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Jim Carrey
Also known as: James Eugene "Jim" Carrey, James Eugene Carrey, Tony Clifton
Actor • Voice Cast • Screenplay • Producer
Born: January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
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James `Jim` Eugene Carrey is a Canadian actor, producer, screenwriter and comedian who is best known for his comic performances in movies such as the Ace Ventura series (1994-1995), Dumb and Dumber (1994), The Mask (1994), Liar Liar (1997) and the critically acclaimed films like The Truman Show (1998) and Man on the Moon (1999), Bruce Almighty (2003), Lemony Snicket`s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Fun With Dick And Jane (2005) and Yes Man (2008). His lively slapstick performances have won him international fame and several awards.

Early Life
Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Carrey is the son of Kathleen Oram and Percy Carrey. Carrey along with his three elder siblings, John, Patricia and Rita had was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family. Even from a young age he was fascinated by comedy and the use of impressions; when he was 10 years old, he wrote a letter to Carol Burnett from The Carol Burnett Show fame stating that he was already a master impressionist. He received a formally written reply; overjoyed, he set out to chase the big dream, of being a standup comedian.

After completing his schooling from Aldershot High School in his home town, Burlington, Carrey struggled to make a name for himself. His father Percy Carrey being a musician himself, encouraged him to chase his dreams; he would drive Carrey to Toronto for gigs at a club Yuk Yuk`s.

It is quite ironic that the comedian of his stature, he had a shaky start to his career; he failed terribly at his first few impersonation gigs and he started doubting about his own capabilities as a professional entertainer. Also, Carrey`s family`s financial woes made it difficult for his father to support his ambitions. However, Carrey persevered, and he continued to polish his skills and eventually when the family`s financial condition improved he returned to stage and went on to perform at several comedy shows. His progress accelerated within a short span of time and gained a reputation for himself.

Jim Carrey moved to Hollywood and turned his attention to working in film and television. In 1980, he auditioned for the internationally famous comic show, Saturday Night Live. Unfortunately he was not selected for the position and returned to his performances as a stand-up artist.

In a twist of fate, Carry was cast on the television series In Living Color (1990-1994) which led to his breakout role as a lead in the films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb and Dumber (1994) - both critical in Carrey`s rise to success.

Personal Life
Jim Carrey first married Melissa Womer, a Comedy Store waitress on March 28, 1987 and after living together for eight years, the couple separated in 1995. The duo has a daughter named Jane Erin Carrey who was born in on September 6th 1987, the couple has since shared custody of the daughter.

After separating with his first wife, a year later, Carrey married Lauren Holly, a co-star he met on the set of Dumb and Dumber in 1996. The marriage did not last long, and a divorce ensued in less than a year. He has had a highly publicized romance with actress Renee Zellweger, whom he was shortly engaged to her in 1999-2000. Following this, he dated model and actress Jenny Mcarthy from 2005-2010.

Movie Career
Jim Carrey made his debut as the lead actor in 1985 with the American horror comedy film, Once Bitten alongside Lauren Hutton, and Karen Kopins. The film received positive reviews from the critics and grossed 10 million USD at the box office. Over the next few years after his debut film, the actor starred in several films like The Deal Pool (1988), Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) but got his next major hit in 1994 as he starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994). The film co-starring Sean Young, Courtney Cox, Tone Loc and Dan Marino won wide critical appreciation and emerged to be a blockbuster. Later in the year, Carrey appeared in one of his most popular films, The Mask, which won him his maiden Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Concurrently, Dumb and Dumber which starred Carrey in a lead role, was a huge commercial success gaining him a reputation in the field of comedy.

He was then cast in the 1995 superhero film Batman Forever as the legendary villain, The Riddler. The film was not well received by critics and Carrey returned to playing Ace Ventura in the sequel from the franchise, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls released the same year. It was a massive success, breaking records at the box office on its opening weekend!

In a departure from his usual slapstick best, Carrey starred in the comedy The Cable Guy (1996) directed by Ben Stiller. As the titular character, he played a friendless manipulative cable installer that intrudes into the life of his customer (Mathew Broderick) with disastrous results. The change in his established routine was critically panned despite being another commercially lauded film.

His next film met with more appreciation and is still one of Carrey`s best known films today. The comedy flick Liar Liar (1997) resulted in another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor and boosted Carrey`s image as a popular comic performer.

In 1998, Carrey essayed into the more serious role of Truman Burbank in the dramatic comedy The Truman Show. It was an unprecedented success and was highly praised internationally. This led to the win of his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, establishing cult status.

Carrey`s success was on a rise as he appeared in the lead role in the 1999, Man in the Moon as comedian Andy Kaufman. The film garnered him his second Golden Globe Award and his first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actor. The film elevated Carrey`s status as a talented actor and comedian.

He then went on to star in the black comedy movie Me, Myself and Irene and the second highest grossing Christmas film of all time, How The Grinch Stole Christmas both in 2000. Carrey`s portrayal of the Grinch received a Golden Globe nomination and critical appreciation.

Next on the list was his lead roles in the hit comedy Bruce Almighty (2003) and the drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), the second of which led to overwhelming acclaim and nominations for Carrey`s mature performance.

In 2004, Carrey appeared in the comedy fantasy Lemony Snicket`s A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the highly acclaimed books of the same name, followed by a role in Number 23 (2007) that received mixed reviews.

His next feature film Horton Hears A Who! (2008) was critically and commercially praised. It was Carrey`s first animated children`s film and a box office success internationally.

The same year saw Carrey return to his comic roots with Yes Man. Carrey plays Carl Allen a man who decides to say yes to everything after signing up for a self help program. He then decided to take a break by starring as the lead in the art house film I Love You Phillip Morris. It received positive reviews with many critics appreciating Carrey`s acting talents even when not tied to mainstream media and Hollywood.

Carrey`s next foray was in Disney`s animated 3D movie of the classic A Christmas Carol (2009) by Charles Dickens, Mr.Popper`s Penguins (2011), the comedy film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) and the sequel Dumb and Dumber To (2014). His 2016 release includes True Crimes, An American-Polish crime drama film directed by Alexandros Avranas. The film had its world premiere at the Warsaw Film Festival.

T.V Career
Carrey first began his career on television in programs such as The Duck Factory and Jim Carrey`s Unnatural Act (1991). He gained recognition for his performance on the sketch comedy show In Living Color (1990), his big break into the silver screen.

He has hosted the much-loved TV show Saturday Night Live on three occasions.

In 2020, he played Dr. Ivo Robotnik in Sonic The Hedgehog, directed by Jeff Howler.
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Family
Melissa Womer
Ex-Spouse
Lauren Holly
Ex-Spouse
Jane Eric Carrey
Daughter
Kathleen Carrey
Mother
Percy Joseph Carrey
Father
Rita Carrey
Sister
Patricia Carrey Fournier
Sister
John Carrey
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Did You Know? (5)

  • Carrey frequently wrote letters to rapper Tupac Shakur, while the latter was in prison, in order to make him smile. Tupac has named Carrey as his favorite actor.
  • His favorite cartoons are Johnny Bravo (1997), Spongebob Squarepants (1999) and Dave the Barbarian (2004).
  • Carrey has been given the title of 'Jack Nicholson of the next generation' by Nicholson himself.
  • During his youth, he worked as a janitor in order to support his family
  • Carrey was considered for the lead role in the hit film Meet the Parents and has contributed various jokes to the screenplay, including the name 'Focker'.
  • Personal Quotes (29)

  • ""If you aren't in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty or back to pain and regret.""
  • ""If you've got talent, protect it.""
  • ""Maybe other people will try and limit me but I don't try to limit myself.""
  • ""Life opens up opportunists for you, and you either take them or stay afraid of taking them.""
  • ""People need motivation to do anything. I don't think human beings learn anything without desperation.""
  • "My focus is to forget the pain of life. Forget the pain, mock the pain, reduce it. And laugh."
  • "Maybe other people will try to limit me but I don't limit myself."
  • "I really believe in the philosophy that you create your own universe. I'm just trying to create a good one for myself."
  • "I tend to stay up late, not because I'm partying but because it's the only time of the day when I'm alone and don't have to be performing."
  • "It is better to risk starving to death then surrender. If you give up on your dreams, what's left?"
  • "Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity."
  • "Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches."
  • "I love playing ego and insecurity combined."
  • "Creative people don't behave very well generally. If you're looking for examples of good relationships in show business, you're gonna be depressed real fast. I don't have time for anything else right now but work and my daughter. She's my first priority."
  • "You know, I live a monastic lifestyle. No, I do. I do live in extremes, basically. I go back and forth. Once every six months, I'll have a day where I eat more chocolate than has ever been consumed by a human being."
  • "I wake up some mornings and sit and have my coffee and look out at my beautiful garden, and I go, 'Remember how good this is. Because you can lose it.'"
  • "I haven't been as wild with my money as somebody like me might have been. I've been very safe, very conservative with investments. I don't blow money. I don't have a ton of houses. I know things can go away. I've already had that experience."
  • "I've arrived at the place if I'm not taking a career risk, I'm not happy. If I'm scared, then I know I'm being challenged."
  • "Either you're the one erasing or you're the one being erased."
  • "I got a lot of support from my parents. That's the one thing I always appreciated. They didn't tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny."
  • "I try to do something the audience might not have seen before. Like if I'm gonna kiss a girl I wanna kiss her like a girl has never been kissed. Like maybe I would kick her legs out from under her and catch her right before she hits the ground and then kiss her."
  • "I feel like I want to take care of everyone and I also feel this terrible guilt if I am unable to. And I have felt this way ever since all this success started."
  • "I'm the first to admit this whole salary thing is getting out of control. In the final analysis, it's still about the work."
  • "I don't care if people think I am an overactor, as long as they enjoy what I do. People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter."
  • "When the first big paycheque with 'Dumb And Dumber' hit, I went: 'Gosh, I wonder if this will affect my performance. Will I do a take and think, was that worth $7 million?' But that never happened. If anything, it made me rebel against that thing when people who get rich start playing it safe."
  • "There was a time when people said, 'Jim, if you keep on making faces, your face will freeze like that.' Now they just say, 'Pay him!'"
  • "It's nice to finally get scripts offered to me that aren't the ones Tom Hanks wipes his butt with."
  • "Morgan Freeman is so class. He's so cool. He's so scary."
  • "I've never been one to sit back and go, 'I'd better do what the audience wants me to do, because I don't want to lose them.'"
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