MAN ON THE MOON
(Andy Kaufman) followed his skyrocket to stardom by starring in one of last
year's most critically-acclaimed films, The Truman Show, directed by
Peter Weir. The film followed Carrey's success in the Universal Pictures' hit,
Liar Liar, which had a record-breaking opening in 1997 and easily surpassed
the $100 million mark.
Carrey is currently in production on
Universal Pictures' Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas for
director Ron Howard, which will be released Thanksgiving, 2000. Carrey will next
be seen in Me, Myself and Irene.
Carrey began his professional career as
a stand-up comedian and found success on television before breaking into motion
pictures. The actor's unique combination of improvisation, mimicry and
innovation with an outrageous style of physical comedy has captured the
attention of film audiences throughout the world.
He has created some of the most popular
and entertaining characters in modern film history, and his films Ace
Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, based on the Dark Horse comic book
series of the same name, Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura: When Nature
Calls have all conquered the global box office, with all four films
exceeding the $100 million mark in domestic grosses alone. With the 1996 release
of The Cable Guy, Carrey's worldwide box-office exceeded the $l billion
Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario,
Canada and began performing in Toronto comedy clubs at age 15. He moved to Los
Angeles in 1981 and soon became a regular performer at the famed Comedy Store.
The following year, he won a starring role on the NBC-TV series Duck Factory
and moved into film work with his first starring role opposite Lauren Hutton in
the vampire comedy Once Bitten. He then starred in Francis Ford Coppola's
Peggy Sue Got Married, followed by Earth Girls Are Easy with Geena
Davis. He also appeared as the self destructive rock star in the Clint Eastwood
film, The Dead Pool.
His first Showtime Special, titled Jim
Carrey's Unnatural Act, premiered in 1991 to rave reviews. He starred in a
television movie-of-the-week for the Fox Broadcasting Company entitled Doing
Time on Maple Drive, which was later nominated for several Emmy Awards. His
range of abilities and creation of many regular characters made him a favorite
performer on the Fox Network's ensemble comedy hit In Living Color. That
weekly showcase of his inimitable comic talents led to his no-holds-barred
portrayal of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the early 1994 release that made
him an instant sensation.
After the success of Dumb and Dumber
in 1995, Carrey was voted NATO/ShoWest comedy Star of the Year, and Dumb and
Dumber was voted Favorite Film by The People's Choice Awards. For that role,
Carrey was nominated for the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a
Comedy Motion Picture, an honor he also won that same year for Ace Ventura:
When Nature Calls. For his role in the latter film, Carrey had the
distinction of being honored with four MTV Movie Award nominations, winning in
the "Best Male Performance" and "Best Comedic Performance"
categories. He also adds the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards to this list of
Carrey has been nominated for several
other major awards, including the Golden Globe Award for The Mask and
multiple MTV Movie Award nominations. A
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