Home Improvement was Tim Allen's debut acting gig

By: Sara Simpson  |   | 

Tim Allen portrayed Tim "The Toolman" Taylor in the television sitcom, Home Improvement, from 1991 to its end in 1999. This role was his breakthrough in television, and apparently, it was his first ever acting gig. Before Home Improvement, Tim made a living as a stand-up comedian.

He began performing comedy in 1975 and gradually became popular in Detroit. He later joined The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. In 1992, Tim won the Favorite Male Performer in a New TV series award at the People's Choice Awards for his debut. A year later, he was nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations followed in 1993 and 1994. He would win the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Performer for six consecutive years (1993-99).

Tim transitioned to acting in films when he starred in the 1994 Disney production The Santa Clause as the titular character, which won him a People’s Choice Award in 1995. The actor reprised his role in the two following installments of The Santa Clause in 2002 and 2006.

Besides these, Tim has been a part of several other movies such as Christmas with the Kranks (2004), The Shaggy Dog (2006), The Six Wives of Henry Lefay (2009), I Am Comic ( 2010), Chimpanzee ( 2012) and Adventure of the Penguin King (2013).

Years after his iconic "The Toolman" role ended, Tim made a return to television in 2011 with another ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing. Tim portrays a conservative and religious amateur radio operator, Mike Baxter, who frequently challenges the political correctness of today's American society. The series is presently in its sixth season. 

The show's jab at present day politics have received mixed reviews but Tim's comeback to television has proved to be a hit with Home Improvement fans. He won the Favorite Comeback award at the TV Guide Magazine's Fan Favorites Awards in 2012. In 2016, Tim was nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic TV Actor for his outstanding performance in the show. Tim also portrayed his Last Man Standing character in a crossover episode with the ABC sitcom, Cristela, in 2015.


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