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Hello fans,

Well let's see if I can get through today's Dead or Alive
section without a mistake!

As for today's featured celebrity, we're catching up with
Richard Karn. You'll remember him as Al from 'Home 

Be Well,



  See if you know if the following celebrities have had a 
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- Dave Madden: Played Reuben Kincaid on the TV series "The 
  Partridge Family", also appeared in the series "Laugh-In" 
  and "Alice"

- Vic Tayback: Played diner owner Mel Sharples on the TV 
  series "Alice"

- John Amos: Played Pa on the TV series "Good Times", played 
   Kunta Kinte in the sequel to the TV mini-series "Roots"

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                     RICHARD KARN

BIRTH DATE: February 17, 1956, Seattle, Washington 

BIRTH NAME: Richard Karn Wilson 

CLAIM TO FAME: No doubt Richard is best known for his role as 
Al Borland, the sidekick of Tim Allen's character, on the sitcom 
'Home Improvement' (1991–1999). 

In 2002, he became the host of the game show 'Family Feud'.

FAMILY LIFE: Tudi Roche (1985 - present) 
Has one son, Cooper (b. 1992)

INFO: Richard made is TV debut in a beer commercial in 1979 
for Michelob. 

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TRIVIA: His wife, Tudi Roche, periodically appeared on "Home 
Improvement" as Jill's sister.

Graduated University of Washington with B.F.A. from the 
Professional Actors Training Program.

Richard's life changed forever on the day he rolled through a 
stop sign on his way home from a rehearsal of "Macbeth." He 
promptly landed in traffic school, where he met an agent who 
told him about "Home Improvement." 

Worked as an apartment building manager prior to his success on 
"Home Improvement", and even maintained that job during the show's 
first season until he knew the show would be successful.

His last name is omitted from his stage name because it was 
discovered that the Screen Actors Guild already had an actor by 
the name of Richard Wilson.

His son, Cooper, goes to Campbell Hall. This school was also once 
attended by Andy Garcia's children, Denzel Washington's daughter 
(Olivia), Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen and Andrew Lawrence.

Richard is an avid golfer (20 handicap)

Richard made an appearance in The Strokes' music video for "Someday", 
which featured segments of the band on a fictional showing of Family 
Feud against the band Guided by Voices.

WHERE IS HE NOW: Richard parlayed his Home Improvement TV
success into three books that he wrote:

In 1999, he released the book, House Broken: How I Rebuilt My Home 
for Just Under Three Times the Original Bid, humorously discussed 
Karn's misadventures in renovating his house. The best-selling book 
also discussed his experiences working on "Home Improvement."

Then the book, Handy at Home hit stores in the fall of 2002... 
followed the next year by Household Hints 2003.

From 2002 to 2006 he hosted the game show, 'Family Feud' taking
over for Louie Anderson.

In later years Richard did some infomercials two of the most 
notable ones are "Internet Tool Box" and "Little Giant Ladder 

He continues to act too... most recently he was featured in
an episode of the Courteney Cox TV show 'Dirt'.

Richard Karn 
c/o Christopher (Chris) Wright
Christopher Wright Management
3207 Winnie Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90068 



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"Dirt" .... Holt's Father (1 episode, 2008)
    - Ties That (Don't) Bind (2008)  .... Holt's Father
Snow Buddies (2008) (V) .... Patrick 
Mr. Blue Sky (2007) .... John Adams 
Air Buddies (2006) (V) .... Patrick Framm 
The Fast One (2006) .... Gerald 
"Family Feud" .... Host (2002-2006)
Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch (2002) (V) .... Patrick 
Reality School (2002) .... Victor Cayanne 
Sex and the Teenage Mind (2002) .... Stanley Heitmeyer 
"That '70s Show" .... Theo (1 episode, 2001)
    - Bye Bye Basement (2001) TV episode .... Theo
MVP: Most Vertical Primate (2001) .... Ollie Plant 
"The Chronicle" .... David Tally (1 episode, 2001)
    - Baby Got Back (2001) TV episode .... David Tally
"The Lot" .... Stan Lunquist (1 episode, 2001)
    - The Mob Scene (2001) TV episode .... Stan Lunquist
"Recess" .... Edmond P. Edmonton (1 episode, 2000)
    - Beyond a Reasonable Scout (2000) (voice) .... Edmond P. Edmonton
"Home Improvement" .... Al Borland (201 episodes, 1991-1999)
The Pooch and the Pauper (1999) (TV) .... Agent Dainville 
"Soul Man" .... Al Borland (1 episode, 1997)
    - Cinderella and the Funeral (1997) TV episode .... Al Borland
Legend of the Mummy (1997) .... Brice Renard 
Chariots of the Gods? The Mysteries Continue (1996) (TV) .... Host 
How to Host a BBQ with Richard Karn (1996) (TV) .... Host 
"Boy Meets World" .... Victor (1 episode, 1995)
    - This Little Piggy (1995) TV episode .... Victor
Picture Perfect (1995) (TV) .... George Thomas 
"Burke's Law" .... David Bergen (1 episode, 1995)
    - Who Killed Mr. Game Show? (1995) TV episode .... David Bergen
"ABC Afterschool Specials" .... Mr. Delo (1 episode, 1994)
    - Boys Will Be Boys (1994) TV episode .... Mr. Delo
"ABC TGIF" (1990) TV series .... Al 

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--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE

Dave Madden - ALIVE
Born: 12/17/1931

Vic Tayback - DEAD (Heart Attack)
Born: 01/06/1930   Died: 05/25/1990 

John Amos - ALIVE
Born: 12/27/1939


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- Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 52, American woman also known as 
  the "DC Madam", convicted for running a high-class 
  prostitution ring in Washington, DC, suicide

- Ling Ling, 22, Chinese panda, lived in Ueno Zoo, Tokyo, 
  oldest giant panda in Japan, heart failure.  

- John Berkey, 75, American science fiction artist 
- Chuck Daigh, 84, American racing driver, heart & respiratory 
- Charles Tilly, 78, American sociologist, historian and 
  political scientist. 

- Ivan Caesar, 41, American football player (Boston College, 
  Minnesota Vikings, Portland Forest Dragons), gunshot. 
- Jack Hanrahan, 75, American Emmy Award–winning television 
  script writer. 
- Ed Marion, 81, American official in the National Football 
  League from 1960 to 1987. 
- Will Robinson, 96, American coach, first African-American 
  Division I college basketball (ISU) coach, Detroit Pistons scout.  

- "Big" Ron O'Brien, 56, American disc jockey, pneumonia. 
- Mike Patrick, 55, American former NFL punter (New England Patriots). 

- Henry Brant, 94, Canadian-born Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. 
- Thomas Oteri, 69, American music executive; father of comedienne 
  Cheri Oteri, murdered.  

- Sonny Grandelius, 79, American football player and coach. 
- John H. McConnell, 84, American owner of Worthington Industries 
  and the Columbus Blue Jackets.  

- Tristram Cary, 82, British film and television composer. 
- Harry Geris, 60, Canadian Olympic wrestler. 
- Jimmy Giuffre, 86, American jazz clarinetist, pneumonia. 
- Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, 39, American entertainer, member 
  of Howard Stern's Wack Pack, pneumonia. 

- Don Gillis, 85, Canadian-born American sportscaster. 
- DeVan Shumway, 77, American spokesman for Richard Nixon's 
  reelection committee, lung disease.  
- William H. Stewart, 86, American surgeon general (1965–1969), 
  complications from renal failure.  

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