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    After "Home Improvement" Allen continued his successful movie career, starring in "Galaxy Quest" and "The Santa Clause 3." He stars in a new man-of-the-house comedy, "Last Man Standing," which premiered this fall on ABC. "The idea was to really test how smart you can be, and be funny, rather than the t-shirt, beer-swilling guy," he said of his character. WATCH THE FULL STORY FRIDAY AT 10 p.m. ET.
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    "Home Improvement" debuted in 1991 on ABC, and became one of the most watched sitcoms of the 1990s. Tim Allen played an accident-prone handyman named Tim Taylor who hosted a home improvement TV show. "Home Improvement" centered on Tim and his wife, Jill (Patricia Richardson), as they raised their three sons, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan), Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Mark (Taran Noah Smith).
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    After playing the mother hen of the Taylor home on "Home Improvement," Patricia Richardson, 60, made TV guest appearances and played Dr. Andy Campbell on the Lifetime show "Strong Medicine," from 2002 to 2005. She also appeared briefly on "The West Wing." Richardson divorced actor Ray Backer in 1995, with whom she had three children. She is in the upcoming film "Beautiful Wave."
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    Brad, the oldest brother, was the bad boy of the Taylor family. He was played by Zachery Ty Bryan, who went on to appear on "ER" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," among other shows. He played Clay in "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Bryan married Carly Matros in 2007. His most recent accomplishment was producing "The Grief Tourist," a 2011 film starring Melanie Griffith.
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    Randy Taylor, played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, was the middle son, a budding environmentalist. Thomas, dubbed "JTT," was a teen idol who acted in films and voiced Young Simba in "The Lion King." He later left acting to go to college at Columbia University. Now 30, Thomas splits his time between both coasts, and he told Entertainment Weekly he was considering directing.
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    Mark Taylor, played by Taran Noah Smith, was the baby brother. After the show ended, Smith left show business. He and his wife, Heidi Van Pelt, opened a vegan restaurant called PlayFood in California and a non-dairy cheese plant in Kansas City. He also was an installation artist. Smith and Van Pelt had a son named Nolan Eric Smith, but the couple divorced in February 2007.
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    Al Borland was Tim's co-host on "Tool Time" -- and the brunt of most of his jokes. He was played by Richard Karn, who later starred in "MVP 2: Most Vertical Primate" and "Air Buddies." Karn hosted "Family Feud" from 2002 to 2006. He married Tudi Roche, who made appearances on "Home Improvement" as Jill's sister. The couple has one son, named Cooper Karn Wilson.
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    The Taylors' wise neighbor, Wilson, rarely exposed anything more than his forehead and eyes as he peered over their fence and gave advice. He was played by Earl Hindman, who went on to make appearances on "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." He passed away in December 2003.
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    Pamela Anderson played Lisa, Tim's sexy "Tool Time" assistant, from 1991 to 1993. Anderson left to star on "Baywatch," becoming a wildly successful actress and model. She has had an on-again-off-again relationship with her ex-hubby Tommy Lee, with whom she has two children. Anderson was also married to singer Kid Rock and Rick Salomon. She is a vegan and animal-rights activist.
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    Debbe Dunning's Heidi replaced Lisa as Tim's "Tool Time" assistant. She later appeared on an episode of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" in 2002 and four episodes of "Wicked Wicked Games" in 2006 and 2007, then left the spotlight to focus on her family (although she still acts). Dunning is married to volleyball legend Steve Timmons, with whom she has two children, Spencer and Stony.
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