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JIM CARREY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
  
Comedian and actor Jim Carrey was born as James on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. His father was a saxophonist with a Toronto band, and while his mother was a housewife when he was born, she had been a singer. Obviously, performing ran in the family. From a young age, Carrey loved to perform comedic routines for his family to cheer them up, especially when going through times like his parents’ illnesses and his father’s job loss. After his father lost his job, the fourteen year old Carrey was forced to work eight hour days on top of going to school, which caused his former straight A’s to disappear. His family was also burdened to live first in a factory, and then in their Volkswagen camper van. Fortunately, this gave Carrey and his dad time to work on comedy routines.
 
Though at first the teenager’s comedy skits and impersonations weren’t well regarded, he kept at it and was soon a regular act on the Toronto comedy scene. By age sixteen, Carrey dropped out of school to pursue a full time career in comedy. In 1979 he moved to Los Angeles, where he was signed into a regular gig at The Comedy Store, as well as booked to be the opening act to Rodney Dangerfield. He soon began to also take parts in a couple television series and films “Copper Mountain” (1983), “Rubberface” (1983) to help with his career.
 
By twenty two, the comic was financially secure, and had just taken on the lead role in the show “The Duck Factory” (1984). It was cancelled after one season, but Carrey remained positive. He decided to focus his efforts on the motion pictures, and began auditioning for roles. He nabbed the part of a teen virgin, who is being pursued by a four hundred year old vampire, in the dark comedy “Once Bitten” (1985). Then he took on supporting roles in features like “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986), “Earth Girls Are Easy” (1988), and “Pink Cadillac” (1989), before finding his breakthrough role in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994). The film followed Ace (Carrey), a goofy detective specializing in pet mysteries, who goes on a mission to find the missing dolphin mascot of a team.

The actor followed up with two more box office successes: “The Mask” (1994), in which audiences were impressed by his outrageous antics and unbeatable energy, and “Dumb & Dumber” (1994), featuring Carrey’s physical comedy at its best. Next he gave an exceptional performance in “Batman Forever” (1995), actually blowing all of the other characters out of the water with his immense talent. Ace returned for a sequel (his only sequel ever) after, with “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls” (1995), solidifying Carrey’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s highest grossing movie stars.
 
The actor went dark and serious for “The Cable Guy” (1996), which turned into his first disappointment. He redeemed himself quickly, however, with “Liar, Liar” (1997), a play on lawyers’ stereotypical inability to tell the truth. The multiple Oscar winning “The Truman Show” (1998) followed, showing a more dramatic side of the typically only hilarious Carrey. People were so impressed by his acting abilities that he garnered a win at the Golden Globes. After a small part in “Simon Birch” (1998), he appeared in the biopic of comedian Andy Kaufman titled “Man on the Moon” (1999). For his dead-on portrayal of the comedian he earned yet another Golden Globe.
 
At the start of the decade the actor returned to his uproarious acting for “Me, Myself, and Irene” (2000), in which he plays a man with split personalities, vying for the love of Renee Zellweger. In the fall that same year, Jim Carrey dressed up in green fur and green face paint, and depicted the Grinch in the highly anticipated, big-budgeted film version of Dr. Suess’ “How he Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).

In 2001, he guest starred on “In Living Color” (1990-2001), a show that he had been a part of (in both writing and acting) from 1990 until 1994. After a forgettable show in “The Majestic” (2001), the actor starred as a TV man who inherits God’s abilities in 2003’s “Bruce Almighty”. He then took the lead in the critically acclaimed “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), a dramatic film about a man who goes through a procedure to erase a girlfriend from his mind, only to discover she is all he wants to remember. Later in the year, he played the amusingly villainous Count Olaf in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004).
 
In 2005 he starred in the well received remake of the 1977 film “Fun with Dick and Jane”, succeeded by the psychological thriller “The Number 23” (2007), which turned out to be a flop.  The actor made a comeback as the voice of the elephant in the movie adaptation of Dr. Suess’ “Horton Hears a Who!” (2008), which earned love from critics and family audiences alike. Later in the year, Carrey starred in a decent film, “Yes Man” (2008), about a man who signs up for a self help program and finds that his life has changed. After acting as a homosexual jail inmate in “I Love You Phillip Morris” (2009), he took on multiple characters in Disney’s 3D version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” (2009). Carrey appeared in another family movie next, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (2011), based on the book by the same name.

The actor is currently working on “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” (2013), about a jaded stage magician who becomes jealous after a new and trendy magician comes into town, and “Pierre Pierre” (2013), which follows a French radical who is requested to smuggle a stolen Mona Lisa.

 
Filmography
 
2013 Pierre Pierre 
 
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 
 
2012 30 Rock 
 
2011 Drunk History Christmas 
 
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins 
 
2011 The Office 
 
2010 Presidential Reunion 
 
2009 A Christmas Carol 
 
2009 I Love You Phillip Morris   
 
2008 Yes Man 
 
2007 The Number 23 
 
2006 Masters of Horror 
 
2005 Fun with Dick and Jane 
 
2008 Horton Hears a Who! 
 
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 
 
2003 Bruce Almighty 
 
2003 Pecan Pie
 
2001 Laughing Out Loud: America's Funniest Comedians
 
2001 The Majestic 
 
2000 Me, Myself & Irene
 
2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 
 
1999 Man on the Moon 
 
1998 The Roseanne Show 
 
1998 Simon Birch 
 
1998 The Truman Show 
 
1997 Liar Liar
 
1996 The Cable Guy  
 
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 
 
1995 Batman Forever
 
1994 Dumb & Dumber

1994 The Mask    
 
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 
 
1992 Comic Relief V

1992 The Itsy Bitsy Spider 
 
1992 Doing Time on Maple Drive
 
1991 Jim Carrey: The Un-Natural Act 
 
1991 Comic Relief IV 
 
1991 High Strung 
 
1990 In Living Color
 
1989 Pink Cadillac 
 
1989 Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All 
 
1988 Earth Girls Are Easy 
 
1988 The Dead Pool 
 
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married 
 
1985 Once Bitten 
 
1984 The Duck Factory 
 
1984 Finders Keepers 
 
1984 Buffalo Bill 
 
1983 All in Good Taste 
 
1983 Copper Mountain 
 
1983 Introducing... Janet 
 
1983 On Location: The Comedy Store's 11th Anniversary Show

1983 The Sex and Violence Family Hour 
 
1980 The All-Night Show





Matinee Classics - Pink Cadillac starring Clint Eastwood, Bernadette Peters, Timothy Carhart, Gerry Bamman, John Dennis Johnson, Michael Des Barres, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Bill Moseley, Michael Champion, William Hickey, Geoffrey Lewis, Dirk Blocker, Jim Carrey, James Cromwell, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Bill McKinney, Paul Benjamin, Frances Fisher, Bryan Adams, John Fleck, Mara Corday, Darryl Keyes and James Link
Matinee Classics - The Dead Pool starring Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Evan C. Kim, Liam Neeson, David Hunt, Michael Currie, Jim Carrey, Nicholas Love, Glenn Wright, Shawn Elliott, Ronnie Claire Edwards, Louis Giambalvo, George Orrison, Marc Alaimo and Justin Whalin


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