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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Tim Allen

Famous For:
Home Improvement, Toy Story, The Santa Clause
Birthdate:
June 13, 1952
Famous Years:
1991-Present
Currently Known For:
Last Man Standing
Networth:
$80 Million
Tim Allen



  Famous For:
Home Improvement, Toy Story, The Santa Clause

  Birthdate:
June 13, 1952

  Famous Years:
1991-Present



  Currently Known For:
Last Man Standing

  Networth:
$80 Million


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Having one long-running and successful sitcom would be enough for one actor to be satisfied for a career, but that hasn’t been enough for Tim Allen. On top of his successful run in the 1990s with the show “Home Improvement”, Allen has also been involved in a lot of blockbuster films that have included the “Toy Story” series, and he’s once again established a long-running sitcom in the form of “Last Man Standing”, all of which came after a career as a stand-up comedian.

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Allen is well known for hailing from the state of Michigan. After all, Allen is the voice of the state’s “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign, and has been for years. Allen was actually born in Denver, Colorado on June 13, 1952, however, but moved to Michigan before his teenage years, growing up in the Detroit suburbs. After finishing high school, Allen attended Central Michigan University for a brief time, before finding himself on the west side of the state in Kalamazoo, where he did stand-up comedy there as well as in the Detroit area in the 1970s.

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Before his career could breakout, though, Allen ran into some legal problems. At the small Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Airport not far from where he attended college, Allen was arrested in 1978 for having nearly a pound and a half of cocaine. Because of the high amount that Allen had on him, he was facing a lifetime sentence in prison. However, Allen exchanged the names of other drug dealers in Michigan in exchange for a reduced sentence, receiving a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

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It was a minimum sentence of three years for Allen, who was imprisoned at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sandstone, Minnesota. Allen displayed good behavior, though, and was released via parole eight months before his minimum sentence came to an end. Looking back at that arrest that happened over 40 years ago, Allen said that “I’m not the same guy” as he was back then. Allen even used his arrest as part of his comedy, saying that “While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously.”

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“Don’t ever sell drugs to policemen,” he joked. “They don’t like it. They tend to tell judges. People come get you and then you eat very bad food for a long time.” Imprisonment helped to change Allen’s personality. “You’re in prison, you idiot,” he told himself. “You got yourself here. Nobody’s to blame and it was the first time I took responsibility. I worked hard to study and when I got out...actually, before I went in, I went up on stage and I just dedicated myself with that. It was a life changer, I’ll tell you that.”

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With the legal problems behind him, Allen focused on his career as a stand-up comedian, becoming a rising star throughout the 1980s. During that time, Allen never really had aspirations to become an actor like many stand-up comics of his era. He admitted that his acting range was limited to basically playing himself, but eventually an opportunity to do just that popped up in 1991 when the sitcom “Home Improvement” was created.

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Allen became the star of the show that ran through the 1999 television season, and dominated ratings for the most part over more than 200 episodes. Even though “Home Improvement” never ranked as the number one show on network TV, it was still in the top 10 during its entire run, and helped Allen to feel more comfortable as an actor. With that, he was featured in major films during the 1990s that included “The Santa Clause”, “Toy Story”, “Jungle 2 Jungle” and “Galaxy Quest”.

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Even after “Home Improvement” came to an end, the 2000s were still very kind to Allen, who moved away from television and focused full-time on his movie career. The first decade of the new millennium would feature Allen starring in films such as “Christmas with the Kranks”, “The Shaggy Dog” and “Wild Hogs”, while also adding a pair of “Santa Clause” sequels. Overall, Allen’s films have grossed more than $1.7 billion at the box office, for an average of over $88 million per film.

The five-time nominee and one-time winner at the Golden Globes has focused more on his return to television in the current decade. In 2011, Allen became the star of a new sitcom called “Last Man Standing” that was originally featured on ABC, but was cancelled despite having higher ratings. Fox ended up picking up the show to save it, allowing it to continue a successful run that’s lasted for over 130 episodes.

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None of the success that Allen has had as an actor and comedian would’ve been possible if he didn’t change his life around after that arrest in the late 1970s. “It was a watershed moment,” he said. “It put me in a position of great humility, and I was able to make amends to friends and family and refocus my life on setting and achieving goals.” Although he wasn’t yet famous when he was arrested, it’s still one of the better redemption stories that Hollywood has seen to date.


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