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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 (1976-2003) (his death)|
Earl John Hindman (October 3, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American film and television actor, best known for his role as the kindly neighbor (whose lower face was always hidden from television viewers) Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. on the television sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999).
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 1975–1989. 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 1977–1981 as Polly Longworth, best friend to media tycoon Rae Woodard.
His voice has also been heard on the Disneyland Railroad since 2002.
Personal life and death
A longtime smoker, Hindman was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2003, and died of the disease on December 29 of that year in Stamford, Connecticut, where he was buried in Roxbury Cemetery. In addition to his wife, he was survived by a brother, Ray, a sister, Anna Dean Shields, and his mother Eula Hindman (1916-2011).