Over the last three decades, the Canadian actor has played an impressive number of memorable roles, not only in comedies but also dramas
Jim Carrey turns 59: Look back at 10 of his best films
A Brief Overlook on Jim Carrey’s career
Jim Carrey is one of the most famous and popular actors in the world, and over the last three decades has played an impressive number of memorable roles. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada on January 17, 1962, Carrey became known to the American audiences when in 1990 he landed in a recurring role in the sketch comedy television series In Living Color. Prior to that he already had appeared in several 1980’s American movies including “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986), Dirty Harry’s final sequel “The Dead Pool” (1988) and the comedy “Earth Girls Are Easy” (1989). The 1990’s brought Carrey a succession of lead roles in some of the decade’s most popular comedies such as “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994), “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), “The Mask” (1994), “The Cable Guy” (1996) and “Liar Liar” (1997). In 1995 he played Riddler in “Batman Forever”, using his comedy skills to develop the character. But as the decade came to an end, Carrey also successfully started to take dramatic roles, proving his versatility as an actor. His first big lead role in a drama was in “The Truman Show” (1998) and the following year in the Andy Kaufman’s biopic “Man on the Moon”, a critically acclaimed performance that earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. During the 2000’s, Carrey continued to star in comedies like “Bruce Almighty” (2003) and also fantasy/adventure movies, notably “The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000) and “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004). It was also a decade where besides drama, he started taking darker characters roles as in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role , “The Number 23” (2007) and most recently “Dark Crimes” (2018). Currently, Carrey is set to portray Dr. Robotnik in the upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog” film. To mark the birthday of this unique and talented actor, look back at 10 of his very best films.
10 – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 1994
9 – Bruce Almighty, 2003
8 – Liar Liar, 1997
7 – The Cable Guy, 1996
6 – Dumb and Dumber, 1994
5 – The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000
4 – The Truman Show, 1998
3 – The Mask, 1994
2 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004
1 – Man on the Moon, 1999
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