Richard Karn is an actor whose career started a bit late but he seems determined to not let that make any difference in his achievements. His first credited movie role came months after his 35th birthday but he has attained his 30th anniversary as an actor. What is more? He is still very much active and currently starring as Fred Peters in the comedy web TV series, PEN15, which has been airing on Hulu since February 8, 2019. He has also hosted/co-hosted a couple of eminent TV game shows in his career.
What is the secret behind such bubbling energy that Richard obviously has? In this piece, you will not only come to know this but also lots more about the actor. So, join us as we delve into a brief but incisive biography of Richard Karn with an emphasis on his net worth, his wife Tudi Roche, as well as the movies and TV shows that have dotted his career history.
Richard Karn – Bio
Born in Seattle, Washington, USA, on February 17, 1956, his birth name is Richard Karn Wilson. His father Gene Wilson served in the United States Naval Construction Battalions (USNCB) – otherwise known as the Seabees – during the Second World War. As for Richard’s mother, her name is Louise Wilson. But we cannot tell much about her.
We have no information about Richard’s earliest days such as where, when or whether he attended kindergarten or elementary school. But, from reliable sources, we know he attended the highly-esteemed Roosevelt High School, one of the largest in the greater Seattle area of Washington DC. Afterwards, he went to The University of Washington from where he graduated with a degree in Drama in 1979. It is well reported that Richard was a member of the social fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, while in college.
Richard Karn did not waste time before he landed a job after graduation, but it was not as an actor. He moved to New York City immediately after graduation. Reports have it that Richard had not spent a week in New York when he landed a contract to do a commercial for Michelob beer.
Richard’s official name had always been his birth name until he wanted to join the US Screen Actor’s Guild. He was informed that the guild already had a ‘Richard Wilson’ and, as a rule, they couldn’t have the same name again. So, he was forced to drop ‘Wilson’ and used ‘Richard Karn’.
Richard Karn’s Wife Tudi Roche
Richard Karn’s wife was born Tudi Joanne Roche on July 19, 1955. Tudi is a singer and an actress who acted together with Richard on the sitcom Home Improvement that aired on the ABC Channel between September 17, 1991, and May 25, 1999. In Home Improvement, Tudi Roche acted as Carrie, the sister to Jill Taylor (filled by Patricia Richardson). The duo (Tudi and Patricia) is known to resemble each other strikingly.
Tudi is a Hollywood professional like her husband but unlike her husband, she also has Broadway shows to her credit. Tudi, who drop-out from Texas Christian University, has been married to Richard Karn since 1985. With her husband, Tudi has a son named Cooper Karn Wilson.
Movies And TV Shows
Richard Karn joined the acting profession rather late. But he came in a big way, starring on the acclaimed ABC sitcom, Home Improvement, where he acted as Al Boland. In the eight years that the show ran, Karn appeared in 202 episodes of it.
He subsequently took 11 credited TV roles and 16 film roles in about 38 years. These are besides 4 television shows he has hosted/co-hosted. Unfortunately, there is no other movie role where Richard has had as dominant a role as he had in Home Improvement. His TV projects include Boy Meets World (ABC sitcom, 1 episode, 1995); Recess (Disney Channel, 1 episode, 2000); That 70s Show (FOX sitcom, 1 episode, 2001), BizKid$, (sketch comedy, 2 episodes, 2008); Last Man Standing (live-action sitcom, 2 episodes, 2013); The Bold And The Beautiful (CBS soap opera, 2 episodes, 2017) and more.
Richard Karn was the host of the CBS game show, Family Feud, between 2002 and 2006. He was also a co-host of Game Show Network’s game show, Bingo America between 2008 and 2009. Among his film roles is Fred Peters in the current Hulu comedy web series, PEN15.
From the foregoing, it can be seen that Richard Karn has enjoyed one of the most thriving careers that you can find in the American showbiz world and of course, he has been enjoying the financial reward for his efforts. Thus, it came as no surprise when recent reports have it that the actor cum TV game show host has a growing net worth of $8 million.