Drew Carey

Comedian / Game Show Host

Born: 23 May 1958
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Best known as:

The star of TV's The Drew Carey Show

Drew Carey is a game show host who came to stardom by way of the successful sitcom The Drew Carey Show. A journeyman standup comedian by 1995, he got his own TV series during the wave of "standup sitcoms" that followed the success of the show Seinfeld. Carey's comic material was based on his working-class Cleveland roots, his blocky crew-cut-and-black-glasses appearance and his raucous bachelorhood. The Drew Carey Show quickly became a hit and ran until 2004. Carey also hosted the American version of the British TV improv show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which ran in various network formats from 1998-2006. He hosted a similar animation-improvisation variety show called Drew Carey's Green Screen from 2004-05, and in November of 2007 he succeeded Bob Barker as the host of the long-running game show The Price Is Right. That same year he began hosting another game show, the CBS prime-time program Power of 10. Drew Carey became a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders Football Club (that is, soccer team) in 2007, and became well-known as a booster and fan.

Extra credit:

Drew Carey joined the Marine Corps reserves in 1981, a job which he credits with establishing his signature buzzcut-and-black-glasses look... Carey's first film role was a bit part in the 1993 movie Coneheads, alongside fellow comedians Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman and Chris Farley... His fellow owners in the Seattle Sounders include Hollywood producer Joe Roth, businessman Adrian Hanauer, and software and sports mogul Paul Allen.

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