/ : Jim Carrey /

Birth Name: James Eugene Carrey
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Occupations: Actor, Writer, Comedian
Quote: "I'm charming, but I dip into the Prozac now and then." - Movieline, July 1994
Carrey Photo

Claim to Fame: Writer and ensemble member of Fox comedy-sketch show In Living Color (1990-1994)

Significant Other(s):
Renée Zellweger, actress; met during filming of Me, Myself & Irene; began dating after filming was completed; went public with relationship December 1999; relationship reportedly ended late fall 2000
Wife: Lauren Holly, actress; married September 23, 1996; divorced July 1997
Wife: Melissa Womer, actress; married March 28, 1987; divorced November 1993

Father: Percy Carrey, musician, accountant; died 1994 of lung cancer and complications from Alzheimer's disease
Mother: Kathleen Carrey, amateur singer; died 1991 of kidney failure
Sister: Patricia Carrey Fournier; older
Brother: John Carrey; older
Sister: Rita Carrey; older
Daughter: Jane Carrey; born 1987; mother, Melissa Womer

A rubber-faced, hyperkinetic comic and actor, Carrey started as a stand-up comedian at age 15 in comedy clubs in his native Canada. After settling in L.A. at age 19 and an appearance on "The Tonight Show" in 1983, he landed his first major film role in Richard Lester's quirky "Finders Keepers" (1984) and a starring role on the cultish sitcom "The Duck Factory" (NBC, 1984). Between stand-up performances, Carrey squeezed in small film roles (i.e., "Peggy Sue Got Married" 1986). Clint Eastwood had seen a tape of the comic's impression of him and has Carrey hired for supporting roles in two Buddy Van Horn-directed Eastwood vehicles, "The Dead Pool" (1988) and "Pink Cadillac" (1989). It wasn't until he was cast as an ensemble member for Fox's "In Living Color" in 1990, though, that Carrey had an opportunity to truly flaunt his penchant for impressions and broad physical comedy combined with an improvisational flair.

Carrey made the leap to feature leading man with the out-of-the-blue smash hit "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994). A non-stop showcase for his distinctive brand of physical and verbal humor, it featured some of Carrey's more outrageous riffs, including an extended sequence where he talked out of his butt. While most critics dismissed the film, audiences flocked to the theaters. Coupled with the success of "The Mask" (1994), he became firmly established as a bankable star. In the latter, he played an everyday schlub who finds the magical titular object that turns him into an over-sexed cartoon superhero.

The comic actor followed up these back-to-back successes with another box-office hit "Dumb and Dumber" (1994), with Carrey playing the latter of the two title characters. While the film was thin on plot and received mixed reviews, critics and audiences lauded his flair for physical comedy and invoked comparisons with Jerry Lewis at the height of his prowess. Carrey kept on rolling when he donned an orange wig and green tights to play the scene-stealing Riddler in the third Batman feature "Batman Forever" (1995). The inevitable sequel, "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (also 1995), opened with a record-breaking $40 million box office take its first weekend, making four in a row. His records came to a standstill, though, with the darkly comic, "The Cable Guy" (1996). Reportedly earning $20 million for the role, Carrey played a lonely, slightly menacing cable TV installer who infiltrates the life of one of his customers (Matthew Broderick). His core audience rejected the blacker elements and the film tanked. "Liar Liar" (1997) returned Carrey to the winners' circle and moved him closer to playing a real human being rather than a cartoon. He finally garnered respect as an actor as a cheery insurance saleman who begins to discover that his life is not what he thinks it is in the gleefully paranoid drama "The Truman Show" (1998). Although Carrey failed to score the expected Oscar nomination for that role, he had proven to Hollywood he could handle drama. Actively pursuing the role of the late comic actor Andy Kaufman, he even went so far as to produce an audition tape which impressed director Milos Forman enough to hire him for the Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon" (1999).

Laughing Out Loud, Vol. 1 (2001)
The Majestic (2001)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
The Concert For New York City (2001)
Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
The Directors: Milos Forman (2000)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Man on the Moon (1999)
The Truman Show (1998)
Simon Birch (1998)
In My Life (1998)
Liar Liar (1997)
The Cable Guy (1996)
AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Clint Eastwood (1996)
Batman Forever (1995)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
The Mask (1994)
High Strung (1994)
Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
Pink Cadillac (1989)
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All (1989)
The Dead Pool (1988)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
Once Bitten (1985)
Finders Keepers (1984)
Club Med (1983)
The Sex and Violence Family Hour (1983)
All in Good Taste (1982)

1995: MTV Movie Award: Best Comedic Performance, Dumb and Dumber
1995: MTV Movie Award: Best Kiss, Dumb and Dumber
1996: People's Choice Award: Favorite Actor in a Comedy
1996: MTV Movie Award: Best Comedic Performance, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
1996: MTV Movie Award: Best Male Performance, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
1997: MTV Movie Award: Best Villain, The Cable Guy
1997: MTV Movie Award: Best Comedic Performance, The Cable Guy
1998: MTV Movie Award: Best Comedic Performance, Liar Liar
1998: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), The Truman Show
1999: MTV Movie Award: Best Male Performance, The Truman Show
1999: Boston Society of Film Critics Award: Best Actor, Man on the Moon
1999: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), Man on the Moon
2000: ShoWest Male Star of the Year

While a struggling comic, Carrey wrote himself a check for $20 million and carried it in his wallet until he earned that paycheck for The Cable Guy



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