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The Many Faces of… Jim Carrey

Overview of the roles of Jim Carrey in pictures

This past weekend I decided to try something new in regards to these posts and I’m happy to see you have been voting a lot for your favorite actor or actress to appear this week. Most votes count and Jim Carrey was the clear winner with over 47% of the votes.

He was born on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Canada. When growing up his father lost his job and he, together with his family lived out of a van. At age 15 he stopped school and started working as a janitor. He later attended various schools, but never finished high school. He started doing impersonations, but wasn’t having much succes with them. When his parents finally had a house again he returned to the stage and started getting paid for his performances. He started touring with Rodney Dangerfield and performed in Las Vegas. He finally moved to Los Angeles where he also did stand up work. He tried to get a job at Saturday Night Live, but wasn’t selected. He did start appearing in movies in 1983 like Rubberface and Copper Mountain. He landed a leading role in the TV show The Duck Factory, which was unfortunately cancelled. He kept appearing in various shows and movies and thanks to his role in Earth Girls Are Easy got a recurring role in the TV show In Living Color. He managed to land a leading role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (a movie he partly rewrote) and immediately became a star. He has since starred in many comedies including Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, The Mask and Bruce Almighty. He also played various serious roles in movies like The Majestic, The Number 23 and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Overview in pictures of the roles of Jim Carrey movies

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What’s your favorite Jim Carrey role?

Category: Movies
  • ckckred says:

    I’ve been a Jim Carrey fan since I was a kid. My favorite movie of his is Eternal Sunshine.

    May 3, 2013 at 1:42 am
    • Nostra says:

      Very good movie, my personal favorite though remains Dumb & Dumber

      May 5, 2013 at 8:46 am
  • Eric @ The Warning Sign says:

    The Truman Show. Love his dramatic work.

    May 3, 2013 at 3:40 am
    • Nostra says:

      Way too long since I last saw it!

      May 5, 2013 at 8:47 am
  • Mette says:

    I’m a big fan of Carrey, although I understand why some people have problems with his way of acting. Loved him in anything I’ve seen, from OTT funny in Yes Man to funny-but-dramatic in Truman to dramatic-but-funny in Eternal Sunshine.

    May 3, 2013 at 5:23 am
    • Nostra says:

      I like him too and I think I’ve seen most of his work (except for the really early stuff)

      May 5, 2013 at 8:49 am
  • Tim The Film Guy says:

    You knew I was right :D

    May 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I will admit it…let’s see what you predict for this week!

      May 5, 2013 at 8:50 am
  • Chris @ filmhipster says:

    Good Canadian boy! very proud of him. To me Dumb and Dumber is the epitome of Jim, my favorite!

    May 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, he really shows his comedy muscles in it!

      May 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

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