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Tim Allen, who is currently performing stand-up to sold-out crowds at The Venetian in Las Vegas, honed his talents as a stand-up comic throughout the ‘80s. This provided 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.
During “Home Improvement’s” run at the top of the primetime charts, Allen revisited his comedy roots with a successful national concert tour. He also 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 final season of “Home Improvement,” Allen was honored with the TV Guide Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Series. In a tearful farewell, he hung up his tool belt, shifting his film career into high gear with resounding success. He made his film debut in 1994, playing a holiday icon in “The Santa Clause,” earning another People’s Choice Award. In 1995, he voiced the beloved yet deluded space ranger, Buzz Lightyear, in the CGI smash hit “Toy Story.”
In 1997 Allen starred in the hit comedies “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “For Richer or Poorer.” To the delight of moviegoers, in 1999 he reprised his character Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story 2,” followed by the hit film “Galaxy Quest.” Representing the Average Joe, Allen starred in “Joe Somebody,” and in 2001, was seen in the comedy “Big Trouble.” In 2002, he took on the role of Critical Jim in “Who Is Cletis Tout?,” and helped kick off the holiday season that year in “The Santa Clause 2.” In 2004, he starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the comedy “Christmas with the Kranks.”
In 2006, Allen starred in “The Santa Clause 3,” in which he once again reprised his role as Santa Claus. That same year, he starred in the comedy “Zoom” and in the updated version of the Disney classic “The Shaggy Dog.” In 2007, he starred opposite John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy in the hit comedy “Wild Hogs.” In 2008 Allen starred in the drama “Redbelt.”
In 2010, Allen reprised his role as Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story 3.” That same year, he starred in his feature film directorial debut “Crazy On The Outside” with Sigourney Weaver and Ray Liotta.
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