Tim Allen’s Tim Taylor could have been the supposed star of the fictional present Software Time on Dwelling Enchancment, however he was usually upstaged by his co-host, the lovable Al Boland, performed by Richard Karn. Along 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 a daily man you would possibly know, which is sensible, since Karn got here to the function not from doing a ton of onscreen performing however after taking up different varieties of jobs in Los Angeles, together with managing an residence complicated. Dwelling Enchancment proved to be his large break, and he was part of the present for all eight seasons. Learn on to search out out what the actor has been as much as since.
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Karn simply might 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 a whole lot 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 acquired Richard Karn to play that function. He was on it for years and years and years and made beaucoup bucks,” Tobolowsky mentioned, including that he has no regrets, since he was capable of go on and “do all of the reveals everyone is aware of [him] for.”
In the meantime, what might have appeared like dangerous luck on Karn’s half led to him reserving the long-running present. He reportedly discovered concerning the audition when he ended up in site visitors faculty after rolling by way of a cease signal. Karn was seated subsequent to a expertise agent who advised him concerning the alternative, and the remainder is historical past.
Previous to Dwelling Enchancment, Karn’s solely onscreen credit have been in a number of episodes of One Life to Dwell. The household sitcom was on the air from 1991 to 1998, throughout which period he took on another roles, together with visitor spots in Boy Meets World, Burke’s Legislation, and Soul Man. After the Dwelling Enchancment sequence finale, Karn continued performing, showing in films together with a number of installments of the Air Bud franchise and a number of 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 just lately, he performed Maya’s (Maya Erskine) dad Fred within the ’90s-set center faculty comedy, PEN15.
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Enjoying the host of Software Time for therefore a few years definitely paid off for Karn, who’s emceed a number of sport reveals and competitors sequence 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 sequence Meeting Required, wherein contestants revamp common home goods. This 12 months, 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 Software Time 2.0.
In an announcement asserting the brand new sequence, Karn mentioned (through Collider), “My friendship with Tim has lasted over 30 years… in a row! The possibility to do a present like Software Time was unquestionably thrilling. We could not have Binford however we nonetheless may have a world of enjoyable!”
When he is not working, Karn is spending time together 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 an enormous golfer. By way of a lot of the late ’90s, he yearly hosted The Richard Karn Superstar Golf Traditional in Seattle. These days, he may be discovered at occasions run by different celebrities, together with comic George Lopez’s annual outing. And these golf tournaments usually flip into Dwelling Enchancment reunions, with Karn hitting the hyperlinks alongside Allen and Debbe Dunning (Heidi), who’re additionally closely into the game.