Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Birthday: May 23
Drew Carey is a stand-up comic, actor and producer who had the distinction of having two hit shows on television simultaneously: the long-running comedy “The Drew Carey Show,” which ran from 1995-2004, and the improv/sketch show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” which he hosted and produced. The success of that show led to the creation of “Drew Carey’s Improv All-Stars,” an improv troupe that performed in showrooms across the country. In July 2007, Carey was named the host of THE PRICE IS RIGHT, succeeding longtime host Bob Barker.
While Carey was in the Marine Reserves, his military buzz cut and black wide-rim glasses became part of his trademark look. He began his successful career as a comedian in April of 1986 at the Cleveland Comedy Club. One of his first big breaks was competing on “Star Search ‘88.”
In 1991 Carey landed a spot on HBO’s “14th Annual Young Comedians Special” and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Carey landed his own television development deal at Disney, which led to an opportunity for Carey to co-star in the series “The Good Life.” Also, Carey had the opportunity to work with Bruce Helford, who was a consulting writer on the series and hired Carey as a staff writer for “The Gaby Hoffmann Show.” Their experience led the two of them to decide to co-create a series for Carey. Carey went on to star in his own comedy special for SHOWTIME, “Drew Carey: Human Cartoon,” and performed in SHOWTIME’s “10th Anniversary of the Montreal Comedy Festival.”
An avid supporter of American soccer, Carey became an owner of the Seattle Sounders FC at the club’s MLS inception in 2009 and serves as chairman of the Sounders FC Alliance, the club’s member association.
Carey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Los Angeles. His birthday is May 23. Follow Carey on Twitter and Instagram @DrewFromTV.