The series is based on the stand-up comedy routines of star Tim Allen. This article contains character information for the American television sitcom Home Improvement. In one episode where Tool Time is celebrating their fifth anniversary show, Al is shown in the first ever episode of Tool Time clean shaven, while Tim has a beard.. 1 Episode, Richard Riehle Favorite about the host of a small do-it-yourself cable show, his independent wife and their trio of growing boys. Home Improvement was one of the most watched sit-coms of the ’90s, loved by American families, as well as tool enthusiasts – who related to Tim Taylor, the tool man. Benny has not had a job in years, mainly because he doesn't like to work. Gretchen German brings the character of June Palmer to life on three episodes of Home Improvement. He was even offered to play for a professional soccer team in England, which is turned down for a scholarship to UCLA. China Kantner plays Willow Branch Leaf Wilson on the show. 1 Episode, Eileen Brennan 2 Episodes, Lloyd Garver China studied art history, and later obtained a degree in Christian theology. When not at work with sidekick and best friend Al Borland (Richard Karn), Tim spent time at home with wife Jill (Patricia Richardson) and their three sons: Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan); Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas); and Mark (Taran Noah Smith). One episode ("The Look", Season 5.07) Tim was selling season Pistons tickets (Tim had 2 tickets for each game and each pair cost $100) and Benny not able or willing to buy any of the tickets kept offering to go to the games with the people who were buying them, even people he didn't even know, so he could go to the games without paying for a ticket. He often forgets a crucial step, ignores instructions, makes ill-advised modifications, or comes to inaccurate conclusions. With his dry wit, Al serves as the show's (both Tool Time and Home Improvement) straight-forward, practical man to the wackier, more outgoing Tim. The series is based on the stand-up comedy routines of star Tim Allen. Mark is not a troublemaker, as he doesn't possess a joking demeanor or even a hint of a mean streak. | Dave He also appeared in the NBC comedy Ctrl, which ran for one season. 1 Episode, Mitch Rouse Jill's Father On one episode ("A House Divided", Season 4.18) While the "Tool Time" crew is fixing up Benny's aunt's house, the structure is blown up due to Benny's negligence and is not Tim's fault; furthermore when Tim and his family are moving furniture back into the twice repaired Benny's aunt house, Benny, rather than helping out, lies back on a lawn chair to watch the others do the work. Jill refers to any or all of her sons, as well as Tim by their full names when she is angry. Her father was a Colonel in the US Army and is referred to as such. 1 Episode, Dex Sanders After Home Improvement, she landed a role in the 2001 comedy, Burning Down the House, after which she decided to quit acting and focus on studying. 1 Episode (1999), Maggie Lawson Outside of his job, Al has made investments such as becoming part owner of Harry's Hardware and marketing a successful board game based on Tool Time, the object of which is to avoid hospitalization. 1 Episode, Tom Verica In later seasons, her personal life increasingly crossed paths with Tim and Al. 2 Episodes, Robert Zappia Tracy … 1 Episode, Rick Cramer Besides her acting career, Patricia is the National Spokesperson for Cure PSP, an organization dedicated to researching the disease from which her father passed away in 2005. Tim Taylor is the main character on Home Improvement. Father Mike 4 Episodes, Francesca P. Roberts Pam Tim also often pokes fun at Al's mother, Alma Borland, who is never seen (except her hand and forearm, in season 8), but is apparently severely overweight.