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Tim Allen
June 13, 1953), known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the ABC sitcom

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For those of the same or a similar name, see Timothy Allen (disambiguation).

Tim Allen Allen in June 2014Birth name Timothy Alan DickBorn (1953-06-13) June 13, 1953 (age 65)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.Medium Stand-up, film, television, booksAlma mater Western Michigan University, Central Michigan UniversityYears active 1975–presentGenres Observational comedy, blue comedy, physical comedy, character comedySubject(s) Marriage, gender differences, family, everyday life, toolsSpouse Laura Deibel
(m. 1984; div. 2003)
Jane Hajduk (m. 2006)Children 2Website timallen.com

Timothy Alan Dick[1] (born June 13, 1953), known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999). In 2011, he started appearing as Mike Baxter on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–2017). In 2018, Fox picked up Last Man Standing for a seventh season.[2] He is also known as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise since 1995, and for playing Scott Calvin and Santa Claus in The Santa Clause film trilogy (1994–2006). Allen's other films include For Richer or Poorer (1997), Jungle 2 Jungle (1997), Galaxy Quest (1999), Big Trouble (2002), Christmas with the Kranks (2004), The Shaggy Dog (2006), Wild Hogs (2007), Redbelt (2008), and Crazy on the Outside (2010).

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Legal issues
  • 5 Filmography
    • 5.1 Film
    • 5.2 Television
    • 5.3 Video games
  • 6 Awards and honors
    • 6.1 Other honors
  • 7 Books
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links
Early life

Allen was born in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine (née Fox), a community-service worker, and Gerald M. Dick, a real estate agent.[3][4] He is the third oldest of five brothers. His father died in a car accident, colliding with a drunk driver when Allen was eleven.[3][5] Two years later, his mother married her high school sweetheart, a business executive,[4] and moved with her six children to Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, to be with her new husband and his three children.[6]

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.[7] 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.[6] In 1998, Western Michigan awarded Allen an honorary Fine Arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award.[7]

Career Allen at the 45th Emmy Awards

Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975.[3] 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.[3]

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"),[8] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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 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 and began airing nationally in 2009.[9]

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.[10]

Allen hosted the 8th Annual TV Land Awards on April 25, 2010.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] The character is loosely based on his own life, as a Republican father of three girls.[14] After six seasons, the 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.[15]

Shortly before the cancellation of Last Man Standing, Allen had been announced as part of the cast of the Netflix original comedy film El Camino Christmas (2017).[16]

Personal life

Allen was raised as an Episcopalian.[4] He was married to Laura Deibel from April 7, 1984, until they legally separated in 1999. Their divorce was finalized in 2003.[17] They have one daughter. Allen married actress Jane Hajduk on October 7, 2006, in a small private ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado. They had dated for five years.[18] In March 2009, their daughter Elizabeth was born.[19]

In September 2014, Allen, like his character Mike Baxter in Last Man Standing, became a licensed amateur radio operator under the callsign KK6OTD.[20][21] Also like his character, Allen is a Republican.[22] He has appeared on Sean Hannity's show[23] and announced support for John Kasich,[24] and later Donald Trump, in the 2016 presidential election.[25]

Legal issues

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 felony 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.[26][27][28]

Allen with members of the United States Navy, 2010.

In 1997, Allen was arrested for DUI in Birmingham, Michigan. At the time, his blood alcohol content was 0.15, nearly double the legal limit in Michigan.[29] He was sentenced to one-year probation. He entered a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse as part of his court obligation.[30]

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 The 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 The 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 The Shaggy Dog Dave Douglas Zoom Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Santa Claus / Scott Calvin 2007 Fired! Documentary Wild Hogs Doug Madsen 2008 Redbelt Chet Frank 2009 The 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 2014 Buzz Lightyear Buzz Lightyear 2017 El Camino Christmas Larry Michael Roth 2019 Toy Story 4 Buzz Lightyear Voice role; filming 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–present 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 2010 Scene It? Disney Magical Moments 2016 Disney Magic Kingdoms Awards and honors This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. (October 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message) Year Association Category Work Result Ref. 1992 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series Home Improvement Won [31] 1993 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [32] 1993/94
1996/97 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [33] 1995 Won [33] 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 [34] MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated Best Comedic Performance Nominated 1996 Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame induction N/A Honored [35] 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 [36] 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 [37] Other honors
  • 1999: Named a Disney Legend for his work on the Toy Story and The Santa Clause franchises[38]
  • 2004: Received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the film industry[39]
  • 2017: Inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame [40]
  • 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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  2. ^ McCarthy, Tyler (May 15, 2018). "Tim Allen shares first teaser for 'Last Man Standing' Season 7". Fox News. Retrieved May 16, 2018. 
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  7. ^ a b "WMU awards Tim Allen honorary degree". Western Michigan University. June 27, 1998. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tim Allen: 'Home' is where the heart is". Midwest Today Magazine. April–May 1996. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tim Allen and Pure Michigan". michigan.org. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Stand Up and Show It Tour Dates". TimAllen.com. 
  11. ^ Ward, Kate (March 30, 2010). "Tim Allen to Host TV Land Awards". News Briefs. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ Brady, Shirley (September 7, 2010). "Campbell's Soup Shirks Canned Cool for Wholesome Warmth". brandchannel. Archived from the original on September 13, 2010. Retrieved January 23, 2011. 
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  16. ^ Busch, Anita. "'Hidden Figures' Filmmaker Ted Melfi Lines Up Strong Ensemble Cast For 'El Camino Christmas' At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
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  20. ^ "ULS License – Amateur License – KK6OTD – Dick, Tim". fcc.gov. 
  21. ^ "Actor Tim Allen Gets His Ham Ticket For Real". ARRL. September 30, 2014. 
  22. ^ Paulette Cohn. "'Last Man Standing' star Tim Allen: 'We're going to drill Hillary'". Fox News. 
  23. ^ "Tim Allen, Sean Hannity Slam Feds on Debt, Political Correctness, Spending". NewsBusters. 
  24. ^ "Tim Allen backs John Kasich: 'He's a Republican a Democrat could vote for' - Washington Times". The Washingtion Times. 
  25. ^ France-Presse, Agence. "ABC denies axing Tim Allen's Last Man Standing over Donald Trump support". Telegraph. Retrieved August 7, 2017. 
  26. ^ Pratt, Monica (March 3, 1997). "650-Lifer Punishment Is a Crime". Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Retrieved January 9, 2010. 
  27. ^ Connelly, Chris (April 1997). "Broken Home". Ladies' Home Journal. Archived from the original on November 13, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010 – via timallen.com. 
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  29. ^ "Tim Allen Enters Rehab Clinic". CBS News. CBS Interactive. April 17, 1998. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  30. ^ Sutton, Larry; Baram, Marcus (April 17, 1998). "Self – 'Improvement': Tim Allen Enters Rehab". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on July 7, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
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  32. ^ "Tim Allen". Television Academy. 
  33. ^ a b "Golden Globes". GoldenGlobes.org. Archived from the original on August 30, 2008. 
  34. ^ "1995 Winners". 
  35. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards, USA: 1996". 
  36. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 40. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 
  37. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Nominees and Winners List - Us Weekly". Deadline. January 18, 2017. 
  38. ^ "Disney Legends". Walt Disney Company. 
  39. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Tim Allen". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  40. ^ "Diecast Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees Announcement". 
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Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
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Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
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Saturn Award for Best Actor
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