Growing up, Allen had a neighbor whose face he could never fully see, as he was too short to look over his family's fence. This ended up as a general concept of what a neighbor was in Allen's eyes. Allen talked about this on Marc Maron's WTF podcast (via Cinema Blend).
What happened to Wilson from Home Improvement?
Wilson was portrayed by Earl Hindman across 202 Home Improvement episodes that aired between 1991 and 1999. The actor died of lung cancer in 2003, at 61.
Did they ever show Mr Wilson's face on Home Improvement?
In fact, it wasn't until Home Improvement's official finale "Backstage Pass" that viewers finally got to see Wilson's face - or at least, Earl Hindman's.
How old was Earl Hindman when he died?
61 years (1942–2003)Earl Hindman / Age at death
Hindman died of lung cancer on December 29, 2003, at the age of 61, in Stamford, Connecticut.
Why was Home Improvement cancelled?
The series ended after eight seasons in 1999. Richardson was offered $25 million to do a ninth season; Allen was offered $50 million. The two declined the offer and the series came to an end as a result.
What is the story behind Wilson of Home Improvement?
Wilson, it says, was inspired by a childhood memory of Tim Allen's concerning a neighbor who would speak to him frequently but whom he could not see because he was simply too short. That simple memory created many of the show's most memorable moments.