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Jim Carrey

Highest Rated:   94% Under the Sea 3D (2009)
Lowest Rated:   8% The Number 23 (2007)
Birthplace:   Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Arguably the top screen comedian of the 1990s, Canadian-born entertainer 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's life wasn't always a barrel of laughs; he was born on January 17, 1962, into a peripatetic household that regularly ran the gamut from middle-class comfort to abject poverty. Not surprisingly, Carrey became a classic overachiever, excelling in academics while keeping his classmates 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. Throughout the 1980s, Carrey appeared in supporting roles in such films as Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Earth Girls are Easy (1990). Full television stardom came Carrey's way in 1990 as the resident "white guy" on Keenan Ivory Wayans' Fox TV comedy In Living Color. The most popular of the comedian's many characterizations on the program was the grotesquely disfigured Fire Marshal Bill, whose dubious safety tips brought down the wrath of real-life fire prevention groups -- and also earned Carrey the ultimate accolade of being imitated by other comics. 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. The film, and Carrey's at-times frightening performance, received decidedly mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Despite the generally negative response to the film, Carrey still retained an interest in branching out into more dramatic roles. 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. Critical respect 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 the film boasted a powerhouse performance from Carrey, it earned less than stellar reviews and did poor business at the box office. Such was the strength of the actor's portrayal, however, that his exclusion from the Best Actor nominations at that year's Academy Awards was a source of protest for a number of industry members. Carrey returned to straight comedy 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 (Renée Zellweger). Though that film fared the least successful of the Farrellys' efforts to that point, Carrey's anarchic persona was given seemingly free range and the result was his most unhinged role since The Mask. That same year, he assumed the lead role in Ron Howard's Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, raking in the money at the box-office and receiving a Golden Globe nomination despite widespread critical-contempt for the film. Continuing to seek acceptance as a skilled dramatist, Carrey next appeared in the 2001 box-office bomb The Majestic.Undeterred by the failure of The Majestic, Carrey returned again to both comedy and box-office su


Highest Rated Movies



42% The Bad Batch
  • Hermit
$0.2M 2017
75% Rubble Kings
  • Producer
No Score Yet Ricky Stanicky
  • Actor
No Score Yet True Crimes
  • Tadek
29% Dumb and Dumber To
  • Lloyd Christmas
32% Kick-Ass 2
  • Colonel Stars and Stripes
$28.9M 2013
37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
  • Steve Gray
$22.6M 2013
47% Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • Mr. Popper
$68.2M 2011
No Score Yet Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • Robert Ripley
72% I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Steven Russell
$2.1M 2010
54% Disney's A Christmas Carol
  • Scrooge/Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come
$137.9M 2009
No Score Yet Autism: Made in the U.S.A.
  • Actor
94% Under the Sea 3D
  • Narrator
$35.1M 2009
No Score Yet Autism: Made in the USA
  • Actor
46% Yes Man
  • Carl Allen
$97.7M 2008
79% Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
  • Horton
$154.4M 2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
8% The Number 23
  • Walter Sparrow/Det. Fingerling
$35.1M 2007
No Score Yet Copper Mountain: A Club Med Experience
  • Actor
29% Fun With Dick and Jane
  • Dick Harper
  • Producer
$110.4M 2005
71% Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Count Olaf
$118.5M 2004
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • Joel Barish
$34.2M 2004
49% Bruce Almighty
  • Bruce Nolan
  • Producer
$242.6M 2003
No Score Yet Pecan Pie
  • Actor
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
42% The Majestic
  • Peter/Luke
53% Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Grinch
$259.1M 2000
48% Me, Myself & Irene
  • Charlie Baileygates/Hank
$0.6M 2000
63% Man on the Moon
  • Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton
44% Simon Birch
  • Adult Joe
94% The Truman Show
  • Truman Burbank
81% Liar Liar
  • Fletcher Reede
54% The Cable Guy
  • Chip Douglas
33% Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls
  • Ace Ventura
41% Batman Forever
  • Riddler/Edward Nygma
67% Dumb and Dumber
  • Lloyd Christmas
77% The Mask
  • Stanley Ipkiss
46% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Screenwriter
  • Ace Ventura
No Score Yet Doing Time on Maple Drive
  • Tim Carter
No Score Yet High Strung
  • Death (uncredited)
21% Pink Cadillac
  • Lounge Entertainer
66% Earth Girls Are Easy
  • Wiploc
55% The Dead Pool
  • Johnny Squares
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Walter Getz
18% Once Bitten
  • Mark Kendall
No Score Yet Finders Keepers
  • Lane Biddlecoff
No Score Yet Rubberface
  • Actor


51% I'm Dying Up Here
  • Executive Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
  • Host
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2002
  • 1996
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet MTV First
  • Appearing
  • 2013
81% 30 Rock
  • Dave Williams
  • 2012
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Office
  • Actor
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2003
  • 2000
No Score Yet American Idol
  • Appearing
  • 2008

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