Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and artist who has entertained audiences with his hilarious and versatile performances for over three decades. He is one of Hollywood’s most successful and highest-paid actors, with a net worth of $180 million as of 2023. He has starred in numerous blockbuster comedies, such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Yes Man, as well as critically acclaimed dramas, such as The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Kidding.
Jim Carrey has also published a children’s book, How Roland Rolls, and a semi-autobiographical novel, Memoirs and Misinformation. He is known for his energetic slapstick style, incredible ability to impersonate celebrities and characters, and outspoken views on politics and spirituality.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, on January 17, 1962. James Eugene Carrey is his full name and is of French-Canadian, Scottish, and Irish descent. His father, Percy Carrey, was an accountant and a jazz musician, and his mother, Kathleen Oram, was a homemaker. He has three older siblings: Rita, John, and Patricia. Carrey discovered his talent for comedy at a young age when he would make faces in front of a mirror and mimic famous actors. He also developed a passion for drawing and painting. He attended several schools in Toronto and Burlington but dropped out at the age of 16 to help support his family financially. His father had lost his job, and the family had to live in a camper van for a while.
Carrey started his career as a stand-up comedian in Toronto clubs when he was 15. He wrote most of his material and impressed audiences with his impressions of celebrities like Michael Landon, James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Elvis Presley, and Kermit the Frog. He caught the attention of veteran comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who invited him to open for him on tour in the United States. Carrey moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and became a regular performer at The Comedy Store. He also auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 1980 but was rejected.
Carrey made his acting debut in 1983 with a role in the Canadian TV movie Introducing…Janet. He then appeared in several low-budget films, such as Finders Keepers (1984), Once Bitten (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), and The Dead Pool (1988). He also starred in the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory (1984), where he played a young cartoonist.
Jim Carrey Breakthrough and Stardom
Carrey’s breakthrough came in 1990 when he joined the sketch comedy show In Living Color cast. He created memorable characters like Fire Marshall Bill, Vera de Milo, and Ace Ventura. He also showcased his impressions of celebrities like Jimmy Stewart, Jack Nicholson, Andy Kaufman, Clint Eastwood, Elvis Presley, and Vanilla Ice. The show was a huge hit and made Carrey a household name.
In 1994, Carrey launched his film career with three smash hits: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber. He played a goofy animal detective, a timid bank clerk who transforms into a zany superhero when he wears a magical mask and a dim-witted limo driver who embarks on a cross-country road trip with his equally dumb friend. The films showcased Carrey’s physical comedy skills, rubber-faced expressions, and manic energy. They also earned him his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Carrey continued his box office success with films like Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), Batman Forever (1995), where he played the villainous Riddler, and Liar Liar (1997), where he played a lawyer who cannot lie for 24 hours, and The Cable Guy (1996), where he played a creepy cable installer who stalks his customer. He also made history by becoming the first actor to earn $20 million for a single film with The Cable Guy.
Critical Acclaim and Dramatic Roles
In 1998, Carrey ventured into more serious roles with The Truman Show, a satirical drama about a man who discovers that his entire life is a reality TV show. The film was widely praised by critics and audiences alike, earning Carrey his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Motion Picture Drama. He also received critical acclaim for his portrayal of comedian Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon (1999), a biopic directed by Milos Forman. He won his second Golden Globe Award for the role and performed some of Kaufman’s famous stunts and routines.
Carrey continued to explore his dramatic range with films like The Majestic (2001), a period drama about a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter who suffers from amnesia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), a sci-fi romance about a couple who erase each other from their memories, and The Number 23 (2007), a psychological thriller about a man obsessed with a mysterious book. He also starred in the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), where he played the evil Count Olaf and voiced the title character in the animated film Horton Hears a Who! (2008).
Return to Comedy and Recent Work
Carrey returned to his comedic roots with films like Bruce Almighty (2003), where he played a TV reporter who gains God’s powers, Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), where he played a corporate executive who turns to crime after losing his job, Yes Man (2008), where he played a man who agrees to say yes to everything for a year, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011), where he played a businessman who inherits six penguins. He also reprised his role as Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber To (2014), the sequel to his 1994 hit.
Carrey has focused more on his personal life and art in recent years. He has published a children’s book, How Roland Rolls (2013), which won a Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, and a semi-autobiographical novel, Memoirs and Misinformation (2020), which he co-wrote with Dana Vachon. He has also exhibited his paintings and drawings in various galleries and online platforms. He has also expressed his political views and opinions through his art and social media, often criticizing former President Donald Trump and his administration.
Carrey has also continued to act in films and TV shows, such as Dark Crimes (2016), a crime drama based on a true story, Kick-Ass 2 (2013), a superhero comedy where he played Colonel Stars and Stripes, Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) and its 2022 sequel, where he played the villainous Dr. Robotnik, and Kidding (2018-2020). In this Showtime series, he played a children’s TV host who struggles with personal issues. He also portrayed former Vice President Joe Biden in six episodes of Saturday Night Live in the lead-up to the 2020 United States presidential election.
Jim Carrey Personal Life and Relationships
Carrey has been married twice and has one daughter. He married actress Melissa Womer in 1987 after meeting her at The Comedy Store, where she worked as a waitress. They had a daughter, Jane, in 1987, who is also an actress and singer. Carrey and Womer divorced in 1995. Carrey then married actress Lauren Holly in 1996 after co-starring with her in Dumb and Dumber. Their marriage lasted less than a year, and they divorced in 1997.
Carrey has also dated several other women, including singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Renée Zellweger, model Jenny McCarthy, actress January Jones, actress Cathriona White, and actress Ginger Gonzaga. He was briefly engaged to Zellweger in 2000, but they broke up shortly after. He had a long-term relationship with McCarthy from 2005 to 2010 and was very involved in her son’s life. He dated White from 2012 to 2015 until she committed suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs. White’s family sued Carrey for allegedly providing her with the drugs that killed her, but the case was dismissed in 2018. He dated Gonzaga from 2019 to 2020 after meeting her on the set of Kidding.
Carrey is an outspoken advocate for various causes, such as environmentalism, animal rights, gun control, mental health awareness, and spirituality. He is also a critic of organized religion and vaccines. He practices Transcendental Meditation and has spoken about his experiences with depression and bipolar disorder.
Jim Carrey’s Net Worth
Jim Carrey’s net worth is estimated at $180 million as of 2023. He is among the world’s wealthiest comedians and Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. He has earned his fortune from his successful career in film and television, as well as his books and art. He has starred in numerous blockbuster comedies, such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Yes Man, as well as critically acclaimed dramas, such as The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Kidding. He has also won two Golden Globe Awards and six MTV Movie Awards for his performances.
Jim Carrey has also published a children’s book, How Roland Rolls, and a semi-autobiographical novel, Memoirs and Misinformation. Jim Carrey has also exhibited his paintings and drawings in various galleries and online platforms. He is known for his energetic slapstick style, incredible ability to impersonate celebrities and characters, and outspoken views on politics and spirituality.
Height and Body Measurements
Carrey is 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm) tall and weighs about 185 lbs (84 kg). He has hazel eyes and dark brown hair. He is known for his flexible facial expressions and body movements that enhance his comedic style.
Awards and Achievements
Carrey has won numerous awards and accolades for his work in film and television. Some of his most notable awards include:
- Two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for The Truman Show (1998) and Man on the Moon (1999).
- Six MTV Movie Awards for Best Comedic Performance for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1995)