Tim Allen

Actor, Comedian, Author
Smarter than his grunting comedic persona suggested, Tim Allen turned his stand-up into one of the most successful Hollywood careers of all time. Early setbacks like the death of his father and a stint in prison gave ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1953 in Denver, Colorado, USA

Filmography

Actor (104)

Last Man Standing 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story That Time Forgot 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Pioneers of Television 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Six Wives of Henry Lefay 2014 (Movie)

Henry Lefay (Actor)

Toy Story Of Terror! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Voice

3 Geezers! 2013 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

Chimpanzee 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Penguin King 3D 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1991 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 1995 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Man 1995 - 1997, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1995 - 1999, 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Drew Carey Show 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Top Gear (History Channel) 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crazy on the Outside 2010 (Movie)

Tommy Zelda (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The Jay Leno Show 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Buzz Lightyear (Voice)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Redbelt 2008 (Movie)

Chet Frank (Actor)

Saturday Night's Main Event 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fired! 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Hogs 2007 (Movie)

Doug Madsen (Actor)

Cars 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Buzz Lightyear Car (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

Scott Calvin/Santa Claus (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

Dave Douglas (Actor)

Zoom 2006 (Movie)

Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Luther Krank (Actor)

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Eliot Arnold (Actor)

The Santa Clause 2 2002 (Movie)

Scott Calvin/Santa/Toy Santa (Actor)

Who Is Cletis Tout? 2002 (Movie)

Critical Jim (Actor)

Holidays With the Stars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe Somebody 2001 (Movie)

Joe Scheffer (Actor)

The Beatles Revolution 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstage Pass 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins 1999 (Movie)

Buzz Lightyear (Actor)

Galaxy Quest 1999 (Movie)

Jason Nesmith--Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Christmas Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Buzz Lightyear (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield: Respect at Last 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

For Richer Or Poorer 1997 (Movie)

Matt Sexton (Actor)

Jungle2jungle 1997 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Special Appearance (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Very Personal With Naomi Judd 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Club Superstars 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors With Joan Lunden II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

Voice of Buzz Lightyear (Actor)

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Best of Comedy Club Network 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/09/93) 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Santa Clause 1994 (Movie)

Scott Calvin (Actor)

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Club All-Stars VII 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Olsen Twins Mother's Day Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Driving Challenge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

TGIF Comedy Preview 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Allen Rewires America 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Tim Allen: Men Are Pigs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars II 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cristela (Tv Show)

Actor

I Am Comic (TV Show)

Actor

The Pixar Story (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Crazy on the Outside 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Crazy on the Outside 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Smarter than his grunting comedic persona suggested, Tim Allen turned his stand-up into one of the most successful Hollywood careers of all time. Early setbacks like the death of his father and a stint in prison gave Allen the drive to pursue comedy, and his affectionate dissection of the differences between the genders - focusing especially on the confusions of modern masculinity - spring-boarded him to stand-up stardom, leading to the massive hit sitcom, "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1991-99). The show won him buckets of awards and fans around the world for his portrayal of lovable lunkhead Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. Notching a No. 1 book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, a TV show and a hit movie at the same time in a rare entertainment trifecta, and Allen went on to rule the box office with two trilogies: "The Santa Clause" (1994, 2002, 2006) and "Toy Story" (1995, 1999, 2010). Fans followed him to other projects, too; Allen toplined moneymakers like "Galaxy Quest" (1999), "Christmas with the Kranks" (2004) and "Wild Hogs" (2007). Even as his star momentum slowed, the goodwill Allen built up with his early, supernova-level success seemed to assure the comedian as long a career as he chose.

Relationships

Elizabeth Allen Production

Daughter
Born March 28, 2009 mother, Jane Hajduk

Katherine Allen

Daughter
Born in 1989 mother, Laura Diebel

Gerald Dick

Father
Killed in an auto collision with a drunk driver while driving the family home from a University of Colorado football game when Allen was eleven years old

Martha Dick

Mother
Remarried high school sweetheart two years after the death of her husband (Allen's father)

Laura Diebel

Wife
Met in college Married 1984; served as CEO of Allen's tool line

Jane Hajduk Actor

Wife
Appeared together in "Zoom" (2006) and "The Shaggy Dog" (2006)

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo , Michigan

Ernest W. Seaholm High School

Birmingham , Michigan

Milestones

2011

Returned to series television with a starring role as a sporting-goods store marketer on ABC's "Last Man Standing"

2010

Reprised the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the animated blockbuster "Toy Story 3"

2008

Featured in the David Mamet-directed "Redbelt"

2007

Cast in the comedy-adventure "Wild Hogs," as one of four middle-aged friends who decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip

2006

Played a man who sometimes turns into a sheepdog in a remake of Walt Disney's 1959 favorite "The Shaggy Dog"

2006

Reprised role for "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"

2006

Cast as Captain Zoom, an out-of-shape former superhero in "Zoom"

2004

Co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in "Christmas with the Kranks"

2004

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November)

2002

Reprised role for "The Santa Clause 2"

2002

Co-starred with Rene Russo and Stanley Tucci in "Big Trouble"

2001

Played the title role in the comedy "Joe Somebody"

1999

Returned as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the phenomenally successfull "Toy Story 2"

1999

Starred in the cult favorite hit comedy "Galaxy Quest"

1997

Starred in the Disney comedy "Jungle 2 Jungle"

1995

Provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Disney's animated classic "Toy Story"

1994

Published the book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man

1994

Made his feature acting debut in Walt Disney's "The Santa Clause"

1991

Made his TV debut as a writer/producer on the Showtime special "Tim Allen Rewires America"

1991

Cast in breakthrough starring role in ABC sitcom "Home Improvement" as Tim 'The Tool-Man' Taylor

1990

Headlined his first TV comedy special "Men Are Pigs" (Showtime)

1990

Spotted by a Disney talent scout during a gig at the Los Angeles Improv comedy club

1988

Made his film debut, performing stand-up in "Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen" (only received festival screenings)

1988

Performed stand-up on "Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars II"

1984

Formed Boxing Cat Productions to work in graphic arts, design and commercial production

1983

Began playing the comedy circuit while working days at a Detroit ad agency

1979

Made stand-up comedy debut at Detroit's Comedy Castle

Moved with family from Denver, CO to Birmingham, MI

Bonus Trivia

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In 1978, Allen was arrested for helping to sell drugs including cocaine and marijuana.

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In 1979, Allen was arrested for the second time in the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport for possession of 1.4 lb of cocaine. He subsequently informed on other drug dealers in exchange for a reduction in his eventual sentence from a possible life imprisonment to three to seven years. He was jailed for 28 months, in the Sandstone, MN Federal Correctional Institution. He was released in 1981.

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In 1997, Allen was arrested for DUI in Oakland County, Michigan. He pleaded guilty on June 16 and was fined, sentenced to a year of probation, and ordered to seek counseling.

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In 1998, Allen received an honorary degree from Western Michigan University.

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