Cast Of Home Improvement: How Much Are They Worth Now?Published on March 22, 2016. Updated September 15, 2017
Back in the ’90s there was a different feel to family sitcoms such as Married With Children, Roseanne and, of course, Home Improvement. The series ran for a very successful eight seasons from 1991-1999 and introduced us all to the trials and tribulations of the Taylor family. Home Improvement took Tim Allen from stand-up comedian to a sought after actor and launched the TV career of Pamela Anderson all while remaining one of the highest rated sitcoms on TV for almost an entire decade. Tim Allen won a Golden Globe for his role in 1995, and the show took home many Emmys. All these years later, some of the stars’ careers have flourished and others have faltered. Check out how much they are worth now!
9. Pamela Anderson
Estimated Net Worth: $8 Million. Pamela Anderson began her career in the ’80s as a fitness instructor before landing her first modelling contract in 1989 with Labatt Beer. She soon after became a Playboy Playmate and began her quick rise to fame. She had small roles on shows such as Charles in Charge, Married People and Married with Children, but her television acting career took off thanks to her 24 episode role on Home Improvement as Lisa. Soon after gaining recognition on the show she landed a starring role on Baywatch and left Home Improvement. She went on to star in her own series V.I.P. as a bodyguard and has appeared in several other series as well as some films but mostly as herself. Anderson has been a longtime activist with PETA and appeared on Dancing With the Stars, and has amassed an estimated net worth of $8 million.
8. William O’Leary
Estimated Net Worth: $400 Thousand. William O’Leary appeared in 30 episodes of Home Improvement as Marty Taylor, and although he’s had a continuous acting career, his lack of major roles has left him with a modest fortune of $400 thousand. He is best known for his roles in films such as Bull Durham, Hot Shots!, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. He has had several single episode appearances in many different TV shows such as The X-Files, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Numb3rs, Without a Trace and an episode of Bosch.
7. Debbe Dunning
Estimated Net Worth: $4 Million. Following Pamela Anderson’s exit, Home Improvement introduced Debbe Dunning as Heidi Keppert, Tim’s new Tool Girl on Tool Time. Dunning quickly became a regular star, appearing in 138 episodes of the show in total. Like Anderson, she also got her start as a model with her first contract being with a beer company, Miller Beer. She became popular in commercials for Taco Bell and Foot Locker before her career turned to bigger on-screen roles starting with the film Dangerous Curves in 1988. Dunning then was in shows such as Who’s the Boss?, Dream On, and Married with Children before landing the role on Home Improvement. She became the two time champion of American Gladiators for the Celebrity Challenges edition, and her last on-screen role was in the series Wicked Wicked Games from 2006-2007. She’s still doing well for herself though — she has a respectable net worth of $4 million!
6. Richard Karn
Estimated Net Worth: $8 Million. Richard Karn is best known for portraying Tim Taylor’s sweet natured and hilarious friend and co-host Al Borland for Tool Time in Home Improvement. He began by starring in commercials before quickly falling into the role of Borland after the original actor had conflicting shooting schedules and had to drop the show. He has since appeared in many shows and films and has also become a host for different game shows including four seasons of Family Feud and Bingo America. His quick popularity and friendly face have really paid off as he has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
5. Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Estimated Net Worth: $15 Million. Jonathan Taylor Thomas made the easy transition from child star to teenage heartthrob, raking in big bucks along the way before fading out of the spotlight. He began his career in 1987 as the voice of the adorable dog Spot in the children’s show The Adventures of Spot. He then made his first real appearance on TV as Kevin Brady in The Brady Bunch spin-off series The Bradys. His big break came when he landed the role of the Taylor’s middle son Randy Taylor on Home Improvement until he left in the show’s eighth season to focus on his schooling. Thomas is also best known for voicing young Simba in Disney’s classic The Lion King as well as his roles in Tom and Huck, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and Walking Across Egypt. After graduating from Columbia University in 2010, he returned to television after an almost seven year break with Last Man Standing. His time off didn’t hurt him financially though, as he still has a net worth of $15 million.
4. Zachery Ty Bryan
Estimated Net Worth: $8 Million. Zachery Ty Bryan is most well known for his role as the oldest son on Home Improvement, Brad Taylor. He began his career by starring in ads and commercials and then moved to California where he immediately landed the role of Brad Taylor even though he is actually a month younger than Jonathan Taylor Thomas who played his younger brother. During his time on Home Improvement, he also appeared in things like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, First Kid and Thunder Alley. Following his Home Improvement days he had small roles and appearances on shows such as Boston Public, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars and Smallville while his last credited role was in 2009 as Thor in the TV movie Thor: Hammer of the Gods. His absence from acting doesn’t mean bad things for him, however, as he still has a net worth of $8 million.
3. Taran Noah Smith
Estimated Net Worth: $300 Thousand. Taran Noah Smith began his career when he was cast as the youngest son, Mark Taylor, for Home Improvement and stayed in the role for all eight seasons. His acting didn’t go much further with only six acting credits to his name, and following Home Improvement he took his parents to court for control of his trust fund, which at the time was worth $1.5 million, and won the lawsuit. He resented being a child star and quit acting at 16 and at 17 married Heidi Van Pelt who was 16 years older than him, but the two divorced 6 years later. In 2005 the pair started a Vegan restaurant, farm and non-dairy cheese manufacturing company called Playfood, and most recent estimates put Smith’s net worth at $300 thousand.
2. Patricia Richardson
Estimated Net Worth: $25 Million. Patricia Richardson began her acting career on Broadway and then moved to television with guest starring roles on shows such as Double Trouble, Katie & Allie, The Cosby Show, The Equalizer, Eisenhower & Lutz and FM just to name a few. Then she landed the role she is most known for, Jill Taylor on Home Improvement. While she is still most well known for her role of Jill Taylor, she has continued acting with roles in Blonde, Strong Medicine, The West Wing, California Dreaming and was most recently seen in Last Man Standing. Richardson has done very well for herself with a net worth of $25 million.
1. Tim Allen
Estimated Net Worth: $80 Million. Now Tim Allen is a well known actor in Hollywood, but it all started with his breakthrough starring role as Tim Taylor on Home Improvement in 1991. He originally began as a stand-up comedian and it didn’t take long for Allen to make the transition to films, beginning with the Christmas classic The Santa Clause and of course landing the huge voice role of Buzz Lightyear for the Toy Story franchise. Over the years he has also appeared in things such as Jungle 2 Jungle, For Richer or Poorer, Galaxy Quest, Big Trouble, The Santa Clause 2, Zoom, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, Wild Hogs and so many more. He was most recently seen in the series Last Man Standing and is reprising the role of Buzz Lightyear for Toy Story 4 due out in 2018. His prolific career has earned Allen an incredible $80 million!