Allen at the set of Last Man Standing in 2012
|Birth name||Timothy Alan Dick|
June 13, 1953 |
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Medium||Stand up, Film, Television|
|Genres||Observational comedy, Blue comedy, Physical comedy, Character comedy|
|Subject(s)||Sex, Marriage, Gender differences, Family, Everyday life|
|Influences||Chevy Chase, Laurel and Hardy|
|Notable works and roles||Tim Taylor in Home Improvement
Mike Baxter in Last Man Standing
Scott Calvin / Santa Claus in The Santa Clause (film series)
Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story (film series)
Timothy Alan Dick (born June 13, 1953) known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist and entertainer, known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is known for his starring roles in several popular films, including the Toy Story film series (as the voice of Buzz Lightyear), The Santa Clause film series, and Galaxy Quest. Allen currently stars as Mike Baxter in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing.
Early life 
Born in Denver, Colorado, Allen is the son of 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 successful 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 Ernest W. 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 and transferred 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 a comedy club in 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 later 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. Allen rose to fame in acting with the television series Home Improvement (1991–1999) produced for ABC by Wind Dancer Productions, a company he co-founded with producer Carmen Finestra. Allen played Tim "The Tool-Man" Taylor. During one week in November 1994, he simultaneously starred in the highest grossing film (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). The following year, he provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the blockbuster Toy Story. Simultaneous with his time acting in Home Improvement, Allen formed a race team with Steve Saleen and race driver Bob Bondurant, called the Saleen/Allen "RRR" Speedlab. The team raced Saleen Mustangs in the SCCA World Challenge, with Allen and Saleen as the team's drivers.
In 1997 he starred in the family comedy Jungle 2 Jungle from Disney. The film was poorly received by critics. The next year marked the final year of Home Improvement, for which he was paid $1.25 million per episode. The next year he returned to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2 which was a financial and critical hit. Also in 2000 he starred in the sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest alongside Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell. In 2003 he had a cameo as Seann William Scott's father in American Wedding.
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.
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.
As of September 2010, Tim Allen is the official voice of the Chevrolet Cruze, narrating commercials for the vehicle. Also in September 2010, Allen was named the voice of Campbell Soup's new "It's Amazing What Soup Can Do" campaign.
Personal life 
On October 2, 1978, Allen was arrested in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.4 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 2 years and 4 months in Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone in Sandstone, Minnesota. Allen had the Federal Bureau of Prisons Register # 04276-040.
Allen was raised as an Episcopalian. He was married to Laura Diebel from April 7, 1984, until they legally separated in 1999. Their divorce was finalized in 2003. They have a daughter, Katherine, 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 1997, Allen was arrested for DUI in Birmingham, Michigan, and was recorded as having a .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.
Allen was nominated for one Emmy and 5 Golden Globe Awards. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1995 for Home Improvement.
In 1996, he won the Hall of Fame award at the Kids Choice Awards.
The cast of Home Improvement was honored with a "Fan Favorite" award at the 2009 TV Land Awards.
In 2011 he won the Runner Up at the annual 'Tim Allen' awards with Professor Tim Allen of the LSE claiming first place.
In 2013 he was awarded the 'Great Lakes' awards for his contribution to Michigan communities.
|1988||Tropical Snow||Baggage Handler|
|1990||ABC TGIF||Tim Taylor||TV series|
|1991-1999||Home Improvement||Tim Taylor||TV series (203 episodes)|
|1994||The Santa Clause||Scott Calvin/Santa Claus|
|1995||Toy Story||Buzz Lightyear (voice)|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Himself||Cameo|
|1997||Jungle 2 Jungle||Michael Cromwell|
|1997||Soul Man||Tim Taylor||TV series (1 episode "Communion Wine and Convicts")|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Brad Sexton|
|1998||Spin City||Rags (voice)||TV series (1 episode "The Kidney's All Right")|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Buzz Lightyear (voice)|
|1999||Galaxy Quest||Jason Nesmith||Saturn Award for Best Actor|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Video|
|2001||Who Is Cletis Tout?||Critical Jim|
|2001||Joe Somebody||Joe Scheffer|
|2002||Big Trouble||Eliot Arnold|
|2002||The Santa Clause 2||Santa Claus/Scott Calvin/Toy Santa|
|2003||These Guys||Narrator (voice)||TV movie|
|2004||Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom||Meldar Prime (voice)||TV movie|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Luther Krank|
|2006||Cars||Buzz Lightyear Car (voice)|
|2006||The Shaggy Dog||Dave Douglas||Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor|
|2006||Zoom||Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom||Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor|
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Santa/Scott Calvin||Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Martin Short)
|2007||Wild Hogs||Doug Madsen|
|2009||The Six Wives of Henry Lefay||Henry Lefay|
|2010||Crazy on the Outside||Tommy Zelda||Also director|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Nominated—Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie|
|2011||Hawaiian Vacation||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Short|
|2011||Small Fry||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Short|
|2011||Last Man Standing||Mike Baxter||TV series (42 episodes)|
|2012||Partysaurus Rex||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Short|
|2012||The Penguin King 3D||(voice)|
|2014-||Boys & Girls||Mark Brown||TV Series|
Video games 
|1996||Toy Story Activity Center||Buzz Lightyear|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Buzz Lightyear|
|2001||Toy Story Racer||Buzz Lightyear|
|2010||Scene It? Disney Magical Moments||Buzz Lightyear|
|1988||Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen|
|1989||Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's Place|
|1990||Tim Allen: Men Are Pigs|
|1991||Tim Allen Rewires America|
|2010||I Am Comic|
- 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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