Is Tim Allen Married and How Many Children Does He Have?
Everyone knows Tim Allen. He’s one of Hollywood’s most famous funnymen, recognized for productions such as Home Improvement, Toy Story, and The Santa Clause. But what people might not know is whether he’s married or a father. Allen has always been private about his personal life and is rarely seen with anyone other than his celebrity peers. So, what’s the deal?
Tim Allen was married to his college school sweetheart for more than a decade
Allen and his college sweetheart, Laura Deibel, dated for years before tying the knot in 1984. Deibel has been described as an “unbelievably committed partner,” as she stuck by Allen’s side through many hard times. Notably, Deibel supported Allen after he was sentenced to prison in the ’70s for drug trafficking and as a struggling actor in the ’80s.
“We loved each other. It was that simple,” she explained to People in 1991.
But as Allen’s star began to rise, they started having serious issues. After breaking out on Home Improvement (which ran from 1991 to 1999), Allen’s schedule became increasingly busy, leaving little time for his wife. He also started struggling with alcoholism; in 1998, he was arrested for a DUI and entered rehab for his addiction.
By 1999, Deibel had had enough. She filed to separate from the Galaxy Quest actor, citing irreconcilable differences. Their family and friends were devastated.
“They were lifelong soulmates,” a friend of Allen’s told People after the split.
Allen’s mother, Martha Bones, added: “The situation is very unhappy for everyone.”
While some hoped the two would eventually reconcile, they didn’t. In 2003, the pair reached a divorce settlement and parted ways.
Tim Allen married again in 2006
In 2001, Allen began dating Jane Hajduk, an actress who is best known for her role in the superhero comedy Zoom (2006). Five years later, Allen and Hajduk married in an intimate ceremony in Colorado.
Allen opened up to Closer Weekly in 2017 about how his experiences from his first marriage helped prepare him for his relationship with Hajduk, saying, “I’m not the same guy I was the first time [I was married] when I was hiding and doing what people who drink too much do. I was not connecting. But I’ve been sober for almost 20 years. I’m much more present.”
As of writing, he and Hajduk are still going strong.
How many children does Tim Allen have?
Allen has two children. He and Deibel have one daughter, Katherine, who was born in 1989; He shares another daughter, Elizabeth, with Hajduk. Allen and Hajduk welcomed Elizabeth in 2009.
“I was gone so much in my first marriage, I love the moments when I engage with my youngest daughter now,” Allen told Parade in 2011. “It’s not my thing to sit on the ground and play tea party, but I’ll do it because it’s a moment that will stick with me forever.”