Began performing stand-up comedy at age 15 at Toronto, Canada comedy club Yuk Yuks
Appeared in Las Vegas, NV as opening act for comedian Rodney Dangerfield
Portrayed a struggling stand-up comic in Canadian TV movie "Rubberface"
Moved to L.A. at the age of 19
Appeared on "The Tonight Show"
Feature acting debut, "Finders Keepers"
TV series debut, as star of short-lived NBC sitcom "The Duck Factory"
Portrayed a vampire's victim in "Once Bitten"
Played a back-up singer to Nicolas Cage in "Peggy Sue Got Married"
Featured in two Clint Eastwood vehicles, "The Dead Pool" (1988) and "Pink Cadillac" (1989); was hired after Eastwood saw Carrey do impressions of him
In late 1980s, teamed with Judd Apatow writing stage material, creating characters like Fire Marshal Bill
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)
Headlined Showtime comedy special" Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act"
Delivered rare TV dramatic role as a troubled alcoholic son in Fox TV movie "Doing Time on Maple Street"
First film in a starring role, surprise hit "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"
First film with credit as song performer, "The Mask"
Initial screen collaboration with the Farrelly brothers, "Dumb and Dumber"
Signed contract for $20 million to appear in feature "The Cable Guy"
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
Rebounded with successful "Liar Liar"; film grossed $20 million its first week; film reunited Carrey and "Ace Ventura" director Tom Shadyac
First dramatic lead in features, Peter Weir directed "The Truman Show"
Narrated "Simon Birch," based on John Irving's novel <i>A Prayer for Owen Meany</i>; also appeared in cameo role
Portrayed late comic Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman's "Man on the Moon"
Reteamed with the Farrelly brothers for comedy "Me, Myself and Irene," co-starring Renee Zellweger
Played title role in live-action "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," directed by Ron Howard
Played an amnesiac screenwriter in "The Majestic," set against 1950s blacklist in Hollywood
Co-starred with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in metaphysical comedy "Bruce Almighty"
Co-starred with Kate Winslet as a couple who have their memories erased in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," penned by Charlie Kaufman
Portrayed Count Olaf in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," based on children's book series by Daniel Handler
Co-starred with Téa Leoni in "Fun with Dick and Jane," an update of 1977 comedy
Headlined mystery thriller "The Number 23," directed by Joel Schumacher
Lent voice to Horton the Elephant in animated feature "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"
Produced and starred in offbeat comedy "Yes Man"
Voiced several roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge in Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
Co-starred with Ewan McGregor in "I Love You Phillip Morris" as con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell
Starred in live-action comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins"
Reunited with co-star Steve Carell as dueling magicians in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
Featured in "Kick-Ass 2"