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Tim Allen

Tim Allen

American actor, voiceover artist and comedian
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Intro American actor, voiceover artist and comedian
Countries United States of America
Occupations Actor Film director Voice actor Film actor Television actor
Gender male
Birth June 13, 1953 (Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.)
Politics Republican Party
Family
Spouse: Jane Hajduk
Education Western Michigan University
Tim Allen
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Biography

Timothy Allen Dick (born June 13, 1953), better known as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role as Tim "The Toolman" Taylor in the ABC television show Home Improvement (1991–1999) as well as for his starring roles in several films, including the roles of Scott Calvin/Santa Claus in The Santa Clause trilogy and Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise. From 2011 to 2017, he starred as Mike Baxter in the TV series Last Man Standing. Since 2007, he is the owner of the company Boxing Cat Films.

Early life

Allen was born in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine (née Fox), a community-service worker, and Gerald M. Dick (1923–1964), a real estate agent. He is the third oldest of five brothers. His father died in a car accident, colliding with a drunk driver when Allen was 11. Two years later, his mother married her high school sweetheart, a business executive, and moved with her six children to Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, to be with her new husband and his three children.

Allen attended Seaholm High School in Birmingham, where he was in theater and music classes (resulting in his love of classical piano). He then attended Central Michigan University before transferring to Western Michigan University in 1974. At Western Michigan, Allen worked at the student radio station WIDR and received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications specializing in radio and television production in 1976 with a split minor in philosophy and design. In 1998, Western Michigan awarded Allen an honorary Fine Arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Career

Allen at the 45th Emmy Awards

Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975. On a dare from one of his friends, he participated in a comedy night at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit. While in Detroit he began to get recognition appearing in local television commercials and appearing on cable comedy shows such as Gary Thison's Some Semblance of Sanity. He moved to Los Angeles and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store. He began to do stand-up appearances on late-night talk shows and specials on record and film.

Despite his admitted limited acting range (he once told a magazine his range as an actor is "strictly limited. I can only play a part if I can draw on personal experience, and that well can go dry pretty quickly"), Allen rose to fame in acting with the ABC sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999) produced for ABC by Wind Dancer Productions, a company he co-founded with producer Carmen Finestra. Allen played the main character Tim "The Tool-Man" Taylor. In November 1994, he simultaneously starred in the highest-grossing film (Disney's The Santa Clause), topped the New York Times best-seller list with his book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, and appeared in the top rated television series (Home Improvement) within the span of one week. Home Improvement ran until 1999, for which he was paid US$1.25 million per episode.

In 1995, Allen provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Toy Story. In 1997, he starred in the family comedy Jungle 2 Jungle from Disney. The next year he returned to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2 which was a financial and critical hit. Also, in 1999 he starred in the sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest alongside Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell.

In 2002, he reprised his role as Scott "Santa Clause" Calvin in The Santa Clause 2. Two years later, he starred as Luther Krank in Christmas with the Kranks. In 2006, Zoom was released, starring Allen as Jack Shepard. The same year, he also starred in The Shaggy Dog and The Santa Clause 3.

Allen, with co-stars Hector Elizondo and Christoph Sanders, on the set of Last Man Standing

Allen began narrating the "Pure Michigan" television and radio commercials for the "Travel Michigan" agency. These commercials can be seen and heard throughout the Midwest USA and began airing nationally in 2009.

In December 2009, he started a preview tour of Crazy on the Outside, a film that debuted in January 2010. Allen accompanied the film, helping promote it with a series of stand-up acts beforehand. During the performances, he told audiences that he planned a 2010 comedy tour. Allen also directed the film, marking his film directorial debut.

Allen hosted the 8th Annual TV Land Awards on April 25, 2010. That same year, he became the official voice of the Chevrolet Cruze, narrating commercials for the vehicle, and he became the voice of Campbell Soup's "It's Amazing What Soup Can Do" campaign. Allen returned to ABC with the sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–2017). He played the role of Mike Baxter, a conservative father fighting for his manhood in a house filled with women. The character is loosely based on his own life, as a Republican father of three girls. After six seasons, the widely-viewed show was cancelled in May 2017. ABC Entertainment Chief Channing Dungey denied claims of political bias against Allen, explaining that the network simply could not accommodate the program on their schedule.

Shortly before the cancellation of Last Man Standing, Allen had been announced as part of the cast of the Netflix original film El Camino Christmas.

Personal life

On October 2, 1978, Allen was arrested in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.43 lb) of cocaine. He subsequently pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years rather than a possible life imprisonment. He was paroled on June 12, 1981, after serving two years and four months in Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone in Sandstone, Minnesota.

Allen with members of the United States Navy, 2010.

Allen was raised as an Episcopalian. He was married to Laura Deibel from April 7, 1984, until they legally separated in 1999. Their divorce was finalized in 2003. Their daughter Katherine was born in 1989. Allen married actress Jane Hajduk on October 7, 2006, in a small private ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado. They had dated for five years. In March 2009, their daughter Elizabeth was born.

In 1997, Allen was arrested for DUI in Birmingham, Michigan, and was recorded as having a 0.15 percent blood alcohol content. He was sentenced to one-year probation. He entered a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse as part of his court obligation.

In September 2014, Allen, like his character Mike Baxter in Last Man Standing, became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KK6OTD. Also like his character, Allen is a Republican. He has appeared on Sean Hannity's show and announced support for John Kasich in the 2016 presidential election.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Tropical Snow Baggage Handler
Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen Himself
1989 Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's Place
1990 Tim Allen: Men Are Pigs
1991 Tim Allen Rewires America
1994 Santa Clause, TheThe Santa Clause Scott Calvin / Santa Claus
1995 Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Voice role
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Himself Cameo
Jungle 2 Jungle Michael Cromwell
For Richer or Poorer Brad Sexton
1999 Toy Story 2 Buzz Lightyear Voice role
Galaxy Quest Jason Nesmith
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Buzz Lightyear Voice role; direct-to-video
2001 Who Is Cletis Tout? Critical Jim
Joe Somebody Joe Scheffer
2002 Big Trouble Eliot Arnold
Santa Clause 2, TheThe Santa Clause 2 Santa Claus / Scott Calvin / Toy Santa
2003 Top Speed Narrator Voice role
2004 Christmas with the Kranks Luther Krank
2006 Cars Buzz Lightyear Car Voice role; cameo
Shaggy Dog, TheThe Shaggy Dog Dave Douglas
Zoom Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom
Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, TheThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Santa Claus / Scott Calvin
2007 Fired! Documentary
Wild Hogs Doug Madsen
2008 Redbelt Chet Frank
2009 Six Wives of Henry Lefay, TheThe Six Wives of Henry Lefay Henry Lefay
2010 Crazy on the Outside Tommy Zelda Also director
Toy Story 3 Buzz Lightyear Voice role
I Am Comic Himself
2011 Hawaiian Vacation Buzz Lightyear Voice role
Small Fry
2012 Partysaurus Rex
Chimpanzee Narrator Documentary
The Penguin King U.S. version
2013 3 Geezers! Tim
Adventures of the Penguin King Narrator
2019 Toy Story 4 Buzz Lightyear Filming
Voice role

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1991–99 Home Improvement Tim Taylor Lead role (204 episodes); also executive producer (seasons 6–8)
1997 Soul Man Episode: "Communion Wine and Convicts"
1998 The Larry Sanders Show Himself Episode: "Flip"
Spin City Rags (voice) Episode: "The Kidney's All Right"
2003 These Guys Narrator Television film
2004 Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom Meldar Prime (voice) Television film
2011–17 Last Man Standing Mike Baxter Lead role (130 episodes)
2013 Toy Story of Terror! Buzz Lightyear Voice role
2014 Toy Story That Time Forgot
2015 Cristela Mike Baxter Crossover appearance: "Last Goose Standing"
Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond Himself Documentary
2016 88th Academy Awards Buzz Lightyear Voice role

Video games

Year Title Voice role
1994 Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor
1999 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue Buzz Lightyear
2001 Toy Story Racer Buzz Lightyear
2010 Scene It? Disney Magical Moments Buzz Lightyear
2018 Kingdom Hearts III Buzz Lightyear

Awards and honors

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
1992 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series Home Improvement Won
1993 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
1993/94
1996/97
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
1995 Won
1993–99 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Performer Won
1994–97 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Actor Won
1998/99 Nominated
1995 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor The Santa Clause Won
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Nominated
1996 Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame induction N/A Honored
1997 Golden Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical Home Improvement Nominated
1999 TV Guide Awards Favorite Actor in a Comedy Won
2000 Annie Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production Toy Story 2 Won
2009 TV Land Awards Fan Favorite (given to the cast) Home Improvement Won
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Toy Story 3 Nominated
2012 TV Guide Awards Favorite Comeback Last Man Standing Won
2017 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic TV Actor Nominated

Other honors

  • 1999: Named a Disney Legend for his work on the Toy Story and The Santa Clause franchises
  • 2004: Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the motion picture industry

Books

  • Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man (1994) – ISBN 0-7868-6134-7
  • I'm Not Really Here (1996) – ISBN 0-7868-6257-2
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