Jim Carrey - Details

Biography

Jim CarreyCarrey began his professional career as a stand-up comedian and found success on television before breaking into motion pictures. The actor's unique combination of improvisation, mimicry and innovation with an outrageous style of physical comedy has captured the attention of film audiences throughout the world.

He has created some of the most popular and entertaining characters in modern film history, and his films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, based on the Dark Horse comic book series of the same name, Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls have all conquered the global box office, with all four films exceeding the $100 million mark in domestic grosses alone. With the 1996 release of The Cable Guy, Carrey's worldwide box office exceeded the $l billion mark.

Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and began performing in Toronto comedy clubs at age 15. He moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and soon became a regular performer at the famed Comedy Store.

After the success of Dumb and Dumber in 1994, Carrey was named NATO/ShoWest Comedy Star of the Year, and Dumb and Dumber was voted Favorite Film by The People's Choice Awards. Carrey was also nominated for the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture for Dumb and Dumber. He won a People’s Choice Award the year before in that same category for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. For his role in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Carrey also had the distinction of being honored with four MTV Movie Award nominations, winning in the Best Male Performance and Best Comedic Performance categories. At the 1996 Movie Awards, he was nominated in three categories for his work on The Cable Guy, and in 1997, he was again honored in the category of Best Comedic Performance for Liar Liar. In 1999, he won an MTV Award for Best Male Performance for The Truman Show.

Carrey was nominated in 1998 for a Golden Globe Award 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 1999 he was the recipient of a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance in Peter Weir’s The Truman Show. This year he won the Golden Globe in the same category for his portrayal of Andy Kaufman in the film Man on the Moon.

Events

  • 17th January 1962 - Birth