Drew Carey Biography (Personal Life, Career)

Drew Allison Carey is an American actor, stand-up comedian, photographer, sports executive and game show host, known for his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show and for his trademark "Buddy Holly" style glasses.

Personal Life

The stand-up comedian was born in May 23, 1958 to Beulah and Lewis Carey in Cleveland, Ohio. The youngest of three brothers, the stand-up comedian asked for psychiatric care when his father, a draftsman for General Motors, died to a brain tumor (the stand-up comedian was only eight years old).

While attending Rhodes High School, the stand up comedian was deeply involved in the marching band. After graduating in 1975, the stand up comedian, enrolled in Kent State University, joined the Delta Tau fraternity, and became an avid board-game player.

However, the stand-up comedian still battled depression, had attempted suicide at least once, and had been expelled twice from University. The stand-up comedian eventually dropped out of college with the aim of pursuing a career as a stand-up comedian. As he traveled across the country and tried his luck as a stand-up comedian, his depression worsened. In his early 20s, the stand-up comedian attempted suicide again.

After leaving the university, the stand-up comedian enlisted into the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years. The comic actor relocated to Las Vegas for a few months in 1982, and for a short time worked as a bank teller and a waiter at Denny's and at the Hilton Hotel. The stand-up comedian is engaged to Nicole Jaracz.

The stand-up comedian had an eye surgery to correct his poor vision, but kept wearing his trademark glasses because he found audience members didn't recognize him. The stand-up comedian is interested in a variety of sports. He had worked as a photographer at U.S. National Team soccer games, is a minority owner of the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC and is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.


The stand-up comedian started his career in 1985, when his childhood friend, David Laurence who was a morning radio DJ, asked Carey to help him write comedy bits for his morning comedy show. The comedian’s contribution to the show was a real success, and the stand-up comedian won a competition at the Cleveland Comedy Club and began working as their regular stand-up comedian.

The stand-up comedian was first brought to the national eye as a comedian when he competed in the 1988 Star Search. For the next few years, he performed at multiple comedy clubs in Cleveland and Los Angeles. In 1991 the stand-up comedian also had a celebrity-making appearance on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. The stand-up comedian’s performance that night impressed Carson, who invited Carey to the couch next to his desk. This was considered a rare honor for any stand-up comedian.

The stand-up comedian gained fame in 1995 with The Drew Carey Show. By its second season, the comedy show was a ratings favorite. The stand-up comedian wrote his own stand-up comedy special for which the stand-up comedian won a Cable ACE Award for Best Writing.

From 1998 to 2006, the stand-up comedian had been hosting the American version of the improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? The stand-up comedian’s income from Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The Drew Carey Show, both aired by ABC, led to his inclusion on the Forbes list of highest-paid entertainers of 1998, at 24th with $45.5 million.

Following on the success of his early stand-up career, the stand-up comedian has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. Carey had a small role in the film Coneheads as a taxi passenger. Turning his attention to television, in 1994, Carey co-starred with John Caponera in The Good Life, a short-lived sitcom that aired on NBC.

In April, 1999, the stand-up comedian performed a 12 minutes attraction titled Sounds Dangerous! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In 1999 and 2000, the stand-up comedian made two more appearance in "Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for "It's All About the Pentiums" and House Party. In 2004, the stand-up comedian made another an appearance for Fountains of Wayne's video for "Mexican Wine".

The gifted comedian provided the entertainment for the 2002 Annual White House correspondents' dinner.Once Carey completed his standup routine for the 1,800 guests. In 2003, the stand-up comedian joined Jamie Kennedy to host the WB's live special Play for a Billion. In September 2003, Carey led a group of comedians, including Blake Clark and the Drew Carey Show's Kathy Kinney, on a stand-up comedy tour of Iraq. From 2007 until April 2008, the stand-up comedian hosted the CBS game show pilot Power of 10.

The stand-up comedian currently hosts the game show The Price Is Right and from April 2011, the stand-up comedian started to host new improvisational comedy, called Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza.

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