Jim Carrey Biography, Age, Movies, Career, Relationships, Wife, Death, Net Worth

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Jim Carrey Biography

Birthdate January 17, 1962
Birth Name James Eugene Carrey
Birthplace Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Age 58 years (in 2020)
Citizenship Canadian, American
Profession Actor
Years active 1978 – present
Spouse(s) Melissa Wormer (m, 1987; div, 1995)
Lauren Holly (m. 1996; div. 1997)
Partner(s) Jenny McCarthy (2005–2010)
Net Worth $180million
Death He is still alive
Comedy Career
Medium Stand-up
Genres Observational comedy
physical comedy
surreal humor
character comedy
Subject(s) Everyday life
popular culture

Jim Carrey Early Life

Jim Carrey, real name James Eugene Carrey, was born January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Canada. He is an American-Canadian actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer.

His gestural humor and his many grimaces have become his trademark. He was brought up in a Catholic family of French and Scottish origin, who would have lived a few steps from the home of John Candy’s family. At the age of seven, he discovered a talent for comedy, and it is quite natural that he trains himself to make faces in front of a mirror, to end up performing in small shows organized for his class. Very quickly, his father discovered talent in his son and decided to help him organize shows in various cabarets in Toronto.

Professional Career of Jim Carrey

Unfortunately, success was not forthcoming and Carrey left school at sixteen to join his father in a tire factory. Although his first experience as a comedian was not a success, Carrey tried his hand at stand-up and performed wherever he wanted to be. Thus, Jim Carrey ends up headlining at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto. So in 1981, then barely nineteen, he left his native Ontario to reach Los Angeles with only $ 1,000 in his pocket. Arrived in California, Jim Carrey tries his luck at the Comedy Store of Mitzi Shore, his slaughter and his particular style soon make him a star of the troupe. This is how Rodney Dangerfield notices him and takes him with him on tour across the United States.

Crowned with its brand new notoriety, the Jim Carrey was not selected for the show but finally landed a first comic role in the TV movie “Rubberface”, in 1981. He joined the NBC show “The Duck Factory” in 1984. Jim Carrey got his first major film role in 1983, in the comedy “Copper Mountain”, which already exploited its incredible plasticity. Subsequently, he appears in particular in “Peggy Sue got married” (1986), by Francis Ford Coppola, alongside Nicolas Cage, then played alongside Clint Eastwood in the last episode of the “Inspector Harry” series: The Last Target. Jim Carrey then stars in “Pink Cadillac” (1989), which is a failure. In 1990, he got a role in the television series “In Living Color”, broadcast for 4 years.

In 1995, he played one of the villains, Edward Nygma, in “Batman Forever”, by Joel Schumacher, then agreed to resume his role as an animal detective for “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”, the same year. The film confirms the character’s popularity with the general public but does not convince the critics. In 1996, he continued with a riskier project, a satirical comedy directed by Ben Stiller, “The Cable Guy”. He accepts to play a more ambiguous character than in his previous films and delivers a more complex performance for that. The film received a mixed critical reception, but enjoyed wide commercial success, and became cult over the years.

Jim Carrey Awards

In 1997, the comedy film “Liar, liar” by Tom Shadyac allows him to convince critics and the public. Jim Carrey, however, chooses to then show another facet of his talent as an actor in films imbued with greater gravity. In 1998, he starred in the dramatic and satirical comedy “The Truman Show”, by Peter Weir, which enjoyed immense critical and commercial success. His performance was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Dramatic Film the same year. The following year, he continued this momentum by playing actor Andy Kaufman, in “Man on the Moon”, a biopic directed by Miloš Forman. Here again, Jim Carrey delivers a performance acclaimed by the entire profession. He finally won the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy film.

In 2007, Jim Carrey reunited with director Joel Schumacher for the psychological thriller “The Number 23”, which worked commercially, but was very poorly received by critics. But the same year, his dubbing work, alongside Steve Carell, on the animated film “Horton Hears a Who!” was crowned with wide critical and commercial success. In 2009, he returned to comedy with “Yes Man”, which performed very well at the box office, then co-starred in “I Love You Phillip Morris”, with Ewan McGregor, a comedy-drama by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. His interpretation is noticed by the critics. Jim Carrey then devoted himself to two films intended for a more family audience, with “A Christmas Carol”,

In 2013, he experienced a real commercial failure with “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” a comedy centered on a duo of magicians from Las Vegas, alongside Steve Carell. That same year, Jim Carrey took part in the action-comedy “Kick-Ass 2”. In 2014, he reunited with Jeff Daniels for “Dumb and Dumber To,” alongside Laurie Holden and Kathleen Turner. If the reviews are bad, the film is very successful, mainly in North America. In 2016, Jim Carrey starred in “The Bad Batch,” an offbeat romantic comedy, alongside Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa.

Jim Carrey Wife / Relationship(s)

Jim Carrey has two older sisters, Rita and Patricia, and an older brother, John. He married Melissa Womer, with whom he had a daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, born September 6, 1987. Divorced in 1995, Jim Carrey remarried actress Lauren Holly, whom he had met on the set of “Dumb and Dumber.” They separated in 1997. During the filming of “Me, Myself & Irene” in 2000, he had a relationship with Renée Zellweger, then with the model Betine Holte. Jim Carrey then lives with actress and model Jenny McCarthy. They officially announced their separation on April 6, 2010.

Jim Carrey Movies List

Year Title Role Director
1983 Copper Mountain Bobby Todd David Mitchell
The Sex and Violence Family Hour Various roles Harvey Frost
All in Good Taste Ralph Parker Anthony Kramreither
1984 Finders Keepers Lane Biddlecoff Richard Lester
1985 Once Bitten Mark Kendall Howard Storm
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Walter Getz Francis Ford Coppola
1988 The Dead Pool Johnny Squares Buddy Van Horn
Earth Girls Are Easy Wiploc Julien Temple
1989 Pink Cadillac Lounge Entertainer Buddy Van Horn
1991 High Strung Death Roger Nygard
1992 Itsy Bitsy Spider The Exterminator Matthew O’Callaghan
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ace Ventura Tom Shadyac
The Mask Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask Chuck Russell
Dumb and Dumber Lloyd Christmas Peter Farrelly
1995 Batman Forever Edward Nygma / The Riddler Joel Schumacher
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Ace Ventura Steve Oedekerk
1996 The Cable Guy Cable Guy / Ernie “Chip” Douglas Ben Stiller
1997 Liar Liar Fletcher Reede Tom Shadyac
1998 The Truman Show Truman Burbank Peter Weir
Simon Birch Adult Joe Wenteworth / Narrator Mark Steven Johnson
1999 Man on the Moon Andy Kaufman / Tony Clifton Miloš Forman
2000 Me, Myself & Irene Charlie Baileygates / Hank Evans Peter Farrelly
How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Grinch Ron Howard
2001 The Majestic Peter Appleton Frank Darabont
2003 Pecan Pie The Driver Michel Gondry
Bruce Almighty Bruce Nolan / Bruce Almighty Tom Shadyac
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Joel Barish Michel Gondry
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Count Olaf / Stephano / Captain Julio Sham Brad Silberling
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane Richard “Dick” Harper Dean Parisot
2007 The Number 23 Walter Sparrow / Fingerling Joel Schumacher
2008 Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Horton Jimmy Hayward
Yes Man Carl Allen Peyton Reed
2009 I Love You Phillip Morris Steven Jay Russell John Requa
A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge Robert Zemeckis
2011 Mr. Popper’s Penguins Thomas “Tom” Popper Jr. Mark Waters
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Steve Gray Don Scardino
Kick-Ass 2 Sal Bertolinni / Colonel Stars and Stripes Jeff Wadlow
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Scott Reils Adam McKay
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Lloyd Christmas Bobby Farrelly
2016 The Bad Batch The Hermit Ana Lily Amirpour
Dark Crimes Tadek Alexandros Avranas
2020 Sonic the Hedgehog Dr. Robotnik Jeff Fowler

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