The Rushmore Report – Tim Allen’s Strange Path to God


He is the star of Last Man Standing, the funniest show on television. Before that, he was the “Tool Man” on Home Improvement. And before that, he was the star of the Santa Clause movies. Tim Allen is one really funny guy. But there is more to his story – much more. Tim Allen has come to faith in God. But the path he took is unlike any you may have ever seen. This is that story.

When Tim Allen was age 11, his father was killed by a drunk driver.

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

Those were Allen’s words in 2012. His faith has since grown.

He abused 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,” he says. “They don’t like it, they tend to tell judges, people get you, and then you eat very bad food for a long time.”

After completing a two-year prison sentence, Allen was released and decided to get into comedy, which he says “saved my life.” He would eventually star in the Santa Clause trilogy and much more. Meanwhile, his journey to God was still unfolding.

“For years, I just did not like this idea of God. I was still a churchgoer, but constantly a critic.”

But then the comedian became serious about his quest to know God. As much as he wrestled with his doubts, he couldn’t deny the incredible creation that surrounded him. It begged for a response.

“Whoever built me, this is too much, too weird that it happened by accident. It didn’t happen by accident.”

Slowly, Allen began to open his heart to God. This led to a personal dedication of his life to Jesus Christ, which he says “changed everything.”

Today, Tim Allen has more than a decade of sobriety under his belt. He is happily married to actress Jane Hajduk, has two daughters, and an abiding Christian faith. Asked his best advice to others who struggle with drugs, alcohol, and doubt, his response is unambiguous.

“No man has gone to far. He is still within the reach of God.”


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