Famous Burlingtonians

Jim Carrey - Actor

James Eugene Carrey was born in 1962 in Aurora, Ontario and lived in Burlington for eight years where he attended Aldershot High School. Carey would often perform comedy sketches for classmates in middle school which fortified his outrageous stage talent. He relocated to Scarborough, Ontario in his teens, where he later dropped out of high school to pursue a career in comedy. He received critical acclaim at Yuk Yuk’s and The Comedy Store where he was hired by comedian Rodney Dangerfield to headline his comedic tour. Carrey found television success in the 80’s on Saturday Night Live and In Living Color. He went on to star in numerous films, receiving a total of two Golden Globe awards and six Golden Globe nominations for such films as the The Truman Show and Man on the Moon. He was nominated for a British Academy Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and also has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.