1. His first leading roles in major productions came with Ace Venture: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, and Ace Venture: When Nature Calls, as well as a supporting role in Batman Forever and a lead role in Liar Liar.
2. Carrey gained critical acclaim starring in serious roles in The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, each garnering him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
3. In the 2000s, he gained further popularity for his portrayal of the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and for the comedy Me, Myself & Irene, as well as Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Horton Hearts a Who! and A Christmas Carol.
4. He was born on January 17. 1962, in Ontario, Canada to Kathleen Oram and Percy Carrey.
5. He wrote letters to Tupac Shakur when Tupac was in prison to help the rapper laugh and smile while behind bars. Tupac said that Carrey was his favorite actor.
5. Carrey and his three older siblings (two girls and a boy) were raised Roman Catholic.
6. Carrey was soon noticed by legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield (“Caddyshack”), who eventually signed the younger comic to open his tour performances.
7. As “In Living Color” came to a close, Carrey starred in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994) — his first lead role in a major film and a breakout hit. That same year, the comedian starred in “The Mask” and “Dumb and Dumber.” All three films were big commercial hits and proved Carrey was a serious box office draw.
8. On “Inside the Actors Studio,” Carrey described his father as “a musician who got a ‘regular job’ to support his children.” He added that when his father lost his job, “everything fell apart.”
9. Damon Wayans, Carrey’s co-star in “Earth Girls Are Easy” (1989), introduced Carrey to his brother Keenan, who was creating the sketch comedy show “In Living Color” (1990-1994). Carrey landed a recurring role on the show and set the stage for his Hollywood stardom.
10. The future actor was forced to quit school at 15 to help support the family and took a job as a janitor.
11. Carrey was engaged to his “Me, Myself and Irene” (2000) co-star Renée Zellweger from 1999-2000.
12. His father helped Carrey develop his stage act and would drive him to Toronto to perform stand-up. The comedian made his debut at the comedy club Yuk Yuk’s.
13. In 1996, Carrey married his “Dumb and Dumber” co-star Lauren Holly. After less than a year, the newlyweds split up.
14. In total, Carrey has six Golden Globe nominations and two wins. He won Best Actor (Drama) for “The Truman Show” (1998) and Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for “Man on the Moon” (1999).
15. Carrey has said that if his career in show business didn’t pan out, he’d probably be working today at the Dofasco steel mill in Ontario.