Jim Carrey Net Worth and Salary: Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, and producer who has a net worth of $180 million. Throughout the late 1990s and 2000s, Jim was consistently one of the highest paid entertainers in the world. Jim Carrey became the first actor in history to earn $20 million for a single film, a feat he accomplished with 1996’s The Cable Guy. During his career to date, he has made hundreds of millions of dollars from film salaries and backend bonuses.
Early Life: Jim Carrey was born on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. 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 whole 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 would often work a full eight-hour shift at the factory.
Always a born comedian and impersonator (like his father), Jim began playing stand-up as a pro at 15 in Toronto comedy clubs. In his early days, his father drove him to the 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.
According to legend, sometime in 1985, an extremely broken and depressed Jim Carrey drove into the Hollywood Hills in his battered Toyota Camry. Looking across Los Angeles, Jim wrote himself a $10 million “acting services rendered” check. He postdated it 10 years later and kept the check in his wallet. Spoiler alert – within those 10 years his dream came true. When Jim’s father died in 1994, he slipped the check into his father’s coffin.
Carrey’s first taste of stardom came in 1990 on the Wayans brothers’ sketch comedy show In Living Color. On that show, he wowed audiences with characters like the masochistic and accident-prone Fire Marshal Bill. Carrey stayed with In Living Color until its end in 1995, but shortly before its cancellation, his big film debut Ace Ventura: Pet Detective hit theaters. The film was a smash hit that made it a household name overnight. That same year, he starred in The Mask and Dumb and Dumber, both of which were box office hits. He earned $20 million for his next film, The Cable Guy, setting a salary record.
Carrey’s other notable comedic vehicles are “Liar, Liar”, “Bruce Almighty”, “Me, Me and Irene” and “Yes Man”. He has 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.
Personal Life: Jim’s first big paycheck came from In Living Color, where he was paid $25,000 per episode. Jim earned around $3.2 million from the show’s 127 episodes. That’s the same as about $6 million today. He received $350,000 for the first Ace Ventura film. A year later, he would earn $15 million to appear in the sequel. Jim made $540,000 for starring 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 the goods sold. On “Yes Man,” he was entitled to 36.2% of the win, which brought his total payday to $35 million. That’s one of the 30 highest paychecks in film history.
FYI, making $20 million in the mid-1990s is the same as making around $34 million a movie today.
Between 1994 and 2008 alone, Jim earned $200 million from salaries and bonuses. He earned at least another $100 million over the next decade. To date, he has probably earned more than $300 million in film salaries.
Jim Carrey has been married twice. He was married to Melissa Womer from 1987 to 1995. They have a daughter together named Jane Erin Carrey, who ran 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.
Actor: Over the course of his career, Jim has won more than 40 major awards, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for The Truman Show in 1999 and Man on the Moon in 2000.
<: Jim owns a number of homes across the United States. His longtime primary residence is a sprawling compound in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. He bought the first lot on his property in 1994 for $3.8 million (equivalent to about $6.6 million today). In 2000, he spent $1.7 million on the 1-acre property next door. Today the property has a large guest house, a swimming pool and a tennis court.
In 2002, he spent $9.75 million on a Malibu beachfront mansion. He put the house up for sale in 2011 for $18 million. In 2013, he finally found a buyer for $13.4 million. Jim also owns an apartment in New York City.
Personal Life: Jim Carrey has a net worth of $180 million. He first gained international fame in 1994 after the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Over the next two decades, he went on to become one of the highest paid actors in the world, regularly earning more than $20 million for a single film. He was the first actor to earn $20 million for a film and has made at least $300 million in film salaries and bonuses to date.
Net worth: $180 million
DOB: January 17, 1962 (58 years old)
Gender : Male
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Profession: comedian, actor, screenwriter, film producer, voice actor
Last updated: 2019