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JIM CARREY (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 mark.

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 accomplishments.

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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