Q: Did Wilson from "Home Improvement" ever show his face? Has he been in anything since the show ended?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Wilson Wilson Jr., Tim's affable neighbor on the hit sitcom "Home Improvement," only showed his face once in the entire run of the series, and that was to take a much-deserved bow (tricky to do with the fence in the way).

Earl Hindman, who played Wilson, appeared in every season of the series, starting with the pilot in 1991 and ending with the final episode in 1999.

While technically an episode, the final edition of "Home Improvement" was actually a behind-the-scenes special titled "Backstage Pass" that aired immediately after the final story-based episode.

After a half hour of cast interviews and tours of the studio, the cast all gets together for a final bow before the live audience. It is here, for the first time, that viewers got to see Wilson's face.

Sadly, it would be one of the last times.

The longtime film and TV star died of lung cancer in 2003.

Best known for his longstanding role as Bob Reid on the soap opera "Ryan's Hope," he also had roles in the original big-screen crime drama "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three" (1974) and the classic paranoid thriller "The Parallax View" (also in 1974).

He also appeared in bit parts on dozens of TV series, most recently "Law & Order" (in a 2000 episode) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (in 2002).

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