He is also known for playing Buzz Lightyear in all the Toy Story's films and Santa Clause in the Santa Clause film trilogy.
Allen was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, to Martha Katherine (née Fox), and Gerald M. Dick. He is the third of five brothers and his father passed away in a car accident in November 1964, when he collided with a drunk driver. A few years later, his mother married her high school sweetheart and moved with six children to Birmingham, Michigan, to be with her new husband and his three children.
Allen started in comedy in 1975 as a dare from his friends at Mark Ridley's comedy castle. He began to get recognition in in local television commercials and TV shows.
Allen began his acting career in 1991 on the ABC Sitcom Home Improvement, He later went on to appear in other films including Toy Story, jungle 2 Jungle, Galaxy Quest, The Santa Clause, and Christmas With The Kranks.
In 2011, Allen began appearing as Mike Baxter, the protagonist, of Last Man Standing. in March 2017 ABC cancelled the series after 6 season. FOX picked the show a year later.