Tim Allen boasts a long and fruitful career in both comedy and acting. It wasn’t always that way, though. The funnyman actually did a stint in prison before he became a household name with the massive success of “Home Improvement” (more on that below).
It’s like that Mario Puzo “Godfather” quote: “Great men are not born great. They grow great.”
Allen has discussed at length his journey to becoming one of those greats and what being a man means to him now.
A “real man,” he says, “Respects women, honors the Creator, and respects the trees that they climb and the animals there.” A “real man” also extends a hand to lift those that cannot lift themselves.
Recently, Allen shared a tweet trying to raise awareness about the growing homeless population. This follows years of advocacy and charity work from the star. Keep reading for a breakdown.
A Look At Tim Allen’s Philanthropy
This is the recent tweet from the star regarding the homeless population he came across:
So many homeless here, did what I could today will do more tomorrow.— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) October 13, 2021
Although he didn’t go into the specifics of how he helped, he doesn’t really need to. His history of service speaks for itself. A couple of Christmases ago, he teamed up with Tiffany Haddish and Dane Cook to serve the homeless and lonely populations a meal. The Laugh Factory-sponsored event is known to have served thousands of meals in the past.
Tim Allen has also personally donated his time or money to the following charities: The YMCA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital just to name a few.
Learning Humility the Hard Way
Now, back to that stint in prison that we mentioned earlier. You read that right. The “Last Man Standing” star found himself arrested in 1978 at Michigan’s International Kalamazoo Airport. He was charged with the possession of cocaine and later pled guilty to trafficking charges. Before getting off on parole in ’81, he had spent over two years at a federal prison in Minnesota.
The experience changed the course of his life, teaching him several major lessons. One of his biggest takeaways, however, surrounded the idea of humility.
“It was a watershed moment,” he told reporters in a 2017 interview. “It put me in a position of great humility, and I was able to make amends to friends and family and refocus my life on setting and achieving goals.” At the time of the interview, he also joked: “And (I’m) thankful. I’m 68 percent joyous, aiming for 70 percent. I’m also extremely grateful for where I am today.”
The experience clearly stuck with him and he recently shared this powerful quote about humility just the other day:
“True humility does not know it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue . “ Martin Luther— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen) October 7, 2021