What is the net worth and salary of Jim Carrey?
Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, and producer with a $180 million net worth. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Jim was consistently one of the world’s highest-paid entertainers. Jim Carrey was the first actor in history to earn $20 million for a single film, which he accomplished with “The Cable Guy” in 1996. Film salaries and backend bonuses have netted him hundreds of millions of dollars throughout his career.
The 17th of January, 1962, saw the birth of Jim Carrey in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. His mother was a housewife, whereas his father was an accountant. When Jim was 12 years old, his father lost his job, resulting in the family’s sudden eviction. The entire family lived in a van and worked overnight as janitors and security guards at a nearby factory in order to survive. Frequently, adolescent Jim would work an eight-hour shift at the factory after a full day of school.
Always a natural comedian and impersonator (as was his father), Jim began his professional career at the age of 15 performing stand-up comedy in Toronto comedy clubs. His father used to drive him to clubs when he was younger. He left high school to pursue his dreams and moved to Los Angeles, where Rodney Dangerfield saw him perform at The Comedy Store and signed him as an opening act.
True-to-Life Blank Check
According to urban legend, Jim Carrey drove his beat-up Toyota Camry into the Hollywood Hills at one point in 1985 when he was extremely destitute and depressed. Overlooking the entirety of Los Angeles, Jim wrote a check to himself for $10 million “for acting services rendered.” He placed the check in his wallet and dated it ten years later. A spoiler alert: his dream came true within the ten-year span. Jim slipped the check into his father’s casket when his father died in 1994.
In 1990, Carrey debuted on the sketch comedy program “In Living Color” created by the Wayans brothers. On this show, he wowed audiences with characters such as the masochistic and accident-prone Fire Marshal Bill. Carrey remained on In Living Color until its 1995 cancellation, but his first major film, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” was released in theaters shortly before the show’s demise. Instantaneously, he became a household name after the film’s tremendous success. Both “The Mask” and “Dumb and Dumber” were box office successes in the same year he starred in them. For his next film, “The Cable Guy,” he earned $20 million, a record salary.
“Liar, Liar,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Me, Myself, and Irene,” and “Yes Man” are Carrey’s other notable comedies. He has also appeared in several dramas and dramedies, such as “The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Majestic,” “Man on the Moon,” and the suspense film “The Number 23.”
Highlights of Salary
Each episode of In Living Color paid Jim $25,000 per episode, which was his first significant income. The 127 episodes of the show earned Jim approximately $3.2 million. Approximately $6 million in present-day currency. For the first Ace Ventura film, he was paid $350,000. A year later, he would be compensated $15 million to appear in the sequel. Jim was paid $540,000 to star in The Mask, followed by $7 million for Dumb & Dumber.
The following films earned Jim $20 million: 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. In the case of Yes Man, he was entitled to 36.2% of profits, amounting to a total of $35 million. That is one of the thirty highest salaries in film history.
FYI, earning $20 million per film in the mid-1990s is equivalent to earning around $34 million per film in the present day.
Jim earned $200 million in salary and bonus income between 1994 and 2008. He earned at least an additional $100 million over the subsequent decade. Until now, he has likely earned more than $300 million from his film work.
Jim Carrey’s marital status is twofold. From 1987 until 1995, he was wed to Melissa Womer. They have a daughter, Jane Erin Carrey, who was a contestant on American Idol in 2012. Jim wed his co-star from Dumb & Dumber, Lauren Holly, in 1996. Less than one year passed during the marriage. He dated model and actress Jenny McCarthy from 2005 to 2010.
Throughout his career, Jim has won over 40 major awards, including two Golden Globe Awards 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 several properties across the United States. His primary residence for many years was a sprawling estate in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. In 1994, he paid $3,800,000 (equivalent to approximately $6,600,000 today) for the first property in his compound. In 2000, he purchased the 1-acre lot next door for $1,700,000. Currently, the property features a spacious guesthouse, a swimming pool, and a tennis court.
He purchased a Malibu beachfront mansion for $9.75 million in 2002. In 2011, he listed the home for 18 million dollars. In 2013, he finally sold the property for $13.4 million. Additionally, Jim owns a New York City apartment.
$180 million is Jim Carrey’s estimated net worth. In 1994, after the release of the film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, he first gained international prominence. Over the next two decades, he became one of the highest-paid actors in the world, earning $20 million or more per film on a consistent basis. He was the first actor to earn $20 million for a single film and has earned at least $300 million to date from film salaries and bonuses.