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James Eugene Carrey, better known as Jim Carrey, was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada and is the youngest of four children. He was a gifted performer as a kid doing stand-up routines for his classmates in junior high. Financially strapped to the point of living with his family in a camper, Carrey made his stand-up debut in Toronto after his parents and siblings got back on their feet. He then dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of being a comic and moved to Los Angeles in 1979. He eventually caught the attention of Rodney Dangerfield, who signed Carrey to open for him during his tour. During this time, Carrey also broke into the film business, landing small roles like in the 1988 romantic comedy Earth Girls Are Easy where he met Damon Wayans, who was also in the movie. Wayans and his brother Keenan, recruited Carrey to become part of the cast of their sketch comedy show In Living Color. Carrey became a stand-out amongst the cast with his quirky, off-the-wall characters like Fire Marshall Bill. Following In Living Color, Carrey became a breakout movie superstar in the 1994 comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. He hit a real turning point in his career when he won the Best Actor Golden Globe for his performances in the 1998 dramedy The Truman Show and playing comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon.
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Carrey has mainly stuck to comedy in the roles he chooses but he has shown his dramatic talents in movies like 2004’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the 2008 dramedy Yes Man. Yet, Carrey continues to wow moviegoers with his signature wit and one-of-kind delivery always keeping his performances fresh and his fans yearning for even more laughs.
In honor of his 51st birthday, here is a Top 10 list of Jim Carrey movies.