Tim Allen began his career as a stand-up comedian. Off of a
dare from one of his friends, he participated in an open-mic
night at a nightclub in Detroit. He soon became a regular act at
the city's Comedy Store. He later moved to Los Angeles and
became a member of The Comedy Store there. Tim began to do
stand-up appearances on late-night talk shows and specials on
record and film. He became a member of the "dirty-dozen", a
group of stand-up comedians popular for their adult-oriented
Tim Allen rose to fame in acting with the television series Home Improvement (1991-1999) on ABC in which he played Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor. At one point in late 1994, he starred in the most watched television show, Home Improvement, the highest grossing film, The Santa Clause, and had the best selling book in North America, Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, simultaneously. His Home Improvement fame spawned Tim Allen Signature Tools, a line of power tools distributed by Ryobi.
Allen's material consists mainly of discussions on masculinity, male-female relationships, raising children, hardware, and tools. These themes make him accessible to a wide audience. Tim writes in his first book that although he is enthusiastic about hardware, he is far from expert. This became the basis for his sitcom. Near the end of the show, Allen published I'm Not Really Here, a book detailing his thoughts on quantum philosophy, intergender relationships, and the male mid-life crisis.
For Tim Allen's contribution to the entertainment industry, Allen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Blvd.
Tim Allen was born to Gerald and Martha Dick (Gerald was
killed by a drunk driver when Allen was young). Though he was
born in Denver, Colorado, he grew up in Birmingham in suburban
Detroit, Michigan and attended Western Michigan University in
Kalamazoo, Michigan. Tim later received an honorary degree and
its existence was used for the main plot of a Home Improvement
Tim Allen was married to Laura Diebel from April 7, 1984 until their divorce in 2003; they have a daughter, Kady, born in 1989. Diebel once served as chief executive officer of Allen's tool line.
Tim Allen's mugshot, 1978On October 2, 1978, Allen was arrested with an accomplice at an airport in Kalamazoo, Michigan while possessing 1.4 pounds of cocaine. Because of the huge quantity, he was facing life in prison. Instead, Allen agreed to testify against his partner in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years in prison; he ultimately ended up serving two years and four months.
On May 24, 1997, Tim Allen was arrested for DUI in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan. He pleaded guilty on June 16 and was fined, sentenced to a year of probation, and ordered to seek counseling.
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