Drew Carey filmography and biography
Date of birth: 23 May 1958, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Drew Carey trivia
- Born at 7:00pm-EDT
- (8 January 1999) 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.
- 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.
- (August 2001) Underwent emergency surgery. Surgeons inserted a "stent" to open the blocked arteries to his heart.
- 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
- (October 2002) Roasted by the New York Friars' club
- Bought his childhood home with his first paycheck from The Drew Carey Show.
- 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 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) (TV), a game show special that offered the ultimate $1 billion prize. In 2007, he became the host of Power of 10, in which the potential prize is $10 million. Both shows were produced by Michael Davies (IV).
- 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 (I), as host of The New Price Is Right, 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 Truth or Consequences nor The New Price Is Right, the two shows that were hosted by Bob Barker (I), but had to be taught every description of the game after Barker retired.
Drew Carey quotes
- 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 (I) as host of The New Price Is Right) 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.