Tim Allen (born Timothy Allen Dick, 13.6.1953)
Tim Allen is an American comedian and actor. Amongst his best known performances are his appearances in the Home Improvement TV sitcom and the films The Santa Clause and Toy Story.
Tim Allen: Childhood
Tim Allen was born in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine Dick and Gerald M. Dick. His mother was a community service worker and his father was an estate agent. When Tim was 11 years old, his father died in a car accident, when a drink-driver collided with his vehicle. Tim is the eldest of five brothers.
The family later moved to Detroit, after his mother married her childhood sweetheart.
Tim Allen attended the Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Birmingham. Whilst at high school, he studied theatre and music. He later studied at Kalamazoo's Western Michigan University.
In 1975, Allen embarked on his career as a comedian, when one of his friends dared him to perform at a comedy night. This led to a number of appearances in TV commercials and on Gary Thison's cable comedy show Some Semblance of Sanity.
Tim Allen: Career
Tim Allen moved to Los Angeles, where he became a member of The Comedy Store and started doing stand-up appearances on talk shows.
Between 1991 and 1999, Tim Allen was the star of the sitcom Home Improvement, in which he played Tim 'The Tool-Man' Taylor. The show, which was created by Carmen Finestra and Matt Williams, also starred Patricia Richardson, Zachery Ty Bryan and Richard Karn.
In 1994, Allen starred in the Christmas hit The Santa Clause, the highest grossing film at the time. At the same time, his book, Don't Stand Too Close To A Naked Man was at the top of the New York Times best-seller list.
In 1995, Tim Allen provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the smash hit animation Toy Story. Other actors to provide voices for the film include Tom Hanks and Don Rickles.
Since 2006, Tim Allen has narrated the 'Pure Michigan' TV and radio commercials for the travel agency Travel Michigan.
Tim Allen: Personal Life
In 1978, Allen was arrested for possession of 1.4lb of cocaine. He served 28 months imprisonment in Minnesota. In 1997, he was arrested for drink-driving and was sentenced to one year of probation as well as entering a rehab clinic.
Between 1984 and 2003, Tim Allen was married to Laura Deibel. They a daughter together, named Katherine, who was born in 1989. In 2006, Tim Allen married the actress Jane Hajduk in Grand Lake, Colorado, having dated for five years. Both Allen and Hajduk appeared in the film Zoom. In March 2009, Hajduk gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Elizabeth.
In 1995, Allen won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series, for his work in Home Improvement.
In 1999, Tim Allen was awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame. The star is at 6898 Hollywood Boulevard.
Tim Allen and Steve Saleen raced Mustangs in the SCCA World Challenge. Their team was named the Saleen/Allen 'RRR' Speedlab.
Tim Allen Returned To His Native Michigan On Thanksgiving Day (26nov15) To Lead Detroit's Annual Parade.
The Santa Clause star admits he was reluctant to leave the warmth of his home in California to brave the chill in his hometown, but the chance to ride in a brand new convertible was too much to pass up.
"When they asked me, I said, 'Are you kidding?' he says. "I'm one of those guys who doesn't like leaving their house, but they said I'd be riding in a 2016 Mustang!"
The parade didn't exactly bring back happy memories for the actor: "You couldn't see anything. I just wanted to get outta there."
Continue reading: Mustang Trip Persuaded Tim Allen To Fly Home For Thanksgiving
Buzz & Woody are back! Toy Story That Time Forgot is the latest instalment of the much loved Disney franchise. The toys have survived another Christmas and as usual, their toy family has expanded greatly. When Bonnie visits one of her friends' house for a play date the clan are introduced to a whole new toy menagerie one of a pre-historic nature - Dinosaurs! Up until now, the only dinosaurs they've known are Rex & Trixie. Rex is the loveable yet incredibly insecure Tyrannosaurus Rex, one of Rex's biggest fears is that he'll be replaced. Trixie is the bright and friendly Triceratops.
When Buzz and Woody are taken hostage by this new group of toys (who are unaware that they actually are toys) there future is put in danger as they must face off in gladiatorial combat - Woody armed with nothing more than a red crayon. Convincing this new playroom that they are in fact all toys isn't going to be easy, but Bonnie's toys know their future relies on it.
Since its inception in 1995, Toy Story has remained a family favourite, this was followed by a second and third film released in 1999 & 2010 respectively. There have also been two short movies, Toy Story of Terror! and this, Toy Story That Time Forgot. Toy Story 4 has been slated for release in 2018 and will be directed by John Lasseter and Josh Cooley.
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There’s always been chemistry between Woody and Bo, but their romance is set to explored in the next 'Toy Story' movie.
Move over Barbie and Ken because there’s a new toy couple in town! Yes at Friday’s D23 Expo in California director John Lasseter confirmed that the upcoming Toy Story 4 would be a love story focusing on a pairing which we always hoped could make it work in the end, Woody and Bo Peep!
Woody is set to find love with Bo Peep in Toy Story 4.
Speaking at the convention, Lasseter dished on what fans can expect from the fourth Toy Story instalment, "It's something we've never done with Toy Story before. It's a love story with Woody - and this is news - Bo Peep,” the director said.
Continue reading: 'Toy Story 4' To Feature Love Story Between Woody And Bo Peep!
Jane Hajduk and Tim Allen - Celebrities attend MOCA's 35th Anniversary Gala presented by Louis Vuitton welcoming new Director Philippe Vergne at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 29th March 2014
Veteran comedian Tim Allen is relieved he is nearing the end of his stand-up residency in Las Vegas, because the late night shows are really taking their toll on him.
The Home Improvement star made his return to the comedy circuit earlier this year (13) with a series of regular weekend shows at The Venetian hotel and casino, but the 60 year old admits flying in to Sin City from Los Angeles, where he shoots his Tv sitcom Last Man Standing, is a drag.
He says, "I forget what it's like to do a 14-hour day (shooting Last Man Standing) and then fly to Las Vegas and go to The Venetian and I was up on stage... I was in the middle of my act in the 10 o' clock show and... I was looking around for a stool or something. I said, 'What happens if you just (pass out)?!' This 10 o' clock show is just (tiring)."
Continue reading: Tim Allen Feeling His Age On Vegas Stage
'Toy Story' will return for a half hour Halloween TV special and Tom Hanks will reprise his voice role as Woody.
'Toy Story' will live on with a 30-minute TV special.
The voice cast of the beloved animated trilogy - including Tom Hanks and Tim Allen - have reunited for a new one-off Halloween special called 'Toy Story of Horror', which will air on US TV network ABC in October.
The mini-movie follows the toys, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head and Jessie, following the conclusion of 2011's smash hit 'Toy Story 3' in which they found a new home with preschooler Bonnie.
Continue reading: Toy Story Set For TV Special
In another case of ‘child star gone wrong,’ Taran Noah Smith has finally been charged on that DUI case he got hauled in for back in February. The Home Improvement star, now aged 28 was originally caught by the cops in Los Angeles earlier this year when they caught him in the driver’s seat of his Honda Accord, parked in front of a fire hydrant. The strong smell of cannabis led the cops to search his car and when they found some of the drug in his possession, they placed him under arrest.
TMZ have reported that Taran Noah Smith has now been placed under a six month drug diversion program, after he pled “no contest” to the DUI charge and “guilty” to the charge of possession. He’s also been sentenced to a 12 hour program for DUI and he will also be on probation for three years. He’ll have to go back to court in June 2013 to prove that he’s been sticking to the terms of his probation.
Smith starred as Mark Taylor, alongside Tim Allen, in the comedy series Home Improvement. The show ran from 1991 – 1999 and once it was finished, he had a couple of other acting roles, before deciding to jack it in when he turned 16. At 18, he was handed control of his $1.5 million trust fund, accusing his parents of having squandered it by purchasing themselves a mansion.
Little has caused more contention in the contactmusic office than our recent discussion about the Christmas films list! Obviously, everyone has their own favourite, and to them that will always be the top of the list. One thing that became all too clear to us was that - with the exception of Elf & Bad Santa - there really hasn't been too many full blown Christmas films so we'd like to make a plea to Bill Murray and the other Hollywood greats - PLEASE make a new (top quality) Christmas film to join these festive favourites!
I can't say we particularly advocate parents encouraging their offspring to watch films above their age certificate, but it appears we all grew up in houses that didn't really mind what we watched - and let's face it, some of the best Christmas films might have a few boobs or rowdy drunken behaviour... As children of the 80's and 90's, we're fully aware that there's original to some of these remakes, but as is always the way, these are the films we grew up with and as such, they are our favourites.
Enough explanation, in no particular order here are the films we recommend you watch over the holidays!
Continue reading: Top Twenty Classic Holiday Season Christmas Films
Ashton Kutcher has topped Forbes' Rich List of highest paid TV actors, but his 'Two and a Half Men' predecessor failed to make the cut.
The Hollywood hunk rocketed to the top spot on Forbes' Rich List, knocking his rival off the list altogether thanks to his new role on 'Two And a Half Men.'
According to Forbes magazine, Ashton earnt $24 million from May 2011 to May 2012, whereas Charlie topped the list last year with $40 million.
Continue reading: Ashton Kutcher Surpasses Charlie Sheen In Forbes' Rich List
Two-and-a-Half Men is the show that forks out the most for its lead actors; last year Charlie Sheen topped Forbes' list of TV's Highest-Paid TV Actors list with $40m and this year its new lead Ashton Kutcher has taken over the prestigious spot, albeit with a decidedly smaller sum of just $26m.
Hugh Laurie for his role in 'House' and Ray Romano, for a now cancelled 'Men of a Certain Age' were runners up to Kutcher, each raking in $18m. We'd all be happy to plum for second place in this race. Aside from Laurie, it was entirely sitcom actors that scored the bigtime in this list, with stars of 30 Rock, Last Man Standing, Men, and The Big Bang Theory - Alec Baldwin, family favourite Tim Allen, Jon Cryer, and Jim Parsons and Alan Galecki, respectively, all managing to make it into the top ten.
However, as much as it's always great to celebrate in the successes of others, for women in the equivalent category, financial success seems to not be quite so easy. Sophia Vergara from Modern Family is this year's female top earner, but at just (ha! just?) $19m, she's lagging behind Kutcher by $7m! Plus, the genres in which these women find their careers is far more varied than men - still including comedy, but also drama, reality and medical dramas all find their way into the list. Desperate Housewives is one show that truly shows women multitasking, and Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria, two stars of the show, both appear in the top ten. Although men still earn more than women, it seems the ladies can take the prize for versatility.
The socialite will follow in the footsteps of singer Nick Jonas, who played a deadbeat dad in the series over Christmas (11).
Kardashian, who has previously appeared in Csi: NY, won't have to stretch her acting talents too much - she'll be playing herself in an episode scheduled to air in February (12).
Comedy aside, the reality TV star is getting serious about her acting career after landing a lead role in director Tyler Perry's new movie The Marriage Counsellor last year (11).
Continue reading: Kim Kardashian To Make Sitcom Debut On Tim Allen's New Show
Date of birth
13th June, 1953
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