Canadian Stand-up To Ace Hollywood Actor

March 23, 2012 by staff 

Canadian Stand-up To Ace Hollywood Actor, Hollywood funnyman Jim Carrey was born on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario. Born James Eugene Carrey, he was the youngest of 4 children. His mother Kathleen was a home-maker and his father Percy was an accountant and musician.

Even as a young child, Jim loved to perform for anyone who would watch. He was even given time at the end of each school day to perform a stand-up routine for his classmates while in junior high. Due to financial difficulties, the family relocated to Scarborough, Ontario when Jim was in grade nine. Finances were so tight for the Carrey family that they resorted to living out of a Volkswagen camper van until they re-gained financial stability.

When Jim was 15, he made his professional stand-up debut at Toronto’s famous Yuks Yuks Comedy club. He officially dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to continue working on his routines and impersonations. He made the move to Los Angeles at the age of 19 and performed his comedic routines regularly at Mitzi Shore’s Comedy Club. He was soon spotted by veteran comedian Rodney Dangerfield who signed him as his opening act for an upcoming national tour.

Jim made the transition from live stand-up comedy to acting in the late 1980′s. Despite starring in a few movies (Once Bitten, Peggy Sue Got Married, Earth Girls are Easy), he didn’t become a house-hold name until he starred in the television comedy show Living Color in 1990.

In 1994, Jim Carrey solidified his status in Hollywood by starring in the three huge box office hits. First up was Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This role seemed perfectly suited to his physical and outrageous brand of humor. Next was The Mask whom he co-starred with breakout star Cameron Diaz. Finally, he ended off the year with his starring role in the Farrelly brothers’ Dumb and Dumber. Officially a box office staple, studios clamored to have Jim star in their movies. Over the next 15 years, his ever expressive face and impersonations were seen in Hollywood hits such as Batman Forever, The Cable Guy (for which he earned $20 million), Liar Liar, The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, Me, Myself & Irene, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and countless other films.

With such a wide ranging career, Jim shows no signs of slowing down as he currently films Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

As with many Hollywood stars, Jim Carrey has had his share of well-publicized relationships. His first marriage was to Melissa Womer whom he met while working at Mitzi Shore’s Comedy Club back in 1987. Together, they have one daughter, Jane Erin Carrey.

Jim and Melissa separated in 1994 and officially divorced in 1995. After his separation from Melissa, he began dating Lauren Holly, his Dumb and Dumber co-star. Although they married in 1996, the marriage was short-lived and ended in divorce less than a year later. He began dating Renee Zellweger, his Me, Myself & Irene co-star in 2000. However, the relationship ended in a broken engagement late 2000. Jim’s personal life stayed out of the tabloids until 2005 when he and actress/model Jenny McCarthy began dating. Despite dating for 5 years, their relationship ended amicably in 2010.

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