Tim Allen Reminds Fans He ‘Commanded a Starship’ in 1999 Sci-Fi Comedy: ‘It Wasn’t a Dream’

by Joe Rutland

Most people think of Tim Allen as a comic with two popular sitcoms to his credit. Yet did you know he spent some time in outer space?

In a sense, Allen did in the 1999 science-fiction comedy movie “Galaxy Quest.” Allen played the commander of the starship leading an entourage of crew members across the universe.

Allen took time out on Monday to remind his fans that this actually did happen.

The movie’s plot revolves around art imitating life. In “Galaxy Quest,” former members of a space opera TV series have to play their roles in real life when an alien race needs their help. They also have to defend Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.

“Galaxy Quest” put together quite a cast. Besides Allen, other stars include Sigourney Weaver of “Alien” and “Ghostbusters” fame, Alan Rickman of “Die Hard” fame, and Tony Salhoub of TV’s intriguing crime show “Monk.”

Tim Allen starred in the popular ABC sitcom “Home Improvement” and currently stars in “Last Man Standing” on Fox. “Last Man Standing” will wrap up its nine-season run after current episodes air on Fox.

Tim Allen Gets Love From ‘Home Improvement’ Co-Star

Speaking of “Home Improvement,” it looks like actress Patricia Richardson was all in to play the wife of Tim Allen and his character, Tim Taylor, from the get-go.

During an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” Richardson opens up about her experiences on the show. Asked by host Kevin Frazier about working with Allen, Richardson, who played Allen’s wife Jill, said, “Immediately, I loved him. Everything that we dealt with in terms of marriage and family and kids, really were just classic, ongoing deals.”

Richardson said that she didn’t audition for the role.

“They just came to me and said, ‘We want you to start tomorrow,’” Richardson said. “I didn’t know anything. They called me and said ‘there’s this guy, he’s a stand-up. He did this show, it won an award.’ I never heard of him.”

Shortly after its premiere, “Home Improvement” because a household name. The show aired for eight years with a total of 204 half-hour episodes.

“He (Allen) wanted that show to go on forever,” Richardson said.

Allen Reprises ‘Tool Man’ In ‘Last Man Standing’ Episode

Tim Allen gets a chance to bring back Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor during the final season of “Last Man Standing.”

He said reprising his Taylor role was “weird, creepy … (and) unusual.”

“It was very peculiar to do both parts, I’ll tell you that. It was challenging for me to do both parts and kind of emotional,” Tim Allen told “Entertainment Tonight.”

That’s because the episode touches on the death of Earl Hindman. Hindman, who played Taylor’s wise neighbor Wilson on “Home Improvement,” died in 2003. He and Allen were close friends.

“I adored the man, and we kind of brought that up in the story,” Allen told “ET.” “I started thinking about all the history I had with that TV show, how I compare it to my life on this show. It’s all about loss, is all I kept saying in that episode.”

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