If you grew up in the 90's, you remember watching "Home Improvement." Who didn't love Tim Taylor, his wife Jill and their crazy trio of boys? The show epitomizes the golden age of family television, but where are the cast members now?
"Home Improvement" was Tim Allen's first big break onto the acting scene and it launched his career in a big way. By the last season, he was earning about 1.25 million dollars per episode. The show segued into starring roles in the popular "Santa Clause" series and his voice role as Buzz Lightyear in "Toy Story," a role that is almost as iconic as Tim Taylor in "Home Improvement." He currently stars in another ABC comedy called "Last Man Standing."
Patricia Richardson had had some mild success on Broadway and in small parts on television, but it was only after she landed the part on "Home Improvement" that she became a household name. Coincidentally, she got the part only after original actress Frances Fisher tested poorly with audiences. After the show ended, Richardson starred in several straight to TV movies (one role won her a Spirit award) and had a three-year stint on Lifetime series "Strong Medicine." Since then however, she has stuck mainly within the TV movie realm, largely going unnoticed.
Although Zachery Ty Bryan was actually a month younger that Jonathan Taylor Thomas, he was cast to play the eldest Taylor boy, Brad. Following the final episode of "Home Improvement," Bryan scored some small roles in TV shows like "Veronica Mars" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Following more bit pats, he got a role in "The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift" in 2006 and also starred in the TV movie "Thor: Hammer of the Gods" which aired on the Syfy channel. We think we'll take Chris Hemsworth as the magical god.
Fondly referred to as JTT, Jonathan Taylor Thomas left "Home Improvement" before the show even ended, preferring to focus on his academics as he had spent his whole teenage years with the series. While filming the show, he was also the voice of young Simba in Disney's "Lion King" series. Aside from guest roles on shows like "Smallville" and "8 Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter," JTT largely focused on academics. The school he left Home Improvement for? Harvard. At least we know this little nugget grew up into a scholar.
Taran has had arguably the most exciting life post-"Home Improvement." Because he was so young when he started the show as youngest Taylor boy Mark, he grew disillusioned with acting and left it after the show ended. He then controversially married a women sixteen years his senior, with whom he started a non-dairy cheese business and vegan restaurant. If you're perplexed, so are we, but it gets better. He divorced his wife in 2007, and the last that's been heard of Smith was a marijuana arrest in 2012.
Earl's well-loved role as the half-hidden yet friendly on "Home Improvement" was not his first big TV part. He played Lt. Bob Reid on almost 460 episodes of "Ryan's Hope," a show which followed an Irish-American family in New York, for a span of thirteen years. Only after the show ended did Earl land his part on "Home Improvement" in 1991. After that show, Hindman had only a few bit parts before he passed away due to lung cancer in 2003 as the result of a long smoking habit.
Richard Karn earned the role as Tim Taylor's 'Tool Time' co-host only after the original actor cast, Stephen Tobolowsky was too busy to take part in the show. Karn played sidekick Al for eight years before transitioning into the part of a lovable red-cheeked game show host. He hosted "Family Feud" for four years between 2002-2006 and took over for show "Bingo America" in 2008, until it ended in 2009. As of writing, Karn has barely broken 900 followers on Twitter, so his career hasn't exactly skyrocketed.
While "Home Improvement" was the launching pad for Tim Allen's career in comedy, it seems like most of the rest of the cast's careers kind of fizzled out after the show ended in 1999. However, we always have those memories of watching 'Tool Time' and laughing along with the Taylors.