Actor-comedian Jim Carrey was born on January 17, 1962, in Canada. He realised at an early age that he could make people laugh. In seventh grade, his teacher said he could perform a comedy in class at the end of the day if he behaved and did his work. At 15, he began performing at Yuk Yuk's and other comedy clubs in Canada. At 19, he moved to Los Angeles. Name: James Eugene Carrey ('I'm thinking of changing my name. I think Jim is just a little too accessible right now. I'm thinking of changing it to $, Cha-ching, the sound of a cash register.') Favourite food: Grilled cheese sandwiches dipped in ketchup, potato chips, Haagen-Daz Best-known films: The Cable Guy; Man on the Moon; Liar, Liar; The Mask; The Truman Show; Bruce Almighty Trademark: Exaggerated body movements and weird facial expressions often accompanied by an equally weird voice or laugh Pets: Great Danes and an iguana Trivia: His original family name, Carre, is French. At one point, he and his family all worked as janitors and, subsequently, lived out of their van. The situation encouraged him to follow his dream of becoming a comedian. His life story is a true example of 'from rags to riches'.