Allen in 2014
June 13, 1953
Denver, Colorado, United States
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, author|
|Spouse(s)||Laura Deibel (m. 1984–2003)
Jane Hajduk (m. 2006)
|Medium||Stand up, television, film|
|Genres||Observational comedy, blue comedy, physical comedy, character comedy|
|Subject(s)||Marriage, gender differences, family, everyday life|
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 Disney's The Santa Clause trilogy, Disney/Pixar's Toy Story trilogy (as the voice of Buzz Lightyear), Wild Hogs, and Galaxy Quest (1999). Since 2011, he has starred as Mike Baxter in the TV series Last Man Standing.
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.
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.
Since 2011, Allen has starred in another ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing. He plays the role of Mike Baxter, a conservative father who is fighting for his manhood in his house filled with women. The character is loosely based on his own life, as a Republican father of two girls.
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 had the Federal Bureau of Prisons Register # 04276-040.
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.
|1988||Tropical Snow||Baggage Handler|
|1988||Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen||Himself|
|1989||Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's Place||Himself|
|1990||Tim Allen: Men Are Pigs||Himself|
|1991||Tim Allen Rewires America||Himself|
|1994||Santa Clause, TheThe Santa Clause||Scott Calvin / Santa Claus|
|1995||Toy Story||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Himself||Cameo|
|1997||Jungle 2 Jungle||Michael Cromwell|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Brad Sexton|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role|
|1999||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|
|2001||Joe Somebody||Joe Scheffer|
|2002||Big Trouble||Eliot Arnold|
|2002||Santa Clause 2, TheThe Santa Clause 2||Santa Claus / Scott Calvin / Toy Santa|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Luther Krank|
|2006||Cars||Buzz Lightyear Car||Voice role; cameo|
|2006||Shaggy Dog, TheThe Shaggy Dog||Dave Douglas|
|2006||Zoom||Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom|
|2006||Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, TheThe Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Santa Claus / Scott Calvin|
|2007||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|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role|
|2010||I Am Comic|
|2011||Hawaiian Vacation||Buzz Lightyear||Short film; voice role|
|2011||Small Fry||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Short film; voice role|
|2012||Partysaurus Rex||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Short film; voice role|
|2012||The Penguin King||Narrator||U.S. version|
|2013||Adventures of the Penguin King||Narrator|
|1991–1999||Home Improvement||Tim Taylor||Series; also executive producer (seasons 6–8)|
|1997||Soul Man||Tim Taylor||Episode: "Communion Wine and Convicts"|
|1998||Spin City||Rags (voice)||Episode: "The Kidney's All Right"|
|2003||These Guys||Narrator (voice)||Movie|
|2004||Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom||Meldar Prime (voice)||Movie|
|2011–present||Last Man Standing||Mike Baxter||Series|
|2013||Toy Story of Terror!||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Special|
|2014||Toy Story That Time Forgot||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Special|
|2015||Cristela||Mike Baxter||Crossover appearance: "Last Goose Standing"|
|2015||Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond||Himself||Documentary|
|2016||88th Academy Awards||Buzz Lightyear (voice)||Awards ceremony|
|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|
- 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
Awards and honors
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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||Home Improvement||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Home Improvement||Nominated|||
|1993–99||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Performer||Home Improvement||Won|
|1994–97||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Actor||Home Improvement||Won|
|1995||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor||The Santa Clause||Won|||
|1995||MTV Movie Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||The Santa Clause||Nominated|
|1995||Best Comedic Performance||The Santa Clause||Nominated|
|1996||Kids' Choice Awards||Hall of Fame induction||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||Home Improvement||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||Last Man Standing||Pending|
- 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 6898 Hollywood Blvd for contributions to the television industry
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