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Sunday, 5 January 2014

Jim Carrey

James Eugene Carrey was born on January 17, 1962, in Ontario, Canada to Percy (an accountant and aspiring jazz saxophonist) and Kathleen.

He is of French-Canadian ancestry on his father's side, and has French, Irish, and Scottish ancestry on his mother's side. His family's surname was originally "Carré".


As a child, Jim Carrey used to wear his tap shoes to bed just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night.

At age 15, Jim Carrey quit school and became a janitor to support his family. They were living out of a van and he and his family all worked as janitors at a factory to make a living.

Carrey performed his first stand-up routine with disastrous results in a yellow suit and tails, which were made by his mother.

Jim Carrey's first film was a musical comedy called Earth Girls Are Easy.

Jim Carrey auditioned twice for Saturday Night Live and was never offered a role.

Studio execs balked when Carrey asked for $400,000 for Dumb and Dumber. Then Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came out and the studio had to pay Carrey $7 million to do the movie.

Jim Carrey was supposed to be Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers franchise but he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.

He has one child with his first wife, Melissa Carrey, whom he divorced in 1995. Carrey married actress Lauren Holly in 1996, but they split less than a year later.

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