A TV Personality Larger Than Life
Who hasn’t heard the name Bob Vila especially when it comes to home improvement? Spanning a TV career of more than 27 years the Bob Vila home improvement empire is still going strong.
Vila, a Cuban American from Miami, Florida is a TV personality that is larger than life and is the country’s best known authority on home improvement. Vila is best known for being the host of “This Old House” from 1979-1989.
He later left the show due to his own promotional endorsements that conflicted with the show. He was replaced by Steve Thomas another heavy hitter in the home improvement scene.
Bob graduated from the University Of Florida School Of Journalism after that he spent a short stint in the Peace Corps and then traveled the world for a couple of years. He was later cast as the host of “This Old House” due to his restoration of Victorian Italianate house in Newton Center, MA.
He has been a spokes person for Sears. Vila has written more than eleven books on historical homes in America and home improvement topics. He has a thriving website community “bobvila.com” that gets over 2 million hits per month.
Bob Vila has appeared on “Home Improvement” a sitcom starring Tim Allen. After promoting Craftsman Tools for many years, Vila now keeps himself busy by selling a line of his own tools on the “Home Shopping Network” and over the internet.
Restoring Americas Historical Buildings
Other Bob Vila projects have included documentaries for A&E and “Restore America” for HGTV which toured the country’s most beautifully restored historic buildings, gardens and neighborhoods.
His half hour home improvement series, “Bob Vila”, is syndicated nationally and his previous series “Bob Vila’s Home Again” can be seen daily on the DIY Network.
These days Bob Vila doesn’t have time to do his own do-it-yourself home renovations because of his busy schedule but he still gets great satisfaction from working on the set of “Home Again.” According to Vila, his favorite part of “Home Again” was inventing it, producing it and hosting it.
Building and remodeling different projects allowed him to express his creativity and were really fun too.