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Welcome to the Jim Carrey Area. Get ready to find everything you've ever wanted to know about Jim Carrey, the undisputed God Of Comedy.
What's new on this page?: Extended Jim Carrey Biography


The youngest of four children born to Percy (an accountant and aspiring jazz saxophonist) and Kathleen, Jim Carrey was an incurable extrovert from day one. As a child he performed constantly, for anyone who would watch, and even mailed his résumé to "Carol Burnett Show, The" (1967) at age 10. In junior high he was granted a few precious minutes at the end of each school day to do stand-up routines for his classmates (provided, of course, that he kept a lid on it the rest of the day). Carrey's early adolescence took a turn for the tragic, however, when the family was forced to relocate from their cozy town of Newmarket to Scarborough (a Toronto suburb). They all took security and janitorial jobs in the Titan Wheels factory, Jim working 8-hour shifts after school let out (not surprisingly, his grades and morale both suffered). When they finally deserted the factory, the family lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they could return to Toronto.

Back on firmer ground, Carrey decided to strike out into the comedy club scene. He made his (reportedly awful) professional stand-up debut at Yuk-Yuk's, one of the many local clubs that would serve as his training ground in the years to come. He dropped out of high school, worked on his celebrity impersonations (among them Michael Landon and James Stewart), and in 1979 worked up the nerve to move to Los Angeles.

He finessed his way into a regular gig at The Comedy Store, where he impressed Rodney Dangerfield so much that the veteran comic signed him as an opening act for an entire season. During this period Carrey met and married waitress Melissa Womer, with whom he had a daughter (Jane). The couple would later go through a very messy divorce, freeing Carrey up for a brief second marriage to actress Lauren Holly.

Wary of falling into the lounge act lifestyle, Carrey began to look around for other performance outlets. He landed a part as a novice cartoonist in the short-lived sitcom "Duck Factory, The" (1984); while the show fell flat, the experience gave Carrey the confidence to pursue acting more vigorously. He scored the male lead in the ill-received Lauren Hutton vehicle Once Bitten (1985)

, and a supporting role in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

, before making a modest splash with his appearance as the alien Wiploc in _Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)

_ . Impressed with Carrey's lunacy, fellow extraterrestrial Damon Wayans made a call to his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, who was in the process of putting together the sketch comedy show "In Living Color" (1990).

 Carrey joined the cast and quickly made a name for himself with outrageous acts (one of his most popular characters, psychotic Fire Marshall Bill, was attacked by watchdog groups for dispensing ill-advised safety tips).

Carrey's transformation from TV goofball to marquis headliner happened within the course of a single year. He opened 1994 with a starring turn in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

, a film that cashed in on his extremely physical brand of humor (the character's trademark was talking out his derrière). Next up was the manic superhero movie Mask, The (1994),

 which had audiences wondering just how far Carrey's features could stretch. Finally, in December, he hit theaters as a loveable dolt in the Farrelly brothers' Dumb & Dumber (1994) (his first multi-million dollar payday).

Now a box-office staple, Carrey brought his manic antics onto the set of Batman Forever (1995),


 replacing Robin Williams as The Riddler. He also filmed the follow-up to his breakthrough, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), and inked a deal with Sony to star in Cable Guy, The (1996) (replacing Chris Farley) for a cool $20 million--at the time, that was the biggest up-front sum that had been offered to any comic actor. The movie turned out to be a disappointment, both critically and financially, but Carrey bounced back the next year with the energetic hit Liar Liar (1997).

 Worried that his comic shtick would soon wear thin, Carrey decided to change course. In 1998, he traded in the megabucks and silly grins to star in Peter Weir's Truman Show, The (1998). Playing a naive salesman who discovers that his entire life is the subject of a TV show, Carrey demonstrated an uncharacteristic sincerity that took moviegoers by surprise. He won a Golden Globe for the performance, and fans anticipated an Oscar nomination as well--when it didn't materialize, Carrey lashed out at Academy members for their narrow-minded selection process.

The Truman Show

Perhaps inspired by the snub, Carrey threw himself into his next role with abandon. After edging out a handful of other hopefuls (including Edward Norton) to play eccentric funnyman Andy Kaufman in 'Man on the Moon (1999)' , Carrey disappeared into the role, living as Kaufman--and his blustery alter-ego Tony Clifton--for months (Carrey even owned Kaufman's bongo drums, which he'd used during his audition for director Milos Forman). His sometimes uncanny impersonation was rewarded with another Golden Globe, but once again the Academy kept quiet.

An indignant Carrey next reprised his bankable mania for the Farrelly brothers in Me, Myself & Irene (2000), playing a state trooper whose Jekyll and Hyde personalities both fall in love with the same woman (Renée Zellweger). Carrey's real-life persona wound up falling for her too--a few months after the film wrapped, the pair announced they were officially a couple. By then, Carrey had already slipped into a furry green suit to play the stingy antihero of Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

After The Grinch, it was time for Jim to take on a more serious and challenging role: the misunderstood comedy genius Andy Kaufman. Man on the Moon was a great film and contained one of Jim Carrey’s best performance. He deservedly won a Golden Globe for it but wasn’t nominated for an Oscar (as usual). The film had a great supporting cast (Paul Giamatti, Courteney Love, Danny DeVito) and was funny and moving.



The Majestic (2001) was his next movie and was a flop, which is strange in a way because it had all the ingredients for a good movie: Jim Carrey, the director of the Shawshank Redemption, an intriguing premise. But the film was overlong, the story wanted to be more than it really was, the script was slightly on the syrupy side at times and many people didn’t feel like seeing the Rubber faced One in a too serious role. Having said all that, the first half hour is interesting, there are some fine scenes and Jim does quite well.



2003 was Jim Carrey’s come back to cartooney-comedy with mega-hit Bruce Almighty. Tom Shadyac, who directed Liar Liar, Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor and (shudder) Patch Adams, said he wrote the part especially for Jim and watching the film, it’s not a very big surprise! The film was a great hit and also starred Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman. But it was only a sort of practice for Jim since 2004 was his best year since 1994.



2004 was a year when Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, one of the best films of the year (and my personal favourite), appeared . It had one of the best cast of the year with Jim, Kate Winslet (playing against-type), Kirsten Dunst, Elijah Wood, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Wilkinson. And was written by Charlie Kaufman, the genius behind Being John Malkovitch, Adaptation, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and the underrated Human Nature. The director, Michel Gondry (Human Nature) brought an arty feel to the film as well as real emotions to balance with Kaufman’s science-fiction surreal script. The film was nominated for numerous Golden Globes and will probably get some rewards at the Baftas with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet nominated. The film is also nominated for Best Picture, and rightly so. Kate Winslet is nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars for the year and if it doesn’t win Best Original Screenplay it’ll be an outrage!



In December, Jim Carrey appeared in another cool film: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. He starred alongside Meryl Streep, Billy Connoly and Timothy Spalding. The result was a good adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s 3 first books. It was equally comical, stylish, original and dark and stayed true to the books’ main ideas. Jim played the evil Count Olaf who terrorises 3 poor kids during a good part of the film. The Olaf of the books was much darker than Jim’s depiction but Jim’s Olaf was still a hilarious and creepy creation.


His next movie will be Fun With Dick and Jane, a comedy. He might play the Six Million Dollar Man in a spoofy adaptation of the 70s TV series. 





Would I lie to you? 

Full name: James Eugene Carrey
Date of Birth: 17th January 1962
Birthplace: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
First Professional Role: "Introducing...Janet" (TV movie)

Trivia :
          Dropped out of high school at 16.

During the filming of Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Jim Carrey and the production crew attended a private music show of the band "Phish" on June 24th 1999 at the guitarist/vocalist house in Careystock, VT. There, Jim Carrey sung two songs with Phish, "Hey You," from Pink Floyd and "Come Together, " from The Beatles.

Ranked #54 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]

Made his name in the US as a cast member of the show "In Living Color" (1990).

At age 10, he sent his resume to Carol Burnett.

He appeared at the 20th anniversary special for The Comedy Store wearing nothing but a sock on his penis.

Hosted "YTV Awards Show" in mid '80s with Laurie from Fox After Breakfast. YTV is Canada's Youth Television station.

At one point his family lived out of their car/trailer.

Elton+ Jim Carrey

Once performed "Rocket Man" on stage with Elton John at one of Elton's concerts (1998).

At one point he and his family all worked as janitors at a factory to make a living.


Wrote himself a check for $20 million and kept it in his wallet until he earned that amount for The Cable Guy.


Relationship with Renée Zellweger ended while they were already engaged and had marriage plans. [2000]

Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger

Manager is James "Jimmy" Miller, who is the younger brother of actor-comedian Dennis Miller.






Shares the same birthday with Andy Kaufman, who he played in Man on the Moon (1999).

December, 2001: Announces his intention to become a United States citizen.

His total of nine MTV movie awards as of 2001 is the most MTV movie awards won by any person.

Although Jim has plans to get an American citizenship, he still intends to keep his Canadian citizenship.

He, Michael. J. Fox and the late Raymond Burr head list of top Canadians in U.S. television compiled by Banff Television Festival, June 2002.

As a child, he used to wear his tap shoes to bed just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night  .

Performed his first stand-up routine (with disastrous results) in a yellow suit and tails (made by his mother) similar to what he would later wear in "The Mask"

Insisted that his favorite band, Cannibal Corpse, play in the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Melissa Womer Carrey filed court papers in Los Angeles Superior Court requesting more child support, saying that $10,000 a month "is not sufficient" to meet the needs of their 15-year-old daughter Jane, who wants to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. An April 21 hearing is scheduled on the support request. (30 January 2003)

Has a daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, with first wife, Melissa Womer (b. 6 September 1987)

Daughter Jane Erin Carrey born 6 September 1987.

Ranked #5 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)

Many of his characters are ordinary men whose lives are changed by supernatural or otherwise unseen forces. As in "The Mask" (Ipkiss happens to find the mask) "The Majestic" (Appleton is unlucky and suffers amnesia) "Liar, Liar" (His son's birthday wish comes true) "Bruce Almighty" (Divine intervention) "The Truman Show" (He finds his life is a TV show) and so on.

His characters from Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Bruce Almighty, The Grinch and The Man on the Moon are losers who want to be recognized and be famous.

There is some sort of a bathroom scene in almost every one of his movies.

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

Rubber-faced comic actor whose manic energy and general goofiness have evoked comparisons to Jerry Lewis and made him one of the hottest stars in films today. After years of standup comedy performances on the comedy club circuit, and a very shortlived sitcom, "The Duck Factory" (1984), Carrey won featured roles in Once Bitten (1985), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986, as a loudmouthed classmate of Kathleen Turner's), The Dead Pool (1988), and Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) before attracting major attention for his strange characterizations on TV's "In Living Color" (1990-94), on which he was "the white guy." The surprise success of his debut starring vehicle, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), made him an overnight sensation and made moviegoers eager to see his subsequent 1994 releases, The Mask in which he became a human cartoon, and Dumb and Dumber which cast him as a lovable imbecile opposite Jeff Daniels. (The extraordinary success of these films inspired a video company to release a shelved 1991 comedy, High Strung in which he had a small, unbilled part.) He then played The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995). The 1992 TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive which cast Carrey as an alcoholic, shows he could expand his range if he wanted to-and if his fans would permit.

Personal quotes

"I tend to stay up late, not because I'm partying but because it's the only time of day when I'm alone and I don't have to be on, performing."

"Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass"

"It's insane...I mean, Nicholson, Hoffman, Jackson, Kline - I don't see how I can lose." - Regarding his chances at 1997 Golden Globes

"I've been dubbed the man most responsible for the dumbing of America, so obviously I don't put much stock into thoughts like (the theme of the 'dumbing down' of contemporary comedy). People love to laugh, and most people can find humor in just about anything, which is great. Trying to label or categorize comedy is ridiculous. I mean, if you laugh at a fart joke, does that make you a moron? I don't think so."

"Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches."

"That's the trouble with being me. At this point, nobody gives a damn what my problem is. I could literally have a tumor on the side of my head and they'd be like, 'Yeah, big deal. I'd eat a tumor every morning for the kinda money you're pulling down."

"I'm charming, but I dip into the Prozac now and then."

Other works
Appeared in Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act (1991), a TV special

Performed the song "I am the Walrus" on the George Martin album "In my Life".

He was in the FooFighters video for the song "There's nothing left to loose".



  1. Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The (2005) (announced) [Actor .... Walter Mitty]
  2. Six Million Dollar Man, The (2005) (announced) [Actor .... Col. Steve Austin]
  3. Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) (pre-production) [Actor .... Dick Harper] [Producer]
  4. Over the Hedge (2005) (filming) [Actor .... RJ] (voice)
  5. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) (filming) [Actor .... Count Olaf]
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) [Actor .... Joel Barish]
  7. 76th Annual Academy Awards, The (2004) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Blake Edwards]
  8. Pecan Pie (2003) [Actor .... The driver]
  9. 2003 Teen Choice Awards (2003) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  10. Bruce Almighty (2003) [Actor .... Bruce Nolan] [Producer]
  11. Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell (2002) (TV) [Actor .... Himself/Various] (archive footage)
  12. Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2002) (TV) [Actor .... Himself/Presenter]
  13. Inside the Playboy Mansion (2002) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  14. Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians (2001) (V) [Actor .... Himself] (archive footage) [Writer]
  15. Majestic, The (2001) [Actor .... Peter Appleton]
  16. Concert for New York City (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  17. America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  18. Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story, The (2001) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  19. MTV Video Music Awards 2000 (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  20. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) [Actor .... Grinch] [Singer: "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"]
    ... aka Grinch, The (2000/I) (Australia) (UK) (USA: promotional title)
    ... aka Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (USA: complete title)
  21. Me, Myself & Irene (2000) [Actor .... Officer Charlie Baileygates/Hank Evans]
  22. AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  23. Man on the Moon: Behind the Moonlight (2000) (V) [Actor .... Himself]
    ... aka Spotlight on Location: Man on the Moon (2000) (V) (USA: DVD title)
  24. 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  25. 1999 MTV Movie Awards (1999) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  26. AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  27. Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show (1999) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  28. Man on the Moon (1999) [Actor .... Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton] (also as Tony Clifton)
    ... aka Mondmann, Der (2000) (Germany)
  29. Liar Liar: Bridging the Comedy Chasm (1999) (V) [Actor .... Himself]
  30. 71st Annual Academy Awards, The (1999) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Best Editing]
  31. Playmate Pajama Party (1999) (V) [Actor .... Himself] (archive footage) (uncredited)
    ... aka Playboy's Playmate Pajama Party (1999) (V) (USA: complete title)
  32. In My Life (1998/I) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  33. Junket Whore (1998) [Actor .... Himself]
  34. Simon Birch (1998) [Actor .... Adult Joe Wenteworth]
    ... aka Angels and Armadillos (1998)
  35. Truman Show, The (1998) [Actor .... Truman Burbank]
  36. "Celebrity Profile" (1997) TV Series [Actor .... Himself]
  37. Liar Liar (1997) [Actor .... Fletcher Reede]
  38. Cable Guy, The (1996) [Actor .... The Cable Guy]
  39. American Film Institute Salute to Clint Eastwood, The (1996) (TV) [Actor .... Himself (host)]
  40. 68th Annual Academy Awards, The (1996) (TV) [Actor .... Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography]
  41. 1995 MTV Movie Awards (1995) (TV) [Actor .... Himself (Presenter)]
  42. American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, The (1995) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  43. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) [Actor .... Ace Ventura]
    ... aka Ace Ventura Goes to Africa (1995)
  44. Jim Carrey Spotlight (1995) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  45. Batman Forever (1995) [Actor .... The Riddler/Edward Nygma]
    ... aka Forever (1995/I) (USA: title without logo)
  46. Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, A (1995) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  47. Dumb & Dumber (1994) [Actor .... Lloyd Christmas]
    ... aka Dumb Happens (1994)
    ... aka Dumb and Dumber (1994) (USA: video box title)
  48. High Strung (1994) [Actor .... Death] (uncredited)
    ... aka Pissed Off (1994) (USA: alternative title)
  49. Mask, The (1994) [Actor .... Stanley Ipkiss]
  50. Masters of Illusion: The Wizards of Special Effects (1994) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  51. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) [Actor .... Ace Ventura] [Writer] (screenplay)
  52. Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) (TV) [Actor .... Captain Kirk] (archive footage)
  53. Tribute to Sam Kinison, A (1993) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  54. Itsy Bitsy Spider, The (1992) [Actor .... The Exterminator] (as James Carrey)
  55. Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992) (TV) [Actor .... Tim Carter]
    ... aka Faces in the Mirror (1992) (TV) (USA: bootleg video title)
  56. Comic Relief IV (1991) (TV) [Actor .... Himself]
  57. Jim Carrey: The Un-Natural Act (1991) (TV) [Actor .... Himself] [Writer] [Producer]
    ... aka Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act (1991) (TV)
  58. "In Living Color" (1990) TV Series [Actor .... Various Characters] (as James Carrey) [Writer] (writer)
  59. Pink Cadillac (1989) [Actor .... Comedian] (as James Carrey)
  60. Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All (1989) (TV) [Actor .... Brad Peters]
  61. Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) [Actor .... Wiploc]
  62. Dead Pool, The (1988) [Actor .... Johnny Squares] (as James Carrey)
  63. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) [Actor .... Walter Getz]
  64. Once Bitten (1985) [Actor .... Mark Kendall]
  65. Finders Keepers (1984) [Actor .... Lane Bidlekoff]
  66. "Duck Factory, The" (1984) TV Series [Actor .... Skip Tarkenton]
  67. Copper Mountain (1983) [Actor .... Bobby Todd]
    ... aka Club Med (1983)
    ... aka Copper Mountain: A Club Med Experience (1983)
  68. Introducing... Janet (1983) [Actor .... Tony Moroni]
    ... aka Rubberface (1983)
  69. Sex and Violence Family Hour, The (1983) (V) [Actor .... Various Personalities]
  70. All In Good Taste (1983) [Actor .... Photographer]

Notable TV Guest Appearances

  1. "Ellen DeGeneres Show, The" (2003) playing "Himself" 18 March 2004
  2. "Late Show with David Letterman" (1993) playing "Himself" 15 March 2004
  3. "Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986) playing "Himself" 29 January 2004
  4. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) playing "Himself" (archive footage) 11 October 2003
  5. "Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986) playing "Himself" 10 September 2003
  6. "Celebrities Uncensored" (2003) playing "Himself" (archive footage) (episode # 1.4) 9 July 2003
  7. "Richard and Judy" (2001) playing "Himself" 20 June 2003
  8. "Celebrities Uncensored" (2003) playing "Himself" (archive footage) (episode # 1.2) 18 June 2003
  9. "Enough Rope with Andrew Denton" (2003) playing "Himself" (episode # 1.14) 16 June 2003
  10. "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" (2001) playing "Himself" (episode # 4.11) 13 June 2003
  11. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) playing "Himself" 27 May 2003
  12. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) playing "Himself" 23 May 2003
  13. "Revealed with Jules Asner" (2001) playing "Himself" in episode: "Jim Carrey" 21 May 2003
  14. "Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986) playing "Himself" 15 May 2003
  15. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) playing "Himself" (episode # 28.13) 22 February 2003
  16. "Charlie Rose Show, The" (1991) playing "Himself" 18 December 2001
  17. "Life and Times" (1996) playing "Himself" in episode: "Jim Carrey: Somebody Stop Me" (episode # 4.20) 14 March 2000
  18. "Larry King Live" (1985) playing "Himself" 19 December 1999
  19. "Larry Sanders Show, The" (1992) playing "Himself" in episode: "Flip" (episode # 6.11) 31 May 1998
  20. "Oprah Winfrey Show, The" (1986) playing "Himself" 27 April 1998
  21. "Saturday Night Live" (1975) playing "Host" (episode # 21.20) 18 May 1996
  22. "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" (1994) playing "Himself" in episode: "Le Livre d'Histoire" 9 June 1995
  23. "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" (1994) playing "Himself" in episode: "The Mask" 4 November 1994
  24. "Howard Stern Show, The" (1994) playing "Himself" 27 July 1994
  25. "Dennis Miller Live" (1994) playing "Himself" in episode: "Fame" (episode # 1.2) 29 April 1994
  26. "Buffalo Bill" (1983) playing "Jerry Lewis impersonator" (uncredited) in episode: "Jerry Lewis Week" (episode # 2.2) 5 January 1984