80 Facts About Jim Carrey


James Eugene Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, producer, author, and artist.


Jim Carrey broke out as a star in motion pictures with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber.


Jim Carrey gained attention for his leading roles in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, earning Golden Globe Awards for each film.


Jim Carrey later starred in the psychological science fiction romantic drama film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ; this performance is repeatedly lauded as the seminal in Carrey's career and for which he was nominated for both the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and another Golden Globe Award.


Jim Carrey was praised for his dramatic role of Jeff Piccirillo in the Showtime tragicomedy series Kidding, for which he was nominated for another Golden Globe.


In 2006, Jim Carrey received a Grammy award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.


In 2013, Jim Carrey published his first book, a children's story titled How Roland Rolls, which was awarded a 2013 Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award.


In 2020, Jim Carrey published his first novel, Memoirs and Misinformation, which he co-authored with Dana Vachon.


Jim Carrey was born in the Toronto suburb of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, to Kathleen, a homemaker, and Percy Jim Carrey, a musician and accountant.


Jim Carrey was raised a Roman Catholic and has three older siblings, John, Patricia, and Rita.


Jim Carrey's mother was of French, Irish, and Scottish descent, and his father was of French-Canadian ancestry; the family's original surname was Carre.


At age ten, Jim 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 overjoyed when he received a form letter reply.


Jim Carrey spent his early years in the borough of Scarborough, Ontario, part of Metropolitan Toronto, where he attended Blessed Trinity Catholic Elementary School in North York.


Jim Carrey began to perform comedy in downtown Toronto while continuing to work at the factory.


Jim Carrey ended up not being selected by the show's new executive producer Jean Doumanian who picked thirty-one-year-old Charles Rocket instead.


However, rather than being booked on the show, Jim Carrey got advised to further hone his act, so he went back home to the Toronto area where he had already built a significant following.


In early 1983, Jim Carrey decided to move to Hollywood where he began regularly performing at The Comedy Store.


The end of 1983 saw Jim Carrey go back home to Toronto once more for a publicized New Years' Eve performance at the Royal York Hotel's Imperial Room.


Jim Carrey would continue getting film roles; throughout late summer and early fall 1985, he shot a supporting part in Francis Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married which went into a long post-production process.


Unlike his previous SNL rejection, Jim Carrey now had a bit of a film career to fall back on in addition to his impressionist stand-up act; Once Bitten was released in mid November 1985 and turned out to be a modest box-office hit despite drawing poor reviews.


Back on the comedy club circuit with impressions, in fall 1986, Jim Carrey auditioned for SNLs upcoming season, his third attempt at getting on the ensemble sketch comedy show.


Finally managing to perform for the show's executive producer Lorne Michaels at a Burbank studio, with returning cast members Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, and Nora Dunn watching the audition, Jim Carrey was rejected again.


From 1990 to 1994, Jim Carrey was a regular cast member of the ensemble comedy television series In Living Color.


Jim Carrey played the lead role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective which was released in February 1994 and went on to gross $72 million in the United States and Canada.


Jim Carrey received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in The Mask and was voted second on Quigley's Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll, behind Tom Hanks.


Jim Carrey portrayed the Batman villain the Riddler in the Joel Schumacher-directed superhero film Batman Forever.


Jim Carrey reprised his role as Ace Ventura in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls which was released in 1995.


Jim Carrey starred in the music video of the film's closing song, "Leave Me Alone" by Jerry Cantrell.


Jim Carrey soon bounced back with the critically acclaimed comedy Liar Liar, playing Fletcher Reede, an unethical lawyer rendered unable to lie by his young son's birthday wish.


Jim Carrey was praised for his performance, earning a second Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor.


Jim Carrey won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama but did not receive an Academy Award nomination.


That same year, Jim 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.


In 1999, Jim Carrey had the lead role in Man on the Moon.


Jim Carrey portrayed comedian Andy Kaufman to critical acclaim and received his second Golden Globe in a row but again failed to be nominated for an Academy Award.


Jim Carrey played the role of state trooper Charlie Baileygates, who has multiple personalities and romances a woman portrayed by Renee Zellweger.


That same year, Jim Carrey starred in the second highest-grossing Christmas film of all time, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, playing the title character, for which he received both praise and criticism from critics alongside a Golden Globe nomination.


Jim Carrey played a television newsman who unexpectedly receives God's omnipotent abilities when the deity decides to take a vacation.


In 2004, Jim Carrey starred in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


That same year, Jim Carrey was inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame.


Jim Carrey reunited with Joel Schumacher, director of Batman Forever, for The Number 23, a psychological thriller co-starring Virginia Madsen and Danny Huston.


Jim Carrey returned to live-action comedy, starring opposite Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper in Yes Man.


Jim Carrey played a man who signs up for a self-help program that teaches him to say yes to everything.


Since 2009, Jim Carrey's work has included a leading role in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's I Love You Phillip Morris, premiering in January 2009 at the Sundance Film Festival before receiving a wide release in February 2010.


Jim Carrey portrayed Steven Jay Russell, a con artist, imposter, and multiple prison escapee who falls in love with his fellow inmate, Phillip Morris.


Jim Carrey landed the lead role in Mr Popper's Penguins, playing Tom Popper Jr.


Jim Carrey starred alongside former co-star Steve Carell in the Don Scardino-directed comedy film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.


Jim Carrey played Steve Gray, a dangerous street magician who overshadows the formerly successful magician Burt Wonderstone.


Jim Carrey retracted support for the film two months prior to its release.


In March 2013, Jim Carrey announced that he had written a children's book titled How Roland Rolls, about a scared wave named Roland.


On March 25,2013, Jim Carrey released a parody music video with Eels through Funny or Die, with Jim Carrey replacing Mark Oliver Everett on vocals.


Jim Carrey delivered the commencement address at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, in May 2014 and received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist.


Jim Carrey was a producer on Rubble Kings, a 2015 documentary film that depicts events preceding and following the Hoe Avenue peace meeting.


On 29 August 2014, Jim Carrey was honoured by Canada Post with a limited-edition postage stamp with his portrait on it.


In June 2017, Showtime began airing the dramedy I'm Dying Up Here, for which Jim Carrey served as the executive producer.


In June 2018, Jim Carrey was cast as Dr Robotnik, the main antagonist of the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series, in a film adaptation of the franchise.


Jim Carrey returned for Sonic the Hedgehog 2, released in April 2022, which grossed $72 million at the US box office in its opening weekend to give Jim Carrey the best opening of his career to date.


In September, during the final stages of the 2020 US presidential election, it was announced that Jim Carrey would portray presidential nominee Joe Biden on the 46th season of Saturday Night Live, taking over the role from Jason Sudeikis, Woody Harrelson and John Mulaney.


On December 19,2020, Jim Carrey announced that he would step down from playing Biden on Saturday Night Live, stating that he had a six-week deal.


Jim Carrey appeared as the narrator of The Weeknd album Dawn FM, released on 7 January 2022.


Jim Carrey suffers from depression and has taken Prozac to combat the symptoms.


Jim Carrey has stated that he no longer takes medications or stimulants of any kind, including coffee.


Jim Carrey received US citizenship in October 2004 and remains a dual citizen of the United States and his native Canada.


In November 2022, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs banned 100 Canadians including Jim Carrey from entering Russia as a reciprocity for the Western sanctions that had been introduced due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


In 1983, Jim Carrey dated singer Linda Ronstadt for eight months.


On 23 September 1996, Jim Carrey married his Dumb and Dumber co-star Lauren Holly; the marriage lasted less than a year.


From 1999 to 2000, Jim Carrey was engaged to his Me, Myself and Irene co-star Renee Zellweger.


Jim Carrey met model and actress Jenny McCarthy in 2005 and made their relationship public in June 2006.


Jim Carrey met Cathriona White in 2012, a makeup artist from County Tipperary, Ireland.


Jim Carrey was a pallbearer at her funeral in Cappawhite, County Tipperary, Ireland.


Jim Carrey attended the Golden Globes 2019 Party with his girlfriend Ginger Gonzaga in January 2019.


Jim Carrey had been dating Carrey on and off since 2012, and was still married but dating Carrey when she died in 2015.


On 19 September 2016, Burton filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jim Carrey, claiming that he had used his "immense wealth and celebrity status" to illegally obtain and distribute prescription drugs involved in White's death.


In 2009, Jim Carrey wrote an article questioning the merits of vaccination for The Huffington Post.


On July 1,2015, after the signing of a new vaccination law, Jim Carrey called California Governor Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" who was "poisoning" children by enacting the vaccination requirements.


Jim Carrey was criticized for being "ignorant when it comes to vaccines" by Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics, at New York University, and by Jeffrey Kluger, senior writer at Time, who described his anti-vaccination statements as "angry, dense and immune to reason".


Jim Carrey is an outspoken advocate of the "law of attraction".


Jim Carrey stated that he visualized a $10 million check given to him for "acting services rendered", placed the check in his pocket, and seven years later received a $10 million check for his role in Dumb and Dumber.


Jim Carrey has shared his own political cartoon drawings since August 2017, including controversial renderings of then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and then-President Donald Trump.


In 2017, Jim Carrey revealed that he had been painting for the past six years.


In 2017, Jim Carrey released a six-minute documentary entitled, I Needed Color, which showed him working in his studio.