Tim Allen

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Tim Allen

Born

6/13/1953, Denver, Colorado, USA

Birth Name

Timothy Alan Dick

Gender

Male

Also Known As

The Tool Man
  • Tim Allen on Last Man Standing Season 2.
  • Tim Allen on Last Man Standing.
  • Tim Allen on Last Man Standing.
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Tim Allen (Timothy Alan Dick), an award-winning American comedian, actor, voice-over artist, and writer, known for his role in Home Improvement and the voice of Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear, was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado. He attended Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Birmingham and…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • As a kid, Tim loved Pixie Sticks. He would open them up and even pour it in a 12-ounce bottle of coke.

    • Tim quit alcohol altogether in 1998, when he entered a rehabilitation clinic in California.

    • Tim is Episcopalian.

    • Tim is very interested in quantum physics.

    • Tim auctioned off his prized 1955 Chevy Novad on eBay for the September 11th/Twin Towers fund.

    • Tim is actively involved in the national YMCA and played a huge role in the refurbishing of the organization's facility in Hollywood.

    • Tim has loved creating art since he was kid. Allen took several art classes in school.

    • Tim compared the ending of his long-lasting sitcom, Home Improvement to the finale of Seinfeld and the retirement of the NBA's great Michael Jordan.

    • Tim says the comedians that make him laugh the most are Victor Borge, Jonathan Winters, and Richard Pryor.

    • 2008 was the first time Tim produced, directed, and starred in the same film. He did so in Crazy on the Outside.

    • In 1998, Tim Allen received an honorary degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Western Michigan University, his alma mater.

    • In one week of 1994, Tim Allen starred in the #1 rated television show, Home Improvement, and the #1 box office smash hit movie, The Santa Clause. Not only that, but his novel, Don't Stand Too Close To A Naked Man, was America's top selling book.

    • Tim and his current wife, Jane Hajduk, were wed in front of three generations of their families.

    • Tim wrote his first book, Don't Stand Too Close To A Naked Man, in 1994.

    • Tim's performance in Home Improvement led him to his winning of the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Television Perform eight years in a row, starting in 1992.

    • His show, Home Improvement, was based on an half-hour special on the Showtime Channel he hosted called Men are Pigs.

    • Tim dropped his original last name, Dick, when producers of a talk show he worked for told him they were uncomfortable flashing his name on the screen.

    • Tim took a job as a creative director for an advertising firm in Detroit after he graduated from Western Michigan University.

    • While attending Western Michigan University, Tim was active with WIDR, the university's student radio station.

    • In college, Tim split his minor with Philosophy and Design.

    • Tim was his school's class clown.

    • Tim developed his first passion for cars in high school, when he started drag racing down Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, Michigan.

    • In 1995, Tim Allen won a Golden Globe award for best performance by an actor in a TV series in Home Improvement.

    • Patricia Richardson, who played Tim's wife on Home Improvement, has said numerous times that when the series first started, she never, ever expected Tim to be such a good actor. Richardson had some prejudices against stand-up comics like Tim, and she feared that he wouldn't work well with her at all, but she gladly admits that he proved her wrong. They have maintained a good friendship since the show ended, and Tim even once said that he wished he could work with her on every future project that he did.

    • Tim recently purchased the former site of the Shady Trails camp on Lake Michigan for an estimated 2 million dollars.

    • Tim played golf in the American Heart Association's Hollywood Branch Celebrity Classic held May 19, 1997 at the North Ranch Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA.

    • He formed Boxing Cat Productions to work in graphic arts, design and commercial production in 1984.

    • He has his own racing team named Tim Allen/Saleen RRRRacing.

    • His father was Gerald Dick, a real-estate salesman.

    • He attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a degree in Television Production in 1975.

    • His mother was Martha Dick, a community-service worker.

    • He attended Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan.

    • His mother got remarried to her high school sweetheart and she moved her six kids to join his three in Birmingham, Michigan.

    • His favorite subject in high school was shop class.

    • He developed his own signature line of power tools, manufactured by Ryodi in 1996.

    • His father was killed in an auto accident in 1964.

    • Tim was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Hooray for Gray!" section.

    • Tim Allen was married to Laura Diebel from 1984 until 2003. He then married Jane Hajduk in October of 2006 and they are still married.

    • Tim Allen wrote two books around the time he did Home Improvement. They are Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man and I'm Not Really Here.

    • He was offered 1 million dollars per episode to do Home Improvement for one more season. He thought about it, but eventually said no.

    • He got a star on the Hollywood walk of fame on November 19, 2004.

    • Salary:
      Joe Somebody (2001) $12,000,000
      Toy Story 2 (1999) $5,000,000
      Toy Story (1995) $50,000
      Home Improvement (1991) $1,250,000/episode (1998-1999 season)

    • His standup routine consisted of jokes comparing the differences between men and women. This theme continued on his TV show Home Improvement (1991).

    • He was a member of Toastmasters.

    • His comedy career started on a dare from a friend at the 'Comedy Castle' in Detroit.

    • His character in Big Trouble (2002) is a composite of humor columnist Dave Barry. The movie is adapted from one of Dave Barry's humor books.

    • Tim Taylor, Allen's character on Home Improvement (1991), was ranked #20 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

    • During the run of Home Improvement (1991), Tim was often sent shirts and sweaters by various colleges to wear on the air, and he did.

    • He has a daughter, Katherine (Kady) Dick, 17, (b. 1989).

    • His ex-wife, Laura, is the CEO for Tim Allen Signature Tools.

    • Paid $2 million for 26 acres of Michigan campground with the intention of keeping it in its natural, undeveloped state.

    • Tim has nine brothers and sisters.

    • Spent 28 months in jail after being arrested for attempted drug-dealing in 1978.

    • He started out doing stand-up comedy.

    • He was arrested in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for drunk driving. [24 May 1997]

    • Tim was at the 67th Annual Academy Awards. He presented "Best Short Film" and "Best Live Action."

    • Tim played the small role of the Baggage Handler in the movie Tropical Snow.

    • Tim is left handed.

    • Tim Allen is 5'11" tall.

    • His character "Tim Taylor" in Home Improvement really reflects Tim Allen in real life.

  • Quotes

    • Tim Allen: (when TV son Jonathan Taylor Thomas left "Home Improvement") It's all personal with me. I really love Jonathan, and I loved working with him, and I loved him being on the show, and I loved that show, so any kind of separation there felt like betrayal, so no matter what reason there was, whether it was a good reason or a bad reason, I didn't like it. I wanted Jonathan on the show, and when I didn't get what I wanted, I said things that I didn't mean. I just missed the kid, that's all.

    • Tim: Whoa...Back the truck up.

    • Tim Allen: Electricity can be dangerous. My nephew tried to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn't go far didn't see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded.

    • Tim Allen: Playing golf is like going to a strip joint. After 18 holes you're tired and most of your balls are missing.

    • Tim Allen: Never comment on a woman's rear end. Never use the words 'large' or 'size' with 'rear end.' Never. Avoid the area altogether. Trust me.

    • Tim Allen: While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously.

    • Tim Allen: Women are like cars: we all want a Ferrari, sometimes want a pickup truck, and end up with a station wagon.

    • Tim Allen : When I walk into that (Sears) Craftsman tool department, my nipples get rock-hard!

    • Tim Allen: Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work, or prison.

    • Tim Allen: My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.

    • Tim Allen: Men are pigs. Too bad we own everything.

    • Tim Allen: Men are liars. We'll lie about lying if we have to. I'm an algebra liar. I figure two good lies make a positive.

    • Tim Allen: Electricity can be dangerous. My nephew tried to stick a penny into a plug. Whoever said a penny doesn't go far didn't see him shoot across that floor. I told him he was grounded.

    • Tim Allen: Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they're fun, they do things together, they're best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they're going to respect Mom.

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