When it comes to iconic characters in television, few can compare to Wilson from Home Improvement. The mysterious neighbor of the Taylor family, Wilson was always seen with half of his face hidden behind a fence or some other object. But what many fans don't know is that Wilson was inspired by a real person. Tim Allen, the actor who played Tim Taylor on Home Improvement, was inspired by a neighbor he had when he was very young.
The neighbor was too short to see over his fence, so Allen never got to see his face. This inspired the character of Wilson, who was always partially hidden from view. On rare occasions, Wilson's entire face was visible, but usually only for a brief moment. In one episode, Wilson is seen behind one of the Beach Boys, who advances prematurely to the end of his line and exposes Wilson's face for a second before the camera cuts away.
In another episode, Wilson's face is revealed as he helps the 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. This added an extra layer of touching to the bond between Wilson 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. So why did viewers love Wilson so much? It could be because he always had a kind word and a common-sense solution to even the stickiest problems that the Taylor clan could encounter.
Or it could be because his mysterious nature made him an intriguing character that viewers wanted to learn more about. Whatever the reason, Wilson will always be remembered as one of television's most beloved characters.