Arguably one of the most popular entertainers of his lifetime, Jim Carrey has combined equal parts of his idol Jerry Lewis, his spiritual ancestor Harry Ritz, and the loose-limbed Ray Bolger into a gleefully uninhibited screen image that is uniquely his own.James Eugene Carrey was born to parents Percy, an accountant, and Kathleen, a housewife.The youngest of four children, Jim was an extroverted child who performed his early comedy routines for his parents and family.
Carrey began pursuing television and film work, auditioning for the likes of 'Saturday Night Live' and 'D. The show was pitted against comedy favourite 'Cheers' and consequently only lasted four months.
Carrey persisted with the silver-screen though and scored roles in the film 'Once Bitten' with Lauren Hutton in 1985 and a supporting role in 'Peggy Sue Got Married' in 1986.
That year, the struggling actor met Melissa Wormer, an aspiring actress who was working as a waitress at The Comedy Store.
Percy lost his job as an accountant when Jim was 14 and the family fell on hard times.
They were forced to move to the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, with Percy taking on the job of janitor in the Titan Wheels Factory which had a house on site.
Carrey, formerly a good student, took to working eight-hour shifts after school and his grades suffered.The family eventually gave away the factory work and moved into a VW campervan parked on a relative’s lawn.Jim made his comedy debut at age 15 at Toronto’s Yuk Yuk’s club, wearing a yellow suit his mother had made for him. Undeterred, Carrey persisted and was soon playing comedy clubs in Toronto regularly.He eventually dropped out of school at 16 to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time comedian.In 1979, Jim moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.Gaining a regular gig at The Comedy Store, he caught the eye of veteran comic Rodney Dangerfield who signed him as his opening act for a season. In 1984, Carrey gained his first lead role in the short-lived series 'The Duck Factory', playing a young cartoonist.