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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 May 1958Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Birth NameDrew Allison Carey
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Drew Carey was born on May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Drew Allison Carey. He is an actor and producer, known for Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998), The Price Is Right (1972) and The Aristocrats (2005).

Trade Mark (3)

"Buddy Holly" style glasses
His flat-top haircut
Breathy high-pitched laugh

Trivia (51)

Born at 7:00pm-EDT
Filed $600,000 breach of contract suit against A&W restaurant chain when they refused to pay for commercials after an episode of his TV series featured competitor McDonalds. [January 1999]
Father died when Carey was 8, spawning years of depression. Attempted suicide on many occasions.
Was in the US Marine Corps.
Underwent lasik surgery to correct vision. Currently wears trademark glasses as a "prop".
Played in his high school marching band.
Underwent emergency surgery. Surgeons inserted a "stent" to open the blocked arteries to his heart. [August 2001]
Competed in the World Wrestling Federation's 30-man "Royal Rumble" battle royal match on January 21, 2001. He eliminated himself shortly after entering the match as the fifth participant.
Attended Kent State University
Roasted by the New York Friars' club [October 2002]
Bought his childhood home with his first paycheck from The Drew Carey Show (1995).
Member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, 21 February 2003. Appropriately enough, the star of this former Marine is located directly in front of The Supply Sergeant; a Hollywood fixture for decades.
A self-professed "computer geek" because of his love of video games and the internet.
Received an honorary Ph.D. from Cleveland State University in 2000.
Considers the writings of self-help guru, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer a major influence in his life.
His name is mentioned in the song Ohio (Come Back To Texas) by Bowling for Soup.
His favorite soccer team is Glasgow Celtic. But he was once a fan of their city rivals Rangers.
Is an avid fan of football (soccer). He says he got into it playing FIFA and learnt the rules ("Soccer for Dummies"), so he could become a "true fan".
Is a wrestling fan.
Likes "The Sims" series for PC.
Likes sparring.
Owns at least 30 or more computers and over 10 video game consoles. (6 PS2's, 4 XBOX's, etc.)
Author of the book "Dirty Jokes and Beer".
Was the first ever celebrity to enter WWE's Pay-Per-View Royal Rumble. He eliminated himself when the next participant, the seven footer Kane (Glenn Jacobs), came out. This became one of WWE's greatest moments in sport's entertainment history.
When his The Drew Carey Show (1995) wound up being a major surprise hit on TV, he was given a Porsche by the production company. He purportedly walked out on the stage of the set, asked, "Who here has got the worst car?" When one of the stage hands spoke up and said he didn't have a car, Carey threw him the keys to his old Miata (source: Esquire Magazine Interview).
Engaged to Nicole Jaracz, a recent graduate of culinary school, proposed October 9, 2007.
His hand was injured on the set of The Price is Right when his hand got jammed in one of the turntable walls.
Host of the two biggest-money games in television history. In 2003, he hosted Pepsi Play for a Billion (2003), a game show special that offered the ultimate $1 billion prize. In 2007, he became the host of Power of 10 (2007), in which the potential prize is $10 million. Both shows were produced by Michael Davies.
Is a big Cleveland Browns fan. Introduced the team upon the first game of the 1999 season, when it the Browns returned to the NFL.
Follow riots from Rangers fans and some of the team's players acting in an unsporting manner, he changed his loyalties from Rangers to Celtic saying: "It's still Glasgow, just a little greener and with proper fans.".
In March 2008, Carey became the first US game show host to award a one million dollar cash prize on three separate game shows. The first instance occurred on "Pepsi's Play for a Billion", which aired in September 2003. The second incident happened on the premiere episode of "The Power of 10" in August 2007, while the third was won on a primetime episode of "The Price is Right" (Drew's first nighttime episode, March 2008). In addition, a $1 million prize has been awarded in two subsequent episodes of "Price".
He is a self-described libertarian.
Was selected out of 13 finalists to replace Bob Barker, as host of The Price Is Right (1972), who retired in 2007. At first Carey turned it down, but when CBS approached him a second time, while negotiating a deal, he accepted it.
Holds the record for the most money won on the celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with $532,000 won during two appearances on the show. During his first appearance, he won $500,000, which has only been equalled by two celebrities - Rosie O'Donnell, and Norm MacDonald. During his second appearance, he left with $32,000.
Is public face and owner of Major Soccer League team Seattle Sounders.
Had never watched not a single episode of The New Truth and Consequences (1950) nor The Price Is Right (1972), the two shows that were hosted by Bob Barker, but had to be taught every description of the game after Barker retired.
Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character in The Drew Carey Show (1995).
As a little kid, he was a fan of the following shows: The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Bewitched (1964) and Batman (1966).
Is a WWE Hall of Famer.
One of his first appearances was on 'The Tonight Show' starring Johnny Carson. Carey credits Carson for helping to launch his career.
Went on a significant diet and exercise regime in 2010. The results were he eliminated his type-2 diabetes and lost close to a staggering 100 pounds.
As a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders, Carey helped establish the only band in Major League Soccer, Sound Wave.
Started his comedy career at the age of 27.
Worked as a bank teller and waiter before becoming a comedian.
Made his first television appearance at the age of 34.
Profiled in Parade Magazine for losing over 70 pounds since Nov 2009 with a devoted effort of exercise and healthy diet, and recently running a 10K race. [September 2010]
Currently doing improv. tours with other members of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) and other friends.
Named the new host of The Price Is Right (1972). [July 2007]
Was homeless for a brief period in his early career and had to sell the plasma in his blood to afford food.
Is known for being extremely polite and courteous to waiters and staff and leaving tips of well over 100 percent.

Personal Quotes (12)

When asked if he enjoys being famous: "Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't. I've always been a people watcher. I like to go to malls and just sit, and I can't do that very easily anymore."
Responding to a question about his childhood: "Weirdo. Weirdo. Underachiever. Weirdo. Weirdo."
On government: The less the better. As far as your personal goals are and what you actually want to do with your life, it should never have to do with the government. You should never depend on the government for your retirement, your financial security, for anything. If you do, you're screwed.
I honestly think that it automatically hurts me if I said that I supported the war in Iraq and I support the troops. That automatically kills me for getting a bunch of movies, a bunch of TV shows. People don't want to hear from me.
(In 2007, on succeeding Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right (1972)) This show fits me like an old shoe, I'm telling you, I love doing it, I'm really happy here, I feel like I belong here, audience certainly feels like I belong.
You can buy liquor in a drive-thru store, but you can't smoke a joint in your own damn house.
[on Johnny Carson] If he liked you a lot, he would wave you over. I'm not even saying this is a joke but people talk about the feeling of the Holy Spirit going through you and your body that something's changed in your life forever. Being called over to the couch on the 'Johnny Carson Show' was the closest I came to that.
I looked at game show hosting as the bottom of the totem pole, one step away from infomercials. I never watched them myself. However, it's been a lot of fun. We try out new things and keep a lot of the classic elements people remember. I enjoy getting to know new people and seeing them win.
Libertarians are essentially what the Republicans were 30 years ago. Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan. They'd all fit more under the Libertarian label than the modern day Republican label.
One day I was running around playing with my son Connor when afterwards I was sweating, tired and out of breath. I was embarrassed that something as enjoyable as playing with my son was so tough for me to do. Immediately I started an extensive diet and exercise plan. It completely changed my life and helped cure my Type-2 diabetes.
[on his 1991 appearance on the Johnny Carson show that was a major career booster] I think the whole routine got him. But the one that really got him was a bit about eating a chili dog at Denny's, and having all the cholesterol march right down to my heart, telling the lettuce to get the hell out of the way. I think he was holding onto his desk for that one.
[on hosting 'The Price is Right] All through my twenties I was broke. I didn't start making money until I was in my thirties doing stand-up. I really don't take money for granted. I have a lot of empathy for people on the show. I know what it must mean for them to win $5,000, which doesn't seem like a lot of money to give away on a game show nowadays. But it's a lot of money.

Salary (1)

The Drew Carey Show (1995) $750,000 /episode (2001 season)

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