This elastic-faced Canadian is so huge now that it's hard to believe that he came from such humble beginnings. His 6-member family was forced to relocate from their home in Newmarket, Ontario when Jim was only 14, and they lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they earned enough money to move and live in Toronto. After his first stand-up attempt (which was reportedly disastrous) at a local Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, Carrey worked up the courage to move to Los Angeles. The rest, as they say, is history. This elastic-faced Canadian is so huge now that it's hard to believe that he came from such humble beginnings. His 6-member family was forced to relocate from their home in Newmarket, Ontario when Jim was only 14, and they lived out of a Volkswagen camper van until they earned enough money to move and live in Toronto. After his first stand-up attempt (which was reportedly disastrous) at a local Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, Carrey worked up the courage to move to Los Angeles. The rest, as they say, is history.

Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario
Claim to Fame: Carrey scored his first small movie roles in 1986's 'Peggy Sue Got Married' and 1988's 'Earth Girls are Easy.' Impressed by his comedic talent, fellow 'Earth Girls' alien Damon Wayans let his brother (director/producer Keenan Ivory Wayans) know about him, and Carrey was cast in the early 90s sitcom 'In Living Color.' His slew of laugh-out-loud characters and impersonations secured him a spot on the show, and his career took off.
Trivia: - At the age of 10, he mailed his resume to 'The Carol Burnett Show'
- He wrote himself a cheque for $20M and kept it in his wallet until he earned that amount for his work in 'Cable Guy'
- As a child, he would wear tap shoes to bed, just in case his parents needed cheering up
Why You Should Care: Carrey stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in Disney's 'A Christmas Carol'. It's a natural role for him; he played another Christmas villain (The Grinch) in 2000.
Canuck-o-meter: (1: American; 10: Maple Leaf): 7