Tim Allen Biography(personal life, career)

Tim Allen is an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer, known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is also known for his film roles in several popular movies, including the Toy Story series, The Santa Clause series, and Galaxy Quest.

Personal Life

Born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, USA, the stand-up comedian Tim Allen is the son of Martha Katherine, a community-service worker, and Gerald M. Dick a real-estate salesman .He is the third oldest of five brothers. When Allen was 11, his father died in a car accident, while driving his family home from a University of Colorado football game, colliding with a drunken driver. Two years later, the comedian moved to Birmingham, Michigan, after his mother remarried.

In high school, the stand-up comedian was in theater and music classes. After high school, he attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a degree in Television Production in 1975. In 1978, Tim Allen was arrested for attempted drug-dealing and spent two years in jail. Upon his release, he had a new outlook on life and started his comedy career in Detroit. He was arrested in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for drunk driving in 24 May 1997.The comedian has a daughter, Katherine Allen (born in 1989) with ex-wife Laura Diebel. After he got divorced in 2003, the comedian got married with Jane Hajduk in 2006. Tim’s wife, Jane gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Elizabeth in the spring of 2009, so the comedian became father for the second time.

Career

Allen started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1975 when he participated in a comedy night at Detroit’s Comedy Castle, which he still considers his "comedy birthplace”. Although hard to believe, he claims he didn’t get any laughs, but what he did get was the itch to keep doing it. While in Detroit he began to get recognition appearing in local television commercials and appearing on cable comedy: Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen (1988) and Tim Allen: Men Are Pigs (1990-1991). He later moved to Los Angeles and became a member of The Comedy Store there. He began to do stand-up appearances on late-night talk shows and specials on record and film.

His appearances on television specials, HBO’s “Opening Night at Rodney’s Place”, Showtime’s “Comedy All Stars” and Fox Network’s “Comic Strip Live” put him in the spotlight. The comedian took home the Cable Ace Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Special at the “Just For Laughs” International Comedy Festival in Montreal.

In 1991, the comedian became the star of his own hit television series on ABC called Home Improvement. The main theme of this stand up routine consisted of jokes comparing the differences between men and women. For his work on Home Improvement, Tim won the 1992 People’s Choice Award naming him Favorite Male Television Performer and continued to win it for 8 consecutive years. In May of 1999, he ended his show "Home Improvement"(1991) after 8 seasons. During the final season of Home Improvement he was paid $1.25 million for every episode he starred in.

While continuing to film his television show throughout most of the '90s, the comedian also performed in an impressive number of movies along his career, including The Santa Clause (1994), Toy Story where he provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear (1995), Jungle to Jungle(1997),Toy Story 2 (1999), and Galaxy Quest (1999), Big Trouble (2002) and Joe Somebody(2001), Santa Clause 2(2002), Shaggy(2004), Wild Hogs(2007), Six Wives of Henry LeFay(2007). In 2008, the comedian takes a departure from comedy, appearing in the martial arts drama Redbelt. He also played in Crazy on the Outside (2010), Toy Story 3 (2010).

The comedian’s biography is impressive. In 1995, he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for Home Improvement. In 1998, Western Michigan awarded Allen an honorary fine arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1999, Allen was named a Disney Legend for his work on the Toy Story and Santa Clause franchises. The comedian was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6898 Hollywood Blvd.

With his movie career shifting into high gear, the comedian still finds time to perform stand-up comedy. The comedian, still occasionally performs stand-up at clubs around Los Angeles and at numerous charity events.

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