Born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Jim Carrey knew by age three that show business was in his blood. At age 15, Carrey took off for Toronto to perform at Yuk Yuks, the famous comedy club. Following the performance, Carrey's career took off and for the next few years he worked in comedy clubs all over Canada. In 1981, at age 19, he packed his belongings and moved to Los Angeles. Carrey immediately became a regular at Mitzi Shore's Comedy Store, attracting the attention of comedy legend Rodney Dangerfield. Dangerfield was so impressed with the young comic that they began touring together. It was then that things began to happen for Jim Carrey.
1982 proved to be a magical year for Carrey when MTM cast him as the star of their NBC series "Duck Factory." Although the series only lasted 13 weeks, Carrey's work left a lasting impression in Hollywood. The next year he landed the lead role in the feature film "Once Bitten," starring Lauren Hutton. He followed that film with roles in Francis Ford Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married," and the Geena Davis comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy." In 1988, Carrey made a brief, but memorable, appearance as "Johnny Squares," the self-destructive rock star in the Clint Eastwood film "The Dead Pool."
In 1990, Carrey joined the cast of Fox Television's ensemble comedy hit "In Living Color." In November of the following year, his first Showtime Special, entitled "Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act," premiered to rave reviews. He followed the special's success with a starring role as an alcoholic trying to cope with life in Fox's Emmy nominated movie of the week, "Doing Time on Maple Drive."
In 1994 after several successful seasons on "In Living Color," Carrey once again branched out into feature films by accepting the lead role in the Warner Bros. comedy "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." Carrey's no-holds-barred portrayal of "Ace Ventura" made him an instant sensation. Carrey followed that success in the summer of 1994 by starring in the title role of the action-fantasy "The Mask," based on the best-selling Dark Horse comic book series of the same name. "The Mask" went on to gross more than $100 million domestically, winning spectacular reviews for Carrey. That same year he starred opposite Jeff Daniels in the Farrelly brothers' film "Dumb and Dumber." Carrey starred as the "Riddler/ Edward Nygma" in the 1995 blockbuster sequel "Batman Forever." The following year he went on to star in "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls," continuing the misadventures of the world's favourite pet detective, and then starred in Columbia Pictures' "The Cable Guy." Universal Pictures hit "Liar, Liar," which opened to record breaking numbers in 1997 earned over $100 million in ticket grosses. His triumphant triple play earned him the honour of "NATO/ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year."
Carrey is currently in production on the Paramount Pictures' film "Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events" based on the children's book series by Daniel Handler. Jim stars as Count Olaf, a wily villain with clever disguises and outrageous schemes, who is bent on swindling the Baudelarie orphans out of their family fortune. The film features the unique blend of intelligence, irony and irreverence that readers of all ages have discovered in Lemony Snicket's best selling books. The film is scheduled to be released December 17, 2004.
Carrey can currently be seen on screen opposite Kate Winslet in the Focus Features' drama "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind." In the film, Carrey stars as Joel, a man who is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Mierzwiak, to have Clementine removed from his own memory. The film was written by Charlie Kaufman ("Adaptation") and directed by Michael Gondry ("Human Nature.")
Carrey was last seen on screen in the hugely successful Universal Pictures' comedy "Bruce Almighty." The film, which has made over $470 million dollars worldwide, was one of the highest grossing films of 2003. "Bruce Almighty" also reunited Carrey with director Tom Shadyac ("Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" & "Liar, Liar") and writer Steve Oedekerk ("Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls").
Carrey recently signed on to make his animated feature film debut in the DreamWorks computer animated project "Over The Hedge." In the film, Carrey will provide the voice for a mischievous con artist raccoon named R.J., opposite co-star Garry Shandling, who will voice a sensitive turtle named Verne. The film follows the story of what happens to Verne and R.J. when a suburban housing development encroaches on their home in the forest. Based on a popular comic strip of the same name, the movie is scheduled to be released in 2005.
In 2000, Carrey had the distinction of appearing in the year's highest grossing film, Universal Pictures' release "How The Grinch Stole Christmas." He was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of "Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy" for his portrayal of the Grinch, as well as a People's Choice Award in the category of "Favourite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy."
In the summer of 2000, Carrey reunited with directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly for the 20th Century Fox comedy, "Me, Myself And Irene," for which he received an MTV Movie Award nomination in the category of "Best Comedic Performance" for his portrayal of a split personality in the film. He also won the Golden Globe in 2000 for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy" for his portrayal of Andy Kaufman in the film "Man On The Moon." He had won a Golden Globe Award the previous year for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama" for his role in the critically acclaimed film "The Truman Show." The 1999 Golden Globe win marked Carrey's first award for a dramatic role. He also received a Golden Globe nomination in 1997 for "Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy" for "Liar, Liar," the same category in which he was nominated in 1995 for "The Mask." In 2000, he was named "Male Star of the Year" at ShoWest.
Early in the development of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the studio wanted Rick Moranis for the part and reached out to him about it. Jim Carrey, who has a co-writing credit alongside director Tom Shadyac, helped shape the character to fit him after he came on board.