1. He is known for his role in the ABC television show Home Improvement .
2. He is the son of Martha Katherine , a real estate agent. He is the third oldest of five brothers.
3. His father died in a car accident, colliding with a drunk driver, when Allen was 11. Allen attended Seaholm High School in Birmingham, where he was in theater and music classes .
4. He then attended Central Michigan University and transferred to Western Michigan University in 1974.
5. He moved to Los Angeles and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store.
6. He began to do stand-up appearances on late-night talk shows and specials on record and film.
7. Despite his admitted limited acting range (he once told a magazine his range as an actor is “strictly limited.
8. 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 produced for ABC by Wind Dancer Productions, a company he co-founded with producer Carmen Finestra.
9. Allen played the main character Tim “The Tool-Man” Taylor. Home Improvement ran until 1999, for which he was paid $1.25 million per episode.
10. In 1995, Allen provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Toy Story. 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.
11. The next year he returned to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2 which was a financial and critical hit.
12. Also in 1999 he starred in the sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest alongside Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell.