What is Jim Carrey’s net worth and salary?
Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, and producer who has a net worth of $180 million. In the late 1990s and 2000s, Jim was consistently one of the highest paid entertainers in the world. Jim Carrey was the first actor in history to earn $20 million for a single film, a feat he accomplished with 1996’s “The Cable Guy.” Throughout his career to date, he has earned hundreds of millions of dollars from film salaries and backend bonuses.
Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada on January 17, 1962. His mother was a housewife and his father was an accountant. When Jim was 12, his father lost his job and the family was suddenly homeless. The entire family lived out of a van and worked overnight as janitors and security guards at a nearby factory to make ends meet. After a full day of school, a teenage Jim frequently worked a full eight-hour shift at the factory.
Always a natural comedian and impersonator (just like his father), Jim got his start doing stand-up in Toronto comedy clubs when he was just 15 years old. In the early days, his father drives him to clubs. He dropped out of high school to pursue his dreams and later moved to Los Angeles, where Rodney Dangerfield saw him perform at The Comedy Store and signed him as an opening act.
Blank check becomes reality
According to legend, at some point in 1985, an extremely broke and depressed Jim Carrey drove his battered Toyota Camry into the Hollywood Hills. Overlooking all of Los Angeles Jim wrote himself a check for $10 million “for acting services rendered.” He postdated it 10 years later and kept the check in his wallet. Spoiler alert – his dream came true in that 10-year period. When Jim’s father died in 1994, he slipped the check into his father’s casket.
Carrey’s first taste of stardom came in 1990 on the Wayans’ sketch comedy show In Living Color. It was on this show that he dazzled audiences with characters such as the masochistic and accident-prone Fire Marshal Bill. Carrey remained on In Living Color until the end of 1995, but shortly before the cancellation, his major debut in the film “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” hit the theater. The movie was a hit that made him a household name overnight. In the same year, he starred in ‘The Mask’ and ‘Dumb and Dumber’, both of which were box-office hits. For his next film, “The Cable Guy”, he earned $20 million, setting a salary record.
Carrey’s other notable comedy vehicles include “Liar, Liar,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Me, Myself, and Irene” and “Yes Man.” He also appeared in a number of dramas and dramas, including “The Truman Show”, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “The Majestic”, “Man on the Moon” and the thriller “The Number 23”.
Jim’s first big paycheck came from In Living Color, where he was paid $25,000 per episode. Jim earned approximately $3.2 million from the show’s 127 episodes. That’s the same as about $6 million today. He was paid $350,000 for the first Ace Ventura movie. One later, he would earn $15 million for his next appearance. Jim earned $540,000 to star in The Mask, then $7 million for Dumb & Dumber.
Jim earned $20 million for the following films, The Cable Guy, Batman Forever, Liar Liar, Me, Myself & Irene, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Yes Man. For How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim was also entitled to a percentage of merchandise sales. For Yes Man, he was entitled to 36.2% of the profits, bringing his total salary to $35 million. This is one of the 30 highest salaries in film history.
FYI, making $20 million in the mid-1990s, they’re making about $34 million per movie today.
Between 1994 and 2008 alone, Jim earned $200 million in salary and bonuses. Over the next decade, he earned at least another $100 million. To date, he has probably earned over $300 million in salary for the film.
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Jim Carrey was married twice. He was married to Melissa Womer from 1987 to 1995. They have a daughter together named Jane Erin Carrey, who was a contestant on American Idol in 2012. In 1996, Jim married his Dumb & Dumber co-star, Lauren Holly . The marriage lasted less than a year. Between 2005 and 2010 he dated model/actress Jenny McCarthy.
Throughout his career, Jim has won over 40 major awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for The Truman Show in 1999 and Man on the Moon in 2000.
Jim holds a case series around the United States. His longtime primary residence was a sprawling compound in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. He bought the first property in his complex in 1994 for $3.8 million (about $6.6 million today). In 2000, he spent $1.7 million on the adjoining 1-acre lot. Today, the property has a large guest house, swimming pool and tennis court.
In 2002, he spent $9.75 million on a beachfront mansion in Malibu. He put the house up for sale in 2011 for $18 million. It finally found a buyer in 2013 for $13.4 million. Jim also owns an apartment in New York City.
Jim Carrey has a net worth of $180 million. She first became known internationally in 1994, after the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Over the next two decades, he became one of the highest-paid actors in the world, regularly earning over $20 million for a single film. He was the first actor to earn $20 million for a film and has earned at least $300 million to date from film salaries and bonuses.