Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Actor

BIO

James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer and writer. He has received two Golden Globe Awards and has also been nominated on four occasions.

Carrey began stand-up comedy in 1979, performing at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, Ontario. After gaining prominence in 1981, he began working at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles where he was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who immediately signed him to open his tour performances.

Carrey, long interested in film and television, developed a close friendship with comedian Damon Wayans, which landed him a role in the sketch comedy hit In Living Color, in which he portrayed various characters during the show's 1990 season. Having had little success in television movies and several low-budget films, Carrey was cast as the title character in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which premiered in February, 1994, making more than $72 million domestically. The film spawned a sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), in which he reprised the role of Ventura.

High profile roles followed when he was cast as Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask (1994) for which he gained a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, and as Lloyd Christmas in the comedy film Dumb and Dumber (1994). Between 1996 and 1999, Carrey continued his success after earning lead roles in several highly popular films including The Cable Guy (1996), Liar Liar (1997), in which he was nominated for another Golden Globe Award and in the critically acclaimed films The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Both films earned Carrey Golden Globe awards. Since earning both awards — the only two in his three-decade career— Carrey continued to star in comedy films, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) where he played the title character, Bruce Almighty (2003) where he portrayed the role of unlucky TV reporter Bruce Nolan, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Yes Man (2008), and A Christmas Carol (2009).

Carrey has also taken on more serious roles including Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) alongside Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst, which earned him another Golden Globe nomination, and Steven Jay Russell in I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) alongside Ewan McGregor.   Description above from the Wikipedia article Jim Carrey, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Birthday

Jan. 17, 1962

Place of birth

Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Known for

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America: A Tribute to Heroes

America: A Tribute to Heroes was a benefit concert organized by actor George Clooney and broadcas... Read more

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The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

A two-part documentary on legendary comedian Garry Shandling, featuring interviews from nearly fo... Read more

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The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall

Several comic greats pay tribute to the legendary stand-up stage founded by Budd Friedman in 1963. Read more

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Under the Sea 3D

Imagine a world of incredible color and beauty. Of crabs wearing jellyfish for hats. Of fish disg... Read more

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I Am

I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provoc... Read more

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I Needed Color

Jim Carrey exhibits his talent as a painter and reflects on the value and power of art. Read more

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton

Offbeat documentarian Chris Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the... Read more

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Nantucket Film Festival's Comedy Roundtable

In June at the Nantucket Film Festival, Ben Stiller brought together three of his funniest famous... Read more