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Jim Carrey's birthday: Five fast facts to celebrate Carrey's birthday

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Best known for his off-the-wall portrayals of outrageous characters, actor Jim Carrey has made a name for himself in the comedy world.

James Eugene Carrey was born in New Market, Ontario, Canada on Jan. 17, 1962. Today, he turns 52 years old.

Throughout his career, Carrey has appeared in several blockbuster films including "The Mask," "Dumb and Dumber," "The Grinch," and "Liar, Liar," among many, many others. He received Golden Globe awards for his roles in "The Truman Show" and "Man on the Moon," as well as numerous MTV and Kids' Choice awards for his roles throughout his career.

Today, we celebrate Carrey's birthday with five facts about the actor.

Jim Carrey fact No. 1
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Jim Carrey fact No. 1

Jim Carrey's first stand up act was at a Toronto comedy club. At the time, he was just 15 years old. By 1979, he was opening for comedians such as Buddy Hackett and Rodney Dangerfield.

Jim Carrey fact No. 2
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Jim Carrey fact No. 2

Carrey started out as a standup comic when he was a teenager. He made his first appearance on the big screen in 1984 for a role in "Finders Keepers." Later, he appeared on "In Living Color" before he became a household name in 1994 with his role in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."

Jim Carrey fact No. 3
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Jim Carrey fact No. 3

Jim Carrey grew up in poverty. As a teenager, he was working as a janitor to help support his family before he moved to Los Angeles in 1984.

Jim Carrey fact No. 4
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Jim Carrey fact No. 4

Jim Carrey was originally considered for the part of Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean" before filmmakers decided to cast Johnny Depp in the role.

Jim Carrey fact No. 5
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Jim Carrey fact No. 5

Carrey has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He's also publicly acknowledged his battle with depression. He does not take medications for either of the conditions.

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