Timothy Alan Dick known professionally as Tim Allen
, is an American comedian, actor, voice-over artist and entertainer, known for his role in the sitcoms Home Improvement
and Last Man Standing
. He is known for his starring roles in several popular films, including the Toy Story
film series (as the voice of Buzz Lightyear), The Santa Clause
film series, and Galaxy Quest
.More on his career can be found, as ever, on The Other Wiki.
- Home Improvement as Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, a show based largely on Allen's stand-up routines of The 80's and 90's where Allen's character is the host of a popular do it yourself show called Tool Time. The show focuses on Taylor's family life, and the challenges he faces raising three children and keeping his wife happy.
- The Toy Story franchise, where Allen provides the voice of Buzz Lightyear, one of the main buddy protagonists of the series.
- The Santa Clause (and its sequels) as Scott Calvin a man who comes to replace Santa Claus through a series of misadventures.
- Galaxy Quest as Jason Nesmith, an Expy of William Shatner in an Affectionate Parody of Star Trek.
- Last Man Standing as Mike Baxter. Often called a Distaff Counterpart to Home Improvement where Allen plays a very similar character in a very similar setting with three daughters instead of three sons.
Tropes associated with Tim Allen
- Bumbling Dad: An overwhelming number of his characters in television and movie roles.
- Cool Car:
- Owns several vintage cars and frequently appears on friend Jay Leno's podcast from the garage where Leno keeps his famed car collection.
- Tim Taylor on Home Improvement would frequently buy and restore vintage cars for himself, friends or family.
- Mike Baxter of Last Man Standing drives a '53 Chevy pickup that he claims to have rebuilt himself as well.
- Handy Man: A staple of his stand up routines, later the basis for his character on Home Improvement.
- Hulk Speak: Used in his stand up routines ti illustrate his premise that "men are simple". It became a part of the Tim Taylor character as well.
- Mars and Venus Gender Contrast:
- Another staple of his stand up routines.
- Many of Tim Taylor's problems in Home Improvement came from his inability to understand problems his wife Jill was having.
- And in Last Man Standing as a man's man who has been married for three decades and is raising three daughters.
- Self-Deprecation: Not only his stand-up, but a big part of Home Improvement and Last Man Standing.
- Small Name, Big Ego:
- A staple of his early stand-up routines were situations in which his wife made him feel like one.
- Tim Taylor suffered from this frequently.
- Buzz Lightyear for most of the first Toy Story, not realizing he was a toy and thinking he was really the leader of Star Command, having crashed on an alien planet, was pretty self-important.
- Jason Nesmith in Galaxy Quest was this for most of the movie.
- His character on Last Man Standing has elements of this, especially on the webisodes he produces for the regional sporting goods store of which he is vice president.
- Straw Character: Allen considers himself a "moderate conservative", but he frequently interjects more extreme political views into his sitcom characters. On Home Improvement whether it was serious or not was in the eye of the beholder. On Last Man Standing it's more of a satire and usually pits him against his equally liberal oldest daughter and her son's father almost entirely for satirical humor.
- Tim Taylor Technology: Many of the devices invented by the Trope Namer (whom he played) were first hypothetically suggested in his stand up routines.