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Also Known As: James Eugene Carrey, James Carrey Died:
Born: January 17, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, CA Profession: comedian, actor, impressionist, comedy writer, singer, songwriter, painter, sculptor, laborer

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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...

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) and "Dumb & Dumber To" (2014) - Carrey nonetheless remained one of Hollywood's biggest and more beloved stars.

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 Bad Batch, The (2016)
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 Loomis Fargo (2015)
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 Anchorman 2 (2013)
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 Under the Sea 3D (2009)
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1977:
Began performing stand-up comedy at age 15 at Toronto, Canada comedy club Yuk Yuks
1979:
Appeared in Las Vegas, NV as opening act for comedian Rodney Dangerfield
1981:
Portrayed a struggling stand-up comic in Canadian TV movie "Rubberface"
1983:
Appeared on "The Tonight Show" for the first time.
1984:
Made feature acting debut in "Finders Keepers"
1985:
Portrayed a vampire's victim in horror comedy "Once Bitten"
1988:
Featured in two Clint Eastwood vehicles, "The Dead Pool" (1988) and "Pink Cadillac" (1989)
1989:
Co-starred with Geena Davis, Julie Brown and Jeff Goldblum in "Earth Girls Are Easy"
1991:
Headlined Showtime comedy special "Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act"
1992:
Delivered rare TV dramatic role as a troubled alcoholic son in Fox TV movie "Doing Time on Maple Street"
1996:
Cast in Ben Stiller-directed, Judd Apatow-produced dark comedy "The Cable Guy"
1997:
Starred in legal comedy "Liar Liar"
1998:
Starred in Peter Weir's drama "The Truman Show"
1998:
Narrated "Simon Birch," based on John Irving's novel <i>A Prayer for Owen Meany</i>; also appeared in cameo role
2000:
Played title role in live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," directed by Ron Howard
2001:
Played an amnesiac screenwriter in "The Majestic," set against 1950s blacklist in Hollywood
2004:
Portrayed Count Olaf in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," based on children's book series by Daniel Handler
2005:
Co-starred with Téa Leoni in "Fun with Dick and Jane," an update of 1977 comedy
2007:
Headlined mystery thriller "The Number 23," directed by Joel Schumacher
2008:
Lent voice to Horton the Elephant in animated feature "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"
2008:
Produced and starred in offbeat comedy "Yes Man" based on the memoir by British humorist Danny Wallace
2009:
Voiced several roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge in Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
2009:
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in "I Love You Phillip Morris" as con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell
2011:
Starred in live-action comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins"
2013:
Reunited with co-star Steve Carell as dueling magicians in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
2013:
Featured in "Kick-Ass 2"
2014:
Reprised role as Lloyd Christmas in "Dumb and Dumber To"
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Education

Agincourt Collegiate Institute: Aurora , Ontario -
Aldershot High School: Burlington , Ontario - 1977 - 1978

Notes

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

"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, August 5, 1994.

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

"Reflecting on his new status, Carrey said, 'Society is a lot more twisted than I thought.'"---From People, December 26, 1994.

"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."---Press release announcing Jim Carrey's marriage to Lauren Holly, printed in People, February 10, 1997.

"It was a mischievous, sinister little story, but they tried to sell it as 'Jim Carrey! Another whacky, goofy thing!' It was apologized for up front. It's like with 'Ace Ventura', they wanted to take 'Pet Detective' off the title. I said, 'Put it out there and be proud of it.'"---Carrey on the dishonest marketing of "The Cable Guy" to Premiere, March 1997.

"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."

"After you've dealt with Andy, nothing's odd. Having gone though it the first time, I found it much easier to do this time."---Jeff Conaway, on making "Man on the Moon" with Carrey, quoted in Variety, August 24-30, 1998.

"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 theatre 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 ... "---Jim Carrey in Empire, November 1998.

"The wonderful thing about this movie, is that like 'Liar Liar', it has a very serious notion underneath it. It was comedic in a way that allowed me to go incredibly crazy, and go off the deep end. And yet... all of us get to a point where we're screaming at God in our own way, and saying 'Why are you doing this to me?' And then we get to a point, hopefully, where we say, 'Oh, ok. That's what I had to learn.' Tom and I are both very spiritual people, and I've always been big about faith. Everything in my life has happened for a good reason. The blessings come one after another like rain. It's unbelievable when I'm in the right place."---Carrey talking about his film "Bruce Almighty" www.countingdown.com June 23, 2003.

"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."---Jim Carrey, to Ellen DeGeneres in People, March 23, 2004.

"I don't want to bore the hell out of people, or myself, by sticking to a pattern and always doing the same crap."---Carrey to Entertainment Weekly, December 31, 2004.

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wife:
Melissa Womer. Actor. Married on March 28, 1987; filed for divorce in November 1993; mother of Jane Carrey.
wife:
Lauren Holly. Actor. Together from 1994; separated briefly in 1996; reconciled and married on September 23, 1996; she filed for divorce in July 1997; briefly reconciled in 1998; no longer together.
companion:
Renee Zellweger. Actor. Became involved during filming of "Me, Myself and Irene"; separated in fall 2000 after an 18-month relationship.
companion:
Betina Holte. Model. Dating a of Fall 2003.
companion:
Carla Alapont. Model, actress. Rumored to be dating as of July 2004; previously dated David Schwimmer.
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father:
Percy Carrey. Musician, accountant. Died of lung cancer and complications from Alzheimer's disease in 1994.
mother:
Kathleen Carrey. Amateur singer. Died of kidney failure in 1991.
sister:
Patricia Carrey Fournier. Older; married to Al Fournier; family pitched tent on her lawn and lived there for a time in the 1970s.
brother:
John Carrey. Factory supervisor. Older.
sister:
Rita Carrey. Bus driver. Older.
daughter:
Jane Carrey. Born in 1987; mother, Melissa Womer.
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