Tim "the tool man" Taylor entertained families for years as the hilarious star on Home Improvement. But it's the real man behind that persona, the one who talks to God daily and relies on Him for help--Tim Allen--who truly intrigues people.
Tim's Tumultuous Beginning
In the blink of an eye, Tim's father was killed by a drunk driver when he was just 11 years old. Tim said he's "had a curious relationship with God since my father died." But Tim found solace as a young adult in alcohol and drugs. He was arrested in a cocaine bust in 1979 and spent two years in prison, yet today can still find a bit of humor in the life experiences that molded him, saying "Don't ever sell drugs to policemen. They don't like it. They tell judges. People come get you. Then you eat very bad food for a long time."
Success On Stage
Oddly, Tim did not find success as a comedian and actor until after his lifestyle choices landed him in prison. But once out of prison, Tim turned to comedy and found his home as a stand-up comedian on stage. He centered his schtick around the power tool-wielding man-ape.
Eventually, his talent caught the eye of TV producers, then movie producers as he landed roles as Tim "the tool man" Taylor on Home Improvement, the voice of Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story and even Santa in the Santa Clause movies. In fact, the day his parole officer called to release him from parole was the same day Disney called to say they wanted him to join their family. That day Tim decided that his life "is just filled with irony."
However, in 1997, Tim's life took another turn. He was arrested for drunk driving. Tim said it was humiliating, considering his father was killed by a drunk driver.
"It's only by the grace of God that I didn't hurt myself or anyone else during that time."
But he thanks God for the gift he received from that dark time: sobriety. Tim's relationship with God also has saved him many times over. He refers to God as "the builder." He asks daily of God what he wants him to do each day. Part of his day includes tea time with his young daughter and keeping in touch with his adult daughter. He also has accumulated a massive car collection, even restoring some of the vehicles himself.
Here's a video where Tim discusses his devotion to God.
Comedy As His Cure-All
Tim spends a lot of time working on his relationship with God, who he says sees him through everything and gave him a gift: the ability to make people laugh. He said, "I've learned that I'm a survivor. Comedy is my ally. It always saves me. I love to laugh more than anything else and there's nothing better than making people laugh."