Jim Carrey is perhaps one of those actors who everyone knew what he would grow up to be as a child. Born on January 17, 1962, the young Jim Carrey was an unstoppable extrovert, performing for anyone who gave him the time of day. As a ten-year old, he mailed his resume to the Carol Burnett Show.
Money problems required the family to move from Newmarket to Scarboourough, a suburb in Toronto, where everyone in the family had to take a job. Carrey worked as a janitor while going to school, and this affected his grades considerably. The family later moved back to the city, where Carrey started to pursue his comedy in earnest, giving his first public performance at Yu-Yuk’s. He later moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of furthering his career, and there, got a chance to perform at The Comedy Store, where he impressed Rodney Dangerfield with his impersonations that the comedian signed him as an opening act for the entire season.
He had a brief stint as a cartoonist before landing his first movie roles. He played a role in the ill-received Once Bitten and a small role in the 1986 flick Peggy Sue Got Married. However, his major break came when he was cast in In Living Color, after Damon Wayans, who was in the process of putting together a sketch comedy show with his brothers, saw his performance.
Carrey made it big on the big screen when he played the lead role in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, the movie that cemented his reputation as one of the funniest men in Hollywood. He later went on to star in The Cable Guy and The Mask, opposite Cameron Diaz. Carrey also showed his versatility in his dramatic performances, particularly in his portrayal of the lead character in The Truman Show.
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