Jim Carrey

By Sarah Hannaford


-Father lost his job - they lived out of a van

-Quit school at age 15 to work to support family - janitor

-Also helped care for mother who was battling a severe, chronic illness

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Other Issues

-Battled depression - took Prozac, later stopped all medications and stimulants

-Been married twice and been in multiple relationships/engagements

Steps Towards Career/Downfalls

-Debuted at comedy club "Yuk Yuk's" in Toronto

-His impersonations bombed - doubted his entertaining capabilities

-Open mic to regular paid shows

-Rodney Dangerfield - signed Carrey to open on his tour

-Moved to Hollywood - The Comedy Store

-Debuted on The Tonight Show

-Turned attention to film and television industry

-First experienced true stardom - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

-Many roles followed


-Reviewer in the Toronto Star raved that Carrey was "a genuine star coming to life"

-Debuted act on The Tonight Show

-Has hosted Saturday Night Live 3 times

-First leading role in "Once Bitten" (1985)

-Leading role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) - international hit, transformed Carrey into a bankable box-office star

-The Mask - his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor nomination

-Dumb and Dumber - commercial success, grossing over $270 million worldwide, and again increasing Carrey's fanbase

-The Truman Show (1998) - picked up his first Golden Globe Award- Best Actor In a Motion Picture Drama

-Many other roles

-Inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame

-Received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist


Using Challenges to Achieve Goals

-When his impersonations bombed at the comedy club, Yuk Yuk', he used his time to gain stability and create a more polished act, and return to the stage once again.

-After later doing a great deal of films and TV shows, he returned to stand-up and retired his old act, vowing that he did not want to be famous for imitating other people. He said, "Some nights ... I'd be standing trying to defend myself for what I was doing. People would be screaming at me to do my old act, and getting actually violent and angry at me." While many were angered that he was retiring his old act, others were increasingly interested in what he was doing. Like writer/director Judd Apatow. They began writing material together.

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