probably recognized Brad *cough* I mean, Zachery, in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as one of the douchier villains, Clay. His last listed acting role on IMDb was in 2009, and he has mainly worked as a producer in more recent years.

Randy Taylor - Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Randy Taylor made being the forgotten middle child a thing of the past in the Taylor family; or, at least to fans of Home Improvement. Who didn't love JTT? Answer: Nobody. Everybody loves JTT.

Sadly for our pre-teen selves, JTT's work as been sparse since the late '90s after he decided to turn away from the spotlight. But it would be remiss if I never mentioned one of his great roles in that period. Mainly, young Simba in The Lion King. Like his costar Zachery, JTT has also been featured in some TV spots, including working alongside his Home Improvement dad, Tim, for a few episodes of Last Man Standing.

Seriously, I think this was one of the most heart-wrenching cinematic moments of everyone's childhood and potentially their adulthoods. Bring on the tears!

Mark Taylor - Taran Noah Smith

Does everyone remember how Mark went goth? Because I do. Classic youngest sibling behavior. He was the butt of the Taylor brother's jokes and pranks for a long time, but by the end Mark and Brad finally bridged the age gap in their relationship and became quite close.

Like others in the Home Improvement cast, Taran Noah Smith decided to put his acting days to a rest after the conclusion of Home Improvement. Although he's remained relatively quiet, he did stir up some media attention after getting married at the age of 17 to someone a fair bit older; and for his 2012 arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.

Al Borland - Richard Karn

The main handyman's partner in crime was the more serious, flannel-wearing Al. Not to mention, that beard. Didn't we all love Al? In the immortal words of Tim Taylor, "Oh yeah, we all love Al."

Richard Karn has had a very steady stream of work after Home Improvement concluded. First and foremost, he went on to host Family Feud from 2002 to 2006. He also had a guest appearance on Last Man Standing. His latest role is playing Santa in A Dog for Christmas, which is currently in post-production.

Lisa - Pamela Anderson

Lisa, or Binford's first "Tool Girl," was only around for the first two seasons and left Tool Time to pursue her career as a paramedic. Thankfully, as she said during a guest appearance a few years later, she did it!

Pamela Anderson was never heard from again. Just kidding. Pamela has always been kind of around since Home Improvement. As we know, Baywatch was a hit for her and launched her career from "Tool Girl" to "It Girl." Today, Pamela is known more as a proponent for the animal rights movement.

Heidi Keppert - Debbe Dunning

After a few seasons on the show, Lisa's replacement Heidi became more than just the "Tool Girl" and actually became a real character with a backstory. Way to overcome, Heidi!

Debbe Dunning has also flown under our radars since the late '90s. She played Hope Lorca on the American telenovela Wicked Wicked Games in the mid-2000s. From what the Internet tells me, she focuses her time on being a wife and mother. And I have to say, she is just as stunning as ever.

Wilson W. Wilson Jr. - Earl Hindman

Always the sagely neighbor, Wilson was always there to lend the Taylors some advice, a relevant anecdote, or a helpful quote. Wilson was the not-so-unsung hero of Home Improvement. His only competition for being a wise neighbor was probably Mr. Feeny from Boy Meets World.

Sadly Earl Hindman, the man behind the fence, passed away in 2003, just a few years after the series finale. But we can always look back on some of his pre-Home Improvement roles like playing the villainous "Brown" on The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974).

There we have it! Just like that, another segment of Time Flies has flown by and now we're all a little more up-to-date on what some of our favorite characters have been doing in the last few years.


Which Home Improvement character would you want to have help you on your own home improvements?

(Source: IMDb)


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