Jim Carrey

Actor, Comedian, Impressionist
From the stand-up stages of Canada to the breakout sketch-comedy hit "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-96), award-winning actor Jim Carrey became of Hollywood's most bankable comedic stars during the 1990s, thanks to a ... Read more »
Born: 01/16/1962 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (109)

Dumb and Dumber To 2014 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Inside Comedy 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kick-Ass 2 2013 (Movie)

Colonel Stars And Stripes (Actor)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 (Movie)

Steve Gray (Actor)

30 Rock 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Performer)

Guys Choice 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2011 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Popper (Actor)

The Love We Make 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Office 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love You Phillip Morris 2010 (Movie)

Steven Russell (Actor)

Disney's A Christmas Carol 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Scrooge (Actor)

Late Night With Conan O'Brien 1993 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Under the Sea 3D 2009 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Horton (Actor)

Saturday Night's Main Event 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Yes Man 2008 (Movie)

Carl Allen (Actor)

The Number 23 2007 (Movie)

Walter Sparrow/Detective Fingerling (Actor)

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

Dick Harper (Actor)

The 2005 Teen Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 (Movie)

Joel Barish (Actor)

John Ritter Remembered 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

Count Olaf (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Before They Were Stars! 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

Bruce Nolan (Actor)

In Living Color 1989 - 1994, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Movie House 1989 - 1994, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Concert For New York City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

Luke Trimble (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Me, Myself & Irene 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

The Grinch (Actor)

Me, Myself and Irene 2000 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Man on the Moon 1999 (Movie)

Andy Kaufman (Actor)

Nicolas Cage: Wild at Heart 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rodney Dangerfield: Respect at Last 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

Adult Joe Wenteworth (Actor)

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

Truman Burbank (Actor)

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

Fletcher Reede (Actor)

Canned Ham: The Cable Guy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Spotlight: Jim Carrey 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Carrey: The Joker's Wild 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

Cable Guy (Actor)

A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 (Movie)

Ace Ventura (Actor)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

The Riddler/Edward Nygma (Actor)

Riddle Me This: Why Is Batman Forever? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/27/95) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1994 (Movie)

Ace Ventura (Actor)

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

The Mask 1994 (Movie)

Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask (Actor)

A Tribute to Sam Kinison 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Itsy Bitsy Spider 1992 (Movie)

of Exterminator (Voice)

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

Wiploc (Actor)

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

Lounge Entertainer (Actor)

The Dead Pool 1988 (Movie)

Johnny Squares (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Walter Getz (Actor)

Once Bitten 1985 (Movie)

Mark Kendall (Actor)

Finders Keepers 1984 (Movie)

Lane Biddlecoff (Actor)

The Duck Factory 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Rubberface 1980 (Movie)

(Actor)

2014 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

Doing Time on Maple Drive (TV Show)

Actor

In My Life (TV Show)

Actor

Sober Buddies (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (5)

Yes Man 2008 (Movie)

"Can't Buy Me Love" (Song Performer)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 (Movie)

("Your a Mean One Mr. Grinch") (Song Performer)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

("Somebody To Love") (Song Performer)

Dumb & Dumber 1994 (Movie)

("Mockingbird") (Song Performer)

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

(Song Performer)
Producer (4)

Rubble Kings 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fun With Dick and Jane 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sober Buddies (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Other (1)

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

from idea("Post-Nuclear Elvis Lounge Act") (Other)

Biography

From the stand-up stages of Canada to the breakout sketch-comedy hit "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-96), award-winning actor Jim Carrey became of Hollywood's most bankable comedic stars during the 1990s, thanks to a string of zany blockbusters that began with "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994). His Golden Globe-winning performance in the eerily promontory "The Truman Show" (1998) proved that there was also significant depth and substance beneath his hyperkinetic antics, after which point, Carrey divided his efforts between broad comedies such as "Me, Myself and Irene" (2000) and more esoteric indie dramas such as Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon" (1999) and Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004). Carrey's unique sensibility and characterizations also proved a perfect match for big-screen adaptations of Dr. Seuss' fanciful classics, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) and "Horton Hears a Who!" (2008), and he stayed atop the heap with comedies like "Bruce Almighty" (2003). Though his box-office clout diminished as he turned to uncharacteristic movies such as "The Number 23" (2007) and "I Love You Phillip Morris" (2009) - as evidenced by the muted response to "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (2011) - Carrey nonetheless remained one of Hollywood's biggest and more beloved stars.

Relationships

Carla Alaponte Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2004 No longer together

Percy Carrey

Father
Died of lung cancer and complications from Alzheimer's disease in 1994

Kathleen Carrey

Mother
Died of kidney failure in 1991

Jane Carrey

Daughter
Born Sept. 6, 1987; mother, Melissa Womer; married Alex Santana of Blood Money in November 2009; separated in December 2010; she filed for divorce from Santana in October 2011

John Carrey

Brother
Older

Melissa Carrey Actor

Wife
Married March 28, 1987 Divorced Dec. 11, 1995

Rita Carrey

Sister
Older

Patricia Fournier

Sister
Older; married to Al Fournier; family pitched tent on her lawn and lived there for a time in the 1970s

Lauren Holly Actor

Wife
Met in 1991 when she auditioned for his film "Ace Ventura" Became involved during filming of "Dumb and Dumber" (1994) Separated briefly in 1996 Reconciled and married on Sept. 23, 1996 She filed for divorce in July 1997 Divorce finalized on July 29, 1997

Betina Holte

Companion
Dated in 2003 No longer together

Anchal Joseph Actor

Companion
Dated as of January 2011

Jenny McCarthy Actor

Companion
Began dating in December 2005 Announced split via the social networking site Twitter on April 06, 2010

Jackson Santana

Grandson
Born Feb. 26, 2010; parents are Carrey's daughter Jane and her husband Alex Santana

Renee Zellweger Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Me, Myself and Irene" (2000); began dating only after filming was completed Went public with relationship in December 1999 Split in fall 2000 after approximately 18 months together

EDUCATION

Aldershot High School

Burlington , Ontario 1977 - 1978

Agincourt Collegiate Institute

Aurora , Ontario
Dropped out

Milestones

2013

Featured in "Kick-Ass 2"

2013

Reunited with co-star Steve Carell as dueling magicians in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"

2011

Starred in live-action comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins"

2009

Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in "I Love You Phillip Morris" as con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell

2009

Voiced several roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge in Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"

2008

Produced and starred in offbeat comedy "Yes Man"

2008

Lent voice to Horton the Elephant in animated feature "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"

2007

Headlined mystery thriller "The Number 23," directed by Joel Schumacher

2005

Co-starred with Téa Leoni in "Fun with Dick and Jane," an update of 1977 comedy

2004

Co-starred with Kate Winslet as a couple who have their memories erased in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," penned by Charlie Kaufman

2004

Portrayed Count Olaf in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," based on children's book series by Daniel Handler

2003

Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in metaphysical comedy "Bruce Almighty"

2001

Played an amnesiac screenwriter in "The Majestic," set against 1950s blacklist in Hollywood

2000

Played title role in live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," directed by Ron Howard

2000

Reteamed with the Farrelly brothers for comedy "Me, Myself and Irene," co-starring Renee Zellweger

1999

Portrayed late comic Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon"

1998

First dramatic lead in features, Peter Weir directed "The Truman Show"

1998

Narrated "Simon Birch," based on John Irving's novel A Prayer for Owen Meany; also appeared in cameo role

1997

Rebounded with successful "Liar Liar"; film grossed $20 million its first week; film reunited Carrey and "Ace Ventura" director Tom Shadyac

1996

Cast in Ben Stiller directed "The Cable Guy"; film broke Carrey's four-picture string of pictures that had grossed $100 million domestically; film earned around $60 million domestically

1995

Signed contract for $20 million to appear in feature "The Cable Guy"

1995

Initial screen collaboration with the Farrelly brothers, "Dumb and Dumber"

1994

First film with credit as song performer, "The Mask"

1994

First film in a starring role, surprise hit "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"

1992

Delivered rare TV dramatic role as a troubled alcoholic son in Fox TV movie "Doing Time on Maple Street"

1991

Headlined Showtime comedy special" Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act"

1990

Hired as ensemble member of Fox sketch comedy show "In Living Color"; played memorable characters such as Fire Marshal Bill and female body builder Vera De Milo; also wrote for show (sometimes billed as James Carrey)

1988

Featured in two Clint Eastwood vehicles, "The Dead Pool" (1988) and "Pink Cadillac" (1989); was hired after Eastwood saw Carrey do impressions of him

1986

Played a back-up singer to Nicolas Cage in "Peggy Sue Got Married"

1985

Portrayed a vampire's victim in "Once Bitten"

1984

Feature acting debut, "Finders Keepers"

1984

TV series debut, as star of short-lived NBC sitcom "The Duck Factory"

1983

Appeared on "The Tonight Show"

1981

Portrayed a struggling stand-up comic in Canadian TV movie "Rubberface"

1981

Moved to L.A. at the age of 19

1979

Appeared in Las Vegas, NV as opening act for comedian Rodney Dangerfield

1977

Began performing stand-up comedy at age 15 at Toronto, Canada comedy club Yuk Yuks

In late 1980s, teamed with Judd Apatow writing stage material, creating characters like Fire Marshal Bill

Bonus Trivia

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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" (1996).

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"I'm charming, but I dip into the Prozac now and then." – Carrey on his considerable energy, quoted in Movieline, July 1994

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"You know my worst nightmare? I end up in a sitcom called 'Jim's Place.' I'm from outer space, an intergalactic cop who crashed into the Chicago River and meets up with an earthling cop who solves crimes. That would be pretty bad. Oh and if you ever hear that I signed up to do 'Ace Ventura 5,' call me up and remind me to put a bullet in my head, okay?" – Carrey on his fear of fame to Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 5, 1994

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Reflecting on his new status, Carrey said, "Society is a lot more twisted than I thought." – from People magazine, Dec. 26, 1994

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"Despite the sometimes mind-boggling excitement I now face on a day-to-day basis, I am striving to live a loving and honorable life. Lauren is my proof and my reward; not to mention a fantastic beard to conceal my raging homosexual lifestyle. Okay, the second part was a joke." – from the press release announcing his marriage to Lauren Holly, in People magazine, Feb. 10, 1997

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"Jim's doing his characterization of Andy Kaufman, and he's very consistent and very good at what he's doing. I haven't met Jim Carrey. He came on the set as Tony Clifton, Andy Kaufman or as Latka. He never came on as Jim Carrey." – Jeff Conaway, on making "Man on the Moon" with Carrey, in Variety, Aug. 24-30, 1998

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"I've been through the cold nights at The Comedy Store where I just went there and decided to piss the audience off and see how much hate I could absorb. It's like a theater exercise or something. Some nights you just go up there and go, 'You know all that stuff you loved me for, you'll see none of that tonight. Not in hell.' I had times where I spent two hours on stage in The Comedy Store having that indulgence and having sticks and debris rain through the air like New Year's Eve. I even had a chair come flying at me because I said something about somebody's relationship" – Carrey in Empire magazine, November 1998

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"I'm not celibate, and I do masturbate. But not like a fiend. I believe in moderation." – Carrey to Playboy magazine, March 2004

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"I need a people fix every once in a while. And it's not good enough just to run into a couple here and there, you know? I need mass audience. I need them all staring at me and completely transfixed. Everybody must be glued to me every moment." – Carrey quoted in People magazine, March 23, 2004

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