Tim Allen is turning 68 years old today (June 13) and the Last Man Standing star is receiving well wishes from all sides.
Of course, that includes the comedy icon’s former show itself. Man, it still stings a bit to write “former” in front of Last Man Standing. But while we are now past the show’s recent series finale, the good times and good vibes are ever-present.
The show’s official account sent its birthday wishes to Tim Allen over Twitter Sunday morning.
The photo attached to the message shows Allen as his role Mike Baxter delivering a trademark smile.
Last Man Standing was centered around Baxter, his work and his family. Mike Baxter was the only male in his household, but he also ran a sporting goods store called “Outdoor Man.” The show, which ran for nine seasons across two networks, officially wrapped on May 20.
Last Man Standing Star Tim Allen Delivered Final Thoughts on Show
As the show came to a close, Allen and the rest of the Last Man Standing cast shared parting words on his time on the program. Considering he spent nine years with the show, it was hard to watch it leave.
There were many interviews and comments, but Allen’s own words on social media may have been the most direct look at his feelings as the show ended.
“Difficult feelings as I sit with my real family ready to say goodnite to the Last Man Standing family,” Allen wrote. “We created and lived for all these years. Years that flew by. Heartfelt thanks to all you who watch our work . I will miss being Mike Baxter.”
Outsider author Joe Rutland also covered some of Allen’s final thoughts, in which the star explained how Last Man Standing was different work than much of his career.
Talking in the context of the show’s switch from ABC to FOX, Allen said it was truly different gravy.
“I took the show pretty seriously when (ABC) said that we were out and I had an alternate reality that for a control freak like me, you do control,” he said. “You go to work and there’s craft service.
“I loved going to work,” Allen said. “Very few jobs I’ve had other than standup, which I don’t like to travel and I don’t like waiting to go on stage because I get nervous, I loved that part of it. This I love. And every now and then there was a two percent chance where I’m like, ‘I’m done with this.’”