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Tim Allen

Highest Rated:   100% Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014)
Lowest Rated:   3% Zoom (2006)
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Birthplace:   Denver, Colorado
A successful standup comedian, the headliner of one of television's most popular sitcoms, a movie star, and a best-selling author, Tim Allen spent much of the '90s being a "Male Pig," a source of pride for countless men, and a franchise unto himself. He was born Timothy Allen Dick, in Denver, CO, one of ten brothers and sisters. Mercilessly teased by his peers because of his last name, Allen developed a keen sense of humor to protect himself. His father died in an auto accident in 1964 when Allen was 11, and his mother later married an old high school flame who had also lost his wife in a car crash. Eventually the family moved to a suburb of Detroit. In 1976, Allen graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in television production and went on to work in a sporting goods store and then in an advertising agency. He made his debut as a standup comedian at Detroit's Comedy Castle in 1979 after accepting a dare from a good friend, but his career was cut short when he was arrested for dealing cocaine and sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Following his release, Allen decided to turn over a new leaf and concentrate on his standup career. His early comedy routines were characterized by their vulgarity, and Allen did not find success until he perfected his "Men Are Pigs" routine. A glorious celebration of the masculine mystique centering on the joys of big block engines and tools (especially power tools), punctuated by his trademark manly grunting, the routine made him a hot property on the nightclub circuit and led to a series of televised specials on the Showtime cable network in the early '90s. While constructing his career, Allen moonlighted in television commercials, including spots as Mr. Goodwrench. It was while performing for a Showtime special that he got his break in series television. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the chairman of Disney Studios, saw his act, liked it, and with Walt Disney Company chairman Michael Eisner, offered him the lead in a couple of planned series based on popular films; but Allen didn't feel they were right and suggested instead that they do a series based on his comedy character. They agreed, and Home Improvement, the continuing saga of bumbling TV handyman (whose show somewhat resembled This Old House) Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor and his brood, debuted on the ABC television network in September 1991. It quickly went on to become one of the most consistently highly rated shows on television. Allen made his starring feature film debut in 1994 with the box-office busting The Santa Clause. That same year, he also published a best-selling book, Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man. In 1995, he provided the voice for the heroic toy astronaut Buzz Lightyear in Disney's computer-generated extravaganza Toy Story, and the following year published his second book I'm Not Really Here, a more philosophical look at his life, his fame, and his family. In 1997, he starred in the largely panned Jungle to Jungle, and could not be seen on the big screen again until 1999. That year -- the same year Home Improvement ended its highly successful run -- he reprised his Buzz Lightyear role for Toy Story 2 and starred in the sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest. Though his next film, Big Trouble, was pulled from its original release date and delayed by Touchstone (the studio thought audiences may find the plot involving a missing nuclear bomb distasteful after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks), fans could still get their fill of the popular funnyman with the release of Joe Somebody in late 2001.When Big Trouble and Joe Somebody proved to be box-office duds, Allen returned to familiar territory in 2002, starring in the sequel The Santa Clause 2. With the success of that sequel under his belt, Allen stuck with the holiday genre for his next starring role. Playing opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, Allen filled the lead for 2004's adaptation of John Grisham's Skipping Christmas, Christmas with the Kranks; in what was becoming a

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Toy Story 4
  • Buzz Lightyear
2019
100% Toy Story That Time Forgot
  • Actor
2014
50% Adventures of the Penguin King 3D
  • Narrator
2013
No Score Yet Back to the Moon for Good
  • Actor
2013
93% Toy Story of Terror!
  • Buzz Lightyear
2013
No Score Yet 3 Geezers!
  • Tim
2013
74% Disneynature Chimpanzee
  • Narrator
$29M 2012
No Score Yet Small Fry
  • Buzz Lightyear
2011
No Score Yet Hawaiian Vacation
  • Buzz Lightyear
2011
No Score Yet The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
  • Executive Producer
  • Henry Lefay
2010
No Score Yet I Am Comic
  • Actor
2010
99% Toy Story 3
  • Buzz Lightyear
$415M 2010
8% Crazy on the Outside
  • Tommy
  • Director
$64.9k 2010
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Comics On Screen
  • Actor
2009
68% Redbelt
  • Chet Frank
$2.3M 2008
No Score Yet Hing dai (Brothers)
  • Actor
2007
86% The Pixar Story
  • Actor
2007
14% Wild Hogs
  • Doug Madsen
$168.3M 2007
No Score Yet Tim Allen: Live Onstage
  • Actor
2006
15% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Santa/Scott Calvin
$84.5M 2006
3% Zoom
  • Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom
$11.7M 2006
74% Cars
  • Buzz Lightyear Car
$244.1M 2006
26% The Shaggy Dog
  • Producer
  • Dave Douglas
$61.1M 2006
44% Fired!
  • Actor
2006
5% Christmas With the Kranks
  • Luther Krank
$73.8M 2004
54% American Wedding
  • Stifler's Dad
$104.4M 2003
55% The Santa Clause 2
  • Scott Calvin
$139.3M 2002
23% Who Is Cletis Tout?
  • Critical Jim
$65.4k 2002
48% Big Trouble
  • Eliot Arnold
2002
21% Joe Somebody
  • Joe Scheffer
$22.7M 2001
No Score Yet Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
  • Buzz Lightyear
2000
90% Galaxy Quest
  • Jason Nesmith/Commander Peter Quincy Taggert
1999
100% Toy Story 2
  • Buzz Lightyear
1999
15% For Richer or Poorer
  • Brad Sexton
1997
20% Jungle 2 Jungle
  • Michael Cromwell
1997
14% Meet Wally Sparks
  • Himself
1997
100% Toy Story
  • Buzz Lightyear
1995
75% The Santa Clause
  • Scott Calvin
1994
No Score Yet Comedy's Dirtiest Dozen
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Tropical Snow (Nieve tropical)
  • Baggage Handler
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Last Man Standing
2011
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Mike Baxter
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
52% Cristela
2014-2015
  • Mike Baxter
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Tim Taylor Tim
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991

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