- Richard Karn
name = Richard Karn
caption = Richard Karn, former host of "Family Feud".
birthname = Richard Karn Wilson
birthdate = birth date and age|1956|02|17
Died = death date and age|2008|05|20|1946|9|5
Los Angeles, California
actor, game showhost
children = Cooper Andrew Wilson
parents = Louise Wilson
Richard Karn Wilson (born
February 17 1956in Seattle, Washington) is an American television actorand game showhost.
Karn is best known for his role as
Al Borland, the sidekick of Tim Allen's character, on the sitcom " Home Improvement" (1991–1999). In 2002, Karn replaced Louie Andersonas host of the game show" Family Feud". In 2002, Karn also made an appearance in The Strokes' music video for "Someday", which featured segments of the band on a fictional showing of "Family Feud" against the band " Guided by Voices". On October 6, 2008, Karn replaced Patrick Duffyas host of GSN's Bingo America.
Karn is sometimes referred to as "Richard Jr." because he and original "Feud" host
Richard Dawsonshare the same first name. Richard left "Family Feud" in 2006 and was replaced by John O'Hurley.
Karn is the son of Gene and Louise Wilson and has a sister, Sue. His mother was a painter and died of bone marrow cancer in 1983. His father was a building contractor. He also served with honor as a
U.S. Navy Seabeein World War II. (On Home Improvement, Karn's character Al Borlandwas a Navy Seabee and also worked in construction.) Karn has been married to Tudi Roche, who occasionally appeared on "Home Improvement" as Jill's sister Carrie, since 1985. They live in Los Angeles, Californiawith their son Cooper Karn Wilson (born 1992).
After graduating from Roosevelt High School in
Seattle, Washington, where he was in the drama program, Karn attended the University of Washington, where he was known around campus as "Dickie K." He received a Bachelor of Fine Artsdegree from the university's [http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrama/patp/documents/patp2008.pdf Professional Actor Training Program] , and was a member of Beta Theta Pifraternity.
Karn and his wife managed an apartment building before he was cast in "Home Improvement". They even kept the job through the first season of the show, as they were unsure if it was going to be a hit. Karn credits his hard work ethic and Al's character traits to his father Gene, who could build or fix anything.
In 2008, Karn became the national spokesman for the "Mr. Handyman" franchise chain of professional handymen. He is touted as a "Handyman Guru," borrowing on his TV personna. He has also served as the spokesman for the Little Giant ladder system, a product of
Wing Enterprises. Richard became the new host of Bingo America on GSN on October 6, 2008 [http://buzzerblog.flashgameshows.com/richard-karn-is-new-host-of-bingo-america/] .
Snow Buddies" (2008) - Patrick
*"Mr. Blue Sky" (2006) - John
Air Buddies" (2005) - Patrick
*"" (2002) — Patrick
Reality School" (2002) — Victor Cayanne
Sex and the Teenage Mind" (2002) — Stanley Heitmeyer
*"" (2001) — Ollie Plant
The Pooch and the Pauper" (1999) — Agent Dainville
Legend of the Mummy" (1997) — Brice Renard
*"Picture Perfect" (1995)(TV) - George Thomas
Home Improvement" (1991–1999) — Al Borland
Family Feud" (2002–2006) — Host
Bingo America" (2008-present) - Host
*"Foot Soldier" (1998) - Host and narrator
That 70's Show" (1 episode, Bye Bye Basement) Theo
Boy Meets World" (1 episode, "This Little Piggy") Animal Control Officer
*" The New St Elsewhere (Dr. Frank Baum)
Dirt" (1 episode, Ties That (Don't) Bind) Holt McLauren's Father(Richard Karn is doing 7Up ads for the summer of 2008)Currently on Nick at Nite
WOW! The Most Amazing Acts on Earth" 1996 - HostKarn also appeared in infomercials for the Little Giant Ladder System.
*"House Broken: How I Remodeled My Home for Just Under Three Times the Original Bid" (1999) - ISBN 0-0610-5144-6 (with George Mair)
*"Handy at Home: Tips on Improving Your Home from America's Favorite Handyman" (2002) - ISBN 0-3123-0606-7 (with George Mair)
*imdb name|id=0439781|name=Richard Karn
*tvtome person|id=17477|name=Richard Karn
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