Looks as if Tim Allen is keeping busy with Geezers, Disney’s “Jungle Ride” and Pixar’s latest installment “Toy Story 4. “ Born Timothy Alan Dick in 1953, Tim became a popular TV actor in the sitcom Home Improvement. Tim studied at Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University where he received his degree in communications with a specialty in radio and television production.
Tim began his career with stand up comedy on a dare from one of his friends and achieved recognition as an actor when he starred in the TV sitcom Home Improvement and the high grossing movie of 1994-The Santa Clause. He has since appeared in many movies including Toy Story and all of the sequels, in which he provides the voice for Buzz Lightyear.
Projects over the past three years include narrating commercials for the Chevrolet Cruze. He has also been selected as the voice of Campbell Soup’s “It’s Amazing What Soup Can Do” campaign. Currently Tim stars in another sitcom “last Man Standing” on ABC. He plays Mike Baxter, a dad who fights for his manhood in a house filled with women-namely, his wife, and three daughters.
Tim has been the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a TV Series for a musical or comedy in 1995 for Home Improvement. He has also won a TV guide award for favorite actor in a comedy. He was nominated for an Emmy and 5 golden Globe Awards. In 1999 he was named a Disney Legend for his performances in Toy Story and The Santa Clause.
Married twice, he is the father of two daughters as well as the author of a New York Times best-seller “ Don’t Stand To Close To A Naked Man”. In a recent interview with AARP magazine Tim is quoted as saying “I suggest it to everybody to engage as much as you can in life. Most human beings are disengaged all day, every day. You’re doing one thing but you’re thinking about your dry cleaning or ‘I’ve got this on Friday.’ It takes energy. God knows I’m not the Dalai Llama, but if you’re not careful and don’t find your center point, you end up sorta drifting through life sideways. Yesterday I was swimming with my 3 year-old, and I looked up and thought, How wonderful this world is. We’re always searching for something, but it’s going to be all right. Stop fretting so much.”
Good advice from a man who obviously continues to stay very involved with his career, his family and thousands of charitable organizations. Tim has donated both time and money to many organizations over the years. He plays an active role in the National YMCA and auctioned off his prized 1955 Chevy nomad to raise funds for the September11th/Twin Towers fund. Some of the other charities he has helped include the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, St. Vincent’s Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Greater Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation. This year, 2013 he was awarded the Great Lakes Award for his contributions to Michigan Communities.
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