Tim Allen biography
Date of Birth: June 13, 1953
Long before Tim Allen picked up any tools, he was born into a large family of six brothers
and three sisters in Denver, Colorado. Allen has claimed that his personality was shaped by
his easily-mocked surname (Dick): self-depreciation became his only defense in the face of
the persistent taunting of his peers. At the age of 11, Allen's father died in a car accident,
and his mother remarried two years later. When he was 13, his family moved to the Detroit,
Michigan suburb of Brimingham.
He completed his high school studies in Detroit where his favorite subject was the shop.
Not surprisingly, he was the class clown. He graduated from Western Michigan University
in 1975 with a degree in Television Production.
The next few years had pros and cons for Allen. In 1978, he married Laura Diebel (with
whom he had a daughter, Kady). He also spent two years in jail because of attempted
drug-dealing. When Allen was released he had a new outlook on life.
Allen first took to the comedy stage on a dare by one of his friends, and found he had
a talent for eliciting guffaws. He set about honing his act at night, while supporting
himself by appearing in commercials for Mr. Goodwrench, Ford, Chevrolet, and Kmart
during the day. He has been on some cable shows such as Tim Allen: Men are Pigs,
Just for Laughs, Comedy Club All Stars 2 and Comedy All Stars 7.
Eventually, he succeeded in persuading a studio to use his "Men Are Pigs" routine as
the basis for a sitcom, and in 1991, Home Improvement was born.
In 1994, Allen struck gold with his first book, Don't Stand Too Close to a
Naked Man, and his first feature film, The Santa Clause. Both ascended
to number one at the cash register. He stepped from gold to platinum when he lent
his voice to Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear. (Although Toy Story only
paid him $50,000, the 1999 sequel paid him a cool $5 million)
Where does that money go? At least two million has gone to purchase 26 acres of
Michigan campground. His intention is to keep it in its natural, undeveloped state.
In 1996, Allen published a second book, I'm Not Really Here, in which he
ruminates on parenthood, fame, and other matters spiritual and philosophical, while
puttering through his home in search of a missing 1956 Ford hood ornament.
In 1999, Allen began seeing personal trainer Jane Hadjuk, 23 years his junior. Although it was rumored that he had planned to ask her to marry him in 2002, by 2004 no engagement has yet been announced. Allen and his wife were divorced in March 2003 after 20 years of marriage. They share custody of their daughter.
Tim Allen Filmography