Tim Allen Was a Convicted Drug Dealer Before Becoming Famous

tim allen mugshotToday I found out Tim Allen was a convicted drug dealer before becoming famous.

On October 2, 1978, shortly after beginning his stand up comedian career while working at an advertising firm, Allen was caught by drug sniffing dogs at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport transporting about 650 grams (1.4 pounds) of cocaine.  In exchange for not having to go to prison for life, as was the maximum penalty that could have been leveled against him, Allen plead guilty and subsequently ratted out the other drug dealers he knew.  This got his potential sentence reduced from life imprisonment to 3-7 years.   He ended up only serving 28 months in a Federal Correctional Institution, specifically at Sandstone, in Sandstone Minnesota.

When he was released, he was 29 years old and, being an ex-con, found it hard to find other work, so decided to go back into stand-up comedy, as he had been doing on the side while working in advertising, before being convicted.

Fast forward about 15-20 years and Allen briefly turned himself into an A-list star known for doing family and kid-friendly entertainment, including winning the “Hall of Fame” award at the Kids Choice Awards in 1996 and making $1.25 million per episode in the final season of Home Improvement.  Talk about turning around your life.

Bonus Facts:

  • Tim Allen’s father was killed in a car accident after being hit by a drunk driver when Tim was just 11 years old.  Two years later, Tim and his four brothers moved in with his mother’s new husband, her former high school sweetheart and a very successful business man, who in turn had three kids of his own.  This had Brady bunch written all over it.
  • Tim Allen started his career as a comedian at a comedy club in Detroit on a dare from one of his friends.
  • Allen once set an impressive “triple crown” entertainment record by accomplishing the following in a one week span: starred in the highest grossing film of the week (Santa Clause); appeared in the top rated television series (Home Improvement) on TV; and was atop the New York Times best-seller list with his book Don’t Stand Too Close to the Naked Man.
  • Tim Allen’s birth name was Timothy Allen Dick, which he later had legally shortened to Tim Allen when his career began to take off.
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  • Rich McMullen

    Just to let you know; he wrote a book that details his life back then and his time behind bars. It’s called “Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man”. Tim is a shining example of what one can do to change their life, even after they have strayed. We all have the power to become a better person. Read his book and you’ll see. He is one of my heroes because he changed the course of his life and didn’t let his past define him. Now he plays Santa Clause.

    • Richard Craver

      I agree, a stand up guy, figuratively and literally. I have his book, which details his early life, drug dealing days and his come back.
      He had a brush with the law, involving excess speed and alcohol consumption ironically, but has remained an example of hope for those that have made poor choices to believe that they can redeem themselves.

      • mike

        Yeah, what a great guy. He gave up the people he worked with, im assuming some were friends. He was a coke dealer and when he got caught he gave up everyone else so he would do less time. I am by no means a “no snitch” ghetto dweller, but he didn’t turn states witness because he felt it was the right thing to do or he wanted to help take criminals of the street. he did it to get his criminal ass back on the street as soon as possible. And, he lost his father to a drunk driver and drove drunk himself. What do you think the chances are that the one time he got caught was the only time he did it? The guy is a scumbag, plain and simple. Chances are had one of his ‘friends” he was in the business of selling cocaine with gotten caught before he did and set him up to save his own ass the this pos did, tim allen would just be some old convict sitting in prison still and we would have never heard of him or his mindless shitcoms. this guy is proof positive that there is no such thing as karma and that sometimes awful people live a good life after destroyong other peoples just to save themselves. Coke dealing drunk driving lowlife that gave up the people that were doing the same thing he was because he got caught first.

        • Don’t worry about it

          Where did you get your information? Because it sounds like your comment is mostly your own opinion and you have nothing better to do than sit around and bash someone that obviously made a better life for themself than you. Yea he might have messed up a few times but now he’s a celebrity. What have you done for yourself? Some dead end job, living paycheck to paycheck talkin shit about someone else’s life that you know nothing about….

  • THATguy

    F this F-ing rat….and he sucks as a “comedian” too

    • THISguy

      hey moron! that’s my father you’re talking about, and he raised me up good

    • Idiot

      Lol F you, Tim Allen is an amazing comedian and good for him that he ratted on a few f-ing con’s to make his life better. Con’s who deal drugs deserve no sense of respect for they are only rats themselves.

      • mike

        He ‘ratted” on people that were doing the same thing he was, he just got caught first. Is it also good for him that he drove around drunk even after he lost his father to another scumbaqg just like himself?

        • Sal

          THANK YOU. He basically decided, “Hey, my life is more important than other people (that were just doing the same thing he was), so it’s OK to screw them over.”

  • Rotts

    Tim Allen is the man ; I enjoy re-watching the movies he has made over the years… When my cable decides to annoy me I find watching his movies comforting to sleep to 🙂
    Finding out this made me really look up to Hiim in a different way then many would understand I’m from a middle class family so I don’t blame him TIM ALLEN ALLL DAY <3

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  • Les

    So rat out to save your skin.At least they know where to find him.

  • jazzie mae

    How does the ol sayin go “DO THE CRIME, DO THE TIME” A snitch to save himself. Must of been put in protective custody. Snitches get stitches, is what I always heard.

    • mike

      he didnt get stitches, he got a reduced sentence, got out, made millions and dr4ove around drunk until he got caught. He is a lowlife in every sense of the word. And, his sitcoms are nothing but mindless crap for low iq idiots. I hope the guy gets what he really deserves someday.

  • HappyGilmore

    LOL! Some of these comments are hilarious. Especially by those who live in glass houses.