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(Photo : Credit: Kevork Djansezian) Caption:LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Tim Allen and wife Jane Hajduk attends The Broad museum's inaugural celebration September 18, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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(Photo : Credit: Michael Buckner ) Caption:TOLUCA LAKE, CA - MAY 04: Actor Tim Allen attended the 8th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sabra Salsa to benefit The George Lopez Foundation on Monday, May 4th at the Lakeside Golf Club on May 4, 2015 in Toluca Lake, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The George Lopez Foundation)
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(Photo : Credit: Handout ) Caption:LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - DECEMBER 31: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, actor and comedian Tim Allen, the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Disney-Pixar 'Toy Story' series of animated films, poses with Buzz Lightyear December 31, 2014 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Allen, who also starred on the hit TV series 'Home Improvement' and in live-action motion pictures like 'The Santa Clause,' is visiting the Walt Disney World Resort to ring in the new year. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
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(Photo : Credit: Jamie McCarthy ) Caption:LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Tim Allen (R) and Jane Hajduk attend the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)
Caption:STUDIO CITY, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Tim Allen attends the 100th episode celebration of ABC's 'Last Man Standing' at CBS Studios - Radford on January 12, 2016 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
(Photo : Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer ) Caption:STUDIO CITY, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Tim Allen attends the 100th episode celebration of ABC's 'Last Man Standing' at CBS Studios - Radford on January 12, 2016 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

50 facts about Timothy Allen Dick professionally known as Tim Allen.

1. His full name is Timothy Allen Dick but is known professionally as Tim Allen.

2. He is an American actor and comedian.

3. He is known for his role in the ABC television show Home Improvement (1991-1999).

4. He is also known for his starring roles in several popular films, including Disney's The Santa Clause trilogy, and Galaxy Quest (1999).

5. He was the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Disney/Pixar's Toy Story trilogy.

6. He stars as Mike Baxter in the Last Man Standing TV series.

7. Allen was born in Denver, Colorado.

8. He is the son of Martha Katherine a community-service worker.

9. His father was Gerald M. Dick, a real estate agent.

10. He is the third oldest of five brothers.

11. His father died in a car accident, colliding with a drunk driver, when Allen was 11.

12. His mother married her high school sweetheart, a successful business executive, and moved with her six children to Birmingham, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, to be with her new husband and his three children.

13. Allen attended Seaholm High School in Birmingham.

14. While in Seaholm High School in Birmingham, he was in theater and music classes.

15. He has love for classical piano.

16. He then attended Central Michigan University and transferred to Western Michigan University in 1974.

17. At Western Michigan, Allen worked at the student radio station WIDR and received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications specializing in radio and television production in 1976 with a split minor in philosophy and design.

18. In 1998, Western Michigan awarded Allen an honorary Fine Arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award.

19. Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975.

20. On a dare from one of his friends, he participated in a comedy night at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit.

21. While in Detroit he began to get recognition appearing in local television commercials and appearing on cable comedy shows such as Gary Thison's Some Semblance of Sanity.

22. He moved to Los Angeles and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store.

23. He began to do stand-up appearances on late-night talk shows and specials on record and film.

24. Despite his admitted limited acting range (he once told a magazine his range as an actor is "strictly limited. I can only play a part if I can draw on personal experience, and that well can go dry pretty quickly"), Allen rose to fame in acting with the ABC sitcom Home Improvement (1991-1999) produced for ABC by Wind Dancer Productions, a company he co-founded with producer Carmen Finestra.

25. Allen played the main character Tim "The Tool-Man" Taylor.

26. In November 1994, he simultaneously starred in the highest grossing film (Disney's The Santa Clause).

27. Topped the New York Times best-seller list with his book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man.

28. Appeared in the top rated television series Home Improvement. Home Improvement ran until 1998, for which he was paid $1.25 million per episode.

29. Simultaneous with his time acting in Home Improvement, Allen formed a race team with Steve Saleen and race driver Bob Bondurant, called the Saleen/Allen "RRR" Speedlab.

30. The team Saleen/Allen "RRR" Speedlab raced Saleen Mustangs in the SCCA World Challenge, with Allen and Saleen as the team's drivers.

31. In 1997 he starred in the family comedy Jungle 2 Jungle from Disney.

32. He returned to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2 which was a financial and critical hit.

33. Also in 1999 he starred in the sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest alongside Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell.

34. In 2002, he reprised his role as Scott "Santa Clause" Calvin in The Santa Clause 2.

35. Two years later, he starred as Luther Krank in Christmas with the Kranks.

36. In 2006, Zoom was released, starring Allen as Jack Shepard.

37. Also in 2006, he also starred in The Shaggy Dog and The Santa Clause 3.

38. Allen began narrating the "Pure Michigan" television and radio commercials for the "Travel Michigan" agency. These commercials can be seen and heard throughout the Midwest and began airing nationally in 2009.

39. In December 2009 he started a preview tour of Crazy on the Outside, a film that debuted in January 2010. Allen accompanied the film, helping promote it with a series of stand-up acts beforehand. During the performances he told audiences that he planned a 2010 comedy tour. Allen also directed the film, marking his film directorial debut.

40. Allen hosted the 8th Annual TV Land Awards on April 25, 2010.

41. Also in 2010, he became the official voice of the Chevrolet Cruze, narrating commercials for the vehicle.

42. Became the voice of Campbell Soup's "It's Amazing What Soup Can Do" campaign.

43. Since 2011, Allen has starred in another ABC sitcom, Last Man Standing. He plays the role of Mike Baxter, a conservative father who is fighting for his manhood in his house filled with women. The character is loosely based on his own life, as a Republican father of two girls.

44. Allen was raised as an Episcopalian.

45. He was married to Laura Diebel from April 7, 1984, until they legally separated in 1999.

46. The couple has one daughter Katherine.

47. Allen married actress Jane Hajduk on October 7, 2006.

48. The ceremony with Hajduk was a small private ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado.

49. He dated Hajduk for five years.

50. In March 2009, their daughter Elizabeth was born.

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