Tim Allen has been busy since he ended his eight-year run on the highly successful television series “Home Improvement.” He can be seen on screen in the Twentieth Century Fox comedy “Joe Somebody” in which he stars as Joe, a man who is beaten up by a co-worker in front of his daughter on “Bring Your Child to Work Day” and decides to fight back. The film, which also stars James Belushi and Julie Bowen, reunites Allen with director John Pasquin, with whom he worked on “Home Improvement,” “Jungle 2 Jungle,” and “The Santa Clause.” Allen can also be see in Disney’s “The Santa Clause 2” and "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause," the follow ups to his 1994 hit.
Allen shot the Disney film “Big Trouble” in Miami, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The film, which co-stars Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, and Janeane Garofalo, follows a group of characters after they discover a nuclear device in a suitcase at the Miami airport. Allen also stars opposite Christian Slater in the Seven Arts’ Pictures comedy “Who Is Cletis Tout?” In the film, Slater plays an escaped convict who assumes the identity of a dead man named Cletis Tout. His plan goes awry when he discovers that Tout is slated to be rubbed out by a hitman, played by Allen.
In the year 2000, Allen reprised his role as Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar video “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.” He also was seen on screen in 1999 in two films, the highly successful “Toy Story II” and the DreamWorks sleeper hit “Galaxy Quest.” Allen continued his journey "to infinity and beyond" in "Toy Story 3," which hit theaters in 2010.
Allen returned to television in 2011 as the star of sitcom "Last Man Standing," on which he plays family patriarch Mike Baxter.
Allen was born in Denver on June 13th, 1953 and lived there until the age of 13, when his family moved to the Detroit suburb of Birmingham. Allen is from a family of nine children, including seven boys and two girls.
The class cut-up, Allen’s favorite high-school subject was shop and his first true love was cars. He traded a whole summer’s work at a local speed shop for a custom-built, tricked-out dune buggy -- not very practical for the icy streets of Michigan in winter, but try telling that to a teenage boy.
Allen graduated from Western Michigan University in 1975 with a degree in TV production and went to work as a creative director for a small advertising firm in Detroit. He soon moved from behind the camera to in front of it as a performer and commercial spokesman.
In 1979, on a dare from a friend, Allen made his first stand-up appearance at Detroit’s Comedy Castle. Since then, he has sold out concert venues around the country and appeared in several cable specials: “The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival,” “Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars VII,” and two of his own half-hour specials for Showtime: “Men are Pigs” and “Tim Allen Rewires America.” In 1990, Allen won an ACE Award for “Best Performance in a Comedy Special” at the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal.
Allen was seen for eight seasons as “Tim Taylor” on ABC’s “Home Improvement,” where he brought his unique slant on masculinity to series television. In 1991, Allen was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series,” an honor he won in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. He also received a People’s Choice Award for “Home Improvement” for “Funniest Television Series.” Allen was awarded the title of “America’s Favorite TV Personality” three years in a row by the Harris Poll. In addition, he was presented with Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in the categories of “Favorite TV Actor” and the coveted “Kids Choice Hall of Fame.”
Allen was a five-time Golden Globe nominee in the category of “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy,” winning the award in 1995. He also has been nominated for an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.” In addition to nominations and winning awards, Allen was one of the co-hosts of the 1992 Emmy Awards ceremony.
Allen made his motion picture debut in the Hollywood Pictures/Disney film “The Santa Clause.” The movie was released in November 1994 and was the number one comedy of the year. For his role in the film, Allen was honored with a Blockbuster Entertainment Award as “Favorite Male Newcomer, Theatrical” and a People’s Choice Award as “Funniest Actor In A Comedy Motion Picture.” “The Santa Clause” was voted “Favorite Motion Picture Comedy” at the People’s Choice Awards that same year.
Allen’s second film was the blockbuster hit “Toy Story,” the first entirely computer-animated film. Allen was the voice of spaceman action figure “Buzz Lightyear.” He then went on to star in the Disney film “Jungle 2 Jungle,” which was released in March of 1997 and in November of that year, Allen starred in Universal Pictures’ “For Richer Or Poorer” with Kirstie Alley.
In 1994, Allen penned his anecdotes in his first book, entitled "Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man," which topped the New York Times Bestseller List. His second book, "I’m Not Really Here," hit bookstores in November of 1996. In this book, Allen is looking for the hood ornament of a car one weekend and instead stumbles across the meaning of life. He takes a comedic look at men in midlife - and their relationships with wives, children, friends, the universe, and God.