Quick Facts About Tim Allen
|Name||Timothy Allen Dick|
|Birth Name||Timothy Allen Dick|
|Celebrated Name||Tim Allen|
|Date of Birth||June 13, 1953|
|Age||63 Years Old|
|Place Of Birth||Denver, Colorado|
|Best Known For||Home Improvement|
|High School||Seaholm High School|
|University||Western Michigan University|
|Total Number Of Awards||9|
Tim Allen is an American comedian and actor who is best known for his comic roles in television and film. He rose to prominence when he landed the role of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor in the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. Some of his major contributions to Hollywood include The Santa Clause trilogy, Wild Dogs, Galaxy Quest and Toy Story trilogy.
Currently in his 60s, Tim Allen was born as Timothy Allen Dick on 13th June 1953, in Denver, Colorado. The third oldest brother among five, Allen lost his father in a car accident when he was 11. His mother married a business executive after the demise of his father.
Following their marriage, Allen with his four siblings moved to Birmingham in order to live with their new father and his three children. Allen attended the Seaholm High School and later graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in communications from Western Michigan University.
Tim Allen has been married twice. He has a child from each of his marriages and is currently married to television actress Jane Hajduk.
Home Improvement was Tim Allen's debut acting gig
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.
Tim Allen is set to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 4
The Home Improvement famed actor will be reprising his voice role as the toy space ranger, Buzz Lightyear, in the highly awaited upcoming installment of Pixar animation, Toy Story. Toy Story 4 is slated for a June 21, 2019, release.
He first voiced the character in 1995. The sequel, Toy Story 2, was released two years later to critical and commercial success and an Annie Award win for Allen. The third movie of the popular franchise was even a greater success with a box office earning of $1.067 billion. In fact, Toy Story 3 is the third highest grossing animated movie of all time.
In 2010, it was reported that Tim and actor Tom Hanks would be reprising their respective roles in the next installment if it were ever to be made. Tim also voiced Buzz Lightyear in the television specials, Toy Story of Terror! and Toy Story That Time Forgot in 2013 and 2014.
Tim Allen was imprisoned for drug possession in 1978
When Tim was 25, he was imprisoned for 28 months in Minnesota's Federal Correctional Institution after being arrested for possession of 1.43lb of cocaine. He was released in 1981 after he agreed to reveal the names of his accomplices. In regards to this incident, he said jokingly, "Don’t ever sell drugs to policemen. They don’t like it. They tend to tell judges. People come get you and you then you eat very bad food for a long time."
Tim was a struggling stand-up comedian around this time and was married to his first wife, Laura Diebel. They married on April 7, 1984, and Diebel had stayed by his side during his difficult time. However, after Home Improvement propelled Tim to national fame in the 90s, his relationship with his wife started degrading.
Tim's drinking problem led to a DUI arrest in 1997 and a mandatory rehab stay. Tim and Laura decided to legally separate in 1999. In an interview with The Detroit News a year before, Tim had admitted that he had "let (his) family slide" in pursuit of fame. They divorced in 2003 and three years later, he married his current wife Jane Hajduk.