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Also Known As: Timothy Allen Dick Died:
Born: June 13, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Denver, Colorado, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer, producer, author, creative director for an advertising agency, sporting goods store clerk

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Smarter than his grunting comedic persona suggested, Tim Allen turned his stand-up into one of the most successful Hollywood careers of all time. Early setbacks like the death of his father and a stint in prison gave Allen the drive to pursue comedy, and his affectionate dissection of the differences between the genders - focusing especially on the confusions of modern masculinity - spring-boarded him to stand-up stardom, leading to the massive hit sitcom, "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1991-99). The show won him buckets of awards and fans around the world for his portrayal of lovable lunkhead Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. Notching a No. 1 book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, a TV show and a hit movie at the same time in a rare entertainment trifecta, and Allen went on to rule the box office with two trilogies: "The Santa Clause" (1994, 2002, 2006) and "Toy Story" (1995, 1999, 2010). Fans followed him to other projects, too; Allen toplined moneymakers like "Galaxy Quest" (1999), "Christmas with the Kranks" (2004) and "Wild Hogs" (2007). Even as his star momentum slowed, the goodwill Allen built up with his early, supernova-level success seemed to assure the comedian as long a career as he chose. ...

Smarter than his grunting comedic persona suggested, Tim Allen turned his stand-up into one of the most successful Hollywood careers of all time. Early setbacks like the death of his father and a stint in prison gave Allen the drive to pursue comedy, and his affectionate dissection of the differences between the genders - focusing especially on the confusions of modern masculinity - spring-boarded him to stand-up stardom, leading to the massive hit sitcom, "Home Improvement" (ABC, 1991-99). The show won him buckets of awards and fans around the world for his portrayal of lovable lunkhead Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. Notching a No. 1 book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, a TV show and a hit movie at the same time in a rare entertainment trifecta, and Allen went on to rule the box office with two trilogies: "The Santa Clause" (1994, 2002, 2006) and "Toy Story" (1995, 1999, 2010). Fans followed him to other projects, too; Allen toplined moneymakers like "Galaxy Quest" (1999), "Christmas with the Kranks" (2004) and "Wild Hogs" (2007). Even as his star momentum slowed, the goodwill Allen built up with his early, supernova-level success seemed to assure the comedian as long a career as he chose.

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1.
 Chimpanzee (2012)
2.
 Toy Story 3 (2010)
3.
 I Am Comic (2010)
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 Redbelt (2008)
6.
 Wild Hogs (2007)
7.
 Shaggy Dog, The (2006)
8.
 Cars (2006)
9.
 Fired! (2006)
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Moved with family from Denver, CO to Birmingham, MI
1979:
Made stand-up comedy debut at Detroit's Comedy Castle
1983:
Began playing the comedy circuit while working days at a Detroit ad agency
1984:
Formed Boxing Cat Productions to work in graphic arts, design and commercial production
1988:
Performed stand-up on "Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars II"
1988:
Made his film debut, performing stand-up in "Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen" (only received festival screenings)
1990:
Spotted by a Disney talent scout during a gig at the Los Angeles Improv comedy club
1990:
Headlined his first TV comedy special "Men Are Pigs" (Showtime)
1991:
Cast in breakthrough starring role in ABC sitcom "Home Improvement" as Tim 'The Tool-Man' Taylor
1991:
Made his TV debut as a writer/producer on the Showtime special "Tim Allen Rewires America"
1994:
Published the book <i>Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man</i>
1994:
Made his feature acting debut in Walt Disney's "The Santa Clause"
1995:
Provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Disney's animated classic "Toy Story"
1997:
Starred in the Disney comedy "Jungle 2 Jungle"
1999:
Returned as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the phenomenally successfull "Toy Story 2"
1999:
Starred in the cult favorite hit comedy "Galaxy Quest"
2001:
Played the title role in the comedy "Joe Somebody"
2002:
Co-starred with Rene Russo and Stanley Tucci in "Big Trouble"
2002:
Reprised role for "The Santa Clause 2"
2004:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November)
2004:
Co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in "Christmas with the Kranks"
2006:
Played a man who sometimes turns into a sheepdog in a remake of Walt Disney's 1959 favorite "The Shaggy Dog"
2006:
Cast as Captain Zoom, an out-of-shape former superhero in "Zoom"
2006:
Reprised role for "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"
2007:
Cast in the comedy-adventure "Wild Hogs," as one of four middle-aged friends who decide to rev up their routine suburban lives with a freewheeling motorcycle trip
2008:
Featured in the David Mamet-directed "Redbelt"
2010:
Reprised the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the animated blockbuster "Toy Story 3"
2011:
Returned to series television with a starring role as a sporting-goods store marketer on ABC's "Last Man Standing"
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Education

Ernest W. Seaholm High School: Birmingham , Michigan -
Western Michigan University: Kalamazoo , Michigan -
University of Michigan: Ann Arbor , Michigan -

Notes

In reference to the title of his book "Don't Stand Too Close To a Naked Man", Allen said it refers to his prison stay. "When one is walking into jail for the first time while fellow cons whistle and holler, 'Hey, chicken, you're in my cell,' the title's injunction can be taken as sound advice." --as told to Tim Appelo in Entertainment Weekly, November 18, 1994.

Allen received a $66,000 Porsche from the folks at Disney in appreciation of the large box-office opening of "The Santa Clause".

Received honorary degree from Western Michigan University in 1998.

Entered a three-week alcohol rehabilitation clinic in April, 1998

"I would love to do something serious, but can you imagine me going, 'No, Spartacus!' I don't know that you would want that. I think there's an opportunity for me to use the art I have and maybe be something like a likable villain. And I have the capacity to do a transformation person. I've done a lot of that. So I could go from good to bad to terrible to good again, and you'd buy it..."-Allen

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wife:
Laura Allen. Landscape designer. Met in college; married in 1984; separated in November 1999.

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father:
Gerald Dick. Real estate salesman. Killed in an auto collision with a drunk driver while driving the family home from a University of Colorado football game when Allen was eleven years old.
mother:
Martha Dick. Community service worker. Remarried high school sweetheart two years after Allen's father's death.
daughter:
Katherine Allen. Born in 1990.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Don't Stand Too Close To a Naked Man" Hyperion
"I'm Not Here" Hyperion

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