Jim Carrey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor and comedian born on January 17, 1962. He is known for his lively and physical comedic style. He spent the 1980s perfecting his stand-up comedy routine and playing supporting roles in movies. Carrey gained widespread fame in 1990 when he joined the cast of the TV show “In Living Color.”

His big break in movies came in 1994 with hits like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Mask,” and “Dumb and Dumber.” These successes made him the first actor to earn $20 million per movie, starting with “The Cable Guy.”

Jim Carrey continued to shine in leading roles in comedies such as “Liar Liar,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Yes Man.” Since the 2010s, he has appeared in fewer films notably reprising his role in “Dumb and Dumber” To and playing Dr. Robotnik in “Sonic the Hedgehog” and its sequels.

Despite being known mainly for comedy, Carrey has impressed critics with his dramatic performances. He received acclaim for portraying Truman Burbank in “The Truman Show” and Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon,” winning Golden Globe Awards for both. He also starred in the sci-fi romance “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” earning BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. He starred in the Showtime series “Kidding,” which earned him his seventh Golden Globe nomination.

Full NameJames Eugene Carrey
Date of BirthJanuary 17, 1962
Place of BirthNewmarket, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActor, Comedian, Writer, Producer
Height6 ft 1 in (187 cm)
SpouseLauren Holly
Melissa Womer
ChildrenJane Erin Carrey
Net Worth$180 million

Jim Carrey’s Early Life and Education

Jim Carrey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket Ontario Canada to Kathleen and Percy Carrey. His mom took care of the home while his dad was both a musician and accountant. He grew up in a Catholic family with three older siblings named John, Patricia, and Rita. His mom had French Irish and Scottish roots and his dad’s ancestry was French-Canadian. Originally their family name was Carré.

When Jim was eight he started making funny faces in front of a mirror and discovered he was good at impersonations. By age ten, he wrote a letter to Carol Burnett a star on TV claiming he was already a master of impressions and deserved a role on her show. He was thrilled when he got a reply even though it was just a standard letter.

Jim Carrey loved Monty Python especially their show from the 1970s called “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.” In 2014, he appeared on a show about the best moments from Monty Python and remembered how one sketch made a big impact on him.

Jim spent his early years in Scarborough Ontario which is part of Toronto. He went to a Catholic school called Blessed Trinity and later moved to Burlington Ontario where he attended Aldershot High School. For a while, his family faced tough times and lived in a Volkswagen van. Jim and his brother even spent months living in a tent at a park by Lake Ontario.

Financially things were hard for the family until Jim’s dad got a job at a tire factory in Scarborough. To help with expenses Jim and his brother worked at the factory as janitors and security guards. They did long shifts starting in the evening.

Jim eventually moved back to Scarborough and went to Agincourt Collegiate Institute but he left school when he turned sixteen. He started doing comedy in downtown Toronto while still working at the factory.

In a 2007 interview, Jim Carrey said that if he hadn’t made it in show business he might have ended up working at a steel mill in Hamilton Ontario. He used to see the steel mills across the bay from where he lived and thought they offered good jobs.


Jim Carrey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Jim Carrey started his comedy journey in 1977 at age 15 with his dad helping him prepare for his first stand-up gig at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto. He wore a suit chosen by his mom hoping to impress with impressions but it didn’t go well. Financial struggles made his early career tough but things improved when his family moved to Jackson’s Point. By 1979, Carrey was back on stage with a more polished act starting to get paid for his performances. Despite setbacks, he persisted and soon gained popularity in Toronto’s comedy scene.

He tried to break into sketch comedy and auditioned for “Saturday Night Live” in 1980 but wasn’t chosen. Over the years Carrey continued to refine his act performing across North America. By 1983, he moved to Hollywood performing at “The Comedy Store” and aiming for a spot on “The Tonight Show.” Although he faced challenges in LA he remained popular in Toronto.

In 1984 his sitcom “The Duck Factory” debuted briefly and he hosted awards shows. Carrey’s big break came with roles in films like “Once Bitten” and “Peggy Sue Got Married.” Despite early rejections, he kept auditioning for “Saturday Night Live” eventually joining the cast of “In Living Color” from 1990 to 1994.

Carrey’s career skyrocketed with hits like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “The Mask,” and “Dumb and Dumber” making him a box-office star. He received accolades for his roles in “The Mask” and “Liar Liar” showcasing his versatile comedic talents.

In 1998, Jim Carrey took a smaller paycheck to play Truman Burbank in “The Truman Show.” This movie was a big hit and earned Carrey praise worldwide. Many thought he might get an Academy Award nomination. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama but didn’t get the Oscar nod. “The Truman Show” made $264 million globally a lot more than its $60 million budget. Critics loved it for letting Carrey step out of his usual funny roles and showing his range.

That same year Carrey played a version of himself on “Garry Shandling’s show.” In 1999, he starred as comedian Andy Kaufman in “Man on the Moon.” Critics loved this too and Carrey won another Golden Globe. He also got a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

In 2000, Jim Carrey teamed up again with the Farrelly brothers for “Me Myself & Irene.” It got mixed reviews but was a box office hit. He also starred as the Grinch in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” which was the second highest-grossing Christmas movie ever. Critics had mixed feelings about his performance but he got a Golden Globe nomination.

In “Bruce Almighty” Carrey played a newsman who gets God’s powers. The movie made a lot of money but got mixed reviews. In 2004, he starred in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” which critics loved. Carrey was praised for his role and the movie did well financially too. He got another Golden Globe nomination and his first BAFTA nomination for this performance.

Jim Carrey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In 2004, he also starred in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” which got positive reviews. Carrey’s role was praised for his creativity and humor. That year he was honored on the Canadian Walk of Fame.

In 2005, Jim Carrey starred in “Fun with Dick and Jane” a remake that made a good profit. He then appeared in “The Number 23” which critics didn’t like. But his voice role in “Horton Hears a Who!” did well at the box office. “Yes Man” got mixed reviews but did okay financially.

From 2009 onward Carrey starred in a variety of roles including the critically acclaimed “I Love You Phillip Morris”. He also voiced multiple characters in “A Christmas Carol”. Some of his movies during this time had mixed reviews and earnings.

In June 2018, Jim Carrey was chosen to play Dr. Robotnik the main bad guy in the Sonic the Hedgehog video games for a movie version. The movie came out in February 2020 and got good reviews. Carrey’s performance as Robotnik was praised with many saying it was one of his best in years. He came back for Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in April 2022 which had a great opening weekend at the US box office making it Carrey’s best start ever.

In 2020, Jim Carrey wrote Memoirs and Misinformation. Later that year as the US presidential election heated up Carrey was picked to play Joe Biden on “Saturday Night Live” taking over from others who had done the role before.

But some people thought Carrey’s comedic style clashed with Biden’s real-life personality so his portrayal didn’t connect well with audiences or critics. Carrey decided to step down from the role after just six weeks. Carrey also narrated the Weeknd’s album Dawn FM released in January 2022.

By April 2022, Jim Carrey was talking about retiring from movies saying he felt he had done enough and it was time for a break. However, in February 2024, it was announced that Carrey would return to play Dr. Robotnik again in “Sonic the Hedgehog 3.”

Net Worth

Jim Carrey has an estimated net worth of $180 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The main source of Jim Carrey’s net worth comes from his successful career as an actor and comedian. He has starred in numerous hit movies such as “Ace Ventura,” “The Mask,” and “Dumb and Dumber,” which have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide. Carrey also earned substantial incomes from his roles in “Bruce Almighty,” “The Truman Show,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” among others.

Additionally, he has ventured into writing, producing, and painting, which have contributed to his overall wealth. Carrey’s ability to consistently deliver box office hits and his versatility across different genres have solidified his status as one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors.

Personal life

Jim Carrey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Jim Carrey has openly shared his battle with depression revealing that he took Prozac for years to manage his symptoms. However, he has since stopped all medications and also avoids coffee alcohol, and drugs.

In October 2004, Carrey became a U.S. citizen while also maintaining his Canadian citizenship. He owns several properties in Los Angeles and has been a resident of Brentwood since 1994.

In November 2022, Jim Carrey was among 100 Canadians banned from entering Russia by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This action was in response to international sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

Jim Carrey’s romantic life has seen its share of high-profile relationships. In 1983, he dated singer Linda Ronstadt for eight months. He married Melissa Womer a former actress and Comedy Store waitress on March 28, 1987. The couple welcomed their daughter Jane Erin Carrey on September 6, 1987, but divorced in 1995.

Carrey’s second marriage was to his “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Lauren Holly on September 23, 1996, which lasted less than a year. He was later engaged to Renée Zellweger his co-star from “Me Myself and Irene” from 1999 to 2000. In 2002, Carrey briefly dated January Jones.

From 2005 to 2010, Carrey was in a relationship with model and actress Jenny McCarthy. Despite their breakup in April 2010, they remained good friends.

In 2012, Jim Carrey started dating Cathriona White a makeup artist from Ireland. Their relationship lasted until 2015. Tragically White passed away from a prescription drug overdose in September 2015 which was ruled a suicide. Carrey attended her funeral in Ireland as a pallbearer.

In January 2019, Carrey attended the Golden Globes with his then-girlfriend Ginger Gonzaga but the couple split later that year.

Jim Carrey’s girlfriend Cathriona White got married to Mark Burton in 2013 in Las Vegas. Despite being married she was in an on-and-off relationship with Carrey starting from 2012 until she died in 2015. After her passing, Burton accused Carrey of illegally obtaining and distributing prescription drugs that were linked to her death.

Jim Carrey Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Jim Carrey responded by rejecting the claims and stating that White’s struggles began before they met and her tragic end was beyond anyone’s control.

Following Burton’s lawsuit White’s mother Brigid Sweetman also sued Carrey alleging that he had hidden the fact that he tested positive for hepatitis A HSV (Herpes) I and II and chlamydia and had unprotected sex with White. Both lawsuits were eventually dismissed in 2018.

Apart from legal issues, Jim Carrey has been vocal about his skepticism towards vaccinations. He co-authored an article questioning the safety of vaccines in 2009 and participated in marches advocating for removing what he saw as harmful substances from children’s vaccines.

Jim Carrey is also known for his political views supporting socialism and criticizing California’s vaccination laws. He practices Transcendental Meditation and has a belief in the “law of attraction” which he credits with helping him achieve success in his career.

Carrey has focused on his artwork showcasing his paintings and even minting his first NFT based on one of his artworks titled Sunshower in April 2022.