Richard Karn

Richard Karn

Birth name: Richard Karn Wilson
Born: February 17, 1956
Age: 67
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, U.S.
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Richard Karn Wilson (born February 17, 1956) is an American actor and game show host. He is most well known for his co-starring role as Al Borland in the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement and his tenure as the fourth host of Family Feud from 2002-2006.

Karn was born Richard Karn Wilson in Seattle, Washington. Karn's father, Gene, was a Seabee who served in World War II. Richard graduated from Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington,[1] where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Karn also gained drama experience in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival.

After earning his drama degree in 1979, Karn moved to New York City. After less than one week, he was hired to do a commercial for Michelob beer that was featured during the 1980 Super Bowl. When he joined the Screen Actors Guild, he was informed there was already a Richard Wilson, so he dropped his last name.[2]


Show business career

In 1989, his wife Tudi convinced him that they should move to Los Angeles. He found a place for them to live by managing an apartment complex, and catered events at a Jewish synagogue on the side. After receiving a traffic citation, Karn attended a traffic school and sat beside an agent who told him about casting for the new television show called Home Improvement. The role of Al Borland had already been given to Stephen Tobolowsky, but when taping was scheduled, Tobolowsky was busy with another movie and the role had to be recast. Karn was a guest star in the pilot episode but became a regular cast member when the show was picked up by the network.[2][3]

In 2002, Karn replaced Louie Anderson as the fourth host of the game show Family Feud (also being the second to share his first name with original host Richard Dawson). Karn left Family Feud in 2006 and was replaced by John O'Hurley.

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 Duffy as host of Game Show Network's Bingo America.[4] Karn was also a substitute host on GSN Radio.

Karn did commercials for Orchard Supply Hardware in the 1990s.



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Picture Perfect George Thomas
1997 Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy Brice Renard
2000 The Pooch and the Pauper Agent Dainville
2001 MVP: Most Vertical Primate Ollie Plant
2002 Sex and the Teenage Mind Stanley Heitmeyer
2002 Reality School Victor Cayanne
2002 Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch Patrick
2006 Air Buddies Patrick
2006 Mr. Blue Sky John
2008 Snow Buddies Patrick
2011 Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury Bill Witherspoon
2013 Gordon Family Tree Perry Merrow[5]
2014 A Daughter's Nightmare Cameron "Cam" Morgan
2017 Horse Dancer Jerry
2017 F the Prom Murphy Datner


Year Title Role Notes
1991-1999 Home Improvement Al Borland 202 episodes
1995 Boy Meets World Victor Episode: "This Little Piggy"
1996 WOW! The Most Amazing Acts on Earth Host
1996 Chariots of the Gods? The Mysteries Continue Host
1998 Foot Soldier Host / narrator
2000 Recess Edmund P. Edmonton Episode: "Beyond a Reasonable Scout"
2001 That '70s Show Theo Episode: "Bye Bye Basement"
2002-2006 Family Feud Host
2008 Dirt Holt McLauren's Father Episode: "Ties That (Don't) Bind"
2008-2009 Bingo America Co-Host
2010 True Jackson, VP Fire Marshal O'Dannon Episode: "My Boss Ate My Homework"
2013 Last Man Standing Bill McKendree 2 episodes
2017 Detroiters Himself Episode: "Quick Rick Mahorn in Dearborn"
2017 The Bold and the Beautiful Judge Jon Oplinger 2 episodes


  • House Broken: How I Remodeled My Home for Just Under Three Times the Original Bid (1999) - ISBN 0-06-105144-6 (with George Mair)
  • Handy at Home: Tips on Improving Your Home from America's Favorite Handyman (2002) - ISBN 0-312-30606-7 (with George Mair)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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