75. Jim Carrey: From Homeless to Superstardom

One of the greatest comedic talents alive today the irrepressible Jim Carrey. Although not an American , Carrey has spent most of his life living, working in the United States. He has starred some of the biggest box office hits in Hollywood history, and is showing no signs of down. He got his start by doing stand-up in his home country of Canada, but life then was not easy for the megastar.

Born January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, Carrey's life was what he described as lower middle . His father Percy was a musician, who got job as an accountant, and provided well for family until he lost his job when Carrey a boy. That is when Carrey's life changed . With no steady income, the family eventually lost home, and was living out of a van. quit high school at the age of 15 take a job as a janitor to help his family. Carrey described himself as being very at his situation in life at that time.

his childhood, Carrey had his comedy. He began his routine in Ontario in small clubs, while up to better things. He got a break 1979 when he became the opening act for stand-up comedians Rodney Dangerfield, and Buddy Hackett. His break came when he decided to move to Angeles to try to break into the entertainment in 1983. His first major appearances came when landed regular work in the comedy series In Color in 1991.

After his successful run on Fox show, Carrey became well-known, and was in . He starred in hit films such as Ace : Pet Detective, The Mask, Liar Liar, The Cable , Bruce Almighty, and Batman Forever.