Tim Allen’s Tim Taylor might have been the supposed star of the fictional present Device Time on Residence Enchancment, however he was usually upstaged by his co-host, the lovable Al Boland, performed by Richard Karn. Together with his deadpan catchphrase “I do not suppose so, Tim,” and his relative lack of clumsiness, Al did his finest to maintain Tim in line, and followers adored him for it. He additionally appeared like an everyday man you may know, which is smart, since Karn got here to the function not from doing a ton of onscreen appearing however after taking over different forms of jobs in Los Angeles, together with managing an condo complicated. Residence Enchancment proved to be his huge break, and he was part of the present for all eight seasons. Learn on to seek out out what the actor has been as much as since.
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Karn simply may have missed out on the sitcom function that made him a star. In a 2012 interview with Vulture, busy character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (he performed Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, amongst tons of of different roles) talked about passing on a suggestion to play Al. He famous that, although the wage was “enormously princely” for him on the time, the sitcom would not have allowed him to tackle different jobs, so he ended up letting it go. “They obtained Richard Karn to play that function. He was on it for years and years and years and made beaucoup bucks,” Tobolowsky stated, including that he has no regrets, since he was capable of go on and “do all of the reveals all people is aware of [him] for.”
In the meantime, what may have appeared like unhealthy luck on Karn’s half led to him reserving the long-running present. He reportedly discovered concerning the audition when he ended up in visitors faculty after rolling by way of a cease signal. Karn was seated subsequent to a expertise agent who informed him concerning the alternative, and the remainder is historical past.
Previous to Residence Enchancment, Karn’s solely onscreen credit had been in just a few episodes of One Life to Reside. The household sitcom was on the air from 1991 to 1998, throughout which era he took on another roles, together with visitor spots in Boy Meets World, Burke’s Legislation, and Soul Man. After the Residence Enchancment collection finale, Karn continued appearing, showing in motion pictures together with just a few installments of the Air Bud franchise and several other holiday-themed rom-coms. On TV, he is guest-starred in Watching Ellie; True Jackson, VP; and Detroiters, and he reunited with Allen for 2 episodes of his follow-up sitcom, Final Man Standing. Most not too long ago, he performed Maya’s (Maya Erskine) dad Fred within the ’90s-set center faculty comedy, PEN15.
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Taking part in the host of Device Time for thus a few years definitely paid off for Karn, who’s emceed a number of recreation reveals and competitors collection in his profession. He was the host of Household Feud from 2002 to 2006, the co-host of Bingo America from 2008 to 2009, and has been the voice of many TV specials.
In 2021, he and Allen teamed up once more to co-host the Historical past Channel actuality competitors collection Meeting Required, by which contestants revamp common home goods. This yr, they premiered one other present on the identical community. Appropriately titled Extra Energy, it delves into the historical past of instruments and the way we use them, so it is mainly Device Time 2.0.
In an announcement saying the brand new collection, Karn stated (by way of Collider), “My friendship with Tim has lasted over 30 years… in a row! The prospect to do a present like Device Time was unquestionably thrilling. We might not have Binford however we nonetheless could have a world of enjoyable!”
When he is not working, Karn is spending time along with his spouse of 37 years, Tudi Roche, and their grown son, Cooper. Both that, or he is on the golf course. Like a lot of his former co-stars, the actor is a giant golfer. By means of a lot of the late ’90s, he yearly hosted The Richard Karn Superstar Golf Basic in Seattle. These days, he might be discovered at occasions run by different celebrities, together with comic George Lopez’s annual outing. And these golf tournaments usually flip into Residence Enchancment reunions, with Karn hitting the hyperlinks alongside Allen and Debbe Dunning (Heidi), who’re additionally closely into the game.