‘Assembly Required’ Star Richard Karn Posts Epic Selfie With Tim Allen Celebrating the ‘Last Man Standing’ Actor’s Birthday

by Chris Haney
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On Sunday, actor Tim Allen turned 68, and his Home Improvement and Assembly Required co-star Richard Karn made sure to wish him a happy birthday.

On June 13, Allen celebrated his 68th trip around the sun. Tons of fans sent him birthday and well wishes on social media. His former television show Last Man Standing, which just wrapped up its series finale last month, also shared a b-day message for the famous actor.

“Happy birthday to the man, the myth, the #LastManStanding. Have a great day, @ofctimallen!” the show’s account tweeted.

In addition to all the birthday love, Allen’s right-hand man chimed in. Richard Karn and Tim Allen have been working together for years. The pair have worked together since the ’90s on Home Improvement. They honed their comedic timing and obvious on-screen chemistry on the show within a show as the hosts of Tool Time.

Even though Home Improvement went off-air in 1999 after eight seasons, the duo stayed close. Fast forward more than two decades, and the two actors are working together once again on Assembly Required. In fact, after watching the competitive building show, it’s clear they haven’t skipped a beat over the years.

The two friends still get together often, and both pop up here and there on each of their social media pages. Allen and Karn are also known for enjoying a round of golf together from time to time. Karn used a great selfie of the pair from a golf course on the coastline to celebrate Allen’s 68th birthday. Allen is seen wearing a hat of his beloved Detroit Lions as the two men smile for the camera.

“Happy birthday my friend,” Karn simply wrote on Twitter to honor his friend’s birthday.

‘Assembly Required’ Star Tim Allen Explains Inspiration Behind the Competition Series

During a February 2020 interview with the Today show, both Tim Allen and Richard Karn opened up about their newest project Assembly Required. The show is the first full series the pair have collaborated on since Home Improvement went off-air 22 years ago.

While speaking with the Today hosts, the two actors shared the inspiration behind the competition series while speaking in a virtual interview. The hosts of the daytime show even mentioned that it had been more than 20 years since Allen and Karn worked together. Yet once the idea for Assembly Required dawned on Allen, he was able to convince Karn to join him once again.

“I wanted to mentor kids to get them out of trouble and to show them that there’s stuff to do with your hands. Instead of being active… with terrible things,” Tim Allen explained on Today. “It developed into a show to honor people that build stuff, fix stuff. And then it morphed into this.”

“In the middle of pitching it, it took hold real fast. And my manager said, ‘Why don’t you ask Richard if he’d like to get involved in this,’” Allen continued. “It didn’t seem like something he’d be interested in even though we see each other quite a bit. I said, ‘Okay, I’ll give it a shot.’ And it turned out we both have a shared interest in celebrating those who fix things instead of break things.”