How much is Jim Carrey worth?
|Net Worth:||$180 Million|
|Date of Birth:||January 17, 1962|
There isn’t a facial expression this comedian can’t muster. He shows the best of them in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Yes Man.
Who Is Jim Carrey
Very few comedy stars have ever achieved the success of Canadian-born Jim Carrey, who came to public attention on the 1990s sketch series In Living Color but exploded into the stratosphere in the mid-’90s thanks to a run of hit comedy films that included both Ace Ventura movies, Dumb & Dumber and Liar, Liar. Known for a manic energy that recalls Robin Williams and a ridiculously expressive face reminiscent of Jerry Lewis, critics dismissed Carrey early on but audiences couldn’t get enough of him. Carrey eventually won critics over, too, in a series of dramatic roles, including a dead-on impression of comedian Andy Kaufman in the 1999 film Man on the Moon. Carrey’s star eventually faded a little, but there’s little denying he’s one of the biggest comedy successes the movies have produced.
Jim Carrey is a Canadian actor and comedian who rose to fame in the 1990s and became the highest earning actor of that decade. From starting out in stand-up comedy, the star became possibly the most critic-proof Hollywood actor there has ever been, as most of his comedies have been panned year-in, year-out ever since the 1990s. But regardless, the films always make hundreds of millions of dollars and they are adored by national and overseas audiences.
As of 2021, Jim Carrey has a net worth at or above $180 million dollars.
A $10,000,000 Check
One night in 1987, a relatively unknown, 26-year-old actor named Jim Carrey drove his old Toyota up onto Mulholland Drive, overlooking the glimmering lights of Los Angeles. Though he had enjoyed success as a comic, he wanted more. He wanted to be a movie star. So he pulled out his checkbook and wrote himself a check for 10 million dollars, “for acting services rendered” in the memo line, and post-dated it Thanksgiving Day, 1995. And whether it was surreal prescience or sheer luck, not even the young Carrey himself could’ve guessed just how far he would exceed his wildest hopes.
James Eugene Carrey was born in 1962 and raised in suburban Newmarket in Ontario, Canada. The youngest of four children and a born entertainer, Carrey was an extrovert from the start, holding mini-performances in the basement. In junior high, the only way for the teachers to shut him up was to allow him 10 minutes at the end of class for some manic, adolescent stand-up.
The happy suburban life didn’t last, though. When Carrey was in ninth grade, his father lost his job as an accountant and was forced to sell the family home. The Carreys moved to the industrial Scarborough section of Toronto, where the whole family (including 15-year-old Jim) worked as janitors or security guards at the Titan Wheels factory. With eight-hour shifts after school, Carrey’s grades suffered, and he ultimately dropped out of high school at 16 to pursue a life of comedy.
In Living Color
Carrey’s first time on stage was met with crushing silence, but he was undeterred. He practiced his act, honing his impressions and jokes, and ultimately built the skills and confidence to move to Los Angeles in 1979 when he was only 17. He quickly earned a regular spot at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, often drawing standing ovations.
His talent also caught the eyes of two important people: waitress Melissa Womer, who would later become his first wife and mother of his only child, and legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who was so impressed with the young comic that he hired Carrey to join him on tour.
He was a professional comedian by the mid ‘80s, but it wasn’t enough. Carrey had bigger dreams and was frustrated by his inability to break through. He appeared in a number of miscellaneous television and film roles that decade, but none managed to take root. Then in 1989, he costarred with Damon Wayans in Earth Girls Are Easy, an otherwise forgettable comedy except that Wayans, impressed with Carrey, helped him get a recurring role on the sketch comedy show In Living Color. He was an instant fan favorite on the show and gained enough notice to be presented with a script called Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, a film that, within a single year of its release, would change his life.
Making The Deadline
Ace Ventura was a monumental success and paved the way for The Mask and Dumb and Dumber (for which he got paid $10 million, right before Thanksgiving 1995). All three films were released in 1994, together netting over $550 million worldwide. In 12 months, Carrey went from supporting, character actor to megastar, where he has been ever since.
Although the mid-‘90s brought a divorce from Womer, Jim’s career was skyrocketing. In 1998, he legitimized his career with an acclaimed performance in The Truman Show, winning a Best Actor Golden Globe—something he repeated the following year when he portrayed Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. In 2004, he took his ability to the next level as a heart-wrenching, albeit quirky, romantic lead in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
After his divorce, Jim found solace with his Dumb and Dumber co-star Lauren Holly. In 1996, the couple tied the knot, but less than a year later, Holly filed for divorce. Soon after, Carrey became involved in a high-profile relationship with Renee Zellweger, who he met on the set of Me, Myself & and Irene. The couple was engaged, but they never made it down the aisle, splitting in 2000. From 2005 to 2010, he was involved with fellow comedian Jenny McCarthy.
He has amped up slapstick, taken on everything from supernatural thrillers to Dr. Seuss and proven he can really act. But whether he’s being disarmingly sincere or, literally, talking out of his own butt, one thing is sure: even if it took 15 years for Hollywood to realize it, Jim Carrey is a movie star.
How did Jim Carrey get so rich?
In 1985, long before Jim Carrey was rich or famous, he wrote himself a $10 million dollar check dated it 10 years in the future, and kept it in his wallet. He did this because it was always his goal to get paid $10 million dollars for a single movie part… a goal he realized in 1995 when he was cast in “Dumb and Dumber” for $10 million.
“Dumb and Dumber” went on to gross almost $250 million from Jim’s incredibly hilarious performance. Carrey has since starred in dozens of other high-grossing movies from The Mask which grossed $350 million, The Truman Show which grossed $125 million, and Bruce Almighty which grossed $484 million. Making Jim Carrey one of Hollywoods most bankable comedy actors in the 90s and early 2000s.
The movie Jim Carrey made the most money from may come as a surprise to most people as the film isn’t even close to one of his most successful releases. In 2008, Carrey decided to star in “Yes Man” without taking a salary, instead he agreed to take 36% of the box office gross, which ended up earning the actor around $37 million dollars.
All through the 90s and 2000s, Carrey would consistently accept salaries anywhere between $15-30 million per movie. There would be no dispute because the studios knew Carrey could get audiences to the cinemas in flocks. In total, Jim Carrey’s films have grossed close to $5 billion at the box office.
Carrey is also a painter, and a very talented one at that. He owns his own studio in Los Angeles and sells his paintings at galleries. Carrey’s paintings are often satirical portraits of politicians. Though making money from his art is a great added income, it’s barely a drop in the ocean compared to his earnings from acting.
Why is he so famous?
Jim Carrey had been in several movies in the late 1980s and early 90s, but it was in 1994 when Carrey became an absolute phenomenon by starring in, not one, not two, but three movies in one year. The three releases were Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb And Dumber respectively. They are three of the most beloved movies of all time. Carrey also worked on the screenplay for ‘Pet Detective,’ essentially forming his own move-star narrative.
Following Pet Detective was the superhero movie, The Mask, a strange comic-book to adapt as the superhero was never kid-friendly and had a much darker tone that involved brutal murders. The result of the adaptation was a goofy, childish romp starring an actor who was loved by youngsters, but featured a heavy amount of violence, smoking, sexual references, and bad language. On paper, the movie would be doomed. It was marketed terribly, as the marketing campaign couldn’t grasp what type of audience the movie should be promoted towards. With all of this stacked up against the movie’s chances at success, The Mask became one of the most popular movies of that year despite the marketing and negative comments from critics.
The movie’s success was largely thanks to Jim Carrey making the role his own. Cameron Diaz also shot to stardom after the success too. A sequel to The Mask was followed up 11 years later without Carrey starring and more heavily oriented to children, it wasn’t anywhere near as successful, and it in fact lost millions. Further proving Carrey’s powers as a bankable movie star.
Even though The Mask was received negatively by critics, the movie went on to be hugely influential. The movie franchise Deadpool looked to The Mask and lifted from the movie heavily, as Deadpool featured a superhero whose face was fully covered, a hero who smack-talked and made badly-timed jokes, and most importantly, broke the fourth wall. Similarly, if it wasn’t for the choice of actor, in Deadpool’s case, Ryan Reynolds, the movie would not have done well at the box-office.
Jim Carrey would continue to smash out movie after movie that would always open straight at number one at the box office, including his biggest movies Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, Me Myself & Irene, and How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
What makes him so successful?
For 20 years, Carrey was shooting an average of a movie a year all the way up to 2014, though he took a break for personal reasons and never fully returned until 2020. But when he did return it was with a bang, starring as the evil dr. Robotnik alongside a blue CGI hedgehog. Sonic The Hedgehog broke box-office records and a lot of that can be attributed to the return of Jim Carrey, whose characteristics and slapstick comedy remains unchanged after all these years, creating comedy out of his body movements the odd flexibility of his face. Even despite the major issues the movie had in the marketing stages, everyone involved with the making of the movie couldn’t be happier. It ended up grossing over $300 million.
Carrey would go on to do what a lot of comedians try, which is to prove themselves as a professional actor by taking on more serious roles. He arguably pulled this off better than anybody when he played the titular role in The Truman Show. The Truman Show led critics to finally begin respecting Carrey as an actor. He pulled it off even more in the Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon, which went on to have a documentary made about the production of the movie by Netflix.
Carrey then acted alongside drama heavyweights Kate Winslet and Mark Ruffalo in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which probably wouldn’t have been made if it wasn’t for Carrey agreeing to star. In Hollywood, smaller movies with a concept that isn’t easy to explain usually never get picked up unless an A-list bankable star is interested in starring in it.
We calculate Jim Carrey is worth $180 million dollars in 2020.
Jim Carrey was hated by critics in the 90s, but it was the audience that loved him. There isn’t a single other comedian that can do what Jim Carrey does, nor would they want to. On paper, what Jim Carrey does seems so unprofessional and embarrassing, but at the same time it’s exciting and completely free of pretension.
With a penchant for taking up adaptations of Dr. Seuss novels and Christmas movies, and a love of entertaining children no matter how goofy he comes off, Jim Carrey is willing to do the hardest possible job, including his own stunts. With his blend of humor alongside world class acting it makes Jim Carrey difficult to typecast and rather a unique talent in his own right.