From the start, Canadian Carrey boasted boyish charm, rubber limbs, energy to burn and a nasty streak, all in evidence on TV's 'In Living Color' and 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' and its sequel, 'When Nature Calls.' Carrey earned $7 million and delivered another surprise hit with the Farrelly brothers' $15-million comedy 'Dumb & Dumber.' After his cackling Riddler in 'Batman Forever,' he scored a controversial first-ever $20-million payday for 'The Cable Guy,' which opened to almost $20 million -- but dropped like a stone, topping out at $102-million worldwide.

That led Carrey to seek studio tentpoles worthy of his asking price, from 'Liar, Liar' ($302.7 worldwide) to 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' ($345 worldwide) and his career peak, 'Bruce Almighty' (485 million worldwide). Unusually, Carrey doesn't like to repeat himself on sequels: 'The Mask,' 'Dumb & Dumber' and 'Bruce Almighty' sequels all went ahead without him.
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