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The Star of Which Sitcom Shares His Last Name with a Common Type of Wrench?

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The Star of Which Sitcom Shares His Last Name with a Common Type of Wrench?

From 1991 to 1999, the sitcom “Home Improvement” starred Tim Allen whose last name matches a common type of wrench – Allen Key, aka Allen Hex Key.

Tim Allen starred in Home Improvement – the sitcom ran from September 17, 1991, to May 25, 1999. Each episode consisted of approximately 30 minutes and there was a total of 204 episodes.

Every once in a while, there are some dad jokes going around the internet, and this time, it’s got to do with Tim Allen’s last name. For some reason, the internet has found a way to make it funny by linking his last name to a common wrench called Allen Key.

For some reason, we found that the question “The Star of Which Sitcom Shares His Last Name with a Common Type of Wrench?” is often asked by online quiz programs and TV shows where they ask the participants these questions to test their Hollywood and gossip knowledge.

Home Improvement

In the 1990s, Home Improvement was one of the most-watched sitcoms in the United States despite the fact that it was heavily targeted by critics. The sitcom won many awards during the 90s.

Created by David McFadzean, Matt Williams, and Carmen Finestra, the show was single-handedly carried by Time Allen via his charm and unique stand-up comedy. Other than Tim Allen, Home Improvement featured Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Taran Noah Smith, Patricia Richardson, and Earl Hindman.

It is said that Home Improvement broke many viewership records in the 90s; it was also ranked among the highest-rated sitcoms of the 1990s.

Home Improvement Started Tim’s and Pamela Anderson’s Acting Career

One of the most famous stars Pamela Anderson, along with Tim Allen started their acting career with Home Improvement. Tim Allen ran the show from start to finish while Pamela Anderson was only a part of the first two seasons.

Tim Allen and Allen Key (a common type of wrench)

As we said earlier, Tim Allen has now become an internet meme among dads on WhatsApp and his last name Allen matches one of the most common types of wrenches, Allen Key. As a matter of fact, the wrench is also known as Hex Key.

Tim Allen and Allen Key (a common type of wrench)
Image Source: The TOOLS EXPERT

This is the Hex Key that people related with Tim Allen. On The TOOLS EXPERT website, they named it the Allen Hex Key Set, hence the name Tim Allen.

What is an Allen Hex Key?

The Allen Hex Key is used as a bolt driver and a simple tool for turning bolts or screws with internal hexagonal sockets in their heads. They come in a variety of sizes – usually, a whole set with different socket sizes and are manufactured with high tolerances so that they don’t get damaged when opening a tight screw.

There are different names used for this type of wrench. For example Allen Key, Allen Wrench, Hex Wrench, or Allex Hex Key.

About Tim Allen

About Tim Allen
Image Source: Fox News

Tim Allen is an American comedian and actor who is known for his leading role as The Toolman in Home Improvement. Apart from that, Tim Allen has played different roles such as in Toy Story where played the voice of Buzz Lightyear, and played Mike Baxter in Last Man Standing.

The actor was born on June 13, 1953, in Denver, Colorado, and is now 70 years old. He is married to Laura Jane Hajduk (m 2006) and has two children.

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