Tim Allen is an American actor, comedian, and author who has been in the entertainment industry for over three decades. He is best known for his role as Tim “The Toolman” Taylor on ABC’s sitcom Home Improvement (1991-1999), as well as voicing Buzz Lightyear in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story franchise. In addition to acting, he has also released several comedy albums and books throughout his career.
Born Timothy Alan Dick in Denver, Colorado on June 13th 1953, Allen grew up with a tumultuous family life; his father died when he was 11 years old and he lived with relatives until the age of 18. After graduating from high school in 1971, he attended Central Michigan University before leaving to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. His first big break came when he was cast by producer Matt Williams for Home Improvement; the show went on to become one of the most successful sitcoms ever produced by ABC during its eight-season run which earned him five Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy Award nominations.
In 1995, Allen starred alongside Sigourney Weaver and Daryl Hannah in The Santa Clause; this film spawned a classic holiday movie trilogy that continues today nearly 25 years later with Allen reprising his role as Santa Claus each time. Other notable roles include starring opposite John Travolta in Wild Hogs (2007) and providing voice work for Galaxy Quest (1999). On television, Tim currently stars on Last Man Standing which recently aired its ninth season after being canceled twice previously due to low ratings; it now ranks among some of Fox’s highest rated shows regularly outperforming other scripted comedies like Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Modern Family
Beyond acting credits alone however lies an impressive resume across multiple platforms including writing seven books: Don’t Stand Too Close To A Naked Man (1994), I’m Not Really Here (1996), Joe Somebody (1997), Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers’ Markets Sustainable Agriculture And Food Security In The United States Of America (2006), Planet Propaganda: How To Win The Climate Change Debate (2009), Do You Feel Lucky? Life Lessons From The World’s Most Dangerous Places (2013), and Why We Hate Us: American Discontent In The New Millennium (2019).
Additionally Tim has released four studio albums between 1998 & 2004 featuring live performances from various venues around North America where audiences could expect anything from jokes about marriage & parenting to observations about current events & politics. When not performing live or appearing at conventions or charity functions you can find him advocating for issues related to wildlife conservation via organizations such as Ducks Unlimited & National Wild Turkey Federation.
In conclusion there are few people within Hollywood who have had the same kind of longevity that Tim Allen has enjoyed through both television & film while also branching out into other mediums outside of just acting. It is clear that despite any controversy surrounding him personally there is no denying how much impact this man has had upon popular culture over these past thirty plus years.