Richard is well known to America’s television audience for his extraordinary success as “Al” on eight seasons of Home Improvement. The show is currently in worldwide syndication. Richard next spent three years starring as the host of the perennial hit game show Family Feud and then he entertained us as host of Bingo America, a hit for GSN.
After receiving a Masters degree from the Professional Actors Program at the University of Washington, Richard Began his acting career in New York City, eventually performing on and off Broadway. He starred in the title role of Larry Shue’s The Foreigner and appeared in numerous other hit plays including Me and My Girl, Losing it, and The Other Shore (in which he met his wife, actress Tudi Roche). Richard landed roles in features Desperately Seeking Susan and House of Games (dir. David Mamet) and decided to relocate to Los Angeles in pursuit of an on- camera career. He worked on numerous television episodes including Carol Burnett’s Carol & Company. He also starred in the Los Angeles premiere of the play Our Father, which was a Critics Choice of the Los Angeles Times.
During an early regional theatre stint at the New Harmony Project (a writers workshop for new plays) Richard first met Matt Williams who later created Home Improvement. Who knew they would end up working together so long and successfully?
Richard is the spokesman for a number of corporate clients and has been the host of the Richard Karn Celebrity Golf Classic. Held in his native Seattle, the event has raised a million dollars for cancer research, and Richard remains a committed advocate in the fight for a cure.
Most recently, Richard has appeared in multiple sequels to the Air Bud franchise including the upcoming Snow Buddies. Richard produced and starred in his first television movie entitled Picture Perfect, which scored ABC’s highest rating since the network revived the Saturday Night Movie format. Other projects include Pooch and the Pauper, Bram Stoker’s The Mummy, family films- MVPII, other television appearances include The Chronicle for Greenblatt/Janollari, That 70’s Show for Fox, Dirt on F/X as well as the animated series Recess.
Richard lives in both Los Angeles with his wife Tudi and their son Cooper.