Happy birthday to the king, Jim Carrey!

Jim Carrey, who just turned 59 on January 17th, has proven time and time again that there are certain roles that he and only he could pull off. In over 40 years of acting, he has portrayed a wide variety of characters that became synonymous with his name, such as The Mask, Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, and many more. And not only he has established himself as the face of comedy in film, the actor has also impressed the world with his versatility by taking on more complex and serious roles like Truman Burbank, Joel Barish, and The Cable Guy.

In honor of Carrey’s 59th anniversary of spreading awesomeness around the earth, we look back at some of his most iconic movie performances of all time!

The Mask

This film serves as the highlight of Carrey’s breakthrough year, 1994, the same year in which Ace Ventura and Dumb and Dumber also hit the big screen. In this classic comedy flick, Carrey plays Stanley, a shy bank teller who suddenly transforms into a superpowered, green-skinned cartoon figure with the help of a wooden mask.

Ace Ventura

It was during the nineties when Jim Carrey finally got to portray characters that would showcase the best of his abilities when it comes to slapstick comedy. After years of playing minor roles, he finally got his big break in Ventura: Pet Detective is Jim Carrey’s . This film is what launched his film career and paved the way for his becoming a comedy icon.

Dumb and Dumber

Released in December 1994, Dumb and Dumber is the cherry on top of Carrey’s breakthrough year. A film that follows two hopelessly idiotic guys going on an adventure, it’s considered one of the funniest films ever made– thanks to Carrey’s impressive performance.

Bruce Almighty

Carrey’s brilliant portrayal of a man-turned-God is easily one of his all-time best, as his role required both his dramatic and comedic abilities. While being packed with hilarious moments, the film will leave you with a refreshed bucket of will to live.

The Truman Show

This movie is a thought-provoking masterpiece about what it takes to carve your own path even if it’s against everybody’s will. Jim Carrey’s outstanding performance as the naive, unsuspecting subject of a grand TV show gave his career another glow.

Any other movie performance by Jim Carrey that’s the most memorable to you?

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