Jim Carrey Biography

(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Energetic and Slapstick Performances)

Birthday: January 17, 1962 (Capricorn)

Born In: Newmarket, Canada

If Jim Carrey, the famous comic actor, had taken a beating after being rejected as a performer the first few times, we would not have had great movies like Bruce Almighty and The Truman Show. Faced with dire poverty in his childhood, this brilliant entertainer was unable to complete school, and was forced to fend for his family. His only form of practice was at home, when he would try cheering up his mother in times of economic calamity. His first performance was at the comedy club of Yuk Yuk's, where he was rebuffed by the audience. This however, did not undermine Jim Carrey's confidence, and he went on to prove to the world, that he had talent. With splendid comic performances in films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, and Me, Myself & Irene, he carved a niche for himself in the live action comedy genre of movies. Gradually, he began acting in more serious movies, bagging prestigious honors for his acts in the films, The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This celebrated star has been included in the Canadian Walk of Fame for his cinematic achievements.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: James Eugene Carrey

Age: 62 Years, 62 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jenny McCarthy, Lauren Holly, Melissa Womer

father: Percy Joseph Carrey

mother: Kathleen Carrey

siblings: John Carrey, Patricia Carrey Fournier, Rita Carrey

children: Jane Erin Carrey

Born Country: Canada

Quotes By Jim Carrey Actors

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males

Ancestry: French American, Irish American, Canadian American, Irish Canadian, Scottish Canadian, French Canadian

Personality: ENTJ

City: Newmarket, Canada

Humanitarian Work: Founder of the 'Green Our Vaccines' campaign

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    What movies has Jim Carrey starred in?

    Some of the most popular movies Jim Carrey has starred in include "The Mask," "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Dumb and Dumber," "Bruce Almighty," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

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    Is Jim Carrey a method actor?

    While Jim Carrey is known for his immersive performances, he does not strictly adhere to method acting techniques. He often incorporates his own unique approach to portraying characters.

  • 3

    Has Jim Carrey ever won an Oscar?

    Jim Carrey has been nominated for an Academy Award twice but has not won yet. His nominations were for his roles in "The Truman Show" and "Man on the Moon."

  • 4

    What is Jim Carrey's comedic style?

    Jim Carrey is known for his physical comedy, facial expressions, and over-the-top comedic performances. He often incorporates slapstick humor and improvisation in his work.

Childhood & Early Life

James Eugene Carrey, popularly called Jim, was born to Percy and Kathleen, on January 17, 1962, in the town of Newmarket, Canada. He was the youngest of four siblings, the others being Rita, John, and Patricia. Percy, of Canadian-French descent, was a Catholic who was employed as an accountant.

James studied at the Blessed Trinity Catholic School, North York, for a brief period of time, before joining the Agincourt Collegiate Institute. Here too, the young boy studied for only a year, and then went to Northview Heights Secondary School.

Due to financial crisis faced by the family, he was forced to drop out, and help his parents earn a living.

When the family moved to Burlington, Jim Carrey pursued his education from the Aldershot High School. During this time, the teenager showed an interest in performing stand-up comedy acts, often taking time out to entertain his classmates.

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Initially, Jim Carrey began performing at the Yuk Yuk's comedy club in Toronto, where he did not gain much recognition. Once the family's financial crises reduced, he got the time and opportunity to concentrate on his comic act.

He soon began performing regularly on-stage, earning a living in the process. Jim Carrey also aimed at getting employed as an actor in television and movies, and soon appeared for a try-out of Saturday Night Live produced by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC).

He was however rejected for the 1980-81 season of the show, and turned his attention towards Hollywood films. The following year, he featured on An Evening at the Improv, a stand-up comedy show aired on television.

In 1983, the talented entertainer appeared on The Tonight Show, telecast on NBC. He was also signed for two low-budget movies, Rubberface and Copper Mountain.

The next year, he starred in the television serial, The Duck Factory, aired on NBC, in the main role of an artist. Though the sitcom never saw the light of the day, it helped Jim land more roles in Hollywood movies.

During 1985-89, the actor was cast in the horror-comedy movie Once Bitten alongside Lauren Hutton and Karen Kopins. He played supporting characters in movies like The Dead Pool and Peggy Sue Got Married. Around the same time, he also acted with comedian Damon Wayans in the film Earth Girls Are Easy.

In 1990, Carrey began appearing on the Fox network show In Living Color, designed by Damon Wayan's brother Keenen. Two years later, he played another small role in the movie Doing Time on Maple Drive.

It was in 1994 that this brilliant comic actor got his big break in Hollywood, with the film, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Though the film did not go down well with most critics, it was a hit with the movie-goers, establishing Jim Carrey as a star.

During the same time, he was also cast in Dumb and Dumber and The Mask. His performances in both the movies were highly appreciated, and he won the nomination for the Golden Globe Award in the Best Actor category for the movie The Mask.

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In 1995, Jim Carrey acted as Two-Face and the Riddler in the Michael Keaton starrer Batman Forever. He also featured in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, which again was a hit with audiences, though it didn't impress movie critics much.

During 1996-97, Jim was cast in two major roles in the movies The Cable Guy, directed by Ben Stiller, and Liar Liar. Both movies did exceptionally well at the box-office, with Liar Liar becoming a favorite even with critics, and getting him another Golden Globe nomination.

In 1998, he ventured into a more serious genre, starring in the movie The Truman Show. This satire brought critical acclaim to this splendid actor, who finally proved his versatility. He ended up winning the Golden Globe Award in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama category.

His next movie, Man on the Moon, released in 1999, and became a huge critical success. His portrayal of Andy Kaufman brought home his second and successive Golden Globe for Best Actor.

In 2000, Jim Carrey acted in the movie Me, Myself & Irene, which was directed by Farelly Brothers, who had made the actor's earlier hit, Dumb and Dumber. He was also cast in the movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for the fifth time.

Three years later, Jim appeared in the movie Bruce Almighty, alongside Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston. Though the movie was not much appreciated by critics, it went on to gross millions at the box-office.

In 2004, this accomplished actor surprised critics and audiences once again with the romantic sci-fi drama, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where he was cast opposite Kate Winslet.

The same year, he also appeared in the dark comedy Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which was adapted from a children's book of the same title.

From 2005-07, Jim Carrey starred in several films like Fun with Dick and Jane, a remake of an older movie of the same name, and The Number 23, both of which received mixed reviews.

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In 2008, for the first time, this brilliant actor lent his voice to an animated movie, for the character of an elephant in Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! He also featured along with fellow actors, Bradley Cooper and Zooey Deschanel, in the film Yes Man.

In 2009, the actor was cast in the famous movie, I Love You Phillip Morris, along with Scottish star, Ewan McGregor, receiving positive reviews for his comic timing. The same year, he lent voices to the characters of Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as the three ghosts in the film, Christmas Carol.

During 2011-13, he starred in the movies, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Kick-Ass 2, Dumb and Dumber To, and Burt Wonderstone. Around the same time, he wrote and published the children's book How Roland Rolls.

Major Works

Jim Carrey's 1998 film The Truman Show is considered one of his best acts, where he had tried his hand at satire and drama, along with his usual comic touch. His versatile performance not only earned him fans all across the world, but also gave critics a pleasant surprise.

Bruce Almighty, released in 2003, is considered a classic Jim Carrey movie, where the actor plays the role of a television news anchor with sudden God-like abilities. The film, though not a favorite with critics, earned 484 million dollars, and is still considered one of the best comedy movies of all time.

Awards & Achievements

This famous actor has received several Golden Globe nominations for his brilliant acts in comedy movies. However, it was during 1998-99, when he tried dabbling in serious roles, that he won two Golden Globe Awards for the movies, The Truman Show and Man on the Moon.

In 2004, Jim Carrey was initiated into the Canadian Walk of Fame for his contribution to the field of cinema.

The Maharishi University of Management in Iowa conferred upon this great actor, an honorary doctorate in 2014.

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Personal Life & Legacy

Carrey has been in several relationships throughout his career, initially dating pop musician Linda Ronstadt in 1983 for a brief period of eight months.

In 1987, he got married to actress Melissa Womer, and the couple has a daughter, Jane Erin, who is presently a singer. The two legally separated after eight years of marriage.

Actress Lauren Holly and Jim got married on September 23, 1996, but this marriage too did not last long. Since then, the famous actor has dated Renée Zellweger, Laurie Holden, Anine Bing, January Jones, and Jenny McCarthy. His relationship with actress McCarthy lasted for five years, before the couple publicly announced their split. Between 2012 and 2015, he dated a makeup artist named Cathriona White, who committed suicide in September 2015. In 2019, he started dating Ginger Gonzaga and broke up with her in less than a year.

In 2004, this star became a citizen of the United States, and still retains his nationality in Canada.

He has always advocated against the use of harmful chemicals in vaccinations made for children. For this purpose, he pioneered the Green Our Vaccines campaign, held in Washington D.C.

Facts About Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is an accomplished painter and has showcased his artwork in galleries around the world.

He is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and practices visualization techniques to achieve his goals.

Jim Carrey is known for his love of comedy and often incorporates improvisation into his performances, keeping audiences on their toes.

Despite his larger-than-life comedic persona, Jim Carrey is also a dedicated advocate for mental health awareness and has been open about his own struggles.

In addition to his acting talents, Jim Carrey is skilled in various forms of physical comedy, including mime and slapstick.

Jim Carrey Movies

1. The Truman Show (1998)

  (Sci-Fi, Comedy, Drama)

2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

  (Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama)

3. Dumb and Dumber (1994)


4. The Mask (1994)

  (Comedy, Fantasy)

5. Bruce Almighty (2003)

  (Drama, Comedy, Fantasy)

6. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)


7. Liar Liar (1997)

  (Fantasy, Comedy)

8. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

  (Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Family)

9. Yes Man (2008)

  (Romance, Comedy)

10. Man on the Moon (1999)

  (Comedy, Drama, Biography)


Golden Globe Awards
2000 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Man on the Moon (1999)
1999 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama The Truman Show (1998)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2009 Best Comedic Performance Yes Man (2008)
2001 Best Villain How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
1999 Best Male Performance The Truman Show (1998)
1998 Best Comedic Performance Liar Liar (1997)
1997 Best Villain The Cable Guy (1996)
1997 Best Comedic Performance The Cable Guy (1996)
1996 Best Male Performance Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
1996 Best Comedic Performance Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
1995 Best Comedic Performance Dumb and Dumber (1994)
1995 Best Kiss Dumb and Dumber (1994)
People's Choice Awards
2010 Favorite Comedy Star Winner
2005 Favorite Funny Male Star Winner
2001 Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy Winner
1996 Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture Winner

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