James Eugene Carrey was born in Ontario, Canada, on January 17, 1962. As the youngest of four siblings, Jim Carrey began making faces in front of a mirror at eight years old and discovered he had a talent for doing impressions. At one point, while he was a teenager, his family became homeless and lived together in a Volkswagen van while he and his brother spent months living in a tent. His mother, Kathleen, was a homemaker, and his father, Percy, was a musician. His family’s financial situation improved once his father found employment as an accountant. Jim and his brother John worked across the street as janitors and security guards at the tired factory, working overnight shifts. By his sixteenth birthday, Jim dropped out of school and began to perform comedy in downtown Toronto while continuing to work at the factory.
Carrey’s Career Beginnings
Carrey was just 15 years old when he performed his first stand-up routine. Though his first shot with conventional impersonations tanked at the club — it was used to raunchy comedy acts — he returned two years later with a more polished act that led to his first paid gig. Carrey was booked. However, he received a raving review in the Toronto Star a few weeks later (you can see a screenshot of it here). A few months later, he appeared in an episode of the televised stand-up show An Evening at the Improv. Then, he landed his first television role in a made-for-TV movie in Rubberface. He gained wide recognition in the US in 1990 after landing a role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color. In 1994, he broke out as a star in films with three back-to-back comedy hits: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber.
Carrey previously announced that he will probably retire from acting. That would make 2022’s Sonic The Hedgehog 2 the final film of his long career as an actor with 65 credits. However, he did offer his voice in The Weeknd’s Dawn FM following his “announcement.” If Carrey’s movie-making is finished, take a look below at the five best roles the comedian and actor has blessed the world with: