Jim Carrey is one of the most successful actors and comedians of the past few decades. From very humble beginnings to extremely high-grossing movies, Jim Carrey has seen it all. And though you can probably name ten movies the singular star has been in, you probably don’t know a bunch of the information on this list.
Number Fifteen: Jim Carrey Was a Born Performer, Interrupting Class With Jokes From a Very Young Age
He was such a humorous distraction as a kid that one teacher promised him that if he could keep still and be quiet long enough in class, he would be allowed time to perform in front of his classmates at the end of class.
Number Fourteen: He Quit School at the Age of Fifteen
While we know he was a disruptive and inattentive student, this isn’t the reason he had to drop out. Instead, he quit school to get a job and help out with money. His family was very poor and he got a janitorial job to pitch in.
Number Thirteen: His Father Was a Performer Too
His dad was a musician but found steadier work in order to support his family. He eventually lost this job, and that’s when finances became tight for the Carrey family.
Number Twelve: It Was Show Business or Nothing
Jim Carrey didn’t have much of a backup plan. He has stated that if he hadn’t made it as an actor and comedian, he would probably be working at a steel mill in Ontario.
Number Eleven: When He Was 10 Years Old He Wanted to Work at The Carol Burnett Show
He even mailed them a letter to apply – but not for any position in particular.
Number Ten: He Got His Start at a Toronto Comedy Club Called “Yuk Yuk’s”
Though he didn’t live in the city, his father would drive him to Toronto so that he could start to perform stand-up there.
Number Nine: He Got Noticed by Rodney Dangerfield
After beginning in Toronto, Carrey moved to Los Angeles to perform at The Comedy Store. Dangerfield same him there and invited Jim Carrey to go on tour as his opening act. That’s all the Jim Carrey facts for now, but part two will be coming your way soon!