Tim Allen is one of the most beloved actors and comedians in Hollywood, and despite his success and popularity, he is rarely in the spotlight. From two hit television shows to voicing one of the most iconic animated characters in movie history, Tim Allen’s career in Hollywood has spanned decades and he shows no signs of slowing down. Although he has been around and on our screens for such a long time, get to know the man behind the jokes and the characters with these things you might not have known about Tim Allen:
12. Becoming Buzz
Tim Allen has had many iconic roles over the years, but one of the biggest is the one you don’t even see him in. Since 1995, Allen has voiced Buzz Lightyear in Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story franchise and was even named a Disney Legend because of his voice acting work as the character. Before Allen became Buzz, the role was initially offered to Jim Carrey and then Billy Crystal who both turned it down. It turns out Allen got the role because director John Lasseter wanted the action figure of Buzz to be funny, and Lasseter also loved Tim Allen’s comedy. After showing some of Allen’s stand-up comedy to higher-ups at Pixar, they agreed Allen was the man for the job and he accepted. Allen dedicated so much to Buzz Lightyear that his performance actually changed the original character arc they had imagined for Buzz. Allen was so committed to Buzz as a character that after the first reading they decided to add that Buzz didn’t even know he was a toy, which of course became a major plot point in the first film.