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Earl Hindman

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Birth nameEarl John Hindman
Birth dateOctober 20, 1942
Place of birthBisbee, Arizona, U.S.
Date of deathDecember 29, 2003(age 61)
Death placeStamford, Connecticut, U.S.
OccupationFilm/TV actor
Years active1968 2003
SpouseMolly McGreevey (1976 2003, his death)

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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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