- Jim Carrey
caption= Jim Carrey at the premiere of "Horton Hears a Who!"
birth_name=James Eugene Redmond Carrey
birth_date=birth date and age|mf=yes|1962|1|17
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
active=1979-Present| spouse=Melissa Womer (1987-1995)
Dick Van Dyke, Jerry Lewis, Mel Brooks, Bill Cosby
Devon Werkheiser, Josh Flitter
goldenglobeawards = Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
The Truman Show"
Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2000 "Man on the Moon"Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
awards = SDFCS Award for Best Actor
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" Whilst playing Llyod Christmas in Dumb and Dumber the character mentioned was based on Thomas Steers of Handsworth grange, England. The striking resemblance and simlaralities to Thomas can be seen by all which inspired the film
James Eugene Redmond "Jim" Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American
film actorand comedian. He is known for his manic, slapstickperformances in comedy films such as '; '; "The Mask"; " Dumb and Dumber"; " Me, Myself & Irene"; "Fun with Dick and Jane"; " The Cable Guy"; " Liar Liar"; " Bruce Almighty"; and " Batman Forever". Carrey has also achieved critical success in dramatic roles in films such as " The Truman Show", "Man on the Moon", and " Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". He also provides the voice for Horton in the animated feature film "Horton Hears a Who!", released March 14, 2008. The film was his first animated feature role. He has won two Golden Globe Awards.
Carrey was born in Newmarket, the son of Maria (née Oram), a homemaker, and Mark Carrey, a musician and accountant. [ [http://www.usaweekend.com/03_issues/030525/030525carrey.html USA WEEKEND Magazine ] ] [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/1/Jim-Carrey.html Jim Carrey Biography (1962-) ] ] He has three older siblings, John, Patricia, and Rita. The family was
Catholic[ [http://www.usatoday.com/life/2003-05-20-carrey_x.htm USATODAY.com - Spiritual Carrey still mighty funny ] ] and of part French Canadianancestry (as the original surname was "Carré").cite web|title=Jim Carrey: The Joker Is Wild (2000)|work= Knelman, Martin. U.S.: Firefly Books Ltd. p. 8. ISBN 1-55209-535-5 (U.S.).|url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/1552095355/| accessdate=2006-03-24] After the family moved to Scarborough, Ontariowhen Carrey was 14, he attended Blessed Trinity Catholic School in North Yorkfor two years, before enrolling at Agincourt Collegiate Institute, Scarborough's oldest high school for another year, and then briefly attended Northview Heights Secondary Schoolfor the remainder of his high school career (3 years in grade 10).
Carrey lived in
Burlington, Ontario, for eight years and attended Aldershot High School. In a " Hamilton Spectator" interview (February 2007), Carrey remarks that "if his career in show business hadn't panned out he would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontarioat the Dofascosteel mill." When looking across the Burlington Bay towards Hamilton he could see the mills and thought "those were where the great jobs were".Citation| last=Holt|first=Jim|title=It's all in the numbers: Jim Carrey could be at Dofasco if Hollywood hadn't worked out.|newspaper= The Hamilton Spectator|pages=Go14|date= 2007-02-26] He already had experience working in a science testing facility in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and was somewhat resigned to that career path.Fact|date=August 2008
Start in comedy
In 1979, under the management of Leatrice Spevack, Carrey started doing stand-up comedy at
Yuk Yuk'sin Toronto, where he rose to become a headliner in February 1981, shortly after his 19th birthday. One reviewer in the " Toronto Star" raved that Carrey was "a genuine star coming to life." ["Up, up goes a new comic star," Bruce Blackadar, Toronto Star, February 27, 1981, p. C1.] In the early 1980s, Carrey moved to Los Angeles and started working at The Comedy Store, where he was noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield. Dangerfield liked Carrey's performance so much that he signed Carrey to open Dangerfield's tour performances.Fact|date=February 2007
Carrey then turned his attention to the film and television industries, auditioning to be a cast member for of NBC's "
Saturday Night Live". Carrey was not selected for the position (although he did host the show in May 1996). Joel Schumacherhad him audition for a role in " D.C. Cab", though in the end, nothing ever came of it. [cite video | title = Batman Forever Commentary by director Joel Schumacher| format = DVD | publisher = Warner Brothers| year = 2005] His first lead role on television was Skip Tarkenton, a young animation producer on NBC's short-lived " The Duck Factory", airing from April 12, 1984, to July 11, 1984, and offering a behind-the-scenes look at the crew that produced a children's cartoon.cite web|work=The Duck Factory|url= http://www.tv.com/the-duck-factory/show/5012/summary.html&full_summary=1|accessdate=2006-03-24|title=?]
Carrey continued working in smaller film and television roles, which led to a friendship with fellow comedian
Damon Wayans, who co-starred with Carrey as a fellow extraterrestrial in 1989's " Earth Girls Are Easy". When Wayans' brother Keenen began developing a sketch comedy show for Fox called " In Living Color", Carrey was hired as a cast member, whose unusual characters included masochistic safety inspector Fire Marshall Bill (whose dangerous "safety tips" were the target of censors and watchdog groups who saw the character as a dangerous example for naive younger viewers,Fact|date=February 2007) and masculine female bodybuilder Vera de Milo. His on-screen antics caught the eye of Hollywood.
Carrey made his film debut in a cheese role in "
Rubberface" (1983), which was known as "Introducing...Janet" at the time of release. Later that year, he won the leading role in Damian Lee's Canadian skiing comedy "Copper Mountain", which included his impersonationof Sammy Davis Jr.Since the film had a less than one hour runtime consisting largely of musical performances by Rita Coolidgeand Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins, it was not considered a genuine feature film. A few years later, Carrey saw his first major starring role in the dark comedy"Once Bitten", in the role of Mark Kendall, a teen virgin pursued by a 400-year old female vampire(played by Lauren Hutton). After supporting roles in films such as " Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986), " Earth Girls Are Easy" (1988), and " The Dead Pool" (1988), Carrey did not experience true stardom until starring in the 1994 comedy "", which premiered only months before " In Living Color" ended its run. The film was panned by critics, and earned Carrey a 1995 Golden Raspberry Award nomination as Worst New Star. [ [http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Razzie_Awards/1995 Razzie Awards: 1995] ]
However, the film was a huge commercial success, as were his two other starring roles from that year, in "The Mask" and "
Dumb and Dumber". In 1995, Carrey appeared as the Riddlerin " Batman Forever" and reprised his role as Ace Ventura in "". Both films were successful at the box office and earned Carrey multi-million-dollar paychecks.
Carrey earned twenty million dollars for his next film, "
The Cable Guy" (directed by Ben Stiller), a record sum for a comedy actor. The attention drawn to the paycheck, coupled with some negative reviews, and the film's dark sensibility, all contributedFact|date=November 2007 to the film's mediocre earnings. Carrey quickly rebounded with the successful (and lighter) " Liar Liar", a return to his trademark comedy style.
Carrey took a chance to play a more serious role (and a slight pay cut) to star in "
The Truman Show" (1998), a change of pace that led to forecasts of Academy Award nominations. Although the movie was nominated for three other awards, Carrey did not personally receive a nomination, leading him to joke that "it's an honor just to be nominated...oh no," during his appearance on the Oscar telecast.Fact|2007|date=November 2007 However, Carrey did win a Golden Globefor Best Actor in a Drama and an MTV Movie Awardfor Best Male Performance. That same year, Carrey appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on the final episode of Garry Shandling's " The Larry Sanders Show", making an impression by ripping deliberately into Shandling's character.
In 1999, Carrey won the role of comedian
Andy Kaufmanin "Man on the Moon". Other actors, including Edward Norton, were interested in the role, but Carrey's audition, including an act with the bongo drums Kaufman used in his performances, helped him to be cast.Fact|date=February 2007 Despite critical acclaim, he was not nominated for an Academy Award, but again won a Best Actor Golden Globe award for the second consecutive year.
In 2000, Carrey reteamed with the
Farrelly Brothers, who had directed him in "Dumb and Dumber", in their comedy, " Me, Myself & Irene", about a state trooper with multiple personalities who romances a woman played by Renée Zellweger. The film grossed $24 million dollars on its opening weekend and $90 million by the end of its domestic run.
In 2003, Carrey reteamed with
Tom Shadyacfor the financially successful comedy " Bruce Almighty". Earning over $242 million in the U.S. and over $484 million worldwide, this film became the second highest grossing live-action comedy of all time.
His performance in "
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" in 2004 earned high praise from critics, [ [http://www.cnn.com/2004/SHOWBIZ/Movies/03/18/review.sunshine/index.html] "the best, most mature and sharply focused performance ever from Jim Carrey" - CNN.com] [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/5948633/review/5948634/eternal_sunshine_of_the_spotless_mind] "Jim Carrey [...] has never done anything this deeply felt. [...] grounded and groundbreaking [performance by] Carrey" - Rolling Stone] [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2004/03/19/AR2005033113008.html] " [Carrey] rises to the challenge with ease, humor and depth of feeling" - Washington Post] who again predicted that Carrey would receive an Oscar nomination; the film did win for Best Original Screenplay, and costar Kate Winsletreceived an Oscar nomination for her performance. (Carrey was also nominated for a sixth Golden Globefor his performance).
In 2004, he played the villainous character
Count Olafin " Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events", which was based on the popular children's novels of the same name. In 2005, Carrey starred in a remake of "Fun with Dick and Jane", playing Dick, a husband who loses his job after his company goes bankrupt.
In 2007, Carrey reunited with
Joel Schumacher, director of " Batman Forever", for " The Number 23", a psychological thrillerco-starring Virginia Madsenand Danny Huston. In the film, Carrey plays a man who becomes obsessed with the number 23, after finding a book about a man with the same obsession.
Carrey has stated that he finds the prospect of reprising a character to be considerably less enticing than taking on a new role. [ [http://www.jimcarreyonline.com/biography/onroad.html#globes99 JimCarreyOnline.com] : "I'm getting the opportunity to do all these new and wonderful things. Why waste my life being repetitive? A lot of people do sequels. I think it's not as enticing as doing something new."] The only time he has reprised a role was with Ace Ventura. (Sequels to "Bruce Almighty", "Dumb and Dumber", "Batman Forever", and "The Mask" have all been released without Carrey's involvement.)
Despite having a twenty year career with no
Academy Awardnominations, Jack Nicholson(who in the first 20 years of his career had 5) has named Carrey the "Jack Nicholson" of the next generation.
Carrey has been married twice, first to former actor and
Comedy Store waitressMelissa Womer, with whom he has a daughter, Jane Erin Carrey (b. September 6, 1987 in Los Angeles County). They were married on March 28, 1987, and were officially divorced in late 1995. After his separation from Womer in 1994, Carrey began dating his "Dumb and Dumber" co-star Lauren Holly. They were married on September 23, 1996; the marriage lasted less than a year. Carrey dated actress Renée Zellweger, whom he met on the set of " Me, Myself & Irene", but their relationship ended in a broken engagement in December 2000. During 2004, Jim dated his massage therapist Tiffany O. Silver.In the May 2006 issue of " Playboy Magazine" (p. 48), it was mentioned that he has dated model Anine Bing. In December 2005, Carrey began dating actress/model Jenny McCarthy. The pair have since denied engagement rumors. [http://www.celebrityspider.com/news/july06/article071906-9.html Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy Laugh Off Engagement Rumors] They did not make their relationship public until June 2006. She announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Showon April 2, 2008 that the two are now living together, but have no plans to marry, as they do not need a "piece of paper".
Carrey has a chipped tooth; for his role in "
Dumb and Dumber", he simply removed the tooth cap.
Carrey is a
vegetarian. He attended a Presbyterian Church with his family in the early 1990s. [ [http://www3.sympatico.ca/farini/peacock/pages/Aexcerpts/JimCarrey.html Jim Carrey’s Twisted Comedy ] ] His favorite band is death metalband Cannibal Corpse, [ [http://www.tombofthemutilated.net/Cannibal-Corpse-Jack-Owen-Chat-Transcript.html Interview to Jack Owens of Cannibal Corpse] ] [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000120/bio#ba] who made a cameo appearance in "Ace Ventura".
Carrey received U.S.
citizenshipon October 7, 2004, and now maintains dual citizenship of the U.S. and his native Canada, where he has had a star on Canada's Walk of Fame[ [http://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/inductees/98_jim_carrey.xml.htm Canada's Walk of Fame: Jim Carrey, comedian, actor ] ] in Toronto since 1998.
He went public about his bouts with depression in a November 2004 interview on "
60 Minutes". [ [http://depression.about.com/od/famous/p/jimcarrey.htm Famous People With Depression - Jim Carrey ] ] Carrey has made calls to the public, by way of internet videos, to try to bring attention to the political suppression in Burma, especially of Nobel Prizewinner Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he describes as a "hero of [his] ". [ [http://one.revver.com/watch/403690 Jim Carrey - Burma Appeal II by hrac - Revver Online Video Sharing Network ] ]
*Carrey appeared in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" video game as Count Olaf.
*He appeared on "
Saturday Night Live" as a Jacuzzi Lifeguard, a Dance boy, and as Jimmy Tango in the sketch "Jimmy Tango's Fat Busters".
*Appeared as the special celebrity guest at the 2003
Kid's Choice Awards.
*Starting with the line "I want to tell you about a hero of mine, her name is Aung San Suu Kyi", Carrey appeared in a straight-to-YouTube video campaigning the release of
Aung San Suu Kyi, the world's only detained Nobel Peace Prizewinner from Myanmar. [http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/celebrity/la-et-carrey-humanrights28aug28,1,2874663.story?coll=la-celebrity-news Jim Carrey to Burma: Give Peace a chance LA Times] [http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=5fd7ad64-c718-4de8-96de-4d0f602bc524&sid=fd-hot3-txt Jim Carrey to Burma: Give Peace a chance E! News] His appeal to release Aung San Suu Kyi is highly welcomed by many Myanmars, both abroad and domestic. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NySuaJ2B20E Jim Carrey's YouTube Video Appeal]
Late Show with David Letterman" where he spoke of having cameras inside his internal organs, the live feed of which was aired.
*Appeared in a
YouTubevideo explaining some disasters that are connected to the number 23 as a promo for his 2007 movie " The Number 23".
*Made a cameo on an episode of "
American Idol" posing as an audience member to advertise "Horton Hears a Who". [ [http://www.mahalo.com/Jim_Carrey_American_Idol Jim Carrey American Idol - Mahalo ] ]
Awards and nominations
Golden Globe Awards
* 1995 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, ""The Mask" " (Nominated)
* 1998 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, "
Liar Liar" (Nominated)
* 1999 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, "
The Truman Show" (Won)
* 2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, "Man on the Moon" (Won)
* 2001 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (Nominated)
* 2005 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, "
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (Nominated) Screen Actors Guild Awards
* 2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, "Man on the Moon" (Nominated)
People's Choice Awards
* 2001 - Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy (Won)
* 2005 - Favorite Funny Male Star (Won)
MTV Movie Awards
* 1994 - Best Comedic Performance ("") (Nominated)
* 1995 - Best On-Screen Duo ("
Dumb and Dumber") (Nominated)
* 1995 - Best Dance Sequence ("
The Mask") (Nominated)
* 1995 - Best Comedic Performance ("
The Mask") (Nominated)
* 1995 - Best Kiss with
Lauren Holly(" Dumb and Dumber") (Won)
* 1995 - Best Comedic Performance ("
Dumb and Dumber") (Won)
* 1996 - Best Villain ("
Batman Forever") (Nominated)
* 1996 - Best Kiss with
Sophie Okonedo("") (Nominated)
* 1996 - Best Comedic Performance ("") (Won)
* 1996 - Best Male Performance ("") (Nominated)
* 1996 - Best Performance
* 1997 - Best Fight with
Matthew Broderick(" The Cable Guy") (Nominated)
* 1997 - Best Villain ("
The Cable Guy") (Won)
* 1997 - Best Comedic Performance ("
The Cable Guy") (Won)
* 1998 - Best Comedic Performance ("
Liar Liar") (Won)
* 1999 - Best Male Performance ("
The Truman Show") (Won)
* 1999 - Best Performance
* 2000 - Best Male Performance ("Man on the Moon") (Nominated)
* 2001 - Best Comedic Performance ("
Me, Myself, & Irene") (Nominated)
* 2001 - Best Villain ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas") (Won)
* 2004 - Best Kiss with
Jennifer Aniston(" Bruce Almighty") (Nominated)
* 2004 - Best Comedic Performance ("
Bruce Almighty") (Nominated)
* 2005 - Best Villain ("
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events") (Nominated)
* 2006 - MTV Generation Award
Carrey is known to have no work in sequels to some of his most sucessful films (the sequels have been giving critical reviews). "" is Carrey's only notable sequel. Sequels to "The Mask" and "
Bruce Almighty" (which are 2 notable films Carrey worked on), " Son of the Mask" and " Evan Almighty" respectively have no work from Carrey.
*imdb name|0000120|Jim Carrey
* [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/11/18/60minutes/main656547.shtml Carrey: Life Is Too Beautiful] , a summary of a November 2004 "
60 Minutes" interview with Carrey
* [http://www.cinema.com/people/000/037/jim-carrey/index.phtml Jim Carrey Biography - Cinema.com]
* [http://movies.aol.com/movie-photo-ffx/jim-carrey-best-movies Top 11 Jim Carrey Film Roles] on
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NySuaJ2B20E Jim Carrey - Call to Action on Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi]
* [http://www.metacafe.com/watch/220621/saturday_night_live_dance_boys/] - Featured as a Danceboy in Saturday night live
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