Jim Carrey Biography (1962-)

Full name, James Eugene Carrey; born January 17, 1962, in Jacksons Point (some sources say Newmarket or Toronto), Ontario, Canada; son of Percy (a musician and accountant) and Kathleen (a homemaker) Carrey; married Melissa Womer (an actress), 1986 (one source says 1987; divorced, 1995); married Lauren Holly(an actress), September 23, 1996 (divorced, July 29, 1997); children: (firstmarriage) Jane. Avocational interests: Alternative rock music, drawing, watching dramatic films, tennis, reading self-help books. Addresses: Agent-- United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Career: Actor, comedian, and writer. Standup comedian, c. 1979--. Titan Wheels (factory), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, laborer. Awards, Honors: MTV Movie Award nomination, best comedic performance, 1994, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, favorite actor--comedy, on video, andfavorite male newcomer, on video, both 1995, all for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective; Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture--comedy/musical, MTV Movie Award nominations, best comedic performance and best dance sequence (with Cameron Diaz), all 1995, for The Mask; MTV Movie Awards, best comedic performance and best kiss (with LaurenHolly), and MTV Movie Award nomination (with Jeff Daniels), best on-screen duo, all 1995, for Dumb and Dumber; MTV Movie Awards, best male performance and best comedic performance, and MTV Movie Award nomination (with SophieOkonedo), best kiss, all 1996, for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls; MTV Movie Award nomination, best villain, 1996, for Batman Forever; MTVMovie Awards, best comedic performance and best villain, and MTV Movie Awardnomination (with Matthew Broderick), best fight, all 1997, for The Cable Guy; named one of the "top 100 movie stars of all time," Empire magazine, 1997; Showman of the Year Award, 1998; MTV Movie Award, best comedic performance, Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actor--comedy, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture--comedy/musical, all 1998, for Liar Liar; Golden Globe Award, best performance by an actor in a motion picture--drama, MTV Movie Award, best male performance, Saturn Award nomination, Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Films, best actor, American Comedy Award nomination, funniest actor ina motion picture (leading role), Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination,favorite actor--drama, and Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination,best actor, all 1999, for The Truman Show; American Comedy Award nomination, funniest male guest appearance in a television series, 1999, for "Flip," an episode of The Larry Sanders Show; named one of the "100 greatest entertainers," Entertainment Weekly, 1999; Boston Society of Film Critics Award, best actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Award runner up, best male performance, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, bestactor, all 1999, Golden Globe Award, best performance by an actor in a motionpicture--comedy/musical, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy, or musical, MTVMovie Award nomination, best male performance, American Comedy Award nomination, funniest actor in a motion picture (leading role), and Canadian Comedy Award nomination, film--performance male, all 2000, all for Man on the Moon; ShoWest Award, National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), male starof the year, 2000; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2000; MTVMovie Award for best Villain, Blockbuster Entertainment Award and Kid's Choice Blimp Award, both for favorite actor in a comedy, all for How the GrinchStole Christmas, 2000; People's Choice Award for favorite motion picturestar in a comedy, 2001. Addresses: Agent: United Talent Agency, 9560Wilshire Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Actor, comedian, writer
Birth Details
January 17, 1962
Jacksons Point, Ontario, Canada

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • All In Good Taste, Manesco Films, 1983
  • Bobby Todd, Copper Mountain(also known as Club Med and Copper Mountain: A Club Med Experience; short film), Rose and Ruby Productions, 1983
  • Lane Biddlecoff, Finders Keepers, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Mark Kendall, Once Bitten, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1985
  • Walter Getz, Peggy Sue Got Married, TriStar, 1986
  • (As James Carrey) Johnny Squares, The Dead Pool, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Lounge entertainer, Pink Cadillac, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Wiploc, Earth Girls Are Easy, Vestron, 1989
  • (Uncredited) Death, High Strung, Summa, 1991
  • (As James Carrey) Voice of the exterminator, The Itsy Bitsy Spider(animated short film), Paramount, 1992
  • Title role, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Lloyd Christmas, Dumb and Dumber(also known as Dumb Happens), New Line Cinema, 1994
  • Stanley Ipkiss/The Mask, The Mask, New Line Cinema, 1994
  • Ace Ventura, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls(also known as Ace Ventura Goes to Africa), Warner Bros., 1995
  • Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Batman Forever(also known as Forever), Warner Bros., 1995
  • The Mask's Revenge,1996
  • Title role and song performer, The Cable Guy, Columbia/TriStar, 1996
  • Fletcher Reede, Liar Liar, Universal, 1997
  • The adult Joe Wentworth, Simon Birch(also known as Angels and Armadillos), Buena Vista, 1998
  • Truman Burbank, The Truman Show, Paramount, 1998
  • Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton, Man on the Moon, Universal, 1999
  • Title role, The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Warner Bros., 1999
  • Charlie Baileygates/Hank, Me, Myself & Irene, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000
  • The Grinch, How the Grinch Stole Christmas(also known as Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Grinch), Universal, 2000
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Skip Tarkenton, The Duck Factory, NBC, 1984
  • (Also billed as James Carrey) Member of the ensemble, In Living Color, Fox, 1990-94
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Character creator, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective(animated), CBS and Nickelodeon, 1995-
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Tony Moroni, Introducing... Janet(also known as Rubberface;short film), CBC, 1983
  • Brad Peterson (one source says Brad Peters), Mike Hammer: Murder TakesAll, CBS, 1989
  • Tim Carter, Doing Time on Maple Drive(also known as Faces in the Mirror), Fox, 1992
  • Specials
  • Jim Carrey: The Un-Natural Act, Showtime, 1991
  • Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth, HBO, 1991
  • The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday, NBC, 1992
  • Comic Relief V, HBO, 1992
  • A Tribute to Sam Kinison, Fox, 1993
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1995
  • Comedy Central Spotlight: Jim Carrey, Comedy Central, 1995
  • A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman, NBC, 1995
  • Riddle Me This: Why Is Batman Forever?, ABC, 1995
  • Himself, Canned Ham: The Cable Guy, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Himself and performer of song "I Am the Walrus," In My Life, Bravo, 1998
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars(documentary), CBS, 1999
  • Himself, Andy Kaufman's Really Big Show, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies(also known as AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs; documentary), CBS, 2000
  • Himself, Canned Ham: Me, Myself & Irene, Comedy Central, 2000
  • Himself, The Comedy Store: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001
  • Also appeared in specials broadcast on MTV.
  • Awards Presentations
  • Himself, A Salute to Steven Spielberg(also known as The AFI Salute to Steven Spielberg and The 23rd American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Steven Spielberg), NBC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards,1995
  • The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards,1996
  • Host, A Salute to Clint Eastwood(also known as The AFI Salute to Clint Eastwood and The 24th American Film Institute Life AchievementAward: A Salute to Clint Eastwood), ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • The VH1 1997 Fashion Awards, VH1, 1997
  • The 1998 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1998
  • The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards,1998
  • The 1999 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1999
  • Presenter, The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1999
  • Himself, The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV, 2000
  • Hosted (with Laurie Hibbert) an awards presentation broadcast on YTV.
  • Episodic
  • (Uncredited) Jerry Lewis impersonator, "Jerry Lewis Week," Buffalo Bill, NBC, 1984
  • The Dennis Miller Show, syndicated, 1992
  • Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1994
  • Himself, "The Mask," Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Cartoon Network, 1994
  • Himself, "Le livre d'histoire," Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Cartoon Network, 1995
  • The Life and Death of Sam Kinison: The E! True Hollywood Story, E!Entertainment Television, 1996
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live(also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1996
  • The Entertainment Business(also known as Bravo Profiles), Bravo, 1998
  • Himself, The Oprah Winfrey Show, syndicated, 1998
  • Himself, "Flip," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1998
  • Himself, "Rodney Dangerfield: Respect at Last," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1998
  • Himself, Larry King Live, CNN, 1999
  • Himself, "Nicolas Cage: Wild at Heart," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Appeared in The Brady Bunch, ABC; Sesame Street, PBS; and episodes of other series.
  • Screenplays
  • (With others) Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Warner Bros., 1994
  • Material for Characters
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls(also known as Ace Ventura Goes to Africa), Warner Bros., 1995
  • Teleplays
  • Series
  • (With others) In Living Color, Fox, 1990-94
  • Specials
  • Jim Carrey: The Un-Natural Act, Showtime, 1991

Further Reference


    • Entertainment Weekly, p. 24; November 1, 1999, p. 124; June 23, 2000, pp. 28-34. June 5, 1998
    • Maclean's, pp. 58-59. April 9, 1984
    • Movieline, pp. 48-83, 86-87. May 9, 1998
    • Newsweek, pp. 50-51. July 25, 1994
    • People Weekly, p. 117; June 26, 2000. June 29, 1998
    • Variety, pp. S3-S5. August 24, 1998

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