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Biography #2 (for Redbelt)

Tim Allen was seen on screen in the Touchstone Pictures' hit comedy Wild Hogs, in which he stars opposite John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. The movie revolves around a group of frustrated, middle age suburban biker wannabes who hit the open road in search of adventure, only to encounter a group of real Hells Angels.

Allen was also seen on screen this past holiday season in Disney's The Santa Clause 3, in which he once again reprised his role as Santa Claus. In August 2006, Allen starred in the Revolution Studios' comedy Zoom, in which he played a former superhero who is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy. In March 2006, he starred in Disney's The Shaggy Dog, an update of the family classic, in which he played a lawyer whose devotion to his career comes at the expense of his family.

Tim Allen honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the eighties, providing the perfect lead-in to his highly successful ABC television series Home Improvement where he garnered a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy nomination, and was honored with the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series for an unprecedented eight years in a row. While passionately ensconced in a hit sitcom, Tim still found time to expand his talents.

He made his film debut in 1994, playing the historic holiday icon in the Walt Disney blockbuster hit The Santa Clause, earning him another People's Choice Award. He gave voice to the beloved, yet deluded space ranger Buzz Lightyear in the computer animated smash hit, Toy Story," and starred in Disney's Jungle 2 Jungle with Martin Short, and Universal's For Richer or Poorer with Kirstie Alley.

While the Taylor family was still at the top of the prime-time charts, Tim revisited his comedy roots with a successful national concert tour that finished with a sell-out performance at Caesar's Palace, and found time to pen his first book about the male perspective, Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, topping the New York Times Bestseller List. This was followed by his second bestseller I'm Not Really Here focusing on midlife, family and quantum physics.

In 1999, during the eighth and final season of Home Improvement, Tim was honored with the TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Series, and in a tearful farewell, Tim hung up his tool belt, shifting his film career into high gear with resounding success.

To the delight of moviegoers, Tim reprised his character, Buzz Lightyear in the Disney sequel, Toy Story 2 which grossed over $250 million to become the sixteenth highest film of all-time. This was followed by the popular Dreamworks film, Galaxy Quest where Tim portrayed the washed-up actor Jason Nesmith and his sci-fi alter ego Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, playing opposite Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman.

Representing the ‘average Joe', Tim starred in the 20th Century Fox picture, Joe Somebody opposite Jim Belushi, and in 2001 he partnered with Rene Russo in the Barry Sonnenfeld ensemble comedy Big Trouble. In 2002, with an interesting departure from playing mythical icons and the average ‘everyman', Tim took on the role of Critical Jim, a professional hit man in the Paramount Classics comedy Who Is Cletis Tout? opposite Christian Slater, and in November 2002, Tim helped kick off the holiday season, successfully reprising his role as 'the big man in red' in the long awaited sequel, The Santa Clause ". In a brief return to television in April 2003, Tim's old Tool Time pals, Debbe Dunning and Richard Karn, joined Tim on stage for the live event ABC special, "Tim Allen Presents: A User's Guide to Home Improvement". In 2004, he starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the Revolution Studio's comedy Christmas with the Kranks. The film, directed by Joe Roth, was an adaptation of John Grisham's best selling novel Skipping Christmas.

Bio courtesy Sony Classics for "Redbelt" (19-May-2008)


Biography #3 (for Christmas with the Kranks)

Tim Allen honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the 1980s, providing the perfect lead-in to his highly successful ABC television series Home Improvement, for which he garnered a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy nomination, and was honored with the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series for an unprecedented eight years in a row. While dedicated to the hit sitcom, Allen still found time to expand his talents.

He made his film debut in 1994, playing the historic holiday icon in the blockbuster hit The Santa Clause, earning him another People's Choice Award. He gave voice to the beloved yet deluded space ranger Buzz Lightyear in the computer-animated smash hit Toy Story and starred in Jungle 2 Jungle with Martin Short and For Richer or Poorer with Kirstie Alley.

While the Taylor family was still at the top of the prime-time charts, Allen revisited his comedy roots with a successful national concert tour that finished with a sell-out performance at Caesar's Palace, while finding time to pen his first book about the male perspective, Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, which topped the New York Times Bestseller List. This was followed by his second bestseller I'm Not Really Here, which focused on such subjects as mid-life crisis, the family and quantum physics. In 1999, during the eighth and final season of Home Improvement, Allen was honored with a TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Series. In a tearful farewell, Allen hung up his tool belt, shifting his film career into high gear.

To the delight of moviegoers, Allen reprised Buzz Lightyear in the smash-hit sequel Toy Story 2, which grossed more than $250 million. This was followed by the popular comedy Galaxy Quest, in which Allen portrayed the washed-up actor Jason Nesmith and his sci-fi alter ego Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, appearing opposite Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman. Allen also starred in Joe Somebody opposite Jim Belushi and, in 2001, partnered with Rene Russo in Barry Sonnenfeld's ensemble comedy Big Trouble. In 2002, with an interesting departure from playing mythical icons and the average everyman, Allen took on the role of Critical Jim, a professional hit man, in the comedy Who is Cletis Tout? That same year he kicked off the holiday filmgoing season with The Santa Clause 2. In a brief return to television in April 2003, Allen's old Tool Time pals, Debbe Dunning and Richard Karn, joined him on stage for the live event ABC special The Users Guide to Home Improvement.

Following the completion of his work on Christmas With the Kranks, Allen segued into the starring role of The Shaggy Dog, a remake of the1950s family classic.

Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "Christmas with the Kranks" (01-Jan-2005)


Biography #4

Tim Allen has been busy since he ended his eight-year run on the highly successful television series Home Improvement. He was most recently seen on screen in the Twentieth Century Fox comedy JOE SOMEBODY in which he starred as Joe, a man who is beat up by a co-worker in front of his daughter on Bring Your Child to Work Day and decides to fight back. The film, which also stars James Belushi and Julie Bowen, reunited Tim with director John Pasquin, who he worked with on Home Improvement, Jungle 2 Jungle and The Santa Clause. Tim has just begun production on Disney's Santa Clause 2, the follow up to his 1994 hit. The film is scheduled for a holiday 2002 release.

Tim was in Miami early last year where he shot the Disney film BIG TROUBLE, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The film, which co-stars Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci and Janeane Garofalo, follows a group of characters after they discover a nuclear device in a suitcase at the Miami airport. The film is scheduled to be released on April 5th, 2002. Tim will also soon be seen starring opposite Christian Slater in the Seven Arts' Pictures comedy CLETIS TOUT. In the film, Slater plays as an escaped convict who assumes the identity of dead man named Cletis Tout. His plan goes awry when he discovers that Tout is slated to be rubbed out by a hitman, played by Allen.

Tim reprised his role in 2000 as Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar video BUZZ LIGHTYEAR OF STAR COMMAND. He was also seen on screen in 1999 in two films, the highly successful Toy Story II and the DreamWorks sleeper hit Galaxy Quest.

Tim Allen was born in Denver on June 13th, 1953 and raised there until the age of 13 when his family moved to the Detroit suburb of Birmingham. Allen is one of nine children with seven boys and two girls.

The class cut-up, Tim's favorite high-school subject was shop, and his first true love was cars. He traded a whole summer's work at a local speed shop for a custom-built, tricked-out dune buggy -- not very practical for the icy streets of Michigan in winter, but try telling that to a teenage boy.

Allen graduated from Western Michigan University in 1975 with a degree in TV production, and went to work as a creative director for a small advertising firm in Detroit. Soon he moved from behind the camera to in front of it as a performer and commercial spokesman.

In 1979, on a dare from a friend, Tim made his first stand-up appearance at Detroit's Comedy Castle. Since then, he has sold out concert venues around the country and appeared in several cable specials: The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars VII, and two of his own half-hour specials for Showtime: Men are Pigs, and Tim Allen Rewires America.

In 1990 Tim won an ACE Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Special at the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal. In 1991 Tim was nominated for a People' Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a Television Series which he won in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 and won a People's Choice Award for Home Improvement for Funniest Television Series. Tim has won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the categories of Favorite TV Actor and the coveted Kids Choice Hall of Fame and has also been awarded the title of America's Favorite TV Personality for the three years in a row by the Harris Poll. In 1995, Tim won a Golden Globe Award as Funniest Actor in a Television Series for his role on Home Improvement and was again nominated in 1996 in the same category. In addition to winning awards, Tim was one of the co-hosts at the 1992 Emmy Awards and has been nominated once for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.

In 1994, Tim made his motion picture debut in the Hollywood Pictures/Disney film The Santa Clause, starring as Santa himself. The movie was released in November 1994 and was the number one comedy of the year. For his role in the film, Tim was honored with a Blockbuster Entertainment Award as Favorite Male Newcomer, Theatrical and a People's Choice Award as Funniest Actor In A Comedy Motion Picture. The Santa Clause was voted Favorite Motion Picture Comedy at the People's Choice Awards that same year. Tim's second film was the blockbuster hit Toy Story, the first film to ever be entirely animated using computers. Tim was the voice of spaceman action figure Buzz Lightyear. Tim then went on to star in the Disney hit film, Jungle 2 Jungle, which was released in March of 1997 and in November of 1997 Tim was seen starring in Universal Pictures' For Richer Or Poorer with Kirstie Alley.

In 1994, Tim penned his anecdotes in his first book entitled Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, which topped the New York Times Bestseller List. Tim's second book, I'm Not Really Here, hit bookstores in November of 1996. In this book, we find Tim looking for the hood ornament of a car one weekend, and instead stumbling across the meaning of life. He takes a comedic look at men in midlife - and their relationships with wives, children, friends, the universe and God.

Tim was seen for eight seasons as Tim Taylor on ABC's Home Improvement, where he brought his unique slant of masculinity to series television. Home Improvement, which Tim describes as Men Are Pigs at home, continues to be a success in syndication.

Bio courtesy Messina Baker Entertainment (01-Jan-2003)


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