Timothy Alan Dick
June 13, 1953
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Education||Central Michigan University|
Western Michigan University (BA)
|Genres||Observational comedy, physical comedy, surreal humour|
|Subject(s)||Marriage, gender differences, family, everyday life, social awkwardness, politics|
Timothy Alan Dick (born June 13, 1953), known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999) and Mike Baxter on the ABC/Fox sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–2021). He voices Buzz Lightyear for the Toy Story franchise and played Scott Calvin and Santa Claus in the Santa Clause franchise (1994–present). Allen's other films include Tropical Snow (1988), Galaxy Quest (1999), Joe Somebody (2001), Zoom (2006), Wild Hogs (2007), The Six Wives of Henry Lefay (2009), Crazy on the Outside (2010), 3 Geezers! (2013), and El Camino Christmas (2017).
Allen was born on 13 June 1953 in Denver, Colorado to Martha Katherine (née Fox), a community-service worker, and Gerald M. Dick, a real estate agent. He is the third oldest of six children. Allen has two older brothers as well as two younger brothers and a younger sister. His father died in a car accident in November 1964, 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, to be with her new husband and his three children. Allen has said the move meant going from "being in a cool group at one school to being at the bottom [of the social hierarchy at another]."
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. In 1976 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications, specializing in radio and television production, with a split minor in philosophy and design.
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. Following his release from prison in 1981, he returned to comedy. 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. In 1998, Western Michigan awarded Allen an honorary fine arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award.
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 (Walt Disney Pictures' The Santa Clause), topped The New York Times bestseller 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. 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 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. 2008 marked his first dramatic turn with a supporting role as an aging action film star in David Mamet's Redbelt.
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.
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. Allen returned to ABC with the sitcom Last Man Standing (2011–2017). He played the role of Mike Baxter, a conservative father fighting for his manhood in a house filled with women. The character is loosely based on his own life, as a Republican father of three girls. After six seasons, the show was canceled in May 2017. ABC Entertainment Chief Channing Dungey denied claims of political bias against Allen, explaining that the network simply could not accommodate the program on their schedule. On May 11, 2018, Fox TV's CEOs and chairmen announced that Fox had officially picked up Last Man Standing for a seventh season.
Shortly before the cancellation of Last Man Standing, Allen had been announced as part of the cast of the Netflix original comedy film El Camino Christmas (2017). In 2018, he had a cameo voice role as Buzz Lightyear in Ralph Breaks the Internet. In 2019, he voiced the character in Toy Story 4 and appeared as himself in No Safe Spaces a documentary film. In 2022, it was announced that Allen would reprise the role of Scott Calvin in a Disney+ mini-series, The Santa Clauses, based on The Santa Clause franchise.
Allen was raised as an Episcopalian. He married Laura Deibel on April 7, 1984. Their daughter, Katherine, was born in December 1989. He and Deibel legally separated in 1999, and their divorce was finalized in 2003. Allen married actress Jane Hajduk on October 7, 2006, in a small private ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado. They had been dating for five years. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born in March 2009.
On October 2, 1978, Allen was arrested at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.43 lb) of cocaine. He subsequently pleaded guilty to felony 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.
In 1998, Allen was arrested for driving under the influence in Birmingham, Michigan. At the time, his blood alcohol content was 0.15, nearly double the legal limit in Michigan. He was sentenced to one-year probation and entered a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse as part of his court obligation.
Allen is a supporter of the Republican Party. He criticized those taking part in the 2021 United States Capitol attack, calling the incident "horrible, embarrassing, and shameful" and opining that the rioters must have had inside help. He also said the riot had caused people to be embarrassed to be known as conservative.
Allen is a car enthusiast and competed in endurance racing for Saleen in a co-owned car in the 1990s, including the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Allen is also involved in philanthropic efforts to help reduce homelessness.
|1988||Tropical Snow||Baggage Handler|
|Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen||Himself|
|1989||Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's Place|
|1990||Tim Allen: Men Are Pigs|
|1991||Tim Allen Rewires America|
|1994||The Santa Clause||Scott Calvin / Santa Claus|
|1995||Toy Story||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role|
|1997||Meet Wally Sparks||Himself||Cameo|
|Jungle 2 Jungle||Michael Cromwell|
|For Richer or Poorer||Brad Sexton|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role|
|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|
|Joe Somebody||Joe Scheffer|
|2002||Big Trouble||Eliot Arnold|
|The Santa Clause 2||Santa Claus / Scott Calvin / Toy Santa|
|2003||Top Speed||Narrator||Voice role|
|2004||Christmas with the Kranks||Luther Krank|
|2006||The Shaggy Dog||Dave Douglas|
|Cars||Buzz Lightyear Car||Voice cameo|
|Zoom||Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom|
|The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Santa Claus / Scott Calvin|
|Wild Hogs||Doug Madsen|
|2009||The Six Wives of Henry Lefay||Henry Lefay|
|2010||Crazy on the Outside||Tommy Zelda||Also director|
|Toy Story 3||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role|
|I Am Comic||Himself|
|2011||Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role; short films|
|Toy Story Toons: Small Fry|
|2012||Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex|
|The Penguin King||U.S. version|
|Adventures of the Penguin King||Narrator|
|2017||El Camino Christmas||Larry Michael Roth|
|2018||Ralph Breaks the Internet||Buzz Lightyear||Voice cameo|
|2019||Toy Story 4||Voice role|
|No Safe Spaces||Himself|||
|1989–1992||An Evening at the Improv||Himself||2 episodes|
|1991–99||Home Improvement||Tim Taylor||Lead role (204 episodes);
also executive producer (seasons 6–8)
|1992||Hot Country Nights||Himself||1 episode|
|1994–1996||Charlie Rose||Himself||Guest; 2 episodes|
|1994–1997||Late Show with David Letterman||Himself||5 episodes|
|1995||Showbiz Today||Himself||1 episode|
|The Little Picture Show||Himself||1 episode|
|1996||The Drew Carey Show||Himself||Episode: "The Front" (Uncredited)|
|1997||Soul Man||Tim Taylor||Episode: "Communion Wine and Convicts"|
|The Wonderful World of Disney||Buzz Lightyear||Episode: "Toy Story" (voice role)|
|1998||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "Flip"|
|Spin City||Rags (voice)||Episode: "The Kidney's All Right"|
|1999||Modern Marvels||Himself||Episode: "The Tool Bench: Power Tools"|
|2003||These Guys||Narrator||Television film|
|2004||Jimmy Neutron: Win, Lose and Kaboom||Meldar Prime (voice)||Television film|
|2011–2021||Last Man Standing||Mike Baxter / Tim Taylor||Lead role (194 episodes);
also executive producer
|2013||Toy Story of Terror!||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role; television specials|
|2014||Toy Story That Time Forgot|
|2015||Cristela||Mike Baxter||Crossover appearance: "Last Goose Standing"|
|2015–2021||Jay Leno's Garage||Himself||Guest; 8 episodes|
|2015||Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond||Himself||Documentary|
|2016||88th Academy Awards||Buzz Lightyear||Voice role|
|Black Mirror||Tim Taylor||Episode: “Nosedive”, Home Improvement footage, uncredited|
|2020||Reno 911!||Space Force Commander||Episode: "Space Force"|
|Beyond Infinity: Buzz and the Journey to Lightyear||Buzz Lightyear||Toy Story footage, Disney+ Documentary|
|The Santa Clauses||Scott Calvin / Santa Claus||Lead role; upcoming Disney+ miniseries|
|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|
|2010||Scene It? Disney Magical Moments|
|Toy Story 3: The Video Game|
|2016||Disney Magic Kingdoms|
|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||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Nominated|||
|1993–99||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Performer||Won|
|1994–97||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Male TV Actor||Won|
|1995||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor||The Santa Clause||Won|||
|MTV Movie Awards||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|1996||Kids' Choice Awards||Hall of Fame induction||N/A||Honored|||
|1997||Golden Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical||Home Improvement||Nominated|
|1999||TV Guide Awards||Favorite Actor in a Comedy||Won|||
|2000||Annie Awards||Outstanding Voice Acting in a 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||Nominated|||
|1998||Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA)||Western Michigan University||Michigan||Gave commencement address|||
|2021||Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA)||Hillsdale College||Michigan||Gave commencement address|||
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