Jim Carrey

Biography: Arguably one of the most popular entertainers of his lifetime, Jim Carrey has combined equal parts of his idol Jerry Lewis, his spiritual ancestor Harry Ritz, and the loose-limbed Ray Bolger into a gleefully uninhibited screen image that is uniquely his own.

Carrey was born on January 17, 1962, into a peripatetic household that regularly ran the gamut from middle-comfort to abject poverty. Not surprisingly, Carrey became an overachiever, excelling in academics while keeping his fellow students in stitches with his wild improvisations and elastic facial expressions. His comedy club debut at age 16 was a dismal failure, but Carrey had already resolved not to be beaten down by life's disappointments (as his father, a frustrated musician, had been). By age 22, he was making a good living as a standup comic, and was starring on the short-lived sitcom The Duck Factory, a series which curiously did little to take advantage of its star's uncanny physical dexterity.

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the 1980s, Carrey had supporting roles in such films as Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Earth Girls are Easy (1990). Television stardom came Carrey's way in 1990 on Fox's In Living Color. 1994 proved to be "The Year of Carrey," with the release of three top-grossing comedy films to his credit: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber. By the end of the year, Carrey was commanding seven to ten million dollars per picture. In 1995, the actor/comedian took over for Robin Williams as The Riddler in the blockbuster film Batman Forever, and, in 1996, he tried his hand at a darker and more menacing role as a maniacal cable repairman in The Cable Guy.

Following a return to all-out comedy in Liar, Liar (1997) as a chronically dishonest attorney, Carrey explored new territory with his lead role in the highly acclaimed The Truman Show (1998), Peter Weir's eerie comedy drama about the perils of all-consuming media manipulation. With critical respect finally in hand, Carrey returned to comedy of a different sort with the lead role in Milos Forman's Man on the Moon (1999), a much-anticipated biopic of the legendary comic Andy Kaufman. Although some critics hailed at the performance, others had mixed reviews. Carrey returned to comedy that was more his in the following year with the Farrelly Brothers' Me, Myself & Irene in which he starred as a cop with a split personality, both of whom are in love with the same woman. Extending his dramatic experiences, Carrey next appeared in the 2001 box-office bomb, The Majestic, as a screenwriter working in Hollywood's Golden Era of the 1950s.

After a brief break from the movie scene, Carrey returned with the much-anticipated How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) as the green-suited Dr. Seuss-inspired Grinch. In 2003, Carrey worked alongside Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston in Bruce Almighty as a news reporter who gets the chance to play God. Carrey then starred in the critically acclaimed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). It went on to receive an Oscar for Best Writing for an Original Screenplay. Without pausing, Carrey starred then starred in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) as a distant relative to three children who adopts and then plans to kill them to seize their ill-fated parent's fortune.

Jim returned to comedy in 2005 by starring in Fun With Dick and Jane. He played Dick Harper, a man who lost his high paying job, leaving him broke and turning to a life of crime.

for his next project, Carrey experimented with the thriller The Number 23 (2007). To his deepest disappointment, the film was a box-ofice disaster. His personal life has had it's ups and downs as well. His marriage to his first wife, Melissa, ended after almost 19 years just as Jim's career was taking off. They have a daughter, Jane. After filming of Dumb and Dumber, Jim began dating and eventually married co-star Lauren Holly. That marriage lasted less than one year and the couple divorced in July of 1997. He is most recently is linked to long-time girlfriend Jenny McCarthy, but neither have any wish to marry. They both wish to model their relationship on the success of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.
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Jim Carrey's Scores

Average career score: 54
Highest Metascore: 90 The Truman Show
Lowest Metascore: 27 The Majestic
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
29 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Loomis Fargo TBA Dave Ghantt tbd
tbd Dumb and Dumber To Nov 14, 2014 Lloyd Christmas / Lloyd Christmas tbd
53 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 2, 2014 Cast / Cletus Kasady 7.0
61 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Dec 18, 2013 Cast 6.2
41 Kick-Ass 2 Aug 16, 2013 Colonel Stars And Stripes / Colonel Stars/Lieutenant Stripes / Colonel Stars And Stripes 7.2
44 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Mar 15, 2013 Cast / Steve Gray / Steve Gray 5.8
65 The Love We Make Nov 11, 2011 Himself 6.3
64 Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Jun 24, 2011 Himself 6.6
53 Mr. Popper's Penguins Jun 17, 2011 Tom Popper 6.0
65 I Love You Phillip Morris Dec 3, 2010 Steven Russell 6.4
55 A Christmas Carol Nov 6, 2009 Scrooge/Ghost Of Christmas Past/Scrooge As A Young Boy/Scrooge As A Teenage Boy/Scrooge As A Young Man/Scrooge As A Middle-Aged Man/Ghost Of Christmas Present/G 7.3
77 Under the Sea 3D Feb 13, 2009 Narrator 5.4
46 Yes Man Dec 19, 2008 Carl Allen 6.7
71 Horton Hears a Who! Mar 14, 2008 Horton 7.6
tbd The Number 23 Feb 23, 2007 Walter Sparrow/Fingerling 6.5
47 Fun with Dick and Jane Dec 21, 2005 Producer / Dick Harper 5.0
62 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Dec 17, 2004 Count Olaf 6.7
89 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Mar 19, 2004 Joel Barish 8.8
46 Bruce Almighty May 23, 2003 Producer / Bruce Nolan 6.9
27 The Majestic Dec 21, 2001 Peter Appleton 6.7
46 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Nov 17, 2000 Grinch 6.4
49 Me, Myself & Irene Jun 23, 2000 Charlie Baileygates/Hank Evans 7.0
58 Man on the Moon Dec 22, 1999 Andy Kaufman 8.3
39 Simon Birch Sep 11, 1998 Adult Joe Wenteworth 7.1
90 The Truman Show Jun 5, 1998 Truman Burbank 8.7
68 Liar Liar Mar 21, 1997 Fletcher Reede 7.9
45 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Nov 10, 1995 Ace Ventura 6.7
51 Batman Forever Jun 16, 1995 Riddler/Dr. Edward Nygma 5.3
39 Dumb and Dumber Dec 16, 1994 Lloyd Christmas 8.6
56 The Mask Jul 29, 1994 Stanley Ipkiss 7.7
37 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Feb 4, 1994 Screenplay / Ace Ventura 7.2
46 The Dead Pool Jul 13, 1988 Johnny Squares 7.8

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