Wilson's character was partly inspired by a neighbor Tim Allen had when he was very young; he was too short to see over his neighbor's fence and therefore couldn't see his neighbor. The character Wilson was partly inspired by a neighbor Tim Allen had when he was very young; he was too short to see over his neighbor's fence and therefore couldn't see his neighbor. Wilson is therefore an invisible type of character; the lower half of his face is always obscured by some kind of object, usually near it. On the rare occasion he is seen outside his yard, he is still blocked by something (a scarf, a plant, etc.), but no one seems to notice.
Sometimes the upper half of Wilson's face darkens while the lower half is revealed, and on at least two occasions his entire face was visible, albeit hidden behind Halloween or clown makeup. In The Karate Kid Returns (Season 6, Episode 1), Wilson is behind one of the Beach Boys, who advances prematurely to the end of his line, thus exposing Wilson's entire face for about a second before an abrupt camera cut. Also in the episode A House Divided, Wilson's face is shown as he helps Taylor Family and Al repair Benny's aunt's house. Wilson's full face was finally revealed when the cast bowed at the end of the series.
Series %3D Home Improvement Subtitle %3D First %3D Driver Last %3D Long Winding Road Causes %3D End of Series Gender %3D Male Age %3D 66 (in 200 Born %3D 1942 Occupation %3D Pensioner Family %3D the Beach Boys (cousins) Wilson W. The running joke evolved in the later years of Home Improvement, with Wilson venturing out of the confines of his backyard from time to time, only so that the lower part of his face was still hidden from the public through some convoluted medium. Wilson always had a kind word and a common-sense solution to even the stickiest problems the Taylor clan could encounter, and the Home Improvement audience saw him a lot over the years, figuratively speaking. There's no doubt that Tim The Tool Man Taylor got lucky in the neighborhood apartment next door, but what you might not know is that Home Improvement's iconic Wilson was inspired by a real person.
Since Wilson's character is rooted in Allen's childhood, it adds an extra layer of touching to the bond between the character and the Taylors on Home Improvement. As one of the most remembered characters in Home Improvement, Wilson's legacy lives on long after the series ended. But Wilson quickly became a fan-favorite character, and when ABC aired a special containing the final curtain call of Home Improvement shortly after the end of his career, fans were finally able to see Wilson's full face for the first time.