Wilson From ‘Home Improvement’ Was Based on Tim Allen’s Real Neighbor

If you grew up in the 90s, your childhood almost definitely includes memories of Tim Allen‘s TV sitcom, Home Improvement. The show became extremely popular in the United States, running for a total of eight seasons. Kids everywhere imitated Tim “The Tool-Man” Taylor’s manly grunts and calls for “More power!”

But as much as Home Improvement integrated itself into our childhood, it turns out the show is actually a big reflection of actor, Tim Allen’s own childhood — including everyone’s favorite character, the friendly, advice-giving neighbor, Wilson W. Wilson. 

Tim Allen only wore Michigan shirts on ‘Home Improvement’

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