Renowned for his famous slapstick performances, Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist and producer.
Prior to the fame Jim enjoys in his career today, he did stand up comedy in local Toronto comedy clubs before moving to Los Angeles. He rose to fame in 1990 when he joined the cast on the sketch comedy show “In Living Color” and further established his career as a comedian with popular 1990s comedies such as “Dumb and Dumber”, “The Mask”, “The Cable Guy”, “Liar Liar” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”.
Jim Carrey’s Journey To Fame
James Eugene Carrey was born on January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. His journey to fame is one of grass to grace.
The last among five children, Carrey was forced to drop out of high school to take up a job following his father’s loss of job, in order to support the family. He was 15 years old when he began working as a janitor. As if his father’s job loss didn’t bring enough agony to the family, his mother also fell terribly sick, requiring utmost attention and care.
The last straw that broke the camel’s back was when they were thrown out of their apartment as they couldn’t afford rent. The homeless family resorted to living in their Volkswagen minivan. An angered Carrey was determined to ensure that his family is rescued from abject penury.
Things appeared to look bright when the family moved from Newmarket to Scarborough where they rented a decent home. Carrey returned to school but had to drop out yet again. With a sheer determination to help the family, he decided to capitalize on his sense of humour to start a career as a stand-up comedian. His father supported his decision and accompanied him to Toronto for his first stage act which unfortunately was a total flop! How worse could it get…?
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Carrey decided to put his comic career on hold returning only when the family had regained a somewhat level of financial stability. After enjoying his comic skills, the crowd couldn’t help but go hysterics from his energetic slapstick displays which soon started paying off.
Subsequently, he was discovered by ace comedian Rodney Dangerfield and there was the beginning of more successes to come. Carrey performed as an opening act during Dangerfield’s tours. From Toronto, he took his comic abilities to audiences in Las Vegas and then the biggest scene of them all – Hollywood.
Breakthrough With The Hollywood Scene
Slowly, he built a reputation in Hollywood performing at The Comedy Store, An Evening at the Improv and even on the famous The Tonight Show. It was only going to get better from here. Carrey then decided to branch out into acting. After a few minor roles, he got the first break in 1990 as a cast on TV series “In Living Color”, he remained on the series until its conclusion in 1994, the year that everything turned around for Carrey.
He portrayed the lead character in three blockbuster movies that also received much critical rave. They were “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (Paycheck $350,000), “The Mask” (paycheck $540,000) and “Dumb and Dumber” (Paycheck $7 million). He took the world by storm, didn’t he? Carrey’s success continued with movies like “Batman Forever” (2005), “The Cable Guy” (1996), and “Liar Liar” (1997).
Carrey gained further worldwide recognition starring as the titular character in the critically acclaimed satirical comedy-drama film “The Truman Show” (1998) for which he was paid $12 million and 1999 Andy Kaufman biographical comedy-drama “Man on the Moon” receiving another $12 million. For his roles, Carrey won two consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
The 2000 era wasn’t different, his success bloomed on with movies like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) for which he received a whopping $20 million. He was paid $25 million for “Bruce Almighty” (2003) which he starred opposite Friends star, Jennifer Aniston. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004) alongside Kate Winslet and Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004) were both commercially successful. You get it now? Jim Carrey has always been a box office darling…
Details Of His Recent Works
Beginning from 2013, Carrey added writing to his repertoire, penning children’s book titled “How Roland Rolls.” Carrey continues to star in movies and has also been more active as a producer. Some of his recent movies include the sequel to “Dumb and Dumber To” (2014) “The Bad Batch” (2016) and “True Crimes” (2016).
For his outstanding works in the movie scene, Carrey has been showered with numerous coveted awards, some of which include; 4 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Actor, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 6 Kids Choice Awards, 11 MTV Movie Awards, 4 People’s Choice Awards and 5 Teen Choice Awards. He was inducted into the Canadian Walk Of Fame in 2004.
Jim Carrey Is Worth A Lot Of Money
The famous wild slapstick performer has a net worth estimated at $150 million. With the help of his talent in comedy, Carrey rose from the dump to prominence and remained there. He has acquired many valuable properties and owns a Gulfstream V jet valued at over $25 million. Compared to where he’s coming from, Carrey is literally living in heaven.
Carrey entered the Forbes list of highest paid actors in 2006 with earnings of $20 million. He resurfaced in 2009 and 2011 with $30 million and $20 million earned respectively.
Who Are His Wife and Kids?
Beyond being in many relationships, Carrey has been married twice. He married former actress and Comedy Store waitress Melissa Womer on March 28, 1987. The couple shares a daughter, Jane Erin Carrey who was born on September 6, 1987. Jane was one of the contestants on American Idol in 2012. Carrey and Womer went their separate ways in 1995.
On September 23, 1996, he married his “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Lauren Holly. The marriage didn’t last up to a year.
He Switched To Having Girlfriends When Marriage Didn’t Work Out
After two failed marriages, Carrey resorted to dating. He met model and actress Jenny McCarthy in 2005, but their relationship was made public in June 2006. However, the relationship hit the rocks in April 2010.
Tragedy stuck on September 28, 2015, when Carrey’s former girlfriend Cathriona White was found dead from a prescription drug overdose. Carrey was later roped in a lawsuit claiming he has a hand in the prescription drug that killed White.
Is Jim Carrey Dead?
While the iconic Hollywood star is still alive, he stands a chance to face trial for the death of his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White. This follows a judge’s refusal to dismiss two wrongful death lawsuits filed against him. White’s estranged husband Mark Burton and her mother, Brigid Sweetman are taking legal actions against the 55-year-old actor for allegedly using his resources to provide the drugs that killed White. Carrey dismissed the allegations as irrelevant and false.