Jim Carrey Trademarks
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September 18, 2023
Jim Carrey is an award-winning slapstick comedian, actor and producer. Carrey is well known for his many movies, including the Ace Ventura series. He has also had great success as a dramatic actor and writer.
Born James Eugene Carrey on January 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, he had a poor but loving childhood. The Carrey family bounced around when Jim was young and were at one point, even homeless. He was a hard worker, but was forced to drop out of school at age 16.
It was around this time that Carrey performed his first stand up routine at Yuk Yuk’s comedy club and it didn’t go over as well as he would have hoped. Although that first performance didn’t go all that well, within two years, Carrey had earned a regular spot at the Hay Loft club. He returned to Yuk Yuk’s comedy club and earned a regular gig there this time. The teenager tried out for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, but was not chosen (although he would be asked back as a host multiple times later in his career).
In 1981, he appeared on a televised Canadian comedy special which landed him a main role in Introducing… Janet, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television movie (the name was later changed to Rubberface). He began to perform many shows around the country and his fame across Canada led comedian Rodney Dangerfield to want him to open Dangerfield’s tour performances.
He moved to Hollywood in 1983 and began working regularly at The Comedy Store. He landed appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. Carrey went on to get the starring role in Once Bitten, a comedy that did not receive high reviews but was a moderate box office success and became a cult classic. He also had a role in the film Peggy Sue Got Married.
He tried out for Saturday Night Live several more times, and being rejected each time decided that he should change his comedic routine. As he moved away from the trademark impersonations that had gotten him over with audiences in the first place, many of the comedy club owners were not happy with the change. He then got a role on In Living Color, which while not as popular as Saturday Night Live, was also an ensemble comedy television series. His four year stint on the show allowed him to showcase his talents and provided him with more opportunities as an entertainer.
Carrey played the title character in the comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This is the role that launched Carrey to international fame. He then starred in a string of successful comedies that included Dumb and Dumber, The Mask (for which he got his first Golden Globe nomination), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy and Liar Liar.
In a departure from his usual slapstick style of comedy, Carrey took the lead role in the satirical comedy The Truman Show, for which he was rewarded with a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. He also played Andy Kaufman in Man On the Moon, which was a more serious biographical comedy drama. He won multiple awards for this role, including a Golden Globe.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he appeared in many successful films, like Me, Myself & Irene, Bruce Almighty, the highly critically acclaimed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Number 23, and I Love You Phillip Morris.
While actively working as an actor and making movies, Carrey became an author. He wrote How Roland Rolls, a children’s book, released in 2013. He released the surrealist memoir, Memoirs and Misinformation in 2020, co-written by Dana Vachon.
Carrey is certainly not immune to controversy. He has faced frivolous lawsuits on several occasions, which he has won. He sued BWI Domains in 2009 for using his name in bad faith. While he had not yet filed a federal trademark application for his name, he did win the lawsuit.
Trademarks associated with Jim Carrey are owned by his media company Some Kind Of Garden. Some Kind of Garden owns the trademark for Jim Carrey in relation to his entertainment services, and they also own the trademark for Jim Carrey as it relates to downloadable books as well as sound recordings. The company also owns the trademark for Indignation, which is an art exhibit of Carrey’s political pencil drawings.
Jim Carrey has had a successful career as a comedian, actor and writer and he is still active in those fields. He primarily lives in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California but does split some time with his penthouse in Manhattan, New York. He is not currently married and has one child. Carrey’s net worth is believed to be $180 million.
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