Earl Hindman


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Earl John Hindman (October 20, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American actor, best-known for his role as the kindly neighbor (whose lower face was always hidden from sight from the television viewer) Wilson W. Wilson Jr. on the television sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999).

Long before this role, however, he played bad guys in two 1970s thrillers, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and The Parallax View.

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.

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1969: Bruno (as Leo Heinz) - The Ultimate Degenerate
1974: Mr. Brown - The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
1974: Garrity - Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue
1974: Stacy - Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue
1974: Deputy Red - The Parallax View
1968: Don (as Leo Heinz) - The Kiss of Her Flesh
1986: Det. Jake Stern - One Police Plaza
1991: Henry Macy - The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
1971: Whitey - Who Killed Mary Whats'ername?
1987: Danny - Kojak: The Price of Justice
1983: J.H. Potts - Murder in Coweta County
1988: Chet/Black John/Jerry (voice) - Talk Radio
1987: Satch - 3 Men and a Baby
1973: QMT Charles B. Law, Jr. - Pueblo
1985: J.T. - Silverado

1985: Spenser: For Hire
1990: Attorney Riley - Law & Order
1984: Tales from the Darkside
1998: Pericles - Hercules
1985: Findlay - The Equalizer
2001: Law & Order: Criminal Intent
1991: Wilson Wilson, Jr. - Home Improvement
1985: Lt. Elmer - The Equalizer