Earl John Hindman was an American film and television actor, best known for his role as the kindly neighbor (whose lower face was always hidden from television viewers) Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. on the television sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999). The character was inspired by a neighbor that Tim Allen had a long time ago. Tim was young and short, so he wasn't able to see the lower part of the neighbor's face over the fence. Such an image got stuck in his mind, so it was decided to portray Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. this way.

So, Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. is considered Earl John Hindman's best known character. Anyway, long before this role, he played villains in two 1970s thrillers, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and The Parallax View. He also played the part of J.T. in the Lawrence Kasdan film Silverado and appeared in the film C.H.U.D.