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Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, photographer, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring on his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host on the U.S. version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC.

Carey has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He currently hosts the game show The Price Is Right and the improv comedy show Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza. He is interested in a variety of sports, has 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 a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. Carey is engaged and has written an autobiography detailing his early life and television career.

Early life

Drew Carey was the youngest of Lewis and Beulah Carey's three sons and raised in Parma, Ohio. When he was eight years old his father died from a brain tumor. According to his autobiography, he was born with six toes on his right foot and he played the cornet and trumpet in the marching band of James Ford Rhodes High School, from which he graduated in 1975.

He continued on to college at Kent State University and was expelled twice for poor academic performance. He left KSU after three years, but not before becoming a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. After leaving the university, Carey enlisted into the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 and served for six years. He 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.

Stand-up career

In 1985, he began his comedy career by following up on a suggestion by David Lawrence (a disc jockey friend who had been paying Drew to write jokes for David's radio show in Cleveland) to go to the library and borrow books on how to write jokes. In 1986, after winning an open-mic contest, he became MC at the Cleveland Comedy Club. For the next few years, he performed at multiple comedy clubs in Cleveland and Los Angeles. He was first brought to the national eye as a comedian when he competed in the 1988 Star Search. Carey was working as a stand-up comedian in 1991 when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His performance that night impressed Carson, who invited Carey to the couch next to his desk; this was considered a rare honor for any comedian. In that same year, Carey joined the 14th Annual Young Comedians Special on HBO and made his first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. In 1994, Carey wrote his own stand-up comedy special which aired on Showtime, entitled Drew Carey: Human Cartoon, for which he won a CableACE Award for Best Writing.

Early roles

Following on the success of his early stand-up career, he subsequently appeared in a number of supporting roles on television shows, during which he developed the character of a hapless middle-class bachelor. In 1993, 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. After the show's cancellation, Carey joined up with writer Bruce Helford (who was also a writer for The Good Life), who gave Carey a job as a consultant for the television show Someone Like Me.

The Drew Carey Show

After their stint on Someone Like Me, Carey and Helford developed and produced the storyline for The Drew Carey Show. The show premiered on September 13, 1995 on ABC. In his autobiography, Carey revealed his frustration with having to deal with censors and being unable to employ the off-color humor common to his stand-up routines. Carey initially earned $60,000 per episode in the first seasons, then renegotiated for $300,000. By the final season, he was earning $750,000 per episode. The show had high ratings for its first few seasons, but declining ratings and increasing production costs (around $3 million per episode) preceded its cancellation. The program had a total of 233 episodes over its nine-year run. Carey was one of four actors to appear in every episode. The show starred (in order of the amount of episodes they were in) Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Kathy Kinney, Ryan Stiles (all in every episode), Craig Ferguson (starring role in seasons 2-8 and guest appearances in 9), Christa Miller (seasons 1-7), and John Carroll Lynch (semi-regular from seasons 3/4-9).

Other roles and appearances

Carey began appearing in commercials for restaurants in the late 1990s in Canada with The Great Root Bear, but his two-year contract with A&W Food Services of Canada was cut short in November 1998 after an episode of The Drew Carey Show featured McDonald's. As a result of his dismissal, Carey sued A&W for compensation.

On April 22, 1999 at Disney's Hollywood Studios (then "Disney-MGM Studios"), part of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Carey debuted a 12-minute attraction entitled Sounds Dangerous! In the show, a camera follows Carey through a day as an undercover detective. When his video camera fails, the audience is left in complete darkness wearing earphones, following his adventure through sound cues. The attraction is presently running on a limited "seasonal" schedule.

In 1999, Carey made a cameo appearance in "Weird Al" Yankovic's music video for "It's All About the Pentiums". In 2004, he made an appearance for Fountains of Wayne's video for "Mexican Wine" giving an introduction to the video as if it were on a stage.

On May 7, 2000, Carey's television film Geppetto debuted on The Wonderful World of Disney. The film, an adaptation of Pinocchio, included actor Wayne Brady who had joined Carey on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and a few episodes of The Drew Carey Show. Carey took singing lessons to prepare for the role.

In 2000, Carey was given a cameo appearance in the House Party expansion pack of the computer game The Sims. To make him appear, the Sims must throw a successful party, which causes Carey to arrive in a limo and join the festivities. Carey is a fan of The Sims series and during one April Fool's episode of The Drew Carey Show, a scene takes place completely within The Sims.

In 2001, he made an appearance in the WWF's annual Royal Rumble event. He eliminated himself after Kane made his way to the ring.

Carey provided the entertainment for the 2002 Annual White House correspondents' dinner. Once Carey completed his standup routine for the 1,800 guests, President George W. Bush, noting Carey's improv work, made a joke of his own: "Drew? Got any interest in the Middle East?" In 2003, he 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 comedy tour of Iraq.

In 2005, Carey appeared in three films: the animated film Robots, where he provided a voice-over for the character Crank; TheAristocrats where he retold a dirty joke along with other celebrities; and the documentary, Fuck, where he was interviewed.

On June 8, 2006, Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures debuted on the Travel Channel. In this series, Carey traveled throughout Germany to photograph multiple FIFA World Cup soccer games while he immerses himself in the culture of the towns and states he visits.

In early 2008, Carey appeared in Matt Groenings The Simpsons as part of the episode 'All About Lisa' as a guest on Krusty the Clown's Krusty The Clown Show.

In September 2008, Carey began filling in as a guest DJ on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius Satellite Radio.

On April 2, 2011, Carey was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Writing

Carey has routinely written throughout his career, including developing his stand-up comedy routines in his early stand-up career, and then moving on to assist in writing sitcoms. In 1997, Carey published his autobiography, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined wherein he shared memories of his early childhood and of his father's death when he was eight. He also revealed that he was once molested, had suffered bouts of depression, and had made two suicide attempts by swallowing a large amount of sleeping pills. The book discusses his college fraternity years while attending Kent State University, and his professional career up to that time. The book featured large amounts of profanity and, as the title suggests, includes multiple dirty jokes (there is one at the start of each chapter) and references to beer. The book was featured on The New York Times bestseller list for three months.

Personal life

A United States Marine, he adopted his crew cut hair style during his time in the service. Carey has had refractive surgery to correct his vision and therefore did not really require glasses (any glasses he wore in public were merely props to help the audience recognize him). However, while this was true for several years, on the May 17, 2006 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! he revealed that when he turned 40, he actually developed a need for bifocals. Carey currently lives in Los Angeles and New York City.

On October 9, 2007 Carey proposed to Nicole Jaracz. In a statement regarding the engagement, publicist Christina Papadopoulos said, "It will be the first marriage for both. No date for a wedding has been set yet. They are both very happy and excited about their future together." She has a five-year-old son, Connor, from a previous relationship. They have no children of their own. Connor has appeared on The Price is Right several times, and Drew has referred to Connor as "his son" on the air, even though he is not Connor's biological father.

Carey had coronary angioplasty in 2001, which encouraged him to change his eating habits. This led to one of his comments on a Whose Line? episode after returning from commercials being, "I'm Drew Carey, and yes, I have lost weight. Thanks for asking."

In July 2010, Carey announced that he had lost an estimated 92 pounds.

Philanthropy

Carey is a supporter of libraries, crediting them for beginning his successful comedy career. On May 2, 2000, in a celebrity edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, he selected the Ohio Library Foundation to receive his $500,000 winnings. He later went on to win an additional $32,000 on the second celebrity Millionaire, making him one of the biggest winning contestants on Millionaire who did not win the top prize. Carey also has played on the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games for the Cleveland Public Library charity. In June 2007, Carey offered to donate up to $100,000 (in $10,000 increments) to the Mooch Myernick Memorial Fund if anybody could beat him at the video game FIFA Soccer 07 for the Xbox 360. He dared five players from both the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams to compete against him. Carey ended up donating $100,000 plus $60,000 for losing two games out of the six games he played.

In October 2009, Carey made a bid of $25,000 in a charity auction for the @drew Twitter account. He later increased his offer to $100,000 if the number of followers of his account @DrewFromTV reached 100,000 by the end of the auction. In an interview with CBS News, he announced that he would instead donate $1 million to the charity, Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG Foundation, if his follower count reached one million by December 31, 2009. In 2010, Carey became a public advocate for poor children through Children International Supporters.

Photography

Carey can sometimes be seen on the sidelines of U.S. National Team soccer games as a press photographer. His images are sold via wire services under the pseudonym Brooks Parkenridge. He was at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in the summer of 2006, for his television show Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures.

Awards and honors

Carey's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Carey won the Cable Ace Award for Best Writing for his work on Drew Carey: Human Cartoon.
  • In 1995, he was named one of the "10 Hottest New Faces of '95" by TV Guide.
  • Carey received an honorary DHL from Cleveland State University in 2000.
  • He won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Television Performer for his work in The Drew Carey Show, in both 2000 and 2001.
  • On February 21, 2003, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star can be found at 6664 Hollywood Blvd.
  • In 2004, Comedy Central ranked him #84 on its list of the 100 greatest standups of all time.
  • On June 21, 2008 Carey won second place from the Los Angeles Press Club for his feature on medical marijuana in the multimedia package category.
  • On April 2, 2011 Carey was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, inducted by Kane.

information taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Carey