Richard Karn is well-known to America’s television audience for his extraordinary success as “Al” on eight seasons of “Home Improvement.”
After receiving a Masters degree from the Professional Actors Program at the University of Washington, Karn began his acting career in New York City, eventually performing on and Off-Broadway. He starred in the title role of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” and appeared in numerous other hit plays, including “Me and My Girl,” “Losing It,” and “The Other Shore” (in which he met his wife, actress Tudi Roche). After Karn landed roles in the features “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “House of Games” (directed by David Mamet), he decided to relocate to Los Angeles in pursuit of an on-camera career. In L.A., he made appearances on numerous television programs, including Carol Burnett’s “Carol & Company” and starred in the Los Angeles premiere of the play “Our Father,” which was a Los Angeles Times “Critic’s Choice.”
During an early regional theatre stint at the New Harmony Project (a writers’ workshop for new plays), Karn first met Matt Williams, who later created “Home Improvement.” Who knew they would end up working together so long and successfully? As a cast member of the perennial hit television comedy, he established one of the highest TV “Q” ratings.
Karn is the spokesman for a number of corporate clients and has been the host of the Richard Karn Celebrity Golf Classic. Held in his native Seattle, the event has raised a million dollars for cancer research and Karn remains a committed advocate in the fight for a cure.
Karn produced and starred in his first television movie, entitled “Picture Perfect,” which scored ABC’s highest rating since the network revived the Saturday Night Movie format. Other projects include “Pooch and the Pauper,” Bram Stoker’s “The Mummy,” family films such as “MVP II” and “Air Bud IV,” “The Chronicle” for Greenblatt/Janollari, “That 70’s Show” for Fox, and the animated series “Disney’s Recess.” In 2013, Karn reunited with "Home Improvement" co-star Tim Allen by landing a guest-starring role on "Last Man Standing."
Karn lives in both Los Angeles and Seattle with his wife Tudi and their son Cooper.