James Eugene "Jim" Carrey (born January 17, 1962) is a Canadian-American actor and comedian.
Carrey began stand-up comedy in 1979, performing at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, Ontario. Film Carrey made his film debut in Rubberface (1983), which was released as Introducing...Janet. Later that year, he won the leading role in Damian Lee's Canadian skiing comedy Copper Mountain, which included hisimpersonation of Sammy Davis Jr. Since the film had a less than one hour runtime consisting largely of musical performances by Rita Coolidge and Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins, it was not considered a genuine feature film. Two years later, in 1985, Carrey saw his first major starring role in the dark comedy Once Bitten, in the role of Mark Kendall, a teen virgin pursued by a 400-year old female vampire (played by Lauren Hutton). After supporting roles in films such as Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), and The Dead Pool (1988), Carrey did not experience true stardom until starring in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which premiered only months before In Living Color ended. Ace Ventura was panned by critics, and earned Carrey a 1995 Golden Raspberry Award nomination as Worst New Star. But the film was as embraced by fans as it was derided by critics. The Ventura character became a pop icon, and the film made Carrey a superstar. It was a huge commercial success, as were his two other starring roles from that year: The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. In 1995, Carrey appeared as the Riddler in Batman Forever and reprised his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Both films were successful at the box office and earned Carrey multi-milliondollar paychecks. Carrey earned $20 million for his next film, The Cable Guy (directed by Ben Stiller), a record sum for a comedy actor. The cult film did not do well with critics, but Carrey quickly rebounded with the successful Liar Liar, a return to his trademark comedy style. Carrey took a slight pay cut to play a more serious role to star in the criticallypraised science-fiction dramedy The Truman Show (1998), a change of pace that led to forecasts of Academy Award nominations. Although the movie was nominated for three other awards, Carrey did not personally receive a nomination, leading him to joke that "it's an honor just to be nominated...oh no," during his appearance on the Oscar telecast. However, Carrey did win a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama and an MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance. That same year, Carrey appeared as a fictionalized version of himself on the final episode of Garry Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show, in which he deliberately ripped into Shandling's character.
The film grossed $24 million on its opening weekend and $90 million by the end of its domestic run.S. this film became the second highest grossing live-action comedy of all time. Carrey plays a man who becomes obsessed with the number 23. Carrey starred in a remake of Fun with Dick and Jane. Despite critical acclaim. Carrey won the role of comedian Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. Carrey reteamed with the Farrelly Brothers. who had directed him in Dumb and Dumber. and over $484 million worldwide. which was based on the popular children's novels of the same name. Earning over $242 million in the U. but again won a Best Actor Golden Globe award for the second consecutive year. In 2005. he played the villainous Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Myself & Irene. after finding a book about a man with the same obsession. in their comedy. (Sequels to Bruce Almighty. director of Batman Forever. and co-star Kate Winslet received an Oscar nomination for her performance. Carrey reteamed with Tom Shadyac for the financially successful comedy Bruce Almighty. In 2003. (Carrey was also nominated for a sixth Golden Globe for his performance).In 1999. Carrey reunited with Joel Schumacher. In 2000.)
. for The Number 23. Me. In 2004. and The Maskhave all been released without Carrey's involvement. about a state trooper with multiple personalities who romances a woman played by Renée Zellweger. playing Dick. he was not nominated for an Academy Award. who again predicted that Carrey would receive an Oscar nomination. Dumb and Dumber. a husband who becomes a bank robber after he loses his job. the film did win for Best Original Screenplay. In the film. His performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in 2004 earned high praise from critics. a psychological thriller co-starring Virginia Madsen and Danny Huston. The only time he has reprised a role was with Ace Ventura. In 2007. Carrey has stated that he finds the prospect of reprising a character to be considerably less enticing than taking on a new role.