Jim Carrey Facts

Michael Bryan

Michael Bryan

22 Mar 2021

Jim Carrey

If you know Jim Carrey, chances are he’s made you laugh more than once. Known for his zany humor and crazy face contortions, the iconic comedian has captivated the world since his breakout role in the movie, “The Mask.”

Whether you know him as the bizarre pet detective from “Ace Ventura,” the ordinary Joe with unexplainable powers in “Bruce Almighty,” or Walter Sparrow from “23,” or as the outspoken actor on Twitter, Jim Carrey has consistently shown his versatility as an actor, capturing poignancy in both touching dramas and the most ridiculous of comedies. No one can deny it is the latter that has made him such a famous figure. His physical comedy is one-of-a-kind, made up of a near-unrivaled combination of slapstick. But life was not always this easy for Jim Carrey.

He paid his dues. He was a working student. Jim would work 8 hours a day at a factory after school to help his family. He also worked as a stand-up comedian in his teenage years. Jim knew what he wanted to do with his life, and he worked hard to be the best at it. His life story is proof that hard work is fundamental if you want to be successful in Hollywood. As, Jim Carrey once said, “If you’ve got a talent, protect it.” We couldn’t agree more! He is one celebrity who has clearly walked the talk.

Did you like our quick rundown of Jim Carrey facts and tidbits? Well, there’s more where that came from! Get to know more about him with the top 50 Jim Carrey facts!

  1. Jim Carrey was born on January 17, 1962.
  2. As young as 8 years old, Jim started making faces in front of a mirror and naturally discovered his talent for doing impressions.
  3. Jim first made noise in 1990 after getting a regular role in the American comedy television series, “In Living Color.”
  4. Jim’s first wife, Melissa Womer (born on July 8, 1960) is a producer and actress while his second wife, ​Lauren Holly (born on October 28, 1963) is also an actress.
  5. Jenny McCarthy (born on November 1, 1972) became Jim Carrey’s partner from 2005–2010.
  1. Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor.
  2. He was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.
  3. Jim’s full and real name is James Eugene Carrey.
  4. As an actor, Jim Carrey is best known for his humor and energetic performances.
  5. Jim Carrey was raised as a Roman Catholic. Though over the years, he became affiliated with Scientology, Transcendentalism, and Christianity.
  6. Jim Carrey was married twice. First to Melissa Womer ​(m. 1987; div. 1995), and to ​Lauren Holly (m. 1996; div. 1997).
  7. Jim Carrey had a love relationship with Ginger Gonzaga (born on May 17, 1983) from 2018 to 2019.
  8. Percy Joseph Carrey (1927-1994) was the father of Jim Carrey. Percy was a musician.
  9. Kathleen Carrey (1927-1991) was Jim Carrey’s mother.
  10. Jim Carrey started to become active in Hollywood at 15 years old.
  1. In 1994, Jim Carrey got his first leading role in the movie, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.”
  2. Jim Carrey continued to get his breaks in 1994 and starred in the blockbuster movie, “The Mask,” and “Dumb and Dumber.”
  3. In his early 20s, he wrote himself a $10-million check and dated it 10 years in the future, and kept it in his wallet.
  4. Today, Jim Carrey’s net worth is at least $180 million.
  5. He shares the same birthday with other famous people such as Michelle Obama, Zooey Deschanel, and Kid Rock.
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Some people call him "Rick Carlisle".

Arguably the closest look-alike of Jim Carrey is the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks NBA head coach, Rick Carlisle. According to Jim Carrey, “I swear that all the time I get people in my Twitter saying I look like the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks.” Unfortunately, Rick Carlisle now often shaves his head which reduces their resemblance. But if you look at the old photos of the Dallas Mavericks’ head coach, you’ll see the resemblance.

Jim Carrey is active on Twitter.

Currently, Jim has over 18 million followers on Twitter who joined since 2009. You can follow him @JimCarrey. This account is “The ONLY official social media account for Actor and Author Jim Carrey!”

Jim Carrey has one child.

Jane Erin Carrey is the only child of Jim Carrey. She’s also the only one who Jim Carrey follows on Twitter. Jane Carrey was born on September 6, 1987, in Los Angeles, California, United States. She married Alex Santana on November 14, 2009, and now a mother to her child, Jackson Riley Santana. Jane Carrey is a singer-songwriter.

Jim wrote to Carol Burnett when he was 10 years old.

Jim Carey was 10 years of age when he wrote to the famous American writer, actress, comedian, and singer, Carol Burnett. He told Carol that he will be well suited for ‘The Carol Burnett Show” as he is a great impressionist. He was so excited upon receiving a letter back. Cute Jim Carrey facts!

Jim Carrey was "naughty" when he was a child.

When Jim Carrey was in the seventh grade, his teacher has given him a moment to be in front of the class for 15 minutes at a certain part of the day. This is for him to stop bothering his classmates. During his spare time, he always works on something he wants to try. In 1995, he mentioned in the Rolling Stone that “Even then I was ruffling feathers.”

Jim Carrey in 2008, Jim Carrey facts
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Jim Carrey was the Grinch on How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The fictional character created by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch, became popular again in the 2000s because of the film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, and Molly Shannon starred in the movie. Jim Carrey played the Grinch exceptionally well which opened more opportunities for the American-Canadian actor.

Jim Carrey banked $20 million in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Jim Carrey’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” total budget was $123 million. The 105-minute film made $363.4 million. According to a source, Jim Carrey banked $20 million. Wow!

Me, Myself & Irene was also produced in 2000.

“Me, Myself & Irene” is another popular movie with Jim Carrey. Starring Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, and Richard Jenkins, the 116-minute film amassed $149 million in revenue. Interestingly, Jim Carrey managed to pull off two movies in 2000.

The movie, "Yes Man" placed Jim Carrey in one of the 30-largest paychecks in film history.

Directed by Peyton Reed, “Yes Man” is a 2008 comedy film that starred Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, and Terence Stamp, It gave Carrey more than 25% of the profits which brought his total pay to $35 million. The earnings he got from that gave him a slot on the list of one of the 30-largest paychecks in film history.

Tupac Shakur and Jim Carrey are good friends.

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Jim Carrey is the favorite comedian of the late American rapper and actor, Tupac Shakur. During Shakur’s imprisonment in 1995, Jim and Shakur became pen pals. Jim constantly sending him funny letters to make him laugh and to cheer him up in jail. Unfortunately, Tupac was fatally shot and died from gunshot wounds in 1996 (less than a year after he got out of prison), in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jim Carrey facts that might be interesting to Tupac fans!

If Jim Carrey was not an actor, he thought he would be working in a steel company.

In 2007, there was an interview where Jim Carrey stated that if he did not make it in showbiz, he would be working in Hamilton, Ontario, at the Dofasco steel mill. The young Jim Carrey would say to himself that he could view the steel mills across the Burlington Bay and frequently imagined that the jobs there were great.

Carrey's family had to live in a Volkswagen van.

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Jim Carrey grew up in the area of Scarborough, Ontario. He went to Blessed Trinity Catholic Elementary School in North York. Then the family moved to Burlington, Ontario where he studied high school in Aldershot. Later on, the family struggles and had to live in a Volkswagen van while Jim and his brother live in a tent for several months at Charles Daley Park on the shore of Lake Ontario.

As a high school student, Jim Carrey had to work.

During his high school days, Carrey’s family had rough times. All of his siblings, including himself, worked for eight hours after school. They worked at the Titan Wheels factory where his father worked. The unfortunate event made them so miserable and exhausted. Thus, it gave Carrey no choice but to quit schooling at the age of 16.

Jim Carrey worked as a stand-up comedian.

Before Jim quit schooling, he attended Agincourt Collegiate Institute. Afterward, he started working as a stand-up comedian in Yuk Yuk’s comedy club chain in Toronto. His supportive father would drive him to the club where he performs once a week. Aside from that work, Jim continued working in the factory to financially help his family.

As a rookie stand-up comedian, Jim recalls being booed off by the crowd.

The teenage Jim Carrey did not have a perfect start as a stand-up comedian. He recalls being booed off by the crowd which gave him personal doubts about his skills as a professional entertainer. However, the young Jim Carrey persevered and developed a more polished act—and this time it was a success. By 1979, Jim finally made able to make a living as a comedian.

NBC chose Charles Rocket instead of Jim Carrey.

Because of Jim Carrey’s increasing popularity in being an impressionist stand-up comedian in Toronto, Canada, the teenage Carrey tried to push the boundaries and auditioned to be a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1980. However, Jim Carrey was not selected by the show’s executive producer Jean Doumanian. Instead, they chose the 31-year-old American comedian and musician, Charles Rocket.

Jim Carrey starred in Saturday Night Live in May 1996, January 2011, and October 2014.

Ironically, even though NBC did not select Jim in the 80s to be a part of Saturday Night Live, Jim Carrey would find himself later hosting the show in May of 1996, January of 2011, and October of 2014. Saturday Night Live is an American sketch comedy series.

Jim tried to continue his career in Hollywood at the age of 21.

In the early 80s, Jim Carrey wanted to move to Hollywood to look for more opportunities. Although Jim had a nice stable job in West Hollywood, California at The Comedy Store, his ultimate goal was to be part of a highly-rated late-night show. Struggling to replicate his success in Hollywood, Jim returned to Toronto in early 1983 where he remained to be a star.

Jim Carrey acquired the main role in the sitcom The Duck Factory in 1983.

Committed to his career, Jim Carrey went back to California in mid-1983 and acquired the main role on The Duck Factory, an American sitcom. Moreover, in late 1983, more opportunities came and he became a part of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

His "real career" started in 1994.

From 1983 to 1994, these years became Jim Carrey’s strong foundation in acting. Soon, Jim Carrey became a regular cast member of the comedy television series In Living Color, and even though it was a relatively short series, it gave Carrey good exposure and became his stepping stone for his big movies that we all know today.

He became the first actor to be paid $20 million.

In 1996, Jim Carrey was the first actor to earn $20 million in his film, “The Cable Guy.” The Cable Guy is an American black comedy film (also known as black humor or dark comedy) film directed by Ben Stiller. The movie was a box office success although it had mixed “love-hate” opinions from critics.

Jim Carrey has appeared in over 50 movies.

Jim Carrey has appeared in over 50 movies. His top 10 most successful movies are “Bruce Almighty,” in 2003, “The Mask” in 1994, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in 2000, “Batman Forever” in 1995, “Liar Liar” in 1997, “The Truman Show” in 1998, “Dumb And Dumber” in 1994, “Ace Ventura – When Nature Calls,” in 1995, and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” in 2004.

Jim Carrey won numerous awards.

Jim Carrey has received countless awards and nominations throughout his career. Some of the awards he obtained include the Best Actor award from the Golden Globe Awards in 1999, Best Comedic Performance from MTV Movie & TV Awards in 1995, and Favorite Comedy Star from People’s Choice awards in 2010.

Jim Carrey suffered from depression.

In contrast to Jim Carrey’s humorous attitude in his films, Jim once fought depression and had to take Prozac, an antidepressant, to prevent the symptoms. According to Carrey, “I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything’s just OK.”

He officially became a US citizen in October 2004.

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The Canadian actor Jim Carrey acquired his US citizenship in October 2004. Jim proudly kept his Canadian citizenship. He’s now a dual citizen of the United States and of his home country, Canada.

Jim Carrey was almost Willy Wonka.

Carrey was one of the candidates for the role of Willy Wonka in the 2005 remake of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” In the end, the role went to Johnny Depp.

Jim Carrey is vocal about his political opinions.

Jim Carrey has never been shy in showing his own political opinions. Some of the most memorable are his controversial comments about former President Donald Trump. Jim Carrey even posted this on his Twitter account last Jan 20, 2021, “How Do You Spell Relief?” pertaining to Donald Trump’s loss in the recent US Presidential elections.

Jim Carrey is a "plain eater".

Carrey enjoys simple food and considers himself as a “plain eater.” He enjoys grilled cheese sandwiches as well as some Mexican food.

Deputy Dawg is the favorite cartoon character of Jim Carrey.

Terrytoons’ cartoon character, Deputy Dawg is the favorite cartoon character of Jim Carrey. The animated television series “Deputy Dawg” aired from 1960 to 1963 with 34 episodes.

Tom Petty is Jim's favorite singer.

Though Jim Carrey said that when comes to music, he listens to anything that sounds good, he also said that the American singer, songwriter, and musician, Tom Petty is his most favorite singer. Some of Tom Petty’s best songs include “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl,” “Don’t Do Me Like That,” and “Learning to Fly.”

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