Award-winning actor JIM CARREY (Colonel Stars
and Stripes) has been honored
for both his dramatic and
comedic work. Carrey won a
Golden Globe Award for Best
Performance by an Actor in a
Motion Picture -- Drama, for
playing the title role in Peter
Weir's The Truman Show.
He won his second Golden
Globe for Best Actor in a
Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy, for his portrayal
of comedian Andy Kaufman in Milos Forman's Man on
the Moon. Carrey has been recognized numerous times
by the MTV Movie Awards, People's Choice Awards
and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Carrey was recently seen in the New Line Cinema
comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, opposite
Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi. The film follows
magicians Burt Wonderstone (Carell) and partner
Anton Marvelton (Buscemi), who, after ruling the Las
Vegas strip for years, have grown to loathe each other.
With their show looking stale and facing competition
from guerilla street magician Steve Gray (Carrey), Burt
and Anton must work to save their partnership, both on
and off stage.
Carrey's other credits include the family comedy
Mr. Popper's Penguins and director Robert Zemekis'
adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas
Carol," in which Carrey portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge,
as well as the three ghosts that haunt him. He also
starred in I Love You Phillip Morris, a dark comedy
written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa,
and director Peyton Reed's romantic comedy Yes Man,
opposite Zooey Deschanel.
Previously, Carrey lent his voice to the title character
of the CGI-animated film version of Dr. Seuss' "Horton
Hears a Who!," which was a blockbuster hit. He also
starred opposite Virginia Madsen in the psychological
thriller The Number 23, directed by Joel Schumacher;
opposite Tea Leoni in the hit 2005 comedy Fun With
Dick and Jane, directed by Dean Parisot and produced
by Brian Grazer; in Lemony Snicket's a Series of
Unfortunate Events, based on the children's book series
by Daniel Handler; and in the critically acclaimed
drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for
which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award
nominations for Best Actor.
In 2003, Carrey starred in the hugely successful
comedy Bruce Almighty, one of the highest-grossing
films of the year. Bruce Almighty also marked his third
successful collaboration with director Tom Shadyac,
who had earlier directed him in the hit comedies Ace
Ventura: Pet Detective and Liar Liar, the latter of which
garnered Carrey a Golden Globe nomination. In 2001,
he starred in The Majestic, and in 2000, Carrey had
the distinction of starring in the year's highest-grossing
film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, based on the Dr.
Seuss classic. His performance as the Grinch brought
him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a
Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical. That summer,
Carrey also appeared in the Farrelly brothers' comedy
Me, Myself & Irene. In 2000, he was named Male Star
of the Year at the ShoWest Awards.
Carrey was previously named the ShoWest Comedy
Star of the Year in 1995 for his breakout roles in the
comedy hits Dumb & Dumber, his first film for writers/
directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly; Ace Ventura: Pet
Detective; and The Mask, for which Carrey received
his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a
Motion Picture -- Comedy or Musical.
Born in Newmarket, a town in Ontario, Canada,
Carrey began his career as a stand-up comic while in
his teens. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 and
immediately became a regular at Mitzi Shore's Comedy
Store, attracting the attention of comedy legend Rodney
Dangerfield. Dangerfield was so impressed with the
young comic that they began touring together.
In 1984, Carrey was cast on the NBC series The
Duck Factory. The next year, he landed his first lead film role in the feature Once Bitten, which starred
Lauren Hutton. He followed that with roles in Francis
Ford Coppola's Peggy Sue Got Married and the comedy
Earth Girls Are Easy, with Geena Davis. In 1988,
Carrey made a brief, but memorable, appearance as
self-destructive rock star Johnny Squares in Clint
Eastwood's The Dead Pool.
In 1990, Carrey joined the cast of FOX's hit
ensemble comedy In Living Color. In November 1991,
his first Showtime special, Jim Carrey's Unnatural Act,
premiered to rave reviews. He followed with a starring
role as an alcoholic trying to cope with life in the
Primetime Emmy-nominated telefilm Doing Time on
In 1994, after several successful seasons on In
Living Color, Carrey gained international attention
when he starred in the title role of the smash hit comedy
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. His subsequent film credits
include the sequel, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls;
the dual role of Riddler/Dr. Edward Nygma in Joel
Schumacher's Batman Forever; and The Cable Guy,
directed by Ben Stiller.
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