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Jim Carrey

Biography

According to his family, Jim Carrey was an extrovert at a very early age. As a small child, he would perform for anyone who would pay attention, and even sent in his resume to Carol Burnett when he was ten! In school, teachers knew the only way to get through the day without comedic interruptions from the overactive Carrey was to let him have the last ten minutes of class. If he was good throughout the day, the last ten minutes were his to entertain his class in whatever wacky way he wanted. Life was good, until his family went broke and had to move to a less expensive suburb of Toronto. Here, the entire family had to work to keep up with the bills, including Jim, who put in eight-hour work days after school got out. Not surprisingly, his grades suffered and the normally extroverted Carrey became quiet and withdrawn. The family eventually was forced to live out of a camper van until destiny led them back to Toronto. Back in the big city, he tried his luck on the comedy scene, with reportedly disastrous results. Still, Carrey dropped out of high school and eventually moved to Los Angeles in 1979. He managed to work his way into a semi-regular gig at the Comedy Store, which is where Rodney Dangerfield first happened on him. Dangerfield was so impressed, he signed Carey to a contract guaranteeing the fresh-faced comedian steady work for a year. Never one to rest on laurels, Carrey began looking for other creative outlets and was rewarded with small acting parts in television (The Duck Factory) and in film (Peggy Sue Got Married). His first big break came in 1989 when he was cast as the Wiploc in Earth Girls Are Easy. It wasn't exactly the role of a lifetime, but Carrey impressed fellow cast member Damon Wayans, who in turn, called his brother and recommended Carrey for the sketch comedy show, In Living Color. Carrey's brand of physical, slapstick humor, combined with his razor-sharp impressions, made him one of the most popular members of the ensemble comedy team. Now Hollywood opened its doors to Carrey, who starred in three box office winners in 1994 alone! Another string of hits followed, including Batman Forever and Liar Liar, making Carrey one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood. Gambling his career on a non-comedic role, Carrey accepted the lead in the The Truman Show. The gamble paid off, as fans and critics were pleasantly surprised by Carrey's heartfelt performance, and rewarded him with his first Golden Globe award. The accolades continued to pour in for his performance in Man on the Moon as well as Bruce Almighty -- not to mention his starring performance ! in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Although the Academy Award still eludes him, Carrey continues to expand his reach as an actor, taking parts in the romantic comedy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and in the eerie children's film, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events in 2004.
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