Date of Birth : Jun 13th 1953
American comedian, character actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer perhaps best known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement and his roles in Disney films, such as The Santa Clause and Toy Story.
Allen, one of eight children, was born Timothy Allen Dick in Denver to Martha Katherine, a community-service worker, and Gerald Dick, a real estate agent. His father died in a car accident, colliding with a drunk driver, when Allen was eleven. Two years later, his mother re-married to a business executive. Allen’s family moved to Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit when he was thirteen. He attended Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan, where he was in theater and music classes (resulting in his love of classical piano), and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He later received an honorary degree, which was highlighted for the main plot of the fifth season Home Improvement episode “Is There A Doctor In The House?”
Allen rose to fame in acting with the television series Home Improvement (1991-1999) on ABC, playing Tim “The Tool-Man” Taylor. During one week in November 1994, he simultaneously starred in the highest grossing film, The Santa Clause, appeared in the top rated television series (Home Improvement), and had the best selling book in North America, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man. The following year, he provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the blockbuster Toy Story.