Tierra Whack wakes up every morning hoping that Jim Carrey is okay. Adele once dressed as The Mask on Halloween, and JPEGMAFIA has named him as one of his top five favorite white people. It’s clear Carrey’s otherworldly performances, illustrious catchphrases, and rubber face antics have made him a living legend.
Introduced to many as the white guy on comedy sketch show In Living Color, the Canadian star was destined to change the game. Since Carrey’s unparalleled 1994 run, in which he managed to score three number one movies at the box office within 11 months (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, and The Mask), the well-loved actor has been thoroughly embraced by pop culture. Name-dropped by a legion of performers, it’s no wonder his career has also had a lasting impression on the music world. In honor of Jim Carrey’s recent 60th birthday, read on to learn more about how he inspired rappers like Kid Cudi and Eminem, gain insight into his friendships with Ariana Grande and The Weeknd, and enjoy some rare performance clips from his little-known rock concert.