We now know Jim Carrey as an actor, producer, author, philanthropist, artist, and comedian, among other things.
He also is a living success story of the American dream, who started from humble struggling beginnings to stardom beyond he could dare imagine as a young boy.
Canadian-born and a U.S. citizen since 2004, Jim is probably best known for his works in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, and more recently Kidding.
Flexible facial expressions and rubbery body movements have become his trademarks over the years.
Still, through many films and TV series, he has proven to be one of the most versatile actors the world has ever seen.
Jim Carrey spent his early childhood in the town of Newmarket in Ontario, Canada.
Following dire financial problems, his family had to relocate to Scarborough.
He took a janitorial job in a factory in the new place and almost immediately started to see his school grades plummeting to the point where he had to drop out.
The struggle continued during the next few years, but he always had one good savior: stand-up comedy.
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On January 17, 1962, the story began when little Jim was born to Kathleen and Percy Carrey. All seemed alright, and the youngest of four grew up in a happy family filled with laughter and fun.
Soon enough, Jim realized that their mother had issues with her health, so he would often clown around to bring happy smiles to her face.
His comedic nature was apparent from an early age that he was allowed to use the last minutes of every school day to do a stand-up routine for his classmates in junior high.
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Jim’s parents knew he was different from all his three siblings: Rita, Pat, and John. To the family, Jim was something special.
A ridiculous kind of particular whom everybody liked and encouraged much. By the age of 10, he had already mastered more than a hundred impersonations and some hyperbolic act like heaving himself down a staircase.
Jim liked the attention he received, although as time went on, every action became something he did just to make his parents feel better and provide an escape from the world.