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TIM ALLEN (Doug Madsen) was last seen on screen 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. And 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.

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 and 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 Caesars 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-grossing 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 2.” 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 bestselling novel Skipping Christmas.


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