Jim Carrey has had quite an extensive career - for example, did you know he started off in a Dirty Harry film? The actor is best known for his comedic roles of the 90s but he has also given us some dramatic and highly emotive performances too.

Jim Carrey turns 57 today and to mark the occasion, we're looking at what we think are the best performances of his career.

 

5. Ernie Douglas - 'THE CABLE GUY'

People may write 'The Cable Guy' off as being just another madcap Carrey comedy, but the truth is 'The Cable Guy' is a lot more darker and intelligent than you initially think. It's true, he is his usual, rubbery, everywhere-at-once self but there is a genuine sense of malevolence that runs through his character and the entire film itself. Matthew Broderick does, admittedly, fall under Carrey's shadow but it's obvious why.

 

4. Joel Barish - 'ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND'

You have to understand how much a gamble this film was for Jim Carrey. He was one of the highest-paid actors working in Hollywood and had made a fortune playing up his loud, extroverted characters. So for him to literally run in the opposite direction with a foreign director and fully commit to it is pretty brave. Thankfully, it paid off in a massive way. 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind' is one of those films that everyone can remember how they felt when they saw it for the first time. It's equal parts beautiful, sad, funny and mind-bending.

 

3. Charlie Baileygates / Hank Evans - 'ME, MYSELF & IRENE'

What's great about 'Me, Myself & Irene' is that it showcases how much versatility Jim Carrey has in his performances. Playing a schizophrenic state trooper, one side of him is overly friendly, helpful but a wimp and the other being an unhinged maniac, Carrey shows that he can shape not only his face but his entire presence to fit whatever he needs to.

 

2. Lloyd Christmas - 'DUMB & DUMBER'

'Dumb & Dumber' is chock-full of quotable lines and really disgusting humour. It might be lowest common denominator stuff, but it's too funny to ignore. Playing Lloyd Christmas, a down-and-out limo driver, who somehow finds himself in possession of a suitcase that's filled with ransom money. Together with his buddy Harry Dunn - 'The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels - they embark on a cross-country journey to Aspen, Colorado. Big Gulps, huh? Alright. Well, see ya later!

 

1. Ace Ventura - 'ACE VENTURA, PET DETECTIVE'

It says something that this film is close to twenty years old and it's still as funny as ever. For Carrey, it was his star-making role and showcased the attributes he'd come to capitalise on throughout his career. Playing the world's only Pet Detective, Ventura is hired to find Snowflake - the animal mascot for the NFL's Miami Dolphins - who's been kidnapped by a disgruntled former player. Everybody can quote it and everyone's got their favourite scene. Here's ours. Check out Hector Salamanca from 'Breaking Bad'!