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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:||Cast ... comedian actor impressionist comedy writer singer songwriter painter sculptor laborer|
ed elephant for the CGI-animated feature, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews and delivered family crowds en masse.
Later in the year, Carrey returned to live action as the star of the comedy "Yes Man" (2008), co-starring Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper. The rubber-faced actor played a down-and-out man who has gone nowhere in life, thanks to always saying no to everything, until he signs up for a self-help program that teaches him the power of saying yes. Though not very well reviewed, "Yes Man" had a decent performance at the box office. For the first time in his career, Carrey portrayed an array of characters, starring in Disney's 3D animated take on the classic Charles Dickens tale "A Christmas Carol" (2009), voicing Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film also featured Robin Wright, Bob Hoskins, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman. Carrey mainly laid low during the following year, in part due to his split from McCarthy. Sticking to family fare, Carrey next appeared on the big screen as the title character of "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (2011), which performed admirably numbers-wise, but lacked hearty critical and audience enthusiasm.
After uncharacteristic small-screen guest spots on "The Office" (NBC, 2005-2013) and "30 Rock (NBC, 2006-2013), Carrey reunited with previous collaborator Steve Carell for an intentionally showy role as a flashy magician in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (2013) but, despite the draw of both actors, the film tanked commercially and critically. He bounced back and regained some edgier credibility, however, with his supporting part of Colonel Stars and Stripes in "Kick-Ass 2" (2013), which did well despite his pre-release reservations about the movie's excessive violence. Following an uncredited cameo as a Candian news anchor in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" (2013), Carrey reprised one of his most beloved early roles, returning as Lloyd in the underperforming "Dumb & Dumber To" (2014).ng a lonely, slightly menacing cable TV installer who infiltrates the life of one of his customers (Matthew Broderick), he was able to punctuate his trademark craziness with touches of dramatic compassion, but not everybody appreciated the added elements of his performance. Carrey's core audience of kids who turned out expecting to see adolescent zaniness did not like the sinister aspects, and word-of-mouth killed the movie after its initial brisk business.
The following year, "Liar Liar" (1997) restored Carrey's luster with another Golden Globe nod and box-office receipts of more than $180 million. It was a more sophisticated role, where Carrey went beyond side-splitting antics by actually playing a recognizable human being, and his convincing sincerity gave every indication of his growing desire to explore more dramatic territory. He got that opportunity the following year when playing Truman Burbank, the unwitting star of the most popular program on TV, "The Truman Show" (1998). Under the expert direction of Peter Weir, Carrey eliminated egregiously big mannerisms in the creation of an insurance man who suspects a conspiracy around him, eventually learning that his whole life has been broadcast as a 24-hour-a-day television show. The combined brilliance of Weir and screenwriter Andrew Niccol provided Carrey a successful change of pace role, and the actor's impressively disciplined performance earned him a win at the Golden Globe Awards.
Fresh from his triumph with Weir, Carrey campaigned heavily for the part of enigmatic comedian Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon" (1999). The biopic offered the best of both worlds: as the wildly inventive Kaufman, Carrey could exercise his genius for impressions and improvisation, while at the same time, inhabiting the tortured soul of the late comic. For all the pre-release hoopla, the film was ultimately little more than a standard biopic, hitting all the significant milestones but offering little insight into what drove Kaufman. For his portrayal of the complex character, though, Carrey earned a second Golden Globe. He returned to anything-goes style comedy, reuniting with the Farrelly Brothers for "Me, Myself and Irene" (2000), a far-out romantic comedy that pitted Carrey against himself as a man with a split personality, vying for the affections of Renee Zellweger. Although there were some inspired moments of sheer lunacy, the film failed to reach the comic highs of earlier efforts from both Carrey or the Farrelly Brothers, due in part to an overload of gross-out moments and the darker shadings of one of Carrey's personalities. He and Zellweger embarked on a year and a half-long relationship sparked by their work together.
Director Ron Howard next sought Carrey to play the classic Christmas curmudgeon in the live-action version of "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000). Although the expanded screen story stumbled occasionally, Carrey carried the ball across the finish line in one of his wildest, and most appropriately cartoonish, performances yet, helping the film to rake in tremendous box office receipts and earning another nod from the Golden Globe Awards. In another bid to balance comedy with drama, Carrey signed on to writer-director Frank Darabont's "The Majestic" (2001), a 1950s Capra-esque fable about an amnesiac Hollywood screenwriter who is mistaken for a small town's long-lost WWII hometown hero. Carrey's earnest turn could not overcome a wealth of tepid reviews, and audiences skipped the film for the most part. He rebounded with another zany comedy, playing a TV newsman who unexpectedly receives God's omnipotent abilities when the deity decides to take a break in the hit "Bruce Almighty" (2003), which successfully reunited the actor with his "Liar, Liar" helmer, Tom Shadyac.
In one of his finest performances and most rewarding projects, Carrey teamed with director Michel Gondry and notorious screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for the film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004). In the delightful serio-comic romance, Carrey's Joel Barish undergoes a procedure designed to erase away all memories of his recent heartbreak over a break-up with impetuous free spirit (Kate Winslet), only to decide mid-process he wants to preserve her in his mind. Although the independent film was not a commercial blockbuster, it was easily the best attempt to tap both the actor's considerable serious and comedic talents and he was again honored with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, Drama. Later that year, he followed up with another bravura performance; this time in his more familiar high-comic mode, adding uproarious verve to the otherwise uneven adaptation of the children's book series, "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" (2004) as the amusingly villainous Count Olaf.
A remake of the 1976 classic comedy "Fun with Dick and Jane" (2005) appealed to the actor on a personal level; its plot revolving around the aftermath of a middle-class husband unexpectedly losing his job. Much lighter than his own real life history of homelessness, Carrey and wife Tea Leoni resort to armed robbery to retain their deluxe suburban home and luxury cars. The film was not the biggest of Carrey's hits, but it was a steady contender over the holiday season and brought in over a $100 million. Also adding to the sometimes tortured comic's happiness at the time was his growing relationship in 2005 with former Playboy model-turned-actress Jenny McCarthy. He would form an instant bond with her autistic son, Evan, and along with his now teenage daughter, Jane, form a ready-made family. Following the critical and box-office flop "The Number 23," which cast Carrey against type in a psychological thriller (2007), he slid easily back into the top box-office slot for the opening weekend of "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!" (2008). Carrey voiced the belovinal s
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