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|Born||Earl John Hindman
October 3, 1942
Bisbee, Arizona, U.S.
|Died||December 29, 2003
Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
|Cause of death||Lung cancer|
|Occupation||Film and television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Molly McGreevey (m. 1976)|
Earl John Hindman (October 3, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American film and television actor, best known for his role as the kindly unseen neighbor Wilson W. Wilson Jr. on the television sitcom Home Improvement (1991–99).
Long before this role, however, he played villains in two 1974 thrillers, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and The Parallax View. He also appeared in the films Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? (1971), Greased Lightning (1977), The Brink's Job (1978) and Taps (1981), and played the part of J.T. in the Lawrence Kasdan film Silverado (1985).
Hindman's most famous and enduring pre-Home Improvement role was as Bob Reid in Ryan's Hope. He played the role in 459 episodes during the years 1975–89. Ex-police officer Bob Reid was everybody's best friend who never got the girl and was the long-suffering brother of the soap's serial bride Delia Reid Ryan Ryan Coleridge. Hindman's wife (Molly McGreevey) was also on the soap 1977–81 as Polly Longworth, best friend to media tycoon Rae Woodard.
Personal life and death
- Teenage Mother (1967)
- The Kiss of Her Flesh (1968) - Don
- The Ultimate Degenerate (1969) - Bruno
- Who Killed Mary What's 'Er Name? (1971) - Whitey
- The Parallax View (1974) - Deputy Red
- Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue (1974) - Garrity
- The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) - George Steever aka Mr. Brown
- Greased Lightning (1977) - Beau Welles
- The Brink's Job (1978) - FBI agent
- Taps (1981) - Lieutenant Hanson
- Silverado (1985) - J.T.
- Three Men and a Baby (1987) - Satch
- Talk Radio (1988) - Chet / Black John / Jerry (voice)
- The Ballad of the Sad Café (1991) - Henry Macy
- Fires Within (1991) - Sergeant
- Home Improvement (TV series) (1991-1999) - Wilson the neighbor
- Final (2001) - Official