From drug dealer to stand-up comedian to TV star to best-selling author to box office draw: Tim Allen has been busy with self-improvement. It's no wonder, then, that in 1998, NBC paid the "Home Improvement" star $1.25 million per episode [source: Flint]. Even though the popular comedy had fallen out of the top 10, it was still in a respectable 14th place overall [source: Ryan]. Allen hoped to boost ratings the following year with a stronger time slot.
The 1998 to 1999 season proved to be the last for "Home Improvement," but Allen managed to keep busy. Film projects included his role as Buzz Lightyear in the "Toy Story" film franchise, as well as further installments in the "The Santa Clause" series. In 2011, Allen returned with another successful television series, "Last Man Standing." The roles just keep coming, to infinity and beyond.