Born January 17, 1962, James Eugene Carrey is a Canadian actor, writer, and producer. Carrey rose to prominence in 1990 with a recurring part in the American sketch comedy television series In Living Color (1990–1994). Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber (all 1994). Then came Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Batman Forever, and Liar Liar (1997).
A Christmas Carol, Bruce Almighty (2003), Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), and A Christmas Carol (2009). (2009). Carrey’s 2010s credits include Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), Kick-Ass 2 (2014), and Leap Day William in 30 Rock (2012). In 2020, he portrayed Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog and Joe Biden in six episodes of Saturday Night Live.
Carrey’s early adolescence took a terrible turn when his family was forced to move from Newmarket to Scarborough (a Toronto suburb). They all got jobs at Titan Wheels, Jim working 8-hour shifts after school (not surprisingly, his grades and morale both suffered). Until they could return to Toronto, the family lived in a Volkswagen camper van.
Carrey made his stand-up debut in Toronto once his family recovered. He debuted at Yuk- Yuk’s, one of the numerous local clubs that would serve as his training ground in the years to come. He dropped out of high school, practiced his celebrity impersonations (including Michael Landon and James Stewart), and moved to Los Angeles in 1979. He got a regular gig at The Comedy Store, where he pleased Rodney Dangerfield enough to be his opening act for a season. Carrey met and married Melissa Womer, a waiter, during this time period (Jane). After a tumultuous divorce, Carrey married actress Lauren Holly for a brief second time. Carrey began looking for alternative performance venues, fearing becoming a lounge act. The event gave Carrey the confidence to pursue acting more intensively.
Carrey began his picture He had a supporting role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) before starring as the extraterrestrial Wiploc in Earth Girls Are Easy (1988). (1988). Damon Wayans, a fellow extraterrestrial, called his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, who was putting together the sketch comedy show In Living Color (1990). Then Carrey joined the cast and earned a name for himself (one of his most popular characters, psychotic Fire Marshall Bill, was attacked by watchdog groups for dispensing ill- advised safety tips).
Carrey went from TV buffoon to big-screen star in a year after leaving In Living Color (1990). Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) was his first feature in 1994, and it capitalized on his physical form of humor (the character’s trademark was talking from his rear). The Mask (1994) followed, with spectators wondering how far Carrey’s features could stretch.
Finally, in December 1994, he starred in Dumb and Dumber (1994) with the Farrelly brothers (his first multi-million dollar payday). Carrey replaced Robin Williams as The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995). He also filmed the sequel to his breakout hit, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), and signed a $20 million agreement with Sony to replace Chris Farley in The Cable Guy (1996). Carrey bounced back the next year with the effervescent hit Liar Liar (1997). Carrey changed his mind because he thought his jokes were getting old.
In Peter Weir’s The Truman Show (1998), Carrey played a naive salesperson who realizes that his entire existence is a TV show. When he didn’t get an Oscar consideration for his performance, Carrey slammed the Academy’s narrow-minded selection procedure. The snub motivated Carrey to go all out for his next part. For months, Carrey lived as quirky comedian Andy Kaufman (and his blustery alter-ego Tony Clifton) in Man on the Moon (1999), beating out other contenders (including Edward Norton). His incredible mimicry earned him another Golden Globe, but the Academy remained silent.
In the Farrelly brothers’ Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Carrey repeated his bankable madness as a state trooper whose Jekyll and Hyde personalities both fall for the same lady (Renée Zellweger). He ended up falling for her too, and they proclaimed their relationship a few months after the movie ended. Carrey had already donned a hairy green outfit in Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).
With films like Bruce Almighty (2003) and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011), Carrey has proven that he can also deliver complex tragic performances (2008). With Steve Carell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) (2013).
Carrey has one child from his previous marriage, which ended in 1995. He married actress Lauren Holly in 1996, but they divorced in 1997.
Despite his humorous reputation, Carrey has had success in dramatic roles. His first major role was in the Emmy-nominated TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992). Carrey’s starring roles in The Truman Show (1998) and Man on the Moon (1999) earned him Golden Globe nominations. In 2004, he starred in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which he was nominated for both a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his dramatic portrayal as Jeff Piccirillo in the Showtime tragicomedy series Kidding. The Guardian rated him one of the best actors never to be nominated for an Oscar.