Jim Carrey Biography
James Eugene Carrey, born January 17, 1962 is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances.Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, to Kathleen , a homemaker, and Percy Carrey (1927–1994), a musician and accountant.
He has three older siblings: John, Patricia, and Rita. He was raised a Roman Catholic. His mother was of French, Irish, and Scottish descent and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry .
At age ten, Carrey wrote a letter to Carol Burnett of the Carol Burnett Show pointing out that he was already a master of impressions and should be considered for a role on the show; he was, as a child, overjoyed at receiving the semblance of a formally written reply.
Carrey lived in Burlington, Ontario, for eight years, and attended Aldershot High School. In a Hamilton Spectator interview (February 2007), Carrey said, “If my career in show business hadn’t panned out I would probably be working today in Hamilton, Ontario at the Dofasco steel mill.” When looking across the Burlington Bay toward Hamilton, he could see the mills and thought, “Those were where the great jobs were.”
Jim Carrey Age
He was born on January 17, 1962.
Jim Carrey Filmography/Movies
- The Sex and Violence Family Hour (1983)
- All in Good Taste (1983)
- Copper Mountain (1983)
- Rubberface (1983)
- Finders Keepers (1984)
- Once Bitten (1985)
- Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
- The Dead Pool (1988)
- Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
- The Mask (1994)
- Dumb and Dumber (1994)
- Batman Forever (1995)
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
- The Cable Guy (1996)
- Liar Liar (1997)
- The Truman Show (1998)
- Man on the Moon (1999)
- Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
- The Majestic (2001)
- Bruce Almighty (2003)
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
- Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
- Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
- The Number 23 (2007)
- Horton Hears a Who! (2008) (voice)
- Yes Man (2008)
- I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
- A Christmas Carol (2009)
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
- Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
- Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
- The Bad Batch (2016)
- Dark Crimes (2016)
Jim Carrey Citizenship
Carrey received U.S. citizenship in October 2004 and remains a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.
Jim Carrey Relationship/Spouse
Carrey has been married twice. His first marriage was to former actress and Comedy Store waitress Melissa Womer, whom he married on March 28, 1987. Their daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, was born September 6, 1987. Jane was a 2012 contestant on American Idol. Carrey and Womer divorced in 1995.
A year later, on September 23, 1996, Carrey married his Dumb and Dumber co-star Lauren Holly; the marriage lasted less than a year. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Carrey had a much-publicized, short-lived romance with his Me, Myself and Irene co-star Renée Zellweger, to whom he was engaged from 1999 to 2000.
Carrey met model and actress Jenny McCarthy in 2005 and made their relationship public in June 2006. In April 2010, the two ended their relationship. Despite the split and media circulations, in October 2010 McCarthy said, “Jim and I are still good friends”.
On September 28, 2015, Carrey’s former girlfriend Cathriona White, a native of County Tipperary, Ireland, was found dead from a prescription drug overdose. The couple first met in 2012. Carrey was a pallbearer at her funeral in Cappawhite.
On September 19, 2016, Mark Burton, White’s husband from 2013 until her death, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey, claiming that he had used his “immense wealth and celebrity status” to illegally obtain and distribute prescription drugs involved in her death. Carrey released a statement the following day:
What a terrible shame. It would be easy for me to get in a back room with this man’s lawyer and make this go away, but there are some moments in life when you have to stand up and defend your honor against the evil in this world. I will not tolerate this heartless attempt to exploit me or the woman I loved. Cat’s troubles were born long before I met her and sadly her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control. I really hope that some day soon people will stop trying to profit from this and let her rest in peace.
In October 2016, White’s mother, Brigid Sweetman, also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Carrey. In this suit, Sweetman’s attorney states that Carrey underwent a test for sexually transmitted infections and “purposely hid the results from Ms. White, whom he was intimately involved with, and failed to inform her that he had tested positive for hepatitis A, HSV (herpes) I and II, and chlamydia.
To make matters worse, Carrey then proceeded to have unprotected sex with Ms. White with full knowledge that he was STD positive.” Sweetman herself later issued a statement: “These documents show that Jim Carrey has lied to the media, the public and the court.
Carrey has now been shown for what he is — a dishonest Hollywood celebrity who thinks he can say anything and fool people just because he is famous.” The lawsuit was dismissed on January 25, 2018, and attorneys for both sides confirmed there would be no further legal proceedings.
Jim Carrey Health
Carrey has fought with depression. To deal with his depression, Carrey took Prozac. He has stated that he no longer takes medications or stimulants of any kind, including coffee.
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Jim Carrey Career
While Carrey was struggling to obtain work and make a name for himself, his father tried to help the young comedian put together a stage act, driving him to Toronto to debut at comedy club Yuk Yuk’s. Carrey’s impersonations bombed and this gave him doubts about his capabilities as a professional entertainer. His family’s financial struggles made it difficult for them to support Carrey’s ambitions.
Eventually, the family’s financial problems were resolved and they moved into a new home. With more domestic stability, Carrey returned to the stage with a more polished act. In a short period of time, he went from open-mic nights to regular paid shows, building his reputation in the process. A reviewer in the Toronto Star raved that Carrey was “a genuine star coming to life”.
Carrey was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who signed the young comic to open his tour performances. Dangerfield eventually brought Carrey to Las Vegas. However, Carrey soon decided to move to Hollywood, where he began performing at The Comedy Store and, in 1982, appeared on the televised stand-up show An Evening at the Improv. The following year, he debuted his act on The Tonight Show.
Despite his increasing popularity as a stand-up comic, Carrey turned his attention to the film and television industries, auditioning to be a cast member for the 1980–81 season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Carrey was not selected for the position, although he later hosted the show in May 1996, January 2011, and October 2014. In 1984, Carrey was in the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory.
From 1990 to 1994, Carrey was a regular cast member of the ensemble comedy television series In Living Color.
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