Tim Allen: The Drug Bust And Jail Time That Honed His Comedy

By Emily Morenz
American actor and comedian Tim Allen in a mug shot following his arrest for cocaine possession, Kalamazoo, Michigan, US, 2nd October 1978. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)

He's famous as Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor, Buzz Lightyear, and the king of Christmas movies, but successful Tim Allen has come a long way since 1978's drug bust Tim Allen. Allen's upbringings were not as family-friendly as his roles in entertainment. Before becoming Santa Claus and a superstar TV dad, Allen faced serious trouble with the law, so much that he spent years in the tank after being caught dealing narcotics. Allen kept his scandalous past hidden from his fans to protect his innocent image, but his rough upbringings inspired him to turn his life around for the better.