Timothy Alan Dick, known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement and Mike Baxter on the ABC/FOX sitcom Last Man Standing, he voices Buzz Lightyear for the Toy Story franchise and played Scott Calvin and Santa Claus in the Santa Clause film trilogy. Allen's other films include For Richer or Poorer, Jungle 2 Jungle, Galaxy Quest, Big Trouble, Christmas with the Kranks, The Shaggy Dog, Wild Hogs and Crazy on the Outside. Allen was born in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine, a community-service worker, Gerald M. Dick, a real estate agent, he is the third oldest of six children. Allen has two older brothers as well as a younger sister, his father died in a car accident in November 1964, colliding with a drunk driver when Allen was 11. Two years his mother married her high school sweetheart, a business executive, moved with her six children to Birmingham, Michigan, to be with her new husband and his three children.
Allen attended Seaholm High School in Birmingham, where he was in music classes. He attended Central Michigan University before transferring to Western Michigan University in 1974. At Western Michigan, Allen worked at the student radio station WIDR and received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications specializing in radio and television production in 1976 with a split minor in philosophy and design. In 1998, Western Michigan awarded Allen an honorary fine arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award. Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975. On a dare from one of his friends, he participated in a comedy night at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, a suburb of Detroit. While in Detroit he began to get recognition appearing in local television commercials and appearing on cable comedy shows such as Gary Thison's Some Semblance of Sanity. On October 2, 1978, Allen was arrested in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams of cocaine, he subsequently pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking charges and provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years rather than a possible life imprisonment.
He was paroled on June 12, 1981, after serving two years and four months in Federal Correctional Institution, Sandstone in Sandstone, Minnesota. Following his release from prison, he returned to comedy, he became a regular performer at The Comedy Store. He began to do stand-up appearances on late-night talk specials on record and film. Despite his admitted limited acting range, 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. Allen played the main character Tim "The Tool-Man" Taylor. In November 1994, he starred in the highest-grossing film, topped the New York Times bestseller list with his book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, appeared in the top rated television series within the span of one week. Home Improvement ran until 1999. In 1995, Allen provided the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Toy Story. In 1997, he starred in the family comedy Jungle 2 Jungle from Disney.
The next year he returned to voice Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story 2, a financial and critical hit. In 1999 he starred in the sci-fi parody Galaxy Quest alongside Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell; that same year, Allen was arrested for DUI in Michigan. At the time, his blood alcohol content was 0.15, nearly double the legal limit in Michigan. He was sentenced to one-year probation, he entered a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse as part of his court obligation. In 2002, he reprised his role as Scott Calvin in The Santa Clause 2. Two years he starred as Luther Krank in Christmas with the Kranks. In 2006, Zoom was released; the same year, he starred in The Shaggy Dog and The Santa Clause 3. 2008 marked his first dramatic turn with a supporting role as an aging action movie star in David Mamet's Redbelt. Allen began narrating the "Pure Michigan" television and radio commercials for the "Travel Michigan" agency; these commercials can be seen and heard throughout the Midwest and began airing nationally in 2009.
In December 2009, he started a preview tour of Crazy on the Outside, a film that debuted in January 2010. Allen accompanied the film. During the performances, he told audiences. Allen directed the film, marking his film directorial debut. Allen hosted the 8th Annual TV Land Awards on April 25, 2010; that same year, he became the official voice of the Chevrolet Cruze, narrating commercials for the vehicle, he became the voice of Campbell Soup's "It's Amazing What Soup Can Do" campaign. Allen returned to ABC with the sitcom Last Man Standing, he played the role of Mike Baxter, a conservative father fighting for his manhood in a house filled with women. The character is loosely based as a Republican father of three girls. After six seasons, the show was canceled in May 2017. ABC Entertainment Chief Channing Dungey denied claims of political bias against Allen, explaining that the network sim
Lewis and Harriet Hayden House was the home of African-American abolitionists who had escaped from slavery in Kentucky. They maintained the home as a stop on the Underground Railroad, the Haydens were visited by Harriet Beecher Stowe as research for her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Lewis Hayden was an important leader in the African-American community of Boston. Lewis Hayden was born into slavery in Lexington, Kentucky in 1812, his first wife and their son were sold to U. S. Senator Henry Clay, they were sold again to the Deep South, Hayden never saw them again. Hayden remarried Harriet Bell, who had a son Joseph. In 1844, with the help of abolitionists, they escaped to Ohio and along the Underground Railroad to Canada. Abolitionist Delia Ann Webster had driven the family of 3 to freedom, she was a school teacher from Vermont. She was caught, she was jailed and sentenced to years in the Kentucky Penitentiary. Somehow, she was released, her work continued, she was jailed several more times. Yet she has been forgotten, lies in an unmarked grave.
In 1845, they returned to the US at Detroit, by January 1846 they moved to Boston. Hayden ran a clothing store on Cambridge Street. In 1849 or 1850, the Haydens moved into the house at 66 Phillips Street on Beacon Hill; the house was purchased in 1853 by Francis Jackson of the anti-slavery Vigilance Committee. The African American Museum hypothesized that may have been done "to assure that Hayden would not be harassed in his Underground Railroad activities."The Haydens cared for African Americans who had escaped from slavery, including the noted Ellen and William Craft, their home served as a boarding house. Hayden prevented slave catchers from taking the Crafts by threatening to blow up his home with gunpowder if they tried to reclaim them. Records from the Boston Vigilance Committee, of which Lewis was a member, indicate that scores of people received aid and safe shelter at the Hayden home between 1850 and 1860. An author was escorted by an unnamed individual to their home: When, in 1853, Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe came to The Liberator Office, 21 Cornhill, to get facts for her Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin, she was taken by Mr. R.
F. Wallcutt and myself over to Lewis Hayden's house in Southnac Street, thirteen newly-escaped slaves of all colors and sizes were brought in into one room for her to see. Though Mrs. Stowe had written wonderful "Uncle Tom" at the request of Dr. Bailey, of Washington, for the National Era, expressly to show up the workings of the Fugitive Slave-Law, yet she had never seen such a company of'fugitives' together before. Hayden was one of the men who helped rescue Shadrach Minkins from federal custody in 1851, he played a significant role in the attempted rescue of Anthony Burns. Hayden contributed money to John Brown, in preparation for his raid on Harper's Ferry, he was a recruiter for the 54th Regiment. His son was killed. In 1865, Harriet Hayden bought the house from Francis Jackson's estate. Hayden served a term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1873 and worked for the Massachusetts Secretary of State from 1859 to 1889. Lewis Hayden died on April 7, 1889. Harriet Hayden, upon her death in 1893, bequeathed money to form a scholarship at Harvard Medical School for African American students.
In his book, The Negro in the Civil War, Benjamin Quarles said of the Haydens' House: It was there that Theodore Parker, of sainted abolitionist memory, had married the fugitive slaves and Ellen Craft. Hayden had been the first to suggest to John A. Andrew; the Lewis and Harriet Hayden House is a site along the Black Heritage Trail. It is a private residence, it is featured on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail. The house is a Boston African-American historic site located on the Black Heritage Trail in Beacon Hill; the National Park Services wrote: The historic buildings along today's Black Heritage Trail® were the homes, businesses and churches of a thriving black community that organized, from the nation's earliest years, to sustain those who faced local discrimination and national slavery, struggling toward the equality and freedom promised in America's documents of national liberty. List of Underground Railroad sites Boston African American National Historic Site
Sam Shepard was an American actor, playwright and author. The following is his screen filmography as an actor and director. Shepard was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Chuck Yeager in the film The Right Stuff; the following year, he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing Paris, Texas. For his role in the television film Dash and Lilly, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film. List of awards and nominations received by Sam Shepard "Sam Shepard — Filmography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 12, 2014. "Sam Shepard — Filmography". AllMovie. Retrieved September 12, 2014. "Sam Shepard — Filmography". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 12, 2014. "Sam Shepard — Filmography". Film Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2014