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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 23, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer

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Husky, blond, and bespectacled comedian Drew Carey hit pay dirt in 1995 as the star of his own sitcom, "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995-2004), but the comic's road to stardom was marked by a difficult childhood and a long struggle to make his mark in the brutally competitive world of stand-up comedy. After a failed attempt at earning a degree at Ohio's Kent State University, the young Carey - struggling with depression and a lack of direction - enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. The experience seemed to have been a positive one for Carey, who came out of the service more self-assured, later writing jokes for a local radio station at the urging of a friend. It was not long before he was performing stand-up comedy at clubs around the country, eventually appearing on the televised talent competition "Star Search" (syndicated, 1983-1995). From there it was on to a comedy special on HBO, followed by a slam-dunk guest spot on "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1962- ), where Carey made a most favorable impression on late night king, Johnny Carson. Of course, it all led to the 1995 premiere of "The Drew Carey Show," a vehicle that would soon make him a household name. After the Cleveland-based series left the...

Husky, blond, and bespectacled comedian Drew Carey hit pay dirt in 1995 as the star of his own sitcom, "The Drew Carey Show" (ABC, 1995-2004), but the comic's road to stardom was marked by a difficult childhood and a long struggle to make his mark in the brutally competitive world of stand-up comedy. After a failed attempt at earning a degree at Ohio's Kent State University, the young Carey - struggling with depression and a lack of direction - enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. The experience seemed to have been a positive one for Carey, who came out of the service more self-assured, later writing jokes for a local radio station at the urging of a friend. It was not long before he was performing stand-up comedy at clubs around the country, eventually appearing on the televised talent competition "Star Search" (syndicated, 1983-1995). From there it was on to a comedy special on HBO, followed by a slam-dunk guest spot on "The Tonight Show" (NBC, 1962- ), where Carey made a most favorable impression on late night king, Johnny Carson. Of course, it all led to the 1995 premiere of "The Drew Carey Show," a vehicle that would soon make him a household name. After the Cleveland-based series left the airwaves, the comic brought his affable, "life-of-the-party" persona to several series and game shows - most notably as host of "The Price is Right" (CBS, 1972- ), where after a highly publicized search, he replaced the venerable Bob Barker. When asked about his decision to take on the mantle of game show host, the comedian's response was typically laid back and 100 percent Drew Carey: "They told me all I would be doing all day is giving away prizes, and I thought, you know, that's not such a bad thing to be known for."

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Drew's Dance Party Special (1998) Series Creator

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jack and Jill (2011)
2.
 Robots (2005) Voice
3.
 Aristocrats, The (2005)
4.
 Fuck (2005)
5.
 Geppetto (2000) Geppetto
6.
 Big Tease, The (2000) Himself
7.
 Play it to the Bone (1999) Himself--Ringside Fan
8.
 Freaky Friday (1995) Stan Horner
9.
 Coneheads (1993) Taxi Passenger
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Milestones close milestones

1980:
Served in the Marines
1987:
TV debut on "Star Search"
1991:
Appeared on "The Tonight Show"
1993:
Wrote and starred in "Drew Carey: Human Cartoon," for Showtime; won CableACE Award for effort.
1994:
TV series debut in short-lived sitcom, "The Good Life"
1995:
Starred in "The Drew Carey Show" on ABC
1997:
Revealed in interviews that he had been sexually molested as a 9-year old
1998:
Hosted the ABC version of the improv series "Whose Line Is It Anyway" concurrent with TV sitcom
2000:
Starred in title role in the ABC musical "Geppetto"
2001:
Hosted the Showtime special "Drew Carey's Improv All-Stars"
2004:
Starred in an improvisational comedy show on the WB, "Drew Carey's Green Screen Show"
2005:
Voiced Crank Casey in the animated feature "Robots"
2007:
Accepted an offer from CBS to be the new host of "The Price is Right"
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Education

Kent State University: Kent , Ohio -
Rhodes High: Cleveland , Ohio - 1975

Notes

When asked about his childhood in Entertainment Weekly, Carey responded, "Weirdo. Weirdo. Underachiever. Weirdo. Weirdo."

In August 2001, Carey underwent heart surgery to clear a blocked artery.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jacquelyn Tough. Artist. Born c. 1965; engaged in late 1980s; separated.
companion:
Danielle Riepole.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Lewis Carey. Draftsman. Died from a brain tumor at age 45 in 1966.
mother:
Beulah Carey. Secretary.
brother:
Neal Carey. Older; born c. 1946.
brother:
Roger Carey. Older; born c. 1952.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined" Hyperion
"Homebrewed: The Unauthorized Biography of Drew Carey" Berkley Books

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