Allen in 2014
|Birth name||Timothy Allen Dick|
June 13, 1953 |
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television, books|
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, physical comedy, character comedy|
|Subject(s)||Marriage, gender differences, family, everyday life, tools|
|Spouse||Laura Deibel (m. 1984; div. 2003)
Jane Hajduk (m. 2006)
Timothy Allen Dick (born June 13, 1953), better known as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his television roles as Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the television show Home Improvement (1991–99), and Mike Baxter on the television series Last Man Standing (2011–17); as well as voicing Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise since 1995, and as Scott Calvin/Santa Claus in The Santa Clause 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), Redbelt (2008), and Crazy on the Outside (2010).
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 eleven. 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.
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 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 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.
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 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, and later Donald Trump, in the 2016 presidential election.
|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|
|Wild Hogs||Doug Madsen|
|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|
|The Penguin King||U.S. version|
|Adventures of the Penguin King||Narrator|
|2017||El Camino Christmas||Larry Michael Roth|
|2019||Toy Story 4||Buzz Lightyear||Filming
|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|
|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|
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|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|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Nominated|||
|1993–99||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Performer||Won|
|1994–97||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Actor||Won|
|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|||
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