One of the greatest comedy actors of all time, Jim Carrey, has captivated us since his first movies. He was Ace Ventura, Bruce Nolan in “Bruce Almighty, Stanley Ipkiss in “The Mask”, Mr. Popper in “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”, Carl in “Yes Man” or Truman Burbank in “The Truman Show”. But also, Joel Barish, in one of his few films, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, in which he does not make us laugh, but weep.
Although not born in the US, Carrey has lived and worked most of his life in the United States. He began his career as a stand-up comedy actor in his native Canada. But, Jim Carrey’s climb to his well-known success in American box office movies was not easy at all.
What is Jim Carrey’s net worth?
The Canadian-American actor, producer, and comedian, Jim Carrey has a net worth of $180 million at the time this article is written. He was one of the most famous actors in the entire world for around ten years.
He was consistently one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world in the late 1990s and 2000s. In 1996 he was paid $20 million for the film “The Cable Guy”, an amount that made him the first actor in history to earn so much money for a single movie. He earned hundreds of millions of dollars from film salaries and backend bonuses, during his career and until now.
Jim Carrey received his major paycheck for the show “In Living Colors”. He was paid $25,000 per episode, which totaled to $3.2 million for the 127 episodes. Today that would be around $6 million.
For the first “Ace Ventura” movie Jim Carrey was paid $350,000. One year later he made $15 million for appearing in the sequel.
He earned $540,000 for appearing in “The Mask” and after that $7 million for the movie “Dumb & Dumber”.
Jim Carrey earned $20 million for each of the following movies: “Yes Man”, “The Cable Guy”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Batman Forever”, “Myself & Irene”, “Liar Liar”, and “Me”. Also, he was entitled to a percentage of the merchandise sales. For instance, he was entitled to 36.2% of “Yes Man” profits, which brought him a total of $35 million. This is one of the thirty largest paychecks in film history.
You should know that in the mid-1990s $20 million per movie were the equivalent of $34 million today.
Jim Carrey earned $200 million from salaries and bonuses between 1994 and 2008. He made another $100 million over the next ten years. Until now, he made more than $300 million from film salaries.
Born on January 17, 1962, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, Jim Carrey, whose full name was James Eugene Carrey, was part of a low-class family. His father, Percy, was a musician, but in order to survive he found a job as an accountant.
His mother was unemployed and diagnosed with neurosis. His father who hated his job ultimately lost it. At this point, the whole family was kicked out of the house and forced to sleep in the car for several months until the father found a new job. In those moments, the child Jim Carrey, only 12 years old, decided that it was time to help them in any way he could and, for the first time in his life, was employed as a factory worker.
Also, he was attending Northview Heights Secondary School at the time and was already struggling with some undiagnosed medical issues. He suffered from dyslexia and could not keep up with his peers at school, having to develop a very good memory in order not to forget what he learned. In addition, he was very isolated and could not make friends at all.
He made his comedy debut at the age of 15 when he took to the stage of a club in Toronto, where he performed his first stand-up comedy show. His family tried to support him in his chosen path, considering that he was not paid in the first appearances. Eventually, he ended up being invited to major events and when he started making a profit, he realized he was talented and decided to go to comedy castings.
In 1979, he managed to make his name known, when he got the chance to open the shows of comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Buddy Hackett.
His success, however, really came in 1983 when he decided to move to Los Angeles and try anything to break into the world of entertainment. And all his efforts were not in vain. That’s because, eight years later, he managed to convince the producers of the comedy series “In Living Color” to offer him a permanent job. And with this role in the Fox show, Jim Carrey’s name became a well-known name.
Jim Carrey made his debut in the film world in 1992. His first roles were in the comedies “Ace Ventura”, “The Mask” and “Dumb and Dumber”.
In 1998, he had to overcome a new professional challenge, which would completely change the course of his career, helping him to become even more known and appreciated: he got the role of Truman Burbank, the main character in the movie “The Truman Show”, reference film of those times.
His most recent films are “Sonic the Hedgehog” (2020) and “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” (2022) as Dr. Robotnik.
Throughout his career, he has won and been nominated for many awards which include Golden Globe, BAFTA, MTV awards, etc. The first Golden Globe he won was for his role in “The Truman Show”. He is also a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Although he has not had an Oscar nomination in more than two decades of his career, he is one of the most beloved actors of the moment.
The dream that came true
The star said that he had a vision in which he received $10 million for his services as an actor. And this came true seven years later when he received exactly this amount for the role in the movie “Dumb and Dumber”.
In 2018 he worked on the animation “Kidding”, directed by Michel Gondry, where he played a character that perfectly resembles him, the real Carrey. Despite the passing of the years and the problems he ran into over the years, Jim Carrey remained childish and jovial in nature. He even wrote a book for children, “How Roland Rolls”.
His experience as a writer did not stop there. In 2020 the actor also released his first novel, “Memoirs and Misinformation”.
Jim Carrey has had several love affairs that have been talked about by the media. He initially had an affair for almost eight months with pop singer Linda Ronstadt. In 1987 he married the actress Melissa Womer, with whom he has a daughter, the singer Jane Erin. The two, however, separate after more than eight years of marriage. And Jim Carrey married again on September 23, 1996, this time to actress Lauren Holly. Their relationship did not last very long. And the actor also had several affairs with well-known names such as Renée Zellweger, Jenny McCarthy, Anine Bing, Laurie Holden, and January Jones.
Since 2004, Jim Carrey has finally been awarded American citizenship, but still retains his Canadian citizenship.
Jim Carrey owns several houses around the United States of America. He purchased his longtime main residence, which is in Brentwood area of Los Angeles, in 1994 for $3.8 million. Today this would be around $6.6 million. He bought another 1-acre lot the next door for $1.7 million in 2000.
Also, he has an apartment in New York City.
Jim purchased a beachfront house in Malibu in 2002 for $9.75 million. However, in 2011 he listed this property for sale for $18 million. In the end, he sold it for $13.4 million in 2013.