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Tim Allen
Tim Allen 2012.jpg
Allen in 2012
Timothy Alan Dick

(1953-06-13) June 13, 1953 (age 68)
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1975–present
Political partyRepublican
Laura Deibel
(m. 1984; div. 2003)
Jane Hajduk
(m. 2006)
Comedy career
MediumStand-up, film, television
EducationCentral Michigan University
Western Michigan University (BA)
GenresObservational 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 film trilogy (1994–2006). 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).

Early life

Allen was born in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine (née Fox), a community-service worker, and Gerald M. Dick, a real estate agent.[1][2] 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.[1][3] Two years later, his mother married her high school sweetheart, a business executive,[2] and moved with her six children to Birmingham, Michigan, to be with her new husband and his three children.[4] 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]."[5]

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.[6] 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.[4] In 1998, Western Michigan awarded Allen an honorary fine arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award.[6]


Allen in 1993
Allen in 1993

Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975.[1] 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.[7] 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.

Allen was arrested in 1978 and imprisoned for drug trafficking. 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.[1]

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"),[8] 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.[1] 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.[1] Home Improvement ran until 1999, for which he was paid US$1.25 million per episode.

Allen at the 45th Emmy Awards, 1994
Allen at the 45th Emmy Awards, 1994

In 1995, Allen provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Toy Story.[1] 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.[9]

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.[10]

Allen hosted the 8th Annual TV Land Awards on April 25, 2010.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] The character is loosely based on his own life, as a Republican father of three girls.[14] 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.[15] On May 11, 2018, Fox TV's CEOs and chairmen announced that Fox had officially picked up Last Man Standing for a seventh season.[16][17][18][19]

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).[20]

Personal life

Allen (left) with members of the United States Navy, 2010
Allen (left) with members of the United States Navy, 2010

Allen was raised as an Episcopalian.[2] 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.[21] Allen married actress Jane Hajduk on October 7, 2006, in a small private ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado.[22][23] They had been dating for five years.[24] Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born in March 2009.[25]

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.[26] 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.[26] He was paroled on June 12, 1981, after serving two years and four months in Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone, in Sandstone, Minnesota.[27][28][29]

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.[30] He was sentenced to one-year probation and entered a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse as part of his court obligation.[31]

Allen is a Republican.[32] He endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.[33] He was an outspoken critic of those taking part in the 2021 United States Capitol attack, describing the incident as "horrible, embarrassing, and shameful" and opining that the rioters must have had inside help.[5] He also said the riot had caused people to be embarrassed to be known as conservative.[5]

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.[34][35]



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
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
2007 Fired! Documentary
Wild Hogs Doug Madsen
2008 Redbelt Chet Frank
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
Toy Story Toons: Small Fry
2012 Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex
Chimpanzee Narrator Documentary
The Penguin King U.S. version
2013 3 Geezers! Tim
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 [36][37][38]


Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
1984 Northwest Afternoon Himself Guest
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
1992–1993 Maury Himself 2 episodes
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
2014 Toy Story That Time Forgot
2015 Cristela Mike Baxter Crossover appearance: "Last Goose Standing"
Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond Himself Documentary
2016 88th Academy Awards Buzz Lightyear Voice role
2020 Reno 911! Space Force Commander Episode: "Space Force"
2021–present Assembly Required Co-host Ongoing

Video games

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
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


Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref(s)
1992 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series Home Improvement Won [41]
1993 Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [42]
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated [43]
1995 Won [43]
1993–99 People's Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Performer Won
1994–97 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Male TV Actor Won
1998/99 Nominated
1995 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor The Santa Clause Won [41]
MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated
Best Comedic Performance Nominated
1996 Kids' Choice Awards Hall of Fame induction N/A Honored [44]
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 [45]
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 [46]

Other honors


Honorary degrees
Location Date School Degree Gave Commencement Address
 Michigan 1998 Western Michigan University Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA) [50] Yes [51]
 Michigan 8 May 2021 Hillsdale College Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA) [52] Yes [53]


  • 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


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