Jim Carrey’s Long Road to Stardom

Jim Carrey Copyright: Georges Biard
Born as James Eugene, Jim Carrey is a Canadian/ American actor, producer, and among the highest paid comedic actor of all time. He is probably one of the most recognized faces in Hollywood having been selected for four Golden Globe Awards nominations and winning two. His vibrant, energetic, and slapstick performances have ensured him a spot among the biggest movie stars in the history of Hollywood.

Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada on the 17th of January, 1962 and had a humble begining. He attended Blessed Trinity Catholic School in New York after his family moved from Scarborough, Ontario. He then enrolled at Agincourt Collegiate Institute for a year after which he attended North View Heights Secondary School. Carey also opened once for the 1980s new wave band Spoons while in Aldershot High School.

His career as a comedian faced a few difficulties and his family supported him. His father would help him put together stage acts and drive him to Toronto to debut at the comedy club YukYuk’s. This never took off which made him start doubting his abilities. Things became even worse when his family started experiencing financial difficulties which made it hard for them to support his ambitions.

They however moved into a new home and Carrey went back on stage with more confidence and better polished act. He found himself opening mic nights and later became a regular paid comedian in the shows. His star was now beginning to shine.

Soon, he became noticed by Rodney Dangerfield, a comedian who signed him to open for his tour performances. Rodney then brought Carrey to Las Vegas from where Carrey would then move to Hollywood. In 1982, he was performing at the Comedy Store and the television stand- up show An Evening at the Improv and in 1983 he debuted on `The Tonight Show’.

However, he was more attracted by the film and television industry and would go ahead to audition for a spot on Saturday Night Live. He did not get the job but would come to host the show in 2011. Shortly after he was cast in several low budget films such as the 1981, Rubberface, and 1983 Cooper Mountain.

He got his first leading role in the sitcom The Duck Factory in which he played alongside Jay Tarses, although the show was later cancelled during its first season. This would not stop him, he won several supporting roles in budget films such the 1985, Once Bitten, 1986, Peggy Sue Got Married, and 1988, The Dead Pool.

Carrey wanted to try something different and unique and thus gave up his old act as a stand- up comedian. Among those interested in his new act was Judd Apatow, with whom Carrey developed a great friendship which saw them writing material together. He continued getting smalls roles in both in television and film. In the process, he met and developed a friendship with Damon Wayan with whom they co- stared in the 1989’s `Earth Girls are Easy’. Damon would then introduce Carey to his brother Keenen who landed him a role in the comedy show, `In Living Color’. This sharpened Carrey and he was now ready to move on to blockbusters.

His success did not come until he landed a role in the 1994, Ace Ventura after which the hits kept coming. His expressive face and expert mimicking skills would see him land roles in films such as, the Mask, And Dumb and Dumber In 1994, Batman Forever in 1995, the 1996, Cable Guy, and Liar Liar in 1997.

He would go ahead to star in the Truman Show, a role for which he won a Golden Globe Award for the best actor. He won a second straight Golden Globe Award for his role in the biopic `Man on the Moon’ in 1999 after teaming up with the legendary director, Milos Forman.This would elevate him to become one of the highest paid comedic actors, with a reported $20 million asking price. Carrey landed even more roles in films such as, Me, Myself and Irene, how the Grinch Stole Christmas, Bruce Almighty alongside Jennifer Aniston, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Carrey is a true success story. To his busy schedule, Carey has added the role of a philanthropist and is involved in a number of charitable events such as, the Better You Foundation, and Comic Relief For St Jude Christian Research Hospital and the National Veteran Foundation.