While living in Detroit in the early '80s, Tim Allen began his comedy career on a dare from a friend. While at Motor City's Comedy Castle, Allen started to cultivate his act: dissecting the differences between men and women. By the mid-'80s, Allen moved to Los Angeles and became a regular at the famed Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. Allen's crowd-pleasing performances caught the attention of Hollywood, earning him his own sitcom, "Home Improvement
," which premiered on ABC in the fall of 1991. Following a well-deserved reign atop the ratings and seven consecutive People's Choice Awards for favorite male TV performer, the show ended in the spring of 1999. During his tenure on the series, Allen also starred in a handful of blockbuster films, including the first installment in the lucrative "Santa Clause" series and Pixar's first, groundbreaking motion picture, "Toy Story." Six months after leaving the scripted sitcom world, Allen starred in two additional box office hits, "Toy Story 2" and "Galaxy Quest." In the years since, he has had a few hits ("The Santa Clause 2," "Wild Hogs," "Toy Story 3") and a few misses ("Who Is Cletis Tout?," "Joe Somebody," "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"), and he returned to his roots as a stand-up comedian. In ABC's "Last Man Standing
," Allen plays Mike Baxter, a guy's guy fighting to preserve his masculinity in a world dominated by the women in his life.