James Eugene Carrey is one of those few male actors known famously for their flexible facial expressions and highly energetic performances. He is a screen writer and impressionist that has created a niche for himself in the observational comedy genre. His life might look so rosy today but it is worth mentioning that it has not always been like that and the hilarious actor never shies away from sharing the financial struggles he had while growing up and how it shaped him.
Date of Birth: January 17, 1962
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
At 15, he got his start as a stand-up comedian at a Toronto comedy club. Two years down the line, he left the factory job he was doing as a janitor (they were poor so he had to work to support the family) and continued making a living as an entertainer. One thing led to another and he was granted a regular role on the hit series In Living Colour (1990 – 1994). His big film break was when he played the titular character for the comedy movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and from then on, his expressive face and expert mimicry sills kept the hits coming. Keep scrolling to know more about the Carrey family.
Percy Joseph Carrey (father)
Year of Birth: 1927
Year of Death: 1994 (aged 67)
He was a jazz musician and accountant but lost his job when he was 51 and his famous son 12. The years following were filled with hardships as the family was forced to live in a van and could barely survive each day. His son finally became a successful entertainer and this eased the stress off their family until Percy died in 1994 of lung cancer and complications from Alzheimer’s.
According to Jim, his father’s failure inspired him to be a successful comedian as he believed Percy was gifted enough for comedy but in fear disguised as practicality, made a conservative choice and settled for his job in the financial sector. One of the things Carrey learned from his father was that there is no harm asking for what you want from the universe rather than settling for a life less than one’s dream.
Kathleen Carrey (mother)
Year of Birth: 1927
Year of Death: 1991 (aged 63)
She was a homemaker and amateur singer but is mostly recognized as the mother to the comic actor. Kathleen died in 1991 of kidney failure.
Rita Carrey (sister from same parents)
Year of Birth: 1960
Jim’s big sister was an on-air personality at a local station for ten years before being let go. Rita now works as the general manager for a Christmas store in Niagara Falls and has even released a Christmas Album as she loves music. According to Rita, they Carreys never got to finish high school because they worked all night long together in a factory but things became better for them when their little brother Jim began to make it big in the entertainment industry.
Patricia Carrey (elder sister from same parents)
She is married to Al Fournier yet all four Carreys find time to be together especially during the Christmas holidays.
John Carrey (brother from same parents)
John is the only brother to the comedic actor.
Melissa Jaine Womer (ex-spouse)
Duration of Marriage: March 28, 1987 – December 11, 1995 (8 years)
Date of Birth: July 8, 1960
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Carrey’s first marriage was to former actress and Comedy Store waitress Melissa. They became parents that same year and remained together for almost a decade before calling it quits. They cited irreconcilable differences as their divorce ground and Womer has been getting over $20,000 per month in temporary alimony and child support.
Lauren Holly (ex-wife)
Duration of Marriage: September 23, 1996 – July 1997 (1 year)
Date of Birth: October 28, 1963
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
They were co-stars in the Dumb and Dumber (1994) film and were married for a brief period of time. After her, he never got married again but was involved in long periods of romance with a few women, most of which were fellow actresses.
Jane Erin Carrey (daughter with Melissa Womer)
Date of Birth: September 6, 1987
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Jane is the only child to the renowned funny-man and is herself an actress like her dad and even co-starred in Dumb and Dumber Two (2014). Bent on making a name for herself, she worked as a waitress on and off for six years then proceeded to the hit show American Idol back in 2012. Although she never made it to the last round on the talent show, Erin still pursued her dreams, becoming the front woman for her own band – The Jane Carrey band and they have released a few works.
She got married to the front man of the Blood Money metal band Alex Santana since November 14, 2009 but divorced within a year of being married. Jane is the mother of a son Jackson Riley Santana (born February 26, 2010) making Carrey a grandfather. One thing she sure inherits from her father is his charisma and smile.