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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.
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.