17 january, 1962
Jim Carrey, a Canadian-born actor who became a naturalized American citizen in 2004, is an actor and producer famous for his rubbery body movements and flexible facial expressions. The two-time Golden Globe-winner rose to fame as a cast member of the Fox sketch comedy "In Living Color" (1990) but leading roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Dumb & Dumber (1994) and The Mask (1994) established him as a bankable comedy actor.
James Eugene Carrey was born 17 January, 1962, in Ontario, Canada, and is the youngest of four children. Carrey was a natural performer even as a child, to the point of regularly doing stand-up routines for his classmates in junior high.
Following a period of severe financial hardship that included living with his family in a camper van, Carrey made his stand-up debut in Toronto after his parents and siblings got back on their feet. Determined to pursue his dream to be a comic, Carrey dropped out of high school to work on his act. He moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and eventually caught the attention of Rodney Dangerfield, who signed Carrey to open for him during his tour. Carrey also worked on breaking into film around this time, landing small roles until he met Damon Wayans on the set of Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), in which both actors played aliens. Wayans and his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans, recruited Carrey for the cast of "In Living Color" (1990), where he quickly became a stand-out thanks to his array of outrageous comedic personalities such as Fire Marshal Bill.
Following his time on "In Living Color" (1990), Carrey appeared in roles that capitalized on his physical comedic ability, breaking out as a star with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), a film that proved to be a box-office smash. Later, his performance in Liar Liar (1997) earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, and would mark a turning point in his career. Two films that followed, The Truman Show (1998) and his turn as Andy Kaufman in the biopic Man on the Moon (1999), each netted Carrey a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
Although Carrey maintains a foothold in the comedy world with films such as Bruce Almighty (2003) and Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011), he's also capable of turning in nuanced dramatic performances, as demonstrated in films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and the drama/comedy Yes Man (2008). In 2013, he co-stars with Steve Carell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).
Carrey has one child with his first wife, Melissa Carrey, whom he divorced in 1995. He married actress Lauren Holly in 1996, but they split less than a year later.