When his dad died, it wasn’t funny


Tim Allen the BuilderFunny man Tim Allen had a very unfunny start to his life that made him doubt God’s existence. When he was 11, his father was killed by a drunk driver.

“I wanted answers that minute from God,” he said in 2012. “‘Do you think this is funny? Do you think this is necessary?’ And I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with my Creator ever since.”

He used drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism and then was arrested and convicted of felony possession of 650 grams of cocaine in 1978.

“Don’t ever sell drugs to policemen. They don’t like it, they tend to tell judges, people get you, and then you eat very bad food for a long time,” he wisecracked in an interview with ABC.

allen drug chargeAfter completing his two-year prison sentence, Allen was released and decided to get into comedy, which he says, “saved his life.” Shortly after that, he got a call from Jeffrey Katzenberg of the Walt Disney Studios saying they wanted him to become a part of the Disney family, which he found very ironic considering his felony.

He went on to star in various T.V. shows and films such as The Last Man Standing, The Santa Clause trilogy, Wild Dogs and the Toy Story trilogy (he was the voice of Buzz Lightyear). He was succeeding in the world, but he hadn’t dealt with his demons.

“For years, I just did not like this idea of God, church,” he said. “(I was) still a churchgoer, but constantly a cynic.”

As much as he wrestled with doubts, he couldn’t deny the incredible creation in which he lived. It begged for a logical conclusion.

tim allen lost his father and his faith“Whoever built me, this is too much, too weird that it happened by accident,” Allen said. “It didn’t happen by accident.”

Slowly, Allen began to open his heart to God as he saw His guiding hand throughout his struggles. He reached a point when he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ.

Sometimes Allen refers to God as “the Builder.”

“I always ask… ‘God what did you want me to do?’ But you got to be prepared for the answer,” he said.

Allen has received criticism due to his unflinching stand for faith.

In an episode from Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standing (in which he stars as Mike Baxter), Allen found an opportunity to incorporate Jesus Christ. Read the rest of the story about Tim Allen Christianity.

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6 responses to “When his dad died, it wasn’t funny

  1. I like Tim Allen, and that’s a big deal for me to say living in Hollywood and being a conservative Democrat. His show “Last Man Standing” was/is a GREAT show and I watch in syndication every time I have a chance. I like how he’s incorporate faith into the show, but he also has the counter point — for example, his Son-in-Law Ryan who is an Atheist. Also, he makes fun of Democrats and Obama and yet his wife and daughter on the show are BIG Hillary and Obama fans and supporters. I always thought there was a nice balance and it was funny. Wholesome family funny. I didn’t realize he had had such crisis of faith when his father died, but it completely makes sense. It gives me hope. I think I have a crisis of faith EVERY DAY…and then I see something, read something and I’m back. We’re just living in difficult times now a days… taking it one thing at a time…. its about all I can muster. 🙂

  2. It’s always encouraging when people use the platforms God gives them to be the witnesses Ye has called them to be. (Acts 1:8)

  3. Thank you for posting this. I’ve enjoyed Tim’s work, but didn’t know this about him.

  4. Thanks for posting about this man of faith and his journey.

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