Jim Carrey Bio, Facts, Early Life, Career, Personal Life and Net Worth

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Jim Carrey is a famous Canadian-American actor known for his exceptional performance in ‘The Truman Show’.

This article will tell you about his childhood, early life, facts, career, personal life, and net worth.


Full Name James Eugene Carrey
Nationality American, Canadian
Famous for Actor
Date of Birth January 17, 1962 AD
Age 59 Years (as of 2021)
Zodiac sign Capricorn
Birthplace Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.
Height 1.88m
Father Percy Joseph Carrey
Mother Kathleen Carrey
Siblings Patricia Carrey Fournier, John Carrey, Rita Carrey
Spouse Lauren Holly, Melissa Womer, Jenny McCarthy
Children Jane Erin Carrey
Net Worth $180 million (estimated in 2021)

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If popular comedian Jim Carrey had been hit after being turned down as an actor the first few times, we wouldn’t have gotten great movies like Bruce Almighty and The Truman Show. Faced with extreme poverty in his childhood, this brilliant artist was unable to complete school and had to support his family. His only form of practice was at home when he tried to cheer his mother in times of financial disaster. His first show was in the comedy club “Yuk Yuk’s”, where he was turned down by the crowd. However, this did not undermine the confidence of the young man, and Jim Carrey continued to show the world that he is talented.

With great comedies in movies like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, “The Mask”, “Dumb and Dumber”, “Liar Liar” and “Me, Myself & Irene” Jim Carrey has made a name for himself in comedy genre. Gradually, he began acting in more serious films, receiving prestigious awards for his actions in The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. In the last decade, this famous star has been inducted onto the “Canadian Walk of Fame” for his cinematic achievements.

Childhood and Early Life:

James Eugene Carrey, better known as Jim Carrey, was born on January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Canada to Percy Joseph Carrey and Kathleen Carrey. He was the youngest of four siblings, the others included Patricia, John, and Rita. Percy was, of French Canadian-French descent, a Catholic who worked as an accountant. James attended Trinity Catholic College, North York, for a short period of time, before joining the Agincourt Collegiate Institute. Here too, the young man studied alone for a year and then went to Northview Heights High School. Due to the financial crisis, the family was facing, he had to drop out of school and help his parents earn a living. When the family moved to Burlington, Carrey continued his education at Aldershot High School. Around this time, Jim Carrey was inclined towards performing stand-up comedies and often taking time to entertain his classmates.


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Jim Carrey initially started performing at the comedy club “Yuk Yuk’s” in Toronto, where he did not gain much recognition. Once the family’s financial crises subsided, he had the time and opportunity to focus on his comedic work. Soon he began performing regularly on stage, earning a living in the process. Carrey was also aiming to land a job as a TV and movie actor and soon appeared on Audition for “Saturday Night Live” by the National Broadcasting Company (“NBC”). However, he was turned down in the 1980-1981 season of the show and turned his attention to Hollywood movies. The following year, he appeared on “An Evening at the Improv,” a stand-up comedy show broadcast on television.

In 1983, the talented actor appeared on “The Tonight Show”, which was broadcast on “NBC”. It has also been recorded in two low-budget films “Rubberface” and “Copper Mountain”. The following year, he starred in the television series The Duck Factory, which aired on NBC, in the title role as an artist. Although the comedy never saw the light of day, it helped Jim get more roles in Hollywood movies. During 1985-89, the aspiring actor starred in the comedy-horror 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 starred with comedian Damon Wayans in “Earth Girls Are Easy”.

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In 1990, Carrey began appearing on the “Fox Network” show, In Living Color, designed by Damon Wayan’s brother, Kenen. Two years later, he played another small role in Doing Time on Maple Drive. In 1994 this brilliant comedian got his big break in Hollywood with the movie “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”. Although the film was not well received by most critics, it was a huge hit with viewers, earning Jim a name as a star. During the same time, he also participated in Dumb and Dumber and The Mask. His performance in both films was highly appreciated and earned him a “Golden Globe” nomination in the “Best Actor” category for “The Mask”.

In 1995, this new superstar played the role of “Two-Face and the Riddler” in Michael Keaton’s movie “Batman Forever”. He has also appeared in “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls,” which was a huge hit with audiences, although it was not a major influence on film critics. During 1996-1997, Jim played two major roles in the films “The Cable Guy” by Ben Stiller and “Liar Liar”. Both films scored exceptional results at the box office, and Liar Liar became a favorite even among critics and earned another Golden Globe nomination. In 1998, he got into a more serious genre, having starred in The Truman Show. This satire brought critical acclaim for this wonderful actor, who had finally proven his versatility. Jim Carrey ended up winning a “Golden Globe” in the “Best Actor in a Dramatic Film” category.

His next movie, Man on the Moon, released in 1999, was also a huge hit. His portrayal of Andy Kaufman earned him his second successive “Golden Globe” award for Best Actor. In 2000, Curry starred in the Farelly Brothers movie “Me, Myself, and Irene”, which was a huge hit for “Dumb and Dumber”. He also appeared in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which earned a Golden Globe nomination for the fifth time. Three years later, Jim appeared in Bruce Almighty alongside Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston. Although the film was not held in high esteem by critics, it made millions at the box office.

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In 2004, this witty actor stunned critics and audiences once again with a romantic and science fiction drama, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which he was portrayed alongside Kate Winslet. That same year, he also appeared in the black comedy, Lemony Snicket’s unfortunate series of events, adapted from a children’s book of the same title. From 2005 to 2007, Jim Carrey starred in several films, including “Fun with Dick and Jane,” a remake of the older film of the same name, and “Number 23,” which received mixed reviews. In 2008, for the first time, this illustrious actor lent his voice to an animated movie, to the character of an elephant in Dr. Mite Horton Hears A Who!

Jim Carrey also appeared alongside fellow actors Bradley Cooper and Zooey Deschanel in Yes Man. In 2009, the actor starred in the popular movie ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’, along with Scottish superstar Ewan McGregor, as he received positive reviews for his comedic moment. In the same year, he voiced the characters of Ebenezer Scrooge, as well as the three ghosts from the movie Christmas Carol. During 2011 and 2013, he appeared in several movies including 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”.

Personal Life:

Jim Carrey and his girlfriends

Jim Carrey has been in various relationships throughout his career, initially dating pop musician Linda Ronstadt in 1983, for a brief period of eight months. In 1987, he married actress Melissa Womer and they had a daughter, Jane Irene, who is currently a singer. However, they legally separated after eight years of marriage. Actress Lauren Holly and Jim got married on September 23, 1996, but that didn’t last long either. Since then, the famous actor has dated others including Renee Zellweger, Laurie Holden, Annen Bing, Jenner Jones, and Jenny McCarthy.

Carrey’s relationship with actress McCarthy lasted for five years before the couple publicly announced their separation. In 2004, this star became a US citizen and still maintains his Canadian citizenship. He has always advocated against the use of harmful chemicals in vaccines made for children. To do this, he pioneered the “Our Green Vaccines” campaign, carried out in Washington, DC.

Net Worth:

Jim Carrey has an estimated net worth of almost $180 million (estimated in 2021).


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