Richard Karn

Richard Karn

Date Of Birth17 February 1956
Age62 years 1 months 4 days
Day of BirthFriday
Place Of BirthSeattle, Washington, United States
Professions Actor , Game Show host
Nicknames America's favorite handyman , Rich
Full Name Richard Karn Wilson

Personal Information
Residence Los Angeles, California
Mother Tongue English
Religion Christianity
Language English
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Sexual Orientation Straight
Trademarks Hoarse Voice , Goatie Beard
Body Features & Measurements
Height178 CM
1.78 M
5 Feet 10 Inches
70 Inches
Eye colorlight brown
Hair color Black
Weight90 KG
198 lbs
Body Type Large
Family Information
Father Gene Wilson
Mother Louise Wilson (died of bone-marrow cancer)
Son Cooper Andrew Wilson (born in 1992; Cooper Karn)
Wife Tudi Roche (Tudi Joanne Roche; married in 1985)
Sister Sue Wilson
Education Qualifications
Education (Graduation) Bachelor of Film Arts
Education (High School) Nathan Eckstein Junior High School , Portage Northern High School (class of 1969) , Theodore Roosevelt High School (Seattle, Washington)
Alma MaterUniversity of Washington (Seattle, Washington; degree in Drama, class of 1979)
Career Information
Debut (Movie) Picture Perfect(1995)
Years Active 1979-
Debut (TV) Home Improvement
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Favorite Sports basketball (Watches important matches) , Football (Watches frequently)
Favorite TV show Startrek
Social Networks, Web links
Wiki PageWiki Page
Facebook ProfileFacebook Profile
Twitter ProfileTwitter Profile
More Information
Friends Drake Bell
Andy Cadiff
Net worth$6 Million


Richard Wilson is an American actor, game show host. He hosted the popular show Family Feud between 2002 and 2006. He is popular for playing roles- Al Borland in Home Improvement, Arthur Piller in Ctrl(2009), Judge Jon Oplinger in The Bold and the Beautiful (2017), Richard Karn in Detroiters(2017).

Richard Wilson was born on 17th February 1956 in Seattle, Washington, United States to Gene Wilson(Father)- an US Navy construction worker who served in the World War 2 &  Louise Wilson(Mother)- an artist.

Richard Karn & Tudi Roche Marriage

Richard & Tudi met on an off-broadway play- The other Shore(1983), they eventually got married in 1985, the couple have son named Cooper Andrew Wilson born in 1992. They appeared together on the TV series Home Improvement.

The couple moved to New York in search of a better life on a 74 Buick Apollo car.

Richard Karn Family: Tudi Roche(wife), Cooper(Son)

Image: Richard Karn Family: Tudi Roche(wife), Cooper(Son)

Richard Karn: Facts & Trivia

  • His acting interest started in 5th grade, he was involved with acting all throughout high school.
  • Beta Theta Pi(ΒΘΠ): Richard was in the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Edinburgh Festivals, Scotland: Richard attended the Events where he got trained in Drama acting.
  • Michelob beer commercial: Right after his commercial Richard moved to New York where he found a role in the Beer commercial. It was an international brand with large market share, the Ad was even shown at the Super Bowl of 1980.
  • More Commercials: He later appeared in:
    • 50 Floor flooring company
    • Black & Decker
    • Edenpure infrared heater
    • Hilshire Farm Smoked Sausage
    • Internet Tool Box
    • Kodak printers
    • Little Giant ladder systems
    • Michelob beer
    • Mitre 10 hardware store
    • Orchard Supply Hardware
    • Pocket Hose Ultra
    • Wahl's hair clippers and trimmers (WAHL Grooming Kit)
  • Richard Wilson to Richard Karn: When he joined Screen Actors Guild(SAG), He removed his last name Wilson and continued with his middle name Karn as the surname, there was already another person with that exact name.
  • He worked as an apartment complex manager initially in his career (for half the season of Home Improvement until the apartment people used to bring friends to show him off). He also worked as a food caterer at the Jewish events.
  • Home Improvement: He was pulled over and his insurance did not cover it, he was ordered 8 hours of traffic school 1990s, the lady who was sitting next to him was an agent, they discussed acting and stuff and he mentioned he did not have an agent, she became his agent, he got    a role in Home Improvement for just the pilot season, it eventually got extended and became one of the main characters. The role had previously gone to Stephen Tobolowsky, who couldn't take up the role and he had to be replaced. He got so popular that he bought his Cadillac within few pay checks.
  • Richard played a handy man on Home Improvement, being the son of a construction expert he actually knew how to use all the tools.
  • Family Feud: He landed on the game show as its 4th host after Louie Anderson in 2002, he continued till 2006.
  • Someday: Richard appeared on 'The Strokes' song as the Family Feud game host , the theme of the song was a fight between "The Stokes" & "Guided by Voices"
  • GSN Radio Host: He hosted the internet Game Show Network Radio in 2008
  • Bingo America was another show he hosted for GSN
  • Books: In collaboration with writer George Mair, Richard has authored two books- House Broken(2009) & Handy at Home(2002)
  • Celebrity Golf Tournament: Richard is passionate about Golf, he sometimes arranges annual Golf competition of celebrities, these events have been attended by Craig Nelson, Debbe Dunning, Samuel Jackson, Tom Poston among others. Golf tournaments were arranged after softball games, Dinner & auction.
  • Charity Works: The events organised were intended to raise funds for cancer research.
  • He is still close with the cast of Home Improvement, he often plays golf with Tim Allen.
  • Her father who was a playboy reader since 1960s, he once attended the sets Richard was working , he saw Pamela Anderson there and instantly recognized her, next time he brought a copy of Playboy with she on the cover and requested her to sign it, being a sweet girl she is she signed it for Richard's dad.
  • Death Hoax: There was an online rumor about his health, source of the hoax are unknown.
  • His son Cooper set up his Twitter account.

Richard Karn: Quotes

  • [About using his fame to promote charity] I have a nice high-profile job and I want to take advantage of it in a positive way
  • I wasn't trying to steal the show, I wasn't trying to do more than that was there.
  • I never really did stand-up, Stand-ups are a whole another breed [it takes time to get to appreciate them]
  • I had the beard [at the auditions] because I was lazy [the casting directors liked it and it became his trademark]
  • Sometimes you just have to stop and smell the world
  • I was a little extraverted in youth, I think auditioned in junior high on a dare.
  • I don't like to be away from my family for long periods.
  • [About studying in Europe] I think staying away from home, being on my own self, have things that are not handed to me, I was dealing with people I didn't know, it all helped with experience.
  • It was really fun working with Tim Allen, he makes me laugh hard, I have made him laugh hard too.
  • Pamela was great, when we worked day to day, she never wore makeup, she was so pretty even without makeup.

Richard Karn: Career


  • Eastern Market: Richard played Father Edmund in the movie directed by Richard Goteri, starring Richard Goteri, Richard Karn, Sashani Nichole in the lead.
  • Christmas in Mississippi(2017): He played the role- Mr. McGuire in the Drama movie directed by Emily Moss Wilson with the cast Jana Kramer, Wes Brown, Faith Ford
  • The Horse Dancer(2017): He portrayed the role of Jerry in this movie , it was directed by Joel Paul Reisig starring Jason London, Richard Karn, Sophie Bolen in the lead.
  • F*&% the Prom(2017): He played the character- Murphy in this Comedy movie directed by Benny Fine with Danielle Campbell, Joel Courtney, Cameron Palatas in the lead cast.
  • Amanda and the Fox(2017): He acted in the role of Judge Weartherbee in the Family movie directed by Joey Sylvester with actors- Elizabeth Foster, Richard Karn, Jason London playing the lead characters.
  • Stars Are Already Dead(2016): He portrayed Jim in the Drama , it was directed by Shaun Hart , cast includes Katie Leclerc, Lea Thompson, Ben Beaune
  • A Dog for Christmas(2015): He acted in the role of Santa in the Family Comedy movie directed by , cast includes Dean Cain, Richard Karn, Dustin Diamond
  • Christmas Land(2015): Richard appeared as Mason Richards in the Drama by Sam Irvin produced by Daisy MacLean, Robin Archer, with the cast of Luke Macfarlane, Maureen McCormick, Nikki Deloach
  • A Perfect Christmas List(2014): He played the character- Tim in the Family Comedy Drama with the cast Beth Broderick, Ellen Hollman, Aaron Hill
  • A Daughter's Nightmare(2014): He played the character of Cameron in the Mystery Drama directed by Vic Sarin starring Paul Johansson, Emily Osment, Victoria Pratt in the lead.
  • Gordon Family Tree(2013): Richard played Perry Merrow in this Family directed by Marc Hampson , it features Jennica Schwartzman, Richard Karn, Corbin Bernsen in the cast.
  • Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury(2011): He portrayed Bill Witherspoon in the Comedy movie directed by Garrett Brawith , it stars Kevin Sorbo, Danny Trejo, Ross Patterson in the cast.
  • The Back-up Bride(2011): Richard Karn was Shane Bingham in this Comedy movie , it was directed by Ana Zins , it features Jesse Johnson, Leena Huff, Daniel Bonjour in the cast.
  • Mr. Blue Sky(2007): He portrayed John Adams in the Drama movie directed by Sarah Gurfield with stars- Mary Kate Schellhardt, Chaney Kley, Richard Karn in the main roles.
  • Reality School(2004): He acted in the role of Founder in the Comedy directed by John Sparano , cast included Edward Finlay, Mark DeCarlo, Darcy Fowers
  • Sex and the Teenage Mind(2002): Richard played Stanley in the Comedy movie directed by Donald L. Gold with the cast Jay Michael Ferguson, Michael Bower, Allison Lange
  • MVP: Most Vertical Primate(2001): He played the role of Ollie Plant in the Sports Comedy movie directed by Robert Vince with the cast Cameron Bancroft, Bernie, Bob Burnquist
  • The Pooch and the Pauper(2000): He acted as Agent Dainville in the Comedy directed by Alex Zamm with actors- Fred Willard, Vincent Schiavelli, Richard Karn playing main roles.
  • Legend of the Mummy(1998): Richard was Brice Renard in the Horror Thriller movie directed by Jeffrey Obrow starring Eric Lutes, Amy Locane, Louis Gossett Jr. in the lead.
  • Picture Perfect(1995): He portrayed George Thomas in the Comedy directed by Joseph L. Scanlan starring Dave Thomas, Mary Page Keller, Richard Karn in the main roles. Richard was also a creative consultant on the show

TV Series

  • Detroiters(2017): He acted as Richard Karn in the Series with actors- Tim Robinson, Pat Vern Harris, Sam Richardson playing main roles.
  • The Bold and the Beautiful(2017): Richard played Judge Jon Oplinger in the Romantic Drama Series starring Susan Flannery, Katherine Kelly Lang, Ronn Moss in the main roles.
  • Last Man Standing(2013): He played the character- Bill McKendree in this Comedy Series created by Jack Burditt, starring Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Molly Ephraim in the lead.
  • In Gayle We Trust(2011): He portrayed the character- Mayor Thomas in this TV Series with Todd Waring, Elisa Donovan, Sarah Taylor in the lead.
  • True Jackson, VP(2010): Richard appeared as Fire Marshal O'Dannon in this Family Comedy Drama Series , it has Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota, Matt Shively in the lead cast.
  • Ctrl(2009): He acted in the role of Arthur Piller in the Comedy Series , cast includes Tony Hale, Emy Coligado, Steve Howey
  • Dirt(2008): He portrayed the character- Holt's Father in the Drama Series starring Josh Stewart, Ian Hart, Courteney Cox in the main roles
  • Watching Ellie(2003): Richard played Richard Karn in the Series created by NBC Studios, Hammond's Reef, Brad Hall , it stars Steve Carell, Darren Boyd, Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the cast.
  • The Chronicle(2001): He played the character of David Tally in the Horror Series , cast included Chad Willett, Rena Sofer, Reno Wilson
  • The Lot(2001): Richard Karn portrayed the character of Stan Lunquist in the Comedy Drama TV Series , it features Robyn Peterson, Harriet Sansom Harris, Linda Cardellini in the cast.
  • That '70s Show(2001): He played the role of Theo in this Romantic Comedy TV Series starring Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis in the lead.
  • Recess(2000): He portrayed the role- Edmond P. Edmonton in the Adventure Comedy Series starring Andrew Lawrence, Jason Davis, Ashley Johnson in the lead.
  • Soul Man(1997): Richard played Al Borland in this Family Comedy TV Series with Kevin Sheridan, Dan Aykroyd, Anthony Clark in the lead cast.
  • Burke's Law(1995): Richard was David Bergen in this Crime Drama TV Series starring Peter Barton, Dom DeLuise, Gene Barry in the lead.
  • Boy Meets World(1995): He portrayed Victor in the Comedy Drama TV Series starring Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels in the lead.
  • Home Improvement(1995): He portrayed the role of Al Borland in this Family Comedy TV Series , it has Earl Hindman, Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson playing in the lead.
  • ABC Afterschool Specials(1994): He played the role of Mr. Delo in the Adventure Comedy Drama Series created by Guy Fraumeni starring Samaria Graham, Lance Kerwin, Mara Hobel in the lead.
  • ABC TGIF(1990): He portrayed the character- Al in the Comedy TV Series , it has Jay Mohr, Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker playing in the lead.


  • No Such Luck(2014): Richard Karn was Sheriff Lawrence in the Crime short movie directed by Chris Johnson, Fi Dieter starring Jacquelynn R. Camden, Brad Camden, Travis Daniel Brown in the main roles.
  • All Star Bowling Trick Shots(2012): He portrayed Richard Karn in the Short Video directed by Jack Packard created by Funny or Die with Robert Ben Garant, John Goodman, Chris Hardwick in the lead cast.
  • Snow Buddies(2008): He played the role of Patrick in this Family Video directed by Robert Vince created by Robert Vince, it features Jimmy Bennett, Jim Belushi, Lothaire Bluteau in the cast.
  • The Fast One(2006): He played the role of Gerald in the directed by Zachary Kranzler created by NC Motion Pictures, Zachary Kranzler starring Francis Fallon, Bianca Rossini, Richard Karn in the main roles.
  • Air Buddies(2006): He played the character- Patrick Framm in the Adventure Family Video directed by Robert Vince with Cascy Beddow, Jane Carr, Kelly Chapek in the lead cast.
  • Reality School(2002): He portrayed the role- Victor Cayanne in the Comedy directed by John Sparano starring Jay Michael Ferguson, Richard Karn, Mark DeCarlo in the lead.
  • Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch(2002): He acted in the role of Patrick in the Family Comedy Drama Video directed by Robert Vince with the cast Jason Bryden, Jay Brazeau, Jeffrey Ballard
  • Family Fued(2002-2006): He hosted the show for 4 years.
  • How to Host a BBQ with Richard Karn(1996): He was the Host in the show directed by Jim Janicek starring Richard Karn in the lead.


  • House Broken: How I Remodeled My Home for Just Under Three Times the Original Bid (1999)
  • Handy at Home: Tips on Improving Your Home from America's Favorite Handyman (2002)


  • The Other Shore(1983)
  • The Nerd(1988)
  • Harvey(1989)

Richard Karn: Photos, Pictures

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Richard Karn's son Cooper Karn
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Richard Karn with wife Tudi Roche
Richard Karn with wife Tudi Roche
Richard Karn with wife Tudi Roche
Richard Karn with wife Tudi Roche
Richard Karn Family: Tudi Roche(wife), Cooper(Son)
Richard Karn Family: Tudi Roche(wife), Cooper(Son)

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