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RIP: Earl Hindman (aka Wilson)

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NEW YORK (AP) ? Actor Earl Hindman, best known for playing a neighbor whose face was forever obscured by a fence on the television show Home Improvement, died of lung cancer Monday in Stamford, Conn. He was 61.

Earl Hindman, top, starred with Patricia Richardson and Tim Allen on 'Home Improvement.'Touchstone Television via Getty

As Wilson, the neighbor of Tim Allen's character on the long-running sitcom, Hindman dispensed folksy advice from behind a white picket fence, with only his eyes and forehead visible to audiences. Before appearing on the show, he played Detective Lt. Bob Reid for 16 years on the daytime drama Ryan's Hope.

He made his name in New York theater, appearing in Dark of the Moon off-Broadway in 1970 and in The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel at the Public Theater in 1971. He also acted in two short-lived Broadway plays and in several movies, including The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (1991) and Final (2001).

He was born in Bisbee, Ariz., and studied acting at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

(Not mentioned was he was also the voice behind Home Depot commercials)
Alex D. from TRIBE on Utility Room